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Faith Leaders embark on Interfaith Mission for Peace and Understanding


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A group of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders briefed lawmakers on their tour of Indonesia, Jordan and Israel.

The six-day trip on the role of religion in advancing Middle East peace was led by Rabbi Sid Schwarz and included 12 religious leaders from the United States and 12 religious leaders from Indonesia. It was organized by the Interfaith Mission for Peace and Understanding.

On Wednesday, the group briefed the U.S. House of Representatives Indonesia Caucus, which is co-chaired by Reps. Jim McDermott (R-Wash.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who were in attendance.

Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the community’s public policy umbrella, highlighted the importance of the partnership between the U.S. and Indonesia.

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So You’re Going to the Parliament. Now What?

You’ve made up your mind! You’re all set to go to Australia to join the discussion! So: What now?

You’ll definitely want to register for the event. Our registration page has information on packages, fees, forms and more. To visit the registration page, click here.

If you plan on bringing a group and want to find out if you qualify for a special, discounted rate, click here.

International travelers will have to take care of visas and other details well before they make their trip to Australia. Information about visiting requirements has been posted here.

Melbourne has fabulous accommodation options; to learn about them, click here. We have also provided a hotel list here and information on homestays here. Of course, details make a difference, from cab fare to the price of breakfast. Our Melbourne staff has helped by assembling some other useful information here.

Last but not least, while the Parliament of Religions is an immense and beautiful event, don’t forget that Australia itself is an immense and beautiful place. If you let your curiosity guide you outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), you’ll find a variety of exciting activities and sights, from the vineyards of the Yarra Valley to the penguins of Phillip Island. For information of these and other attractions, click here.