Pope Francis Coauthor Rabbi Abraham Skorka to Speak on “Pope Francis and the Jews” at JTS

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October 14, 2013, New York, NY

On Tuesday, October 29, The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector and professor of Biblical and Rabbinic Literature at the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a discussion on the topic "Pope Francis and the Jews." Rabbi Skorka is a longtime dialogue partner and friend of Pope Francis (formerly Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires), with whom he coauthored the book On Heaven and Earth. He is also rabbi of the Jewish community Benei Tikva, and honorary professor of Hebrew Law at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. on the JTS campus at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP at www.jtsa.edu/skorka. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

"Rabbi Skorka recently traveled from Latin America to the Vatican to spend the final days of Sukkot with his friend, the Pope. They ate together, prayed together, and made history together by the simple act of two old friends breaking bread. To which we all must say, 'Amen!'" said Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue of JTS.

Of his friendship with the Pope, Rabbi Skorka has said, "We hold to different traditions, but we are creating a dialogue that has not existed for centuries . . . We want to move ahead by actions, we must advance by building bridges, through a living dialogue; not a dialogue of words, but a dialogue of actions that reflect our commitment."

Rabbi Skorka's interlocutor for the evening is Dr. Celia Deutsch, who is a research scholar in the Religion Department at Barnard College, where she taught from 1985 to 2012. Dr. Deutsch is a sister of Our Lady of Sion, and coordinator of her order's international team for Jewish-Christian relations.

This program is sponsored by the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue of JTS.