AJC's Catholic-Jewish High School Education Program Expands to Pittsburgh, San Diego, Washington, D.C.

November 12, 2001

AJC's Catholic-Jewish High School Education Program Expands to Pittsburgh, San Diego, Washington, D.C.

November 12, 2001 -  NEW YORK -- The American Jewish Committee is expanding its highly acclaimed Catholic-Jewish educational program to Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

Since 1993, some 10,000 Catholic and Jewish high school students nationwide have participated in C/JEEP, AJC’s Catholic-Jewish Educational Enrichment Program, experiencing first hand about the history, teachings and traditions of the each other’s faith.

On a weekly basis, rabbis and Jewish teachers visit Catholic schools to teach about Judaism, and priests and sisters visit Jewish schools to teach about Catholicism. The AJC program is carried out in cooperation with the local Archdioceses in each of the cities, including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

“Teaching in 15 Catholic high schools in Chicago, I found C/JEEP to be a powerful tool,” said Rabbi Laurence Edwards, a former teacher who now serves as AJC’s Associate National Director of Interreligious Affairs and coordinator of the C/JEEP program. “C/JEEP is clearly having an important impact on the grass roots level, both for the students and the teaches who are directly involved.”

This pioneering interfaith education effort, building on the significant advances in Catholic-Jewish relations over the past 35 years, is a natural extension of AJC’s interrreligious affairs work, which has spearheaded over several decades America Jewish relations with the Catholic community in the United Sates and with the Vatican.

Beginning this month In Pittsburgh, eight of the ten high schools in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and two Jewish community high schools will participate in C/JEEP. A generous grant from The Allen H. and Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trust established C/JEEP in Pittsburgh.

In San Diego and Washington, D.C., the program will begin with faculty exchanges and students will participate beginning in the Fall 2002.

C/JEEP is funded nationally by a grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation.
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