Father John William Crossin, executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has posted a brief video on the USCCB web-site in which he discusses the importance of Jesus’ Jewishness both for Christian self-understanding and for promoting Jewish-Christian relations.  Father Crossin mentions (at 1:10) two formal dialogues between the USCCB and the Jewish community.  One of these is the long-standing relationship with the National Council of Synagogues a coalition of the Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative movements. Father Crossin’s remarks would be a wonderful addition to the URJ’s “Open Doors, Open Minds: Synagogues and Churches Studying Together.”

 Bishops Promote Jewish-Catholic Relations

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David Sandmel Rabbi David Sandmel the RAC’s Senior Advisor for Interreligious Affairs and is the Crown Ryan Professor of Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union.