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Guided Discussion November 14 at Saint Leo Explores Anti-Semitism in the U.S.

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on November 8, 2018

November 14 event at university, open to the public, admission is free

The Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies invites the public and the media to attend a dialogue on anti-Semitism in the United States today, to be held Wednesday, November 14, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in TECO Hall in the Tapia College of Business Building. The campus is located at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL, 33574.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the campus garage.

Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS) Director Matthew Tapie will facilitate the conversational session with Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am in Tampa. Tapie is also an assistant professor of theology at Saint Leo University. The event is meant as an educational response to the murder of 11 congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27. The CCJS is committed to promoting mutual respect, knowledge, and understanding through dialogue, study, and teaching. It was founded at Saint Leo University in 1998.

Saint Leo University and CCJS leadership have publicly condemned the synagogue attack and have made statements of support and solidarity to the congregation targeted and to all of the Jewish faith. Saint Leo University President Jeffrey Senese’s statement to the university community says, in part: “I implore each of us to continue to reach out to our Jewish brothers and sisters, to hold them in esteem, our warm embrace, and to offer the victims and families our prayers, as we work with them and others to build a more peaceful society.”  Additionally, CCJS Director Tapie wrote: “The attack is an assault on our Jewish brothers and sisters, the American tradition of religious freedom, and our shared human dignity.”

For more information on the event, or for special accommodations for parking, contact Jennifer “Megan” Orendorf at Saint Leo at (352) 588-8041 or by email at [email protected].