In This Issue
High Holy Days
A Resource for Interfaith Education and Dialogue
Education: The Heart of Interfiath Dialogue
Who's on Board?
Save the Date!
2010 Friends of the Center Appeal

September 2010

High Holy Days

Dear CCJS Friends and E-Letter Readers,

At the beginning of September, Jewish communities around the globe will observe the High Holy Days.  This especially sacred Rabbi Jonathan R. Katztime in the Jewish calendar emphasizes the need to strengthen our spiritual and personal integrity.  The music, liturgy and blowing of the shofar (ram's horn) seek to engender candid introspection about ultimate values and responsibilities.  The High Holy Days constitute a wake-up call to reclaim the spiritual and personal integrity we have seen abraded in an ever ethically compromised world.          
In bringing together members of the Jewish and Catholic community to educate others, forge friendships and undertake a range of programs of mutual concern, CCJS enables the gathering and directing of a range of resources in the important service of interfaith understanding, leadership and action.  I am proud to be a member of the CCJS board and hope I can make worthy contributions to it.

Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz
CCJS Board of Directors

High Holy Days

We wish all our Jewish friends a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful 
and Sweet New Year.RoshHash Photo

L' Shanah Tovah!



For more information regarding the Jewish New Year or Rosh HaShanah, visit 

A Resource for Interfaith Education and Dialogue


The Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar for 2010-2011/5771-5772


In the Catholic Church's "Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing the Conciliar Declaration Nostra Aetate, No. 4, 1975," it is noted that "to improve Jewish-Christian relations, it is important to take cognizance of those common elements of the liturgical life (formulas, feasts, rites, etc.) in which the Bible holds an essential place. 

In keeping with our tradition of including educational resource links you can explore regarding Jewish and Christian religious traditions, practices, and institutions, we recommend the  "Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar for 2010-2011/5771-5772," from "Tree of Life" Publishing.
Click on the link below for more information:
This calendar includes: 
  • Liturgical Readings for Sundays and Sabbaths
  • Festivals, Feasts, and Holy Days for both Jews andChristians 
  • Information that raises interfaith awareness and sensitivity
  • Complete liturgical cycles for Christian and Jewish traditions
  • Information to facilitate jointly planned activities
  • ''Easily to Read" typeface

Education: The Heart of Interfaith Dialogue

The Center also encourages you to visit the websites of these Jewish-Christian symbolrespected interfaith education and dialogue resources: 


Who's on Board?

Dr Kirk

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. Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz, who is not only a CCJS Board Member, but also the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key, Fl is featured this month.


CLICK HERE to view Rabbi Katz's profile.


CLICK HERE to view a list of the CCJS 2010 - 2011 Board of Director

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.

Please CLICK HERE for more information on the awards and the


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