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Sister Rose Thering Fund Holds Annual Dr. Marcia Robbins Wilf Lecture
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Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf LectureDr. Michael Berenbaum and Dr. John Pawlikowski recently discussed Nostra Aetate and its effects on Jewish-Catholic relations at the Sister Rose Thering Fund’s annual Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Lecture.

The event was part of Seton Hall's year-long celebration of Building Bridges: 60 Years of Jewish-Christian Dialogue. Dr. Berenbaum is the former Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute and Dr. Pawlikowski serves as Director of Jewish-Catholic Studies at the Catholic Theologian Union in Chicago.

Dr. David Bossman, Executive Director of the Sister Rose Thering Fund, expressed his gratitude to the lecturers.

"We are especially delighted to bring two great minds, two great achievers together today to speak from very distinctive points of view in Judaism and Christianity," Dr. Bossman said.

Dr. Berenbaum touched on Catholic-Jewish relations and building a beneficial relationship between Jews and Muslims. He spoke of a transitional time for the church and the necessity of expanding Jewish-Christian dialogue for future generations in an effort to keep the youth informed on matters such as the Holocaust.

"We are the last generation to live in the presence of survivors," Dr. Berenbaum said. "If you can come 60 years after the Holocaust, then there are astounding things the human spirit can achieve."

Dr. Berenbaum said he prides Seton Hall on its dedication to Jewish-Christian studies, citing the university's efforts as being some of the most important and some of the holiest work that can be done.

Dr. Pawlikowski also commented on Jewish-Christian relations regarding Muslims, and spoke of the discourse between Jews and Muslims.

"The University has decided to use Nostra Aetate as a framework for the core curriculum, and I don't know of any other university that has made that kind of commitment," Dr. Pawlikowski said. "I certainly regard Seton Hall as sacred ground in terms of the history of Catholic-Jewish relations."

Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf, for whom the lecture is named as a result of her personal endowment, gathered insight from the lecturers.

"The event was more than I expected," Dr. Robbins-Wilf said. "I love what Dr. Berenbaum was talking about, the past relationship between the Muslims and the Jews and how productive it was. I think that there will be a new thrust and possibly something will come out of the Muslims, Jews and Christians."

The Sister Rose Thering Fund will continue with a series of events this year as part of the Building Bridges initiative. On Sunday, April 14, the Sister Rose Thering Fund will host the 36th annual South Orange/Maplewood Interfaith Holocaust Memorial Service, featuring keynote speaker, Larry Pantirer, son of Holocaust survivor Murray Pantirer. He will recount his father's story in Jubilee Hall, on the Seton Hall campus. The service, free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m.

To accompany and precede the event, the annual March of Remembrance, paying homage to victims of the Holocaust will begin at 3:15 from Grove Park, ending at the Seton Hall campus.

The Sister Rose Thering Fund's Annual Evening of Roses will take place Sunday April 21, at 2 p.m. in Jubilee Hall on the Seton Hall campus. The evening confers honorary doctorates to distinguished members of the Jewish-Catholic community and also serves as the SRTF's main fundraising vehicle. Public tickets are priced at $75.

For more information on the Sister Rose Thering Fund events and for reservations for the Evening of Roses please contact Marilyn Zirl at or call (973)-761-9006.

For more information please contact:
Marilyn Zirl
(973) 761-9006


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