Pope Francis and the Jewish People: From Catholic-Jewish Relations in Argentina to Catholic-Jewish Relations around the World

Lecture by Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM


Free and open to the public


O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus

Rabbi Mordechai Levin

Rabbi Mordechai Levin

During his tenure as head of the Argentina Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis, then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, promoted interfaith dialogue.  He attended religious services at several synagogues, met with Jewish organizations, and enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Jewish community in Argentina.  Rabbi Mordechai Levin, who met fellow Argentinean Cardinal Bergoglio before he became Pope, will review this relationship in the context of the history of Catholic-Jewish relations in Argentina and what it may tell us about the future of Catholic-Jewish relations around the world. 

Rabbi Mordechai Levin is the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, Indiana.  He received his rabbinic ordination from the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary and in 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  Previously he served as senior rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska, and Congregation Lamroth Hakol in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and he is a past president and a founder of the Latin American region of the Rabbinical Assembly.  Rabbi Levin is actively involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue and gives lectures to church, college, and high school groups. He has contributed as a consultant on interreligious affairs for the major Argentinean organization that represents all Jewish organizations in Argentina and he was part of the delegation during the Latin American Jewish/Catholic Consultation co-sponsored by the Latin American Council of Bishops and the Latin American Jewish Congress.  Among the boards on which he has served is the Omaha Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Board.  

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas and the Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

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