On October 28th 1965, the Second Vatican Council promulgated “The Church’s Bond with the Jewish People.” This historic declaration shifted the Roman Catholic Church’s theological teaching vis-a-vis non-Christian religions, which has had major implications for relations between the Roman Catholic Church, the Jewish people and Israel. It specifically renounced the centuries-old canard that the Jewish People collectively are a deicide nation, guilty of killing God — which teaching has led to a bloody history of anti-Semitism, including the Holocaust. Nostre Aetate affirms the Jewish roots of Christianity.

We celebrate the 40th Anniversary of that day in co-sponsoring the Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher Memorial Lecture with the Institute of Judeo-Christian Studies of Seton Hall University on Sunday October 30th 2005 in the Chancellor’s Suite, Bishop Dougherty University Center.

Attached is a more detailed flyer about the event. I hope you will join with other Jews and Christians in marking this extraordinary event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the CRC at (973) 929-3064.