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More Background on Kapo Nun, Sister Gemma Del Duca

September 29, 2012

Center in Israel aims for Jewish-Catholic connections

September 20, 2012

Dave Zuchowski – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Shortly after moving to Israel in 1975, Sister Gemma Del Duca began to realize how important the Holocaust is to the Jewish people.

A native of Greensburg, a Sister of Charity and former chair of the history department at Seton Hill University, Sister Gemma said her growing awareness of the depth of their feelings reminded her of the words of Catholic [Talmudist] prelate, Father Isaac Jacob, OSB, who worked to build the Benedictine Center of Tel Gamaliel in [Counterfeit] Israel and stressed the importance of educating people about the Holocaust and the need for developing a dialogue with the Jewish people.

“After working in Israel to open the Jewish-Catholic dialogue I was struck with the idea of establishing a National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University,” recalled Sister Gemma, now 80.

She took the idea to university president JoAnne Boyle. Then, shortly afterward, Pope John Paul II visited the United States and urged Catholics to recognize the significance of the Holocaust and “to promote the necessary historical and religious studies on this event which concerns the whole of humanity today.”

His words gave even more impetus to Sister Gemma’s desire to establish the center, which has a mission to “counter anti-Semitism and foster Catholic-Jewish relations by making the fruits of Holocaust scholarship accessible to educators at every level, especially to those working in Catholic colleges and universities in the United States.”

The education center was established in 1987, and Sister Gemma returned to Israel as the university’s liaison, making connections with Jewish institutions such as Yad Vashem, the Isaac Jacob Institute for [Talmudic] Law and Hebrew University.

The center is now headed by Sister Lois Sculco.

Sister Gemma continues to travel back and forth to Israel to further Holocaust education and serves as the university’s representative in its cooperative program with the Yad Vashem World Center for Holocaust Research, Education, Documentation and Commemoration.

Sister Gemma has a doctorate in Ibero-American studies from the University of New Mexico; a master’s of sacred sciences in theology from the Pontifical Institute, Regina Mundi, Rome; and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Seton Hill.

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the conference, she said, seeks to enhance Catholic-Jewish understanding by “educating the educators” in the hope of reaching the whole of humanity.

The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference Endowment Fund supports the conference’s speakers and sponsors its art, music and film events.

“Together with deeply committed scholars, we will look at future challenges in the study and teaching of the Shoah, the Hebrew word for Holocaust, in a fast-moving, changing world, where technology can dictate political, economic and social changes,” Sister Gemma said. “The study of the Holocaust has much to teach about the danger of dictatorship; about the necessity to be guided by religious, ethical principles and universal human values; and about the difficulty and importance of maintaining human dignity in extreme situations.”

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-east/center-in-israel-aims-for-jewish-catholic-connections-654199/

Also see:

Nun-Accomplice to Counterfeit Israel’s ‘Holocaust’ Proselytism to Speak at College of Saint Elizabeth

Sister in Holocaustian Faith Celebrates National ‘Catholic’ Center for ‘Holocaust’ Subversion’s 25th Anniversary

News From the Occupied Pennsylvania Diocese

Sister in Holocaustian Faith Celebrates National ‘Catholic’ Center for ‘Holocaust’ Subversion’s 25th Anniversary

June 13, 2012

“After Auschwitz the Christian churches no longer wish to convert the Jews. … after Auschwitz and the participation of the nations, it is the Christian world that is in need of conversion.(Vatican II theological expert, Fr. Gregory Baum, Auschwitz, Beginning of a New Era?, p. 113)

Context for the article below HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Save the Date: Seton Hill NCCHE Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference 10/21-10/23
International Scholars, Educators, Advocates and Filmmakers Address Holocaust Education
 

Kary Coleman Hazen – Wednesday, June 13, 2012

National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) will launch the celebration of its 25th anniversary with the Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference October 21-23, 2012, on the University’s hilltop campus in Greensburg, Pa. The theme for the 2012 conference is “Holocaust Education: Challenges for the Future.”

Sister Gemma Del Duca, S.C., Ph.D., founder and co-director in Israel of Seton Hill’s NCCHE, said “We begin our 25th anniversary as a Center with the Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference in October. It is so appropriate that we host this special opportunity for noted scholars in the field to meet with Holocaust educators from across the country.”

The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference will feature prominent international scholars, educators, advocates and filmmakers addressing Holocaust education.

“Together with deeply committed scholars we will look at future challenges in the study and teaching of the Shoah, which is the Hebrew word for Holocaust, in a fast moving, changing world, where technology can dictate political, economic and social changes. The study of the Holocaust has much to teach about the danger of dictatorship, about the necessity to be guided by religious, ethical principles and universal human values, and about the difficulty and importance of maintaining human dignity in extreme situations,” said Sister Gemma. “This conference will also challenge us to use technology to enhance Holocaust education, making it more accessible, which is something we did not envision in 1987 when we began. Over the years we have learned to appreciate writing, poetry, art, music and film, especially of the survivors who have been our greatest teachers. We will look for ways to keep their memories and their works alive as an integral part of Holocaust education in the future.”

Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, Ph.D., will serve as the conference’s keynote speaker. Greenberg is a Modern Orthodox rabbi, Jewish-American scholar, author and leader in Holocaust education. In 1975, he founded the Zachor Holocaust Resource Center with Elie Wiesel. He was executive director of President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on the Holocaust, which led to the establishment of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Later Greenberg served on the museum’s founding board and council. In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed him to chair the council.

Featured speakers for the plenary sessions during the conference include: Yehuda Bauer, Ph.D., professor of Holocaust Studies, Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Eva Fogelman, Ph.D., social psychologist, psychotherapist, author and filmmaker; Myrna Goldenberg, Ph.D., professor emerita, Montgomery College; Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Servite priest and professor, social ethics, Catholic Theological Union of the University of Chicago; Joanne Rudof, archivist, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University; Carol Rittner, R.S.M., Ph.D., distinguished professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Dr. Marsha R. Grossman Professor of Holocaust Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; John K. Roth, Ph.D., author, editor and Edward J. Sexton professor emeritus of philosophy and founding director, The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College; Stephen Smith, Ph.D., Holocaust specialist and executive director, Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, University of Southern California; James Waller, Ph.D., social psychologist and the Cohen Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College ; Carl Wilkens, director of nonprofit website, World Outside My Shoes, and advocate for genocide awareness.

“The conference is made possible by benefactor Dr. Ethel LeFrak. Seton Hill University is indeed grateful for Dr. LeFrak’s generosity. Her support allows the University to host a conference featuring many respected, international scholars in Holocaust education,” said Sister Lois Sculco, S.C., Ph.D., vice president of Mission and Student Life.

For preliminary conference details, click here or call 724-830-1033.

The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference seeks to enhance Catholic-Jewish understanding by ed.ucating the educators. The Conference will equip teachers and faculty members, especially those at Catholic institutions, to enter into serious discussions on the causes of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and to write and deliver papers that shape appropriate curricular responses at Catholic institutions and other educational sites.

In 2008, LeFrak, a noted New York philanthropist, made a generous donation to Seton Hill University’s NCCHE to endow The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference and create The Ethel LeFrak Student Scholars of the Holocaust Fund.

Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) was established on the campus of Seton Hill University in 1987. Seton Hill initiated this national Catholic movement toward Holocaust studies in response to the urging of Pope John Paul II to recognize the significance of the Shoah, the Holocaust, and to “promote the necessary historical and religious studies on this event which concerns the whole of humanity today” (Letter to Archbishop John L. May, 1987). The NCCHE has as its primary purpose the broad dissemination of scholarship on the root causes of anti-Semitism, its relation to the Holocaust and the implications from the Catholic perspective of both for today’s world. Toward this end the Center is committed to equipping scholars, especially those at Catholic institutions, to enter into serious discussion on the causes of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; shaping appropriate curricular responses at Catholic institutions and other educational sites; sustaining Seton Hill’s Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies in Israel through a cooperative program with Yad Vashem, the Isaac Jacob Institute for Religious Law and Hebrew University; encouraging scholarship and research through conferences, publications, workshops for educators, and similar activities; sponsoring local events on the Holocaust and related topics in the University and the community and enhancing Catholic-Jewish relations.

http://www.setonhill.edu/news/story.cfm?ID=760

News From the Occupied Pennsylvania Diocese

December 6, 2008

If some wealthy Catholics were to donate millions of dollars (yeah, right!) to Yeshiva University earmarked for the construction of a center for remembrance of the Bolshevik/Soviet Holocaust against Russian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Armenian and other Christian ethnic groups and how the rabbis’ genocidal, racist teachings paved the road to that Holocaust via Moses Hess and Freemasonry, they would surely build it in the spirit of reciprocity and fairness … wouldn’t they?

In truth, even that wouldn’t bring parity which isn’t even desirable to begin with. ‘Jewish’-Catholic relations is completely irredeemable. A total fraud.

“Tikkun Olam” indeed.

See:

A Brief Study in Judeo-Masonic Double Standards

Cherished friends

Seton Hill President JoAnne Boyle calls Ethel LeFrak and her family “cherished friends” of the university.

Cherished, indeed.

Mrs. LeFrak, of New York City, has donated $750,000 to Seton Hill’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education.

The money will go toward endowing the Greensburg center’s Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference and creating The Ethel LeFrak Student Scholars of the Holocaust Fund.

The conference, held every three years, is for teachers and faculty members, mainly at Catholic schools. The intent is to enhance Catholic-Jewish understanding.

The fund will provide annual scholarships for students studying the Holocaust and related subjects.

The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education is the only center of its kind. It was established in 1987.

One of the founders was Sister Gemma Del Duca, a Greensburg native and a Sister of Charity who now lives in Israel. She said in a statement from the university: “Ethel LeFrak’s generosity will help with the challenge that remains before us — to join our Jewish sisters and brothers in the great task of ‘Tikkun Olam,’ the mending of the world through reconciliation, understanding and education.”

Mrs. LeFrak and her family are involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors. Seton Hill granted her an honorary doctorate in 1996. (“Good Morning: East,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 04, 2008)

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08339/932513-56.stm

… Year-round, Catholic and Jewish high schools in the [Western Pennsylvania] region have an exchange program in which rabbis visit Catholic schools and priests visit Jewish schools to educate students about their religious differences and similarities. They’ve shared in holiday traditions, such as the Catholic students taking part in a Passover Seder meal.

“Because we share a common history with Judaism, it was thought that we should try to honor that by getting together,” said Don Teti, assistant superintendent for secondary schools in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Near the holidays, Linda Pricer, principal and teacher at St. Bartholomew Catholic School in Penn Hills, incorporates a lesson about the Holocaust into her eighth-grade literature class.

“It’s mostly for tolerance,” she said. “To teach the students that we have to step up and that if there’s ever going to be a change in this world, we have to do it. When better to teach that lesson than now, during the holidays, when there is so much love and giving?” (“Season gives teachers chance to teach cultural differences,” Allison M. Heinrichs, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, December 4, 2008)


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/east/s_601057.html

News From the Occupied Pennsylvania Diocese

December 6, 2008

If some wealthy Catholics were to donate millions of dollars (yeah, right!) to Yeshiva University earmarked for the construction of a center for remembrance of the Bolshevik/Soviet Holocaust against Russian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Armenian and other Christian ethnic groups and how the rabbis’ genocidal, racist teachings paved the road to that Holocaust via Moses Hess and Freemasonry, they would surely build it in the spirit of reciprocity and fairness … wouldn’t they?

In truth, even that wouldn’t bring parity which isn’t even desirable to begin with. ‘Jewish’-Catholic relations is completely irredeemable. A total fraud.

“Tikkun Olam” indeed.

See:

A Brief Study in Judeo-Masonic Double Standards

Cherished friends

Seton Hill President JoAnne Boyle calls Ethel LeFrak and her family “cherished friends” of the university.

Cherished, indeed.

Mrs. LeFrak, of New York City, has donated $750,000 to Seton Hill’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education.

The money will go toward endowing the Greensburg center’s Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference and creating The Ethel LeFrak Student Scholars of the Holocaust Fund.

The conference, held every three years, is for teachers and faculty members, mainly at Catholic schools. The intent is to enhance Catholic-Jewish understanding.

The fund will provide annual scholarships for students studying the Holocaust and related subjects.

The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education is the only center of its kind. It was established in 1987.

One of the founders was Sister Gemma Del Duca, a Greensburg native and a Sister of Charity who now lives in Israel. She said in a statement from the university: “Ethel LeFrak’s generosity will help with the challenge that remains before us — to join our Jewish sisters and brothers in the great task of ‘Tikkun Olam,’ the mending of the world through reconciliation, understanding and education.”

Mrs. LeFrak and her family are involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors. Seton Hill granted her an honorary doctorate in 1996. (“Good Morning: East,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 04, 2008)

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08339/932513-56.stm

… Year-round, Catholic and Jewish high schools in the [Western Pennsylvania] region have an exchange program in which rabbis visit Catholic schools and priests visit Jewish schools to educate students about their religious differences and similarities. They’ve shared in holiday traditions, such as the Catholic students taking part in a Passover Seder meal.

“Because we share a common history with Judaism, it was thought that we should try to honor that by getting together,” said Don Teti, assistant superintendent for secondary schools in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Near the holidays, Linda Pricer, principal and teacher at St. Bartholomew Catholic School in Penn Hills, incorporates a lesson about the Holocaust into her eighth-grade literature class.

“It’s mostly for tolerance,” she said. “To teach the students that we have to step up and that if there’s ever going to be a change in this world, we have to do it. When better to teach that lesson than now, during the holidays, when there is so much love and giving?” (“Season gives teachers chance to teach cultural differences,” Allison M. Heinrichs, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, December 4, 2008)


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/east/s_601057.html