WJC President Ronald S. Lauder Addresses 2021 G20 Interfaith Forum
NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder addressed world leaders at the 2021 G20 Interfaith Forum on Sunday in Bologna, Italy, delivering an impassioned plea for a global effort to strengthen religious education.
The Sept. 12-14 gathering, “Time to Heal: Peace Among Cultures, Understanding Between Religions,” focuses on the role of religion in ameliorating global challenges that include the pandemic, widespread violence, the massive disruption of formal education, racism and climate change.
“With all the problems we face, it is religion that is most in danger,” Amb. Lauder said in his remarks, shared virtually. Religion has given humankind “hope and purpose for thousands of years,” he said, and has taught us essential concepts such as forbearance, charity, purpose and the importance of family.