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|In This Issue|
|2009 Eternal Light Award Dinner|
|Rodeph Sholom Hosts Interfaith Seder|
|Former CCJS Director Reflects on Service in Vietnam|
10th Annual Eternal Light Award Dinner Honoring Amy-Jill Levine Held at Bethany Center in Lutz
Our guests were also greeted by Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., President of Saint Leo University, Brian Lipton, Director of The American Jewish Committee West Coast Florida Chapter, and Msgr. Robert Morris, Vicar General of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
A traditional and symbolic conclusion to the evening was given by the Catholic and Jewish clergy present gathering together at the podium for concluding blessings.
The Eternal Light Award is given annually by the Center to celebrate the efforts of an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the fields of interfaith relations and human rights.
CONGREGATION RODEPH SHOLOM HOSTS INTERFAITH PASSOVER SEDER
Congregation Rodeph Sholom hosted an interfaith Passover Seder Orientation entitled "Teaching the Seder" on Thursday, April 2. The event was a opportunity for people from different faith traditions to learn and share the richness of the Seder tradition.
RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL AND EX OFFICIO CCJS DIRECTOR REFLECTS ON VIETNAM AT SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Thomas V. Draude spoke at Saint Leo University's main campus on Tuesday, April 7 about his experiences serving in the Vietnam War. His talk was entitled "Vietnam: Looking Back After Three Tours and a Return Trip."
General Draude served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 30 years. During three tours of duty during the Vietnam War, he served as infantry platoon and company commander, and was an adviser to the Vietnam Marines. He later served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm before retiring from military service in 1993. He has received 10 personal awards for combat, including two Silver Star medals and the Purple Heart.
General Draude has been an important member of the Saint Leo community for years and has previously served as a member of the university's board of trustees and on the board of directors for the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.
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