Rabbi Michael Melchior
Rabbi Michael Melchior is a recognized international leader in the promotion of world peace and interfaith dialogue. The recipient of the Sovlanut Peace Prize as well as the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s Prize for Tolerance and Bridge-Building, Rabbi Melchior helped to initiate the Alexandria Declaration in which the religious leaders in the Holy Land agreed to work for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
The Rabbi is a member of the Knesset in Israel, serves as Israel's Deputy Minister for Israeli Society and the World Jewish Community, chairs the Knesset's Children's Rights Committee, and co-chairs its Caucus for Jewish-Arab relations. He established the Citizen's Accord Forum between Jews and Arabs in Israel, which campaigns for the correction of injustices against Israel's Arab minority, and he helped to create the Mosaica Center for Interfaith Dialogue. He is the international relations director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
Rabbi Melchior was born in Denmark and is a seventh generation Scandinavian Chief Rabbi.
-- Bio of Rabbi Melchior as published on the 2005 Sol Kanee Poster.
The 2005 Sol Kanee Lecture for Peace and Justic took place Tuesday, November 15, 2005.
Rabbi Michael Melchior presented on the topic "The World at a Crossroads: Dialogue and coalition-building between religions and cultures."