AJC Appoints Representative in Rome, Liaison to Vatican

AJC Appoints Representative in Rome, Liaison to Vatican

AJC Appoints Representative in Rome, Liaison to Vatican February 4, 2005 - New York – Lisa Palmieri-Billig has been named the American Jewish Committee's representative in Rome and liaison to the Vatican. "Lisa Palmieri-Billig brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in Catholic-Jewish relations that will further the American Jewish Committee's longstanding and vitally important work with the Vatican," said David A. Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, the leading Jewish organization in the world in interfaith relations. "She will also play a central role in AJC’s evolving relations with the Italian government and other sectors of Italian society." In her long Jewish communal service career Palmieri-Billig has served as Rome correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, representative in Italy and the Vatican for the Anti-Defamation League, and a frequent lecturer in Europe on interfaith dialogue. She is fluent in Italian, French and German. "I am delighted to be part of AJC's century-long commitment to safeguarding pluralism and democracy, and particularly its special contributions towards a deepening interreligious and intercultural dialogue," said Palmieri-Billig. Not only is the Vatican the central address of the Catholic world, but Italy is a significant European country with global interests and a key player in the European Union, and AJC has played a leading role on both fronts. From Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum to Rabbi James Rudin to Rabbi David Rosen, AJC's international director of interreligious affairs, AJC has built strong personal ties with the highest leadership in the Vatican, and now with Palmieri-Billig on board in Rome those cooperative relationships will be further deepened. "It is particularly fitting that as we mark the 40th anniversary of the landmark Nostra Aetate, the AJC is establishing a permanent presence at the Vatican as well as in Rome," Harris said. In addition to Rome, AJC has offices in Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Jerusalem, Mumbai (India), Paris and Warsaw. Contact: Kenneth Bandler (212) 891-6771 PR@ajc.org Lisa Fingeret Roth (212) 891-1385 rothl@ajc.org Date: 2/4/2005
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