June 2009

In This Issue
Interfaith Dinner and Conversation
Rodeph Sholom Hosts Passover Orientation


With gratitude for your continuing support, we share with you some of the happenings this summer at the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.
Thomas Poynor
Assistant Director

CCJS Hosts Dinner and Interfaith Conversation

May 14 2009 Dinner

Board Members Maureen and Doug Cohn, Linda and Jim Taggart, and Gail and Paul Whiting hosted an interfaith gathering on May 16, 2009 at the Cohn home in Tampa on behalf of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.  

The evening included dinner and an open conversation about the status of Catholic Jewish dialogue with insightful personal comments by Rabbi James Rudin and Fr. Len Piotrowski.


Congregation Rodeph Sholom Presents Passover OrientationRodeph Sholom Seder 2009

Congregation Rodeph Sholom's Continuing Education Working Group, in cooperation with the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University, presented a unique back-to-back two evening event on Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2,  featuring a Passover Overview and Passover Orientation - both in preparation for Rodeph Sholom's Second Seder.
The Passover Overview was led by Rabbi Sack, congregant and Professor Emerita Dr. Sara Mandell and Dr. Jim Strange, USF Professor of Religious Studies.  The evening was an exploration of Passover as an observance essentially dating from the Second Temple period that has evolved into the holiday we keep today.
The Passover Orientation was a lively introduction to Passover practices, ritual and songs - serving as a refresher for some and as an introduction to those who have not attended a Seder previously.  Congregant Laurin Jacobson, Cantor Friedler and Rabbi Sack were the key featured presenters.  Committee head Michael Shapiro served as the emcee.
The programs were designed to offer congregants, Jews who are not affiliated and members of other faith communities an opportunity to learn and celebrate together.
As part of the Festival of Freedom programming for Passover this year, Congregation Rodeph Sholom and the Continuing Education Working Group were privileged to recognize Laurin Jacobson, Linda Taggart, Liz Kennedy, Rabbi Marc Sack and Cantor Moshe Friedler for their valuable contributions to continuing education and the causes of human liberty, tolerance, interfaith understanding and Tikkun Olam - renewing and repairing the world.
Linda Taggart is a Board Member of Saint Leo University's Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.  She and congregant Laurin Jacobson traveled to Rome following their participation in the Walking God's Path series, held with attendees from Christ The King Church and Rodeph Sholom.  Liz Kennedy is the founder of Bridge Builders, an interfaith relationship- building group.
Over 110 people attended Rodeph Sholom's Communal Seder, held Thursday evening, April 9th.  Many attendees from the Orientation and Overview attended.  The multi-course brisket dinner was catered by Rodeph's chef Kim Godwin.  The theme was holiday family memories - a theme all could relate to easily.
Written by Iris Ruth Pastor, Program Director, Rodeph Sholom

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