Solemn vigil

Joachim Bambach on the spirit and origin of the vigil for Israel, Israel Congress 2018 in Berlin

Why a vigil?

Christians of the most different denominations assemble and pray in silence:

  • for the Chancellor; that she also has the courage to do what she says according to her words about anti-Semitism;
  • for all politicians; that they put an end to political considerations and empty words about anti-Semitism;
  • that politics becomes authentic and believable again („say what I do and do what I say“);
  • for God‘s mighty arm moves people‘s hearts to action against anti-Semitism, especially among all responsible decision-makers in politics and business;
  • God‘s comfort, love and confidence for our Jewish siblings;
  • that we Christians – no matter what denomination – stand up and lay all silence on anti-Semitism in Germany down and loudly confess the truth of God;
  • in personal concerns on this topic

History of the development of the vigil

November 2017:

  • “Jews to the gas shouts” on German streets
  • Deep personal shock
  • Three days in a “state of emergency”
  • Idea vigil
  • Organization and realization of the first vigil on 20.12.2017


  • From 14 to 15 o’clock on Fridays when we are not in Berlin we organize an “online vigil”. Would you like to participate? With pleasure! Please let us know about your interest via We will then send you a link to participate.
  • 05.11.2021, from 2pm to 3mp in Berlin, Square in front of the Federal Chancellery
  • 10.12.2021, from 2pm to 3mp in Berlin, Square in front of the Federal Chancellery
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