I am pleased to inform you that I have been selected to participate in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies summer seminar entitled “The Overlooked Revolution: The Shift in Catholic Teaching on the Jews since Vatican II.” I will be joining scholars from England, France, Canada and several American universities for this intense and important program in June.
Blessings and shalom,
The Next Important Step in Christian-Jewish Relations
Rabbi Michael J. Cook to Offer Clergy Workshop and Public Lecture on "Gospel Dynamics: Jews and Catholics Reading the New Testament” CLICK HERE for details
An Hour of Rememberance
An interreligious service commemorating
On Sunday, April 14, 2013, at 2:30 PM, the Diocese of Venice, Florida presented an Hour of Remembrance commemorating the Holocaust.
CLICK HERE to view the remarks that guest speaker Dr Abraham J. Peck, Director, Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University made at the event.
Video of March 19, 2013 “Muslim Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust” Presentation by Professor Mehnaz Afridi
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A Liberation Seder: Jewish, Muslim and Christian Reflections
More than 100 guests, Jews, Christians and Muslims, participated in the annual model Passover Seder sponsored by the Saint Leo University Ministry and the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University on March 21, 2013.
This year’s Seder was highlighted by the introduction of a new resource:
How the Story of the Exodus Speaks to Jews, Christians, and Muslims:
An Interfaith Commentary and Passover Haggadah
The discussion themes in the Exodus Conversations were created by Jewish, Catholic and Muslim scholars including the Center for Catholic- Jewish Studies 2012 Eternal Light honoree, Professor Mary C. Boys. CLICK HERE to view the website for the Exodus Conversations
A World of Sanity and Sometimes Terrible Evil
Professor Robert H. Bardach is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Saint Leo University’s Department of Education. In attending the Center’s three part speaker series on “To Save One Life: Catholic and Muslim Rescuers of Jews in the Holocaust,” Professor Bardach ,who holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Management and Leadership and participated in a 2 year Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, was moved by the theme of the series that “to save one life is like saving all of mankind.” So much so, that he decided to donate a piece of his art to the Center. Professor Bardach has been painting for a number of years and pieces of his work are currently on display at the Gallery of the Arts in Brooksville, Florida.
This is what Professor Bardach wrote about his painting:
After attending a lecture series sponsored by the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University and following a series of conversations with the Center’s Executive Director, Professor Abraham Peck, I decided to donate Flowers for Shabbat. It was evident to me that this painting, and the work conducted by the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, spoke to the nature of a thoughtful and critical examination of the sharing of spiritual and religious connections in the hopes of creating a brighter tomorrow. These hopes, I believe; spring from a strong connection to faith, family, and community. And these are the connections that must be in place for those that truly wish to connect their lives to God.
In a Jewish household it is customary for a husband to bring flowers to his wife and family at the end of the day on Friday to help bring the spirit of the Sabbath into his home. This painting entitled ‘Flowers for Shabbat’ was intended to depict a brief moment on a cold Friday evening, where the man’s memory of a simple tradition on Shabbat allows for the connection to those he loved and lost in the most tragic of conditions. As the man gazes through the fence he is reminded that the world is a place of sanity, at times interrupted by the irrationality of terrible Evil. Not the other way around.
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