Multiculturalism Under Fire

Rabbi Michael Melchoir

Multiculturalism Under Fire ~ Lessons from Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe will be the 2012 Anti Defamation Commission Gandel Oration by Rabbi Michael Melchoir, Chief Rabbi of Norway.

The Anti Defamation Commission, together with the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies is pleased to welcome its 2012 Gandel Orator, Rabbi Michael Melchior, internationally renowned Jewish leader, thinker and activist. Former Israeli Minister of the Mosaica Centre for Interreligious Cooperation, he is a leading advocate for social justice, interfaith dialogue and peaceful co-existence.

Rabbi Michael Melchoir will speak:

Melbourne: Wed 9 May 2012, 7.45 pm, St Kilda Town Hall

Sydney: Thurs 10 May 2012, 7.45 pm, Moriah College

Ticket bookings: Phone 9272 5677 or email

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Rabbi Michael Melchior, a former minister and Meimad party leader who has also served as the Chief Rabbi of Norway for thirty years, is being mentioned as one of the candidates for the post of Chief Rabbi of the UK and the Commonwealth.

Melchior, 58, was born in Denmark and studied at Yeshivat Ha-Kotel in Jerusalem and served as chief rabbi of Norway since the early 1980s, commuting to Oslo from Jerusalem after making aliyah in 1986.

Rabbi Melchior is a full-time international speaker and activist. He is in demand in interfaith and social justice forums both within and outside the Jewish community. Examples of his speeches can be viewed:

On social justice:

On interfaith dialogue:

On Holocaust education: