The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce that Mordechay Lewy, Immediate Past Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Holy See, will deliver a lecture, "50 Years of Jewish-Catholic Dialogue," on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at JTS. The event, which will take place at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City, marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and is jointly sponsored by the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue of The Jewish Theological Seminary and the John Paul II Center, a partnership between the Russell Berrie Foundation and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum University) in Rome. Rabbi Jack Bemporad, director of the Center for Interreligious Understanding, will serve as moderator. Admission to the JTS lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online, or call (212) 280-6093 for additional information. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have photo ID available.
"We are thrilled to have Ambassador Lewy at JTS as we celebrate the conclusion of his service for the State of Israel at the Vatican," said Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies and director of the Milstein Center. "Further, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, an event that changed the history of the Catholic Church and set its relations with Judaism on a positive course. Finally, we are deeply pleased to work with the John Paul II Center in Rome and our good friends at the Russell Berrie Foundation in the promotion of Jewish-Catholic relations."
Ambassador Lewy, originally from Afula, Israel, served as the State's envoy to the Vatican from 2008 to 2012. He entered the diplomatic service of Israel in 1975, and then served in Bonn as first secretary (1976-1981), Stockholm as counselor (1985-1989), Berlin as consul general (1991-1994) and minister (2000-2004), and Bangkok as ambassador to Thailand and Cambodia (1994-1997). From November 2004 to April 2008, on behalf of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Lewy was assigned to the mayor of Jerusalem as advisor on Muslim-Christian affairs. The ambassador is a graduate of Hebrew University.
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