The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to make a brief visit to Israel this week to meet with the Chief Rabbis of Israel. Dr Williams will meet with Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
The meeting fulfills the commitment made in the joint declaration of September 2006, which set out a framework for a formal dialogue between the Archbishop and the Chief Rabbinate. The agreement provided for meetings in alternate years at Lambeth and Jerusalem, and for the establishment of an Anglican-Jewish Commission. The leaders will consider the conclusions of the Anglican-Jewish Comission which met for the first time in July, when they discussed papers on the theme of the Sanctity of Life.
It is hoped that a communiquÃ© will be issued at the conclusion of the meeting on Wednesday.