A Model Of Ecumenical Cooperation
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Some five dozen middle school students — half of them Jewish, half Catholic — compared their respective faiths’ beliefs and collaborated on the construction of Pesach-themed poster boards at the Anti-Defamation League’s recent Model Interfaith Seder.

Students from the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan and the Epiphany School, a parochial school in Manhattan, shared a kosher meal and heard remarks by Abraham Foxman, ADL national director, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan, leader of the city’s archdiocese.

The event at the ADL headquarters in Manhattan offered many of the Schechter School students their first chance to discuss Catholic beliefs with Catholic peers, says Steven Lorch, Solomon Schechter’s head of school.

Topics included the role of wine as part of the religions’ rituals, and the importance of asking questions. “They stayed on topic,” Lorch says. “I’m more than satisfied. Demystifying Jewish beliefs to Catholic kids and Catholic beliefs to Jewish kids is a major step to mutual understanding.”

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04/28/2011 - 14:08

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I support organizing for social change in our community. However, we must teach the Catholic Church to abandon their doctrines of sexual and social oppression. They must learn from the Jewish Community to commit to social change and that means reforming their Church from the top down. We must teach them tolerance and love for the sinner as the Jewish Community teaches. Progressive Catholics clearly reject the traditional doctrine of the Archbishop who met with the Schechter School. Why are Jewish children forced into meeting with a reactionary Preist who clearly rejects our Jewish social values? We must join with those who support our social values of change and tolerance.

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