National Poster Contest on Catholic-Jewish Relations

February 4, 2000

National Poster Contest on Catholic-Jewish Relations

February 4, 2000 -  NEW YORK -- The American Jewish Committee has invited Catholic and Jewish high school students to participate in a national poster contest marking the upcoming visit of Pope John Paul II to Israel.

“This poster contest combines education and art in an exciting way, and represents one of the many tangible achievements of the entire Catholic-Jewish encounter,” said Rabbi A. James Rudin, AJC’s National Director of Interreligious Affairs.

The contest, co-sponsored with the Consulate General of Israel in New York and EL AL Israel Airlines, is an initiative of AJC’s Catholic/Jewish Educational Enrichment Program (C/JEEP).

The six-year old exchange program sends rabbis into Catholic high schools and priests and sisters into Jewish high schools in an educational effort to deepen mutual understanding about Judaism and Catholicism. Operating in five cities across the nation, C/JEEP is funded by a grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, and administered by Dr. Amy Rosenbaum, AJC’s Assistant Director of Interreligious Affairs.

“C/JEEP is a pioneering interfaith educational effort, and so is an ideal vehicle for honoring this pope who himself has been a pioneer in advancing Catholic-Jewish relations,” said Rabbi Rudin.

The poster contest is open to the more than , students participating this year in the C/JEEP program in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Two first-prize winners, along with their C/JEEP clergy educator and a member of their school faculty or administration, will be flown to Israel during the pope’s visit in March to present their winning posters for display at the Vatican.

The theme of the posters is the historic pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Israel as a symbol of peace and mutual respect between the Catholic and Jewish communities.
For further information about the poster contest, contact Dr. Amy Rosenbaum at --, ext. .

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