Seton Hall University’s Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in
Jewish-Christian Studies marked its 20th anniversary on April 21 with
its annual Evening of Roses program. The Evening of Roses celebrates
the life and work of the late and beloved Sister Rose Thering, and
honors distinguished men and women who work to strengthen the
relationship between Jews and Christians, along with fostering
understanding through education and inter-religious cooperation.
This year's honoree was Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission
on Holocaust Education, Dr. Paul B. Winkler, who received an honorary
doctorate for his efforts in building the state's Holocaust education
endeavor, and nurturing the relationship between Jews and Christians.
Sister Rose Thering Fund (SRTF) Executive Director Dr. David Bossman
delivered the program's opening address, speaking of the passion and
audacity of Sister Rose and the continued progression of her work that
began at Seton Hall’s Institute of Judaeo-Christian studies in 1968.
"We celebrate Dr. Winkler's admirable role, and at the same time we
look to you as our primary support system," Dr. Bossman said to the
Jubilee Hall audience.
In his own remarks, Dr. Winkler expressed great admiration for and
gratitude to the late Sister Rose and the SRTF Board, also emphasizing
how his position with the New Jersey Commission enables him to better
serve the men and women who survived the Holocaust.
"Working with Sister Rose and Seton Hall for over 30 years, it is a
great honor for me to receive an award for the recognition," Dr.
Winkler said. "The years going to school, sitting in a class for my
dissertation and work, doesn't compare to being honored for your life's
work. It's all the people that have been here today, especially the
survivors. That's what it's all about."
Dr. Winkler closed his address by saying, "There is still so much work
to be done."
As part of the Evening of Roses celebration, the Newark Boys Chorus
performed in honor of Dr. Winkler. The talented young men proudly
performed songs of inspiration and faith, including Rollo Dilworth’s
Walking in Jerusalem.
In its 20 years, the Sister Rose Thering Fund has raised enough to
provide scholarships for more than 400 educators to participate in
Seton Hall's graduate program in Jewish-Christian Studies, impacting
more than 160,000 school children throughout the state.
The Evening of Roses was part of the university's yearlong celebration
of Building Bridges: 60 Years of Jewish-Christian Dialogue.
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