In This Issue
Who's on Board?
Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations Ninth Annual Meeting
Save the Date!
Recommended Reading
2010 Friends of the Center Appeal

October 2010

Dear CCJS Friends and E-Letter Readers,
The month of October is a very special one for us at the Center. Each year since the Center's founding, we have selected an individual (or individuals) representing the very finest of values Tom Buckridgewho have had an impact upon the lives of others in the spirit of mutual understanding amongst peoples of faith.
 This year, at our Eternal Light Award dinner, we have the opportunity to recognize a man of character, Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., President of Saint Leo University with the Eternal Light Award. Dr. Kirk had the vision some 13 years ago to engage in interfaith dialogue on the campus of what then was Saint Leo College in an area of the South where a long legacy of such engagement was not evident, as it had been in the Northeastern and Central States. 
We also have the opportunity to recognize Gail and Paul Whiting with a Community Leadership Award for their longstanding efforts at bringing peoples of different faiths together and for their many charitable and community efforts across the Tampa Bay Area.
It will be a privilege to be amongst such esteemed individuals on October 27th at the Westin Harbour Island Hotel in downtown Tampa as we celebrate their achievements.
Let us rejoice in having such wonderful friends to cherish as we build a better world, one personal contact at a time.
Tom Buckridge
Corporate Secretary & Board Member

Who's on Board?

The monthly "Who's on Board?" feature profiles a member of our CCJS Board of Directors. We hope 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. Tom Buckridge, who is not only the CCJS Board Secretary, but also the Managing Director of Nummarius, LLC is featured this month.
CLICK HERE to view Tom Buckridge's profile.
CLICK HERE to view a list of the CCJS 2010 - 2011 Board of Director

Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations Ninth Annual Meeting October 27 - 28

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The Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR) is an association of centers and institutes in the United States and Canada devoted to enhancing mutual understanding between Jews and Christians. 

"As its name suggests, the Council serves as a network for the sharing of information, research, and resources among academic and educational organizations. While most of these are centers or institutes located in the United States, there are also affiliate members from overseas. Representatives from major Christian and Jewish agencies and religious bodies in the United States are also members."  
The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is a member of the CCJR.
This month, the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations will be having its Ninth Annual Meeting at the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 27th and October 28th.  It will be Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the Promulgation of  Nostra Aetate.  The Keynote address will be given by Cardinal Walter Kasper on the topic: "Cardinal Walter Kasper's  11 Years as President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews." 
This year  Michael J. Tkacik, Ph.D., associate professor of theology at Saint Leo University, will be representing our Center at this conference. His research and areas of specialization center on the ecclesiology and sacramentology of the Second Vatican Council, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, and the roles of the laity and deacons within the Catholic Church.  Dr. Tkacik will share his experience at this conference in an upcoming E-Letter.

CCJR publishes a journal, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations.  

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

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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.

Please CLICK HERE for more information on the awards and the event

Recommended Books

This month CCJS is highlighting the following newly released book, "Christians & Jews, Faith to Faith: Tragic History, Promising Present, Fragile Future" (Jewish Lights Publishing, October 31, 2010), by Rabbi James Rudin, founder and member of the board of the Center for Catholic - Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University.


"For two thousand years, Christians and Jews have coexisted in Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialoguean uneasy state of tension, mutual suspicion, and often hatred and violence. But in recent years, courageous Christian and Jewish leaders have together confronted the past with laserlike intensity and commenced the urgent task of building bridges of solidarity, mutual knowledge and respect. This extraordinary effort, coming after two millennia that were frequently filled with intolerance and distrust, reverses a tragic history and creates a new and constructive relationship between Christians and Jews. But it has not been easy. How did this happen? How was it possible to begin the process of overcoming centuries of stereotypes, caricatures and bigotry? And does the development of constructive Christian-Jewish relations, albeit still fragile, offer a successful model to resolve other intergroup conflicts? This probing examination of Christian-Jewish relations looks at the major issues facing both faith traditions to guarantee that the recent hard-earned gains and achievements will not be lost or weakened in the difficult years ahead."
About the Author
Rabbi James Rudin, was a member of the American Jewish Committee's professional staff for thirty-two years, where he served as Interreligious Affairs Director. He is currently the AJC's Senior Interreligious Adviser. An international leader in interreligious relations, Rabbi Rudin participated in eleven meetings with John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He is a prolific author and a columnist for the Religion News Service/Newhouse Newspaper Syndicate, and has published articles in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian CenturyNational Catholic Reporter and Christianity Today. Among his books is Israel for Christians: Understanding Modern Israel. Rabbi Rudin is a frequent guest on television and radio programs.


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