“The State of Catholic-Jewish Relations in the United States”

An Address by The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan at JTS

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
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March 9, 2011, New York, NY

The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will deliver an address entitled “The State of Catholic-Jewish Relations in the United States” at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Following the address will be a dialogue between Archbishop Dolan and JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen. The event, a Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture and cosponsored by JTS’s Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online at www.jtsa.edu/catholic-jewish or call (212) 280-6093. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have photo ID available.

The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan was elected president of the USCCB in November 2010. In 2009, he served as moderator of Catholic-Jewish Relations for the USCCB, helping to facilitate mutual exchange and understanding between the Catholic and Jewish communities of the United States. Looking to promote a dialogue of mutuality rather than a revisiting of past grievances, Archbishop Dolan will propose a new approach to Catholic-Jewish exchange that draws its principles from a common biblical heritage to face problems shared by both communities in the modern world.

Archbishop Dolan was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1976. Following service as a parish priest, he earned his doctorate in Church history at The Catholic University of America. Subsequent service included further parish work, assignment at the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Washington DC, and the post of rector of the North American College in Rome. In 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of St. Louis and, the following year, archbishop of Milwaukee. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI nominated him archbishop of New York.

Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on AmericanJudaism,is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his appointment in 2007, he has increased JTS’s impact on the communities it serves by transforming the education of religious leadership for Conservative Judaism; articulating a new vision for JTS; guiding the formulation of a strategic plan to implement that vision; and developing innovative programs in synagogue arts and practices, adult education, pastoral care, Jewish thought, interreligious dialogue, and the arts.

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lectures provide the opportunity for eminent academics, religious leaders, intellectuals, and public figures to discuss topics of interest with the JTS community and the public at large.
Since 1938, JTS’s Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies has maintained an innovative interfaith and intergroup relations program that emphasizes conversation among diverse communities.

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