“Building mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation among Jews, Catholics, and all people of good will by providing opportunities for interfaith education and dialogue.”
Sponsoring Partners:Saint Leo University American Jewish
Walking God’s Paths
Friends of the Center:
Diocese of Saint Petersburg
Florida Holocaust Museum
|In This Issue|
|Save These Dates|
|CCJS Partnership Programming Photos|
|Important Updates & News Links|
|Nostra Aetate Resources|
|2010 Friends of the Center Appeal|
Dear CCJS Friends and E-Letter Readers,
Theology and Religion, Saint Leo University
SAVE THESE DATES
This lively interfaith education and dialogue program will begin with a presentation by Rome journalist, Lisa Palmieri-Billig, American Jewish Committee's (AJC) representative in Italy, Liaison to the Vatican's Holy See, and Rome and Vatican correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. Following a delicious lunch, a panel of local religion writers and media experts will join Lisa to discuss current challenges for those who work the media's "God Beat," as well as those in the community who rely upon their reporting. Seating is limited. We have a few seats remaining. Please register by May 3rd. Cost: $35.00 (includes lunch). A portion of the proceeds will support CCJS interfaith education and dialogue programming in our community.
CCJS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMMING PHOTO ALBUM
Bishop Frank J. Dewane of the Diocese of Venice welcomed more than 550 people to the Epiphany Cathedral for the "Hour of Remembrance: an Interreligious Service Commemorating Yom Hashoah." CCJS board member, Deacon Pat Macaulay of the Diocese of Venice, shared the following report from the Florida Catholic:
- Remembering those who suffered and those who died in the Holocaust is not enough. Unless people start to take the threat that another Holocaust is possible then it could become a reality again.
This was the powerful theme of the annual Yom Hashoah - An Hour of Remembrance, an interreligious service April 25 at Epiphany Cathedral Parish which included more than 550 people.
Keynote speaker Father Dennis McManus, who was recently appointed theologian to Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Moderator of Jewish Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and who has been involved in interreligious dialogue for more than 35 years, sounded a warning that unless people start thinking of the Holocaust as something that was not an isolated time in world history then it will prevent people from seeing the real danger of the Holocaust happening again. Read more here.
- From Tampa Congregation Rodeph Sholom: CCJS friend and former board member, Maureen Cohn, is pictured in this April 15, 2010 Tampa Tribune article describing the debut of Rodeph Sholom Cantor Moshe Friedler's film and music. A CD-ROM of Cantor Friedler's original compositions is available for purchase. For more information and to order a copy of Cantor Friedler's CD, please contact the Rodeph Sholom office (813) 837-1911.
Some projects just take a little more time than others. Cantor Moshe Friedler's most recent endeavor took about 15 years from conception to completion.
IMPORTANT UPDATES AND NEWS LINKS
Archbishop Timothy Dolan joined Rabbi Schneier and the congregation of New York City's Park East Synagogue to dedicate a plaque commemorating the 2008 visit of Pope Benedict XVI. The following includes an excerpt from Archbishop Dolan's Blog describing the event, and a link to his remarks titled, "Catholic-Jewish Relations in America: A Modest Proposal."
NOSTRA AETATE RESOURCES
This month we are featuring the important work of Rabbi Michael Signer of Blessed Memory. Rabbi Signer honored CCJS and Saint Leo University as a presenter at the February 2000 CCJS Campus Conference, "The Evolution of Catholic-Jewish Relations During the Pontificate of Pope John Paul II." Please read his 2005 essay:
"Nostra Aetate after 40 Years: A Decisive Change" By Michael A. Signer, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame.
Introduction: One of the easiest ways to assess the difference in relations between Christians and Jews in the forty years since 1965 is to examine a library catalogue. The number of books devoted to the historical, theological and philosophical dimensions of our relationship grows larger every year. Beyond the printed pages there are human encounters which encourage exploration of our religious traditions. There are dozens of symposia and many research centers that focus on the past, present and future of this relationship. If someone were to investigate this topic prior to 1965 they would discover only a few Jewish authors who explored the Christian tradition and even less Christian authors who examined Judaism with a measure of empathy.
Read more here.
By Richard McBrien
Created Feb 09, 2009
Michael Signer was the author and editor of five books on topics that range from Medieval Latin biblical commentaries to contemporary Jewish-Christian relations, and was one of the four authors of the historic statement, Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity. Michael Signer was among the founders of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, and delivered an important paper on Dabru Emet at its first annual meeting on October 28, 2002.
This month CCJS is also highlighting the following newly released text, "An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations" (Cambridge University 2010), by Edward Kessler, Founder and Executive Director of the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths and Fellow of St. Edmund's College at Cambridge University:
"Relations between Christians and Jews over the past two thousand years have been characterized to a great extent by mutual distrust and by Christian discrimination and violence against Jews. In recent decades, however, a new spirit of dialogue has been emerging, beginning with an awakening among Christians of the Jewish origins of Christianity, and encouraging scholars of both traditions to work together. An Introduction to Jewish-Christian relations sheds fresh light on this ongoing interfaith encounter, exploring key writings and themes in Jewish-Christian history, from the Jewish context of the New Testament to major events of modern times, including the rise of ecumenism, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the creation of the state of Israel. This accessible theological and historical study also touches on numerous related areas such as Jewish and interfaith studies, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, international relations and the political sciences"--Provided by publisher.
Rabbi A. James Rudin
This timely interfaith education and dialogue conference focusing on the legacy of Nostra Aetate will be heldon the campus of Saint Leo University in the new Student Community Center on Thursday, October 28, 2010. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with conference presentations from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. CEU credits will be offered. Cost: $25. Conference Chairs: Rabbi A. James Rudin and Shelia McDevitt, Esq. Academic Chair: Reverend Dr. William Ditewig, Director, Master of Arts in Theology, Saint Leo University.
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