B’nai B’rith Director of United Nations and Intercommunal Affairs David J. Michaels will attend a Vatican-organized interfaith conference today in Assissi, Italy, as a member of the invited Jewish delegation. The event, the third since John Paul II’s initial conference in 1986, will bring together representatives from various Christian denominations and more than a dozen other faiths.
Michaels is available for interviews to provide first-hand insight into the state of global interreligious affairs. This will be his sixth audience with Pope Benedict XVI.
Since it was launched in 2006, Michaels has led B’nai B’rith’s intercommunal affairs office. His diplomatic experience includes interreligious engagement both with this pope and with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.