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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

A rabbi and priest walk into a bar … almost

By Elaine Durbach


Playing on a joke they couldn't resist, Rabbi Joshua Hess, right, and Father Charles Cortinovis, roommates at a four-day conference for young Jewish and Catholic leaders, gather on the doorstep of a bar in Manhattan.



JWR 'spirituality in sports' columnist Joshua Hess finds common ground with 'Father Charlie'


JewishWorldReview.com | Passing a bar in Manhattan a few weeks back in the company of a Catholic priest, Rabbi Joshua Hess couldn't resist posing for a photo. He put it up on Facebook with the inevitable caption, "A rabbi and a priest walk into a barů," although they didn't, actually. They went instead to a kosher restaurant.

The priest was Father Charles Cortinovis of Potomac, Md., Hess's roommate at a four-day Catholic-Jewish Emerging Leadership Conference, held at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut. The outing to Manhattan was a break from talks and workshops, and a chance to visit Catholic and Jewish leaders in the city.

"The best part of the experience was forming relationships with people of a different faith, seeing how many similarities we share and how much we have in common," Hess said. "It was wonderful."

The gathering, held June 18-21, focused on the theme, "Catholics and Jews: Our Common Values, Our Common Roots." It was organized by the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, a partnership between the International Jewish Commission on Interreligious Consultations and the Holy See's Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews.


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Hess, leader of Congregation Anshe Chesed, the Orthodox synagogue in Linden, New Jersey, said he was honored to be chosen as a participant. He was the only rabbi from New Jersey among the 25 rabbis and other Jewish community leaders and graduate students who joined 23 Catholics. The participants, all between the ages of about 25 to 40, came from the United States, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, and Israel.

Each participant shared rooms with a peer from another religious group. Hess said he and "Father Charlie" talked until late every night. "We'd get back to our room tired from a long day of talks, and we'd get into a discussion that would go on for hours," he said.

Despite their differences, the two shared a commitment to religious values, and concerns such as the cost of religious day school education and the tensions in dealing with secular society. Throughout the conference, he said, participants expressed respect for one another's faiths.

That attitude is what he and the other participants agreed to bring back to their communities. To that end, he said, they are hoping to bring Catholic and Jewish children together, possibly to do social action projects together.

Hess, 31, said younger leaders have grown up in a far better environment than their elders, who remember the tense years before the Second Vatican Council and its deliberate effort to improve church relations with the Jews. "It's a beautiful thing," Hess said, but there is still much to be done.

"Generally speaking, we tend to keep to ourselves," he said. "The more we understand each other, and the stronger the bonds between us, the less likely it is that something like the Holocaust will happen again." The conference also honored the late Sister Rose Thering, the Seton Hall University professor who worked for decades to build understanding and respect for Jews and Judaism. They viewed a documentary about her work. "Clearly, what she did played an important role in these dialogues," Hess said.

One of her former colleagues, Father Lawrence Frizzell, director of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies at Seton Hall, addressed the first plenary session, "Catholic-Jewish Relations post-Vatican II." He told NJ Jewish News, "There is an international group being prepared for the future in ways that my generation was not."

The International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) is composed of: American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, B'nai B'rith International, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Israel Jewish Council on Interreligious Relations, Rabbinical Assembly, Rabbinical Council of America, Union of Reform Judaism, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and World Jewish Congress. IJCIC serves on behalf of its constituent member organizations to maintain and develop relations with the Vatican's Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews, the Orthodox Christian Church, the World Council of Churches, and other international religious bodies.

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Elaine Durbach is a staff writer for the The New Jersey Jewish News.


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