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.”