Dialogue as an ‘Exchange of Gifts:’ How the Catholic-Jewish Rapprochement Can Enrich American Society

Monday, September 14, 2020, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

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The post-Second World War “journey of friendship” between Jews and Catholics, as Pope Francis has called it, has shown the world that it is possible for two communities that had been estranged and hostile to one another for over a millennium to come together in a new and enriching relationship. Today our country is experiencing a reckoning in terms of its racist legacy. What helpful lessons can be learned from the ongoing Catholic and Jewish experience of rapprochement? Two leaders in the national Catholic-Jewish dialogue will discuss the connections between interracial and interreligious relations.

Guest Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Walter F. Kedjierski is the Executive Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He holds an Ed.D. in Interfaith and Ecumenical Education from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana and a Ph.D. in Dogmatic/Spiritual Theology from the Graduate Theological Foundation’s Foundation House at Oxford University.


Rabbi David Straus is the  Senior Rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple | Beth Elohim in Wynnewood, PA. He is a co-convener of the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, and serves on the board and executive committee of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. He is the chair of the National Council of Synagogues which meets regularly with members of the US Catholic Conference of Bishops, National Council of Churches, and the Evangelical Community.