A delegation of senior Hindu spiritual leaders has arrived in Israel to participate in the second Hind-Jewish summit. The first summit was held last year in New Delhi. Both Chief Rabbis of Israel and other religious leaders will participate in the summit.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

A delegation of senior Hindu religious leaders arrived in Israel on Sunday (17 February 2008) for a five-day visit. They will participate in the second Hindu-Jewish summit, an inter-religion convention to be held in Jerusalem. The first summit was held last year in New Delhi.

The event was organized by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Both Chief Rabbis of Israel will participate, alongside other rabbis. The Hindu delegation is led by several senior spiritual leaders who represent various Hindu institutions and organizations. Teachers and researchers are also present in the delegation.

The guests will also meet with President Shimon Peres, Minister of Welfare and Minister of the Diaspora Isaac Herzog and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Majalli Whbee. The delegation will visit Jerusalem, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the northern region. 

On Wednesday (20 February 2008), the delegation will meet a delegation of Israeli religious leaders under the auspices of the mayor of Haifa, Yonah Yahav. This high-level inter-religion meeting expresses yet another aspect of the friendly relationship that exists between Israel and India – two vibrant, modern, democratic states that are founded on ancient religious heritage and traditions.