The Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies will hold its annual signature fundraiser, Evening of Roses, on Tuesday, June 14 at 6 p.m. in Bethany Hall. The event honors those who advance Sister Rose's legacy by fostering understanding and cooperation among Jews, Christians and people of other religious traditions through advocacy and education.
It was created to raise scholarship funding for teachers enrolled in Seton Hall's Jewish-Christian Studies certificate program, who have made it their mission to help develop the next generation of leaders and upstanders.
This year's keynote speaker will be Oren Jacoby, acclaimed director of the Oscar-nominated Sister Rose's Passion, a 39-minute documentary on Sister Rose's life which won Best Documentary, Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2004 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005. He has directed over 30 films including On Broadway, the story of the Broadway Theater's role in the rebirth of New York City and My Italian Secret, which tells the story of Italians who risked their lives to save thousands of Jews in World War II.
Those also slated to speak during the event include:
- Rabbi David Vaisberg, Temple B'nai Abraham (Livingston, New Jersey)
- Father Colin Kay, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Seton Hall
- Reverend Monsignor C. Anthony Ziccardi, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Immaculate Conception School of Theology
The Sister Rose Thering Fund supports students studying in the graduate program of Jewish-Christian Studies in the Department of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers a comprehensive curriculum leading to a Master of Arts in Jewish-Christian Studies, as well as a Certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies. The Fund was established in 1993, and Thering served as its administrator until retiring in 2005. As administrator, she played an integral part in recruiting educators to take part in the program and in raising funds to defray the costs of tuition.
The goals of the Fund's programs are to reduce prejudice born of ignorance and misperception, to promote means for conveying the richness of the Jewish and Christian traditions accurately and without bias and to foster cooperation among Jews and Christians in areas of common social welfare. More than 350 teachers throughout New Jersey have benefited from Fund scholarships for their studies in Seton Hall University's Jewish-Christian Studies graduate program during the past two decades and have had an impact on more than 150,000 students in their classes.
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