(lubavitch.com) Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar met Wedensday with the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr. Mevlüt Çavusoglu, who is in Moscow to address interreligious understanding.
Rabbi Lazar hosted President Çavusoglu at the Marina Roscha Synagogue, and led him on a tour of the Jewish culture center. The President took time to learn about the center’s programs and activities serving the city’s Jewish population.
“Intensifying inter-religious and intercultural dialogue is one of the best ways of combating xenophobia, racism, anti-semitism and islamophobia, which seem to be on the rise in many European societies,” said the PACE President.
The President “was especially impressed by the cultural center in Marina Roscha,” Rabbi Mendel Samama, Chabad representative to Strasbourg who facilitated the meeting, told Lubavitch.com. “He said that he would love to see such centers in more cities in Europe.”
The President invited Rabbi Lazar to address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which meets in Strasbourg every three months.
Following the meeting, Rabbi Lazar observed that the President “seemed to really care about making the world a better place. “I was very impressed by him and would very much enjoy working with him to bring a change in the education system in Europe,” said Rabbi Lazar.
According to Rabbi Lazar, the focus must be on incorporating the teaching of values at school. “We need to work on having every European child learn about moral values not only at home but in school and through the media.
“This will eventually solve most of the problems we are facing today in the world.”