The Jewish-Roman Catholic Dialogue Commission in Switzerland (JRGK) is a platform for interreligious dialogue between the Swiss Bishops’ Conference and the SIG.
The JRGK was established in 1990. It is an interreligious commission and an official advisory body of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference (SBK) and the SIG in the service of Jewish-Roman Catholic dialogue at institutional level. The SIG appoints the Jewish representatives to this Commission. The representatives participate in their own right, and can express their own opinions.
Tasks of the Jewish-Roman Catholic Dialogue Commission
The JRGK gathers, analyses, discusses and disseminates information on recent events, developments and publications that are of concern to the Jewish and Roman Catholic communities in Switzerland. Representatives discuss social and political issues and, if required, prepare the ground for reactions from the SBK and the SIG. The Commission deals with philosophical, theological, historical and socio-political matters connected to Judaism and Christianity. The JRGK also prepares the annual Day of Judaism (Dies ludaicus).
Enhancing religious peace and religious freedom
As the umbrella organisation of Switzerland’s Jewish communities, the SIG cultivates regular informal contacts with representatives of other religious communities. Besides participating in the JRGK, the SIG is also active in several other interreligious organisations that conduct theological dialogues and strive for common positions in support of religious peace and religious freedom.