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Haleve Isak

Chief Rabbi of Turkey

The Chief Rabbi of Turkey, Isak Haleva, was born in Istanbul in 1940.

He graduated from the Beyoglu Jewish High School and continued his higher education at the Porat Yosef Theological Academy in Jerusalem. He learned under important theologians of the time such as Rabbi Ovadya Yosef and Rabbi Shimon Baadani.

He graduated from the Academy as a Rabbi having received special training in education and religious justice laws. Upon his return to Jerusalem, he served in different capacities as a rabbi & educator.

He served as a member of the Beth Din of the Chief Rabbinate and because of the advanced age of his predecessor Chief Rabbi David Asseo, he took up the responsibility of Deputy Chief Rabbi of Turkey for seven years.

Furthermore Rabbi Haleva gave lessons in classical & modern Hebrew as well as the History of Judaism to undergraduate and graduate students in the Theological Studies Departments of Marmara University and Sakarya University. Through this work, not only did he educate the students but also created a special understanding between Jews and non-Jews and became a bridge between theologians of different religions.

Starting from the 1990s, with the new initiative of “Interreligious Dialogue” meetings and symposiums organized both in Turkey and in the international arena, Chief Rabbi Isak Haleva has participated and made presentations at conferences and panels. A member of the Conference of European Rabbis, he participates at their yearly meetings and continues to make presentations.

[September 2016]

Assisi 2016 - Thirst for Peace


Tirana 2015 - Peace is Always Possible


Antwerp 2014 Peace is the future


Sarajevo 2012


September 11: Religions in Dialogue for Peace




September 13 2016

30 years of dialogue in a 30 seconds videoclip. Watch! #peaceispossible #Assisi2016

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September 8 2016

Mercy, the Heart of Peace: Prayer and dialogue for peace in the Spirit of Assisi

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September 30 2015

VIDEO: Refugee crisis, one of the main topics at Sant'Egidio's international meeting "Peace is Alway Possible"

September 22 2015

In the Great Lakes region, wounded by so much violence, Sant'Egidio speaks of peace in the Spirit of Assisi #peaceispossible

A meeting between the religions in Bukavu in communion with Tirana
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September 21 2015

Peace is possible also in Nakuru, Kenya

More than 2000 youth gathered for a Prayer in the Spirit of Assisi run by the Community of Sant'Egidio
September 15 2015

The religious leaders of Benin united against violence affirm their commitment to peace in communion with Tirana

They claim that "Peace is always possible"
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October 20 2016

One month after Assisi 2016, many meetings to answer to the "Thirst for Peace" of the world

Among the latest: Kenya, Uganda etc...
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October 19 2016

Out of war, beyond the sea: the way of hope. WATCH!

In the next few days other refugees from Syria will arrive to Italy through the humanitarian corridors. Here is a video with voices and stories of those who have fled from war and arrived to Italy with this project.
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A delegation of the Community of Sant'Egidio meets the President of the Central African Republic Touadéra

Among the discussed topics: DREAM Programme, health and work for peace
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September 30 2016
Vida Nueva
Marco Impagliazzo: “Los líderes musulmanes deben denunciar con más valentía el terrorismo”
September 21 2016
La Vanguardia
El papa Francisco pide que ante la guerra no haya "división entre las religiones"
September 19 2016
Vida Nueva
Líderes religiosos de todo el mundo conmemoran el 30º aniversario del ‘Espíritu de Asís’
September 19 2016
Francesc se suma al compromís de les religions per la pau a Assís
September 19 2016
Alto Adige
ad Assisi l'Onu delle Religioni per la Pace
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