Pope to Honor Rabbi Rosen with Knight Commander Award

Pope to Honor Rabbi Rosen with Knight Commander Award

October 31, 2005 Jerusalem – Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee will be named a papal Knight Commander for his outstanding contributions to promoting Catholic-Jewish reconciliation. The honor will make Rabbi Rosen the first Israeli and the only Orthodox rabbi to receive the award.


Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jewry, will decorate Rabbi Rosen with the Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great at a ceremony on Thursday in Jerusalem, coinciding with the Nostra Aetate 40th anniversary celebrations in Israel.


Rabbi Rosen, AJC’s international director of interreligious affairs, was the Jewish speaker at the Vatican celebration of Nostra Atetate at the Vatican last week. He spoke about the evolution of Catholic-Jewish relations, as well as ties between the Holy See and Israel, over the past four decades and current challenges facing the two communities.


”Rabbi Rosen has devoted himself tirelessly to the historic undertaking of fostering close and collaborative ties between leaders of the Catholic and Jewish communities, as well as between Israel and the Holy See, and has achieved concrete results that were previously unimaginable,” said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris.


Rosen, who is based at the AJC’s Jerusalem office, also will be honored with the Mt. Zion Award 2005 at the Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.


Rabbi Rosen and Cardinal Kasper will be participating in the Hebrew University’s conference marking the Nostra Aetate anniversary. AJC is a cosponsor of the conference.