In This Issue
Who's on Board?
Save the Date!
2010 Friends of the Center Appeal

August 2010

Introducing Dr. David Hernandez 
  Sixth Chair, Board of Directors, the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies

Dear CCJS Friends and E-Letter Readers,

Justice and understanding are fundamental values of the Rule of David HernandezSaint Benedict upon which my undergraduate alma mater was founded.  The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies exists to redress injustice and foster understanding.  That's why I became involved and why I am proud to lead this extraordinary cooperative venture of Saint Leo University and the American Jewish Committee.  We have already accomplished a great deal in fostering greater understanding of our respective faiths and living out the profound principles articulated in the Second Vatican Council's declaration, Nostra Aetate. I feel fortunate to be called to lead the CCJS Board during the 45th anniversary year of the document which commands those of my Catholic faith to begin anew our relationship with the people Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict rightly call our spiritual ancestors.

Dr. David Hernandez
Chair, CCJS Board of Directors

Who's on Board?

Dr KirkWith this E-Letter, we are unveiling a new feature, Who's on Board?  We hope, by profiling a member of our CCJS Board of Directors each month, our readers and friends will have the opportunity to get to know the leaders behind the scenes who are committed to the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies and its mission. Dr. David Hernandez is featured this month as he begins his two year term as Chair of the Board of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.
CLICK HERE to view Dr. Hernandez's profile.

Save The Date! Wednesday, October 27, 2010 The Westin Tampa Harbour Island

The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is proud to announce the Eternal Light Award for 2010 will be presented to Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., President of Saint Leo University and a founder of the Center for Cathoic-Jewish Studies.
Ecumenism and Interreligious DialogueThe Eternal Light Award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of Catholic-Jewish relations. Dr. Kirk will receive this award on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's adoption of the historic Nostra Aetate declaration, which opened the door for interfaith education and dialogue in the Catholic Church.  His vision and leadership led to the creation of CCJS in 1998 and continues to inspire all of us who support the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University.  
WhitingsA Special Award, the CCJS Community Leadership Award - will be presented to Gail and Paul Whiting in recognition of their commitment to the Center and its mission and for their outstanding leadership in the community.  As a couple who live their values each day, we honor and celebrate them and their many contributions.

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