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21st International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee

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Over spring break, Dr. Lori Lefkovitz, Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of English, participated in the 21st International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee Meetings in Paris, France, where she presented at the education workshop on “Educating about the Other in Our Seminaries.” Excerpts from the Joint Declaration of the 21st International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee Meeting follow:

The conference, titled “Forty Years of Dialogue – Reflections and Future Perspectives,” addressed the past, present and future of Catholic-Jewish dialogue in its international settings. The event began with a review of the 40-year history of the ILC. For the current conference, delegates came from the United States, Europe, Israel, Australia, Latin America and Africa. The conference highlighted the positive relationship that began with the Second Vatican Council and the promulgation of Nostra Aetate (the declaration on the relationship of the Church to non-Christian Religions) in 1965…

The ILC committed itself to the next phase of its journey pledging to work for a peaceful future for the people in the Middle East region and the world, outreach to Jewish-Christian dialogue groups in Europe and Latin America, collaboration on social and ethical issues, and supporting the next generation of young leaders so they can build on the historic achievements of the last four decades. The participants are deeply convinced of the importance of encouraging good relations between Christians and Jews at every level and in all situations as a paradigm for other dialogues.

International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC)
Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

Professor Lefkovitz with Bishop William Murphy and Professor Lawrence Shiffman

Pictured at the College de Bernardins is Professor Lefkovitz between Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Rabbi Leonard Gordon, representing the United Synagogue. Also in the picture is Rabbi Richard Marker, head of the IJCIC.