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A Jewish Perspective on the Transformation of Jewish-Catholic Relations

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm

It has been 50 years since Nostra Aetate irrevocably changed the landscape of Jewish-Christian relations. Rabbi David Sandmel analyzed the profound impact of Nostra Aetate, as well as some of the issues still to be addressed.

Welcome remarks were presented by The Most Reverand Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. 

Rabbi David Fox Sandmel is Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. Prior to joining the staff of the ADL, he was the Crown Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies at Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union and served as Senior Advisor on Interreligious Affairs at the Union for Reform Judaism.

Transcripts of both Archbishop Cupich's welcome remarks
and Rabbi Sandmel's address are available for download
from the website of the Chicago Archdiocese at>

In 1995, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin visited Israel. A centerpiece of his visit was a talk he gave on the theological issues affecting Jewish-Catholic relations. The Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture series continues this dialogue.

This lecture series was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and Spertus Institute. Co-sponsors for 2015 are DePaul University's University Ministry-Religious Studies, Center for Interreligious Engagement-Catholic Studies, Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies, Center for Intercultural Programs, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, Office of Religious Diversity, and Catholic Campus Ministry.