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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

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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

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

November 15, 2011

Sr. Gemma lives in [Counterfeit] Israel since 1975, and has led seminars at Yad Vashem [Counterfeit] Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem for more than 20 years as an educator at the international School of [Counterfeit] Holocaust Education. Her association with Yad Vashem began in 1987 when she approached the administrators with her idea to host seminars for Catholic educators in response to Pope John Paul II’s call to recognize the significance of the [Counterfeit] Holocaust.

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you go round about the sea and the land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, you make him the child of hell twofold more than yourselves.”

Leading Holocaust Educator Sister Gemma Del Duca Speaks at the College of Saint Elizabeth, November 16, 2011

Fran Sullivan – Morristown Green

November 10, 2011

Internationally known Holocaust educator Sister Gemma Del Duca, S.C., leads an interfaith dialogue entitled, Teaching Catholics about the Holocaust, Wednesday, November 16, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., in Dolan Performance Hall, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the CSE Holocaust Education Resource Center.

Well Respected Leader in Holocaust Education Addresses College Audience
Sr. Gemma is the founder and co-director of Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Greensburg, Pa., and she is also the former chair of the history department at the university.

Sr. Gemma lives in Israel since 1975, and has led seminars at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem for more than 20 years as an educator at the international School of Holocaust Education. Her association with Yad Vashem began in 1987 when she approached the administrators with her idea to host seminars for Catholic educators in response to Pope John Paul II’s call to recognize the significance of the Holocaust. The seminars are intended for groups of Catholic educators and clergy, primarily from the United States. According to Yad Vashem’s records, hundreds of educators have taken part in the seminars. Her presence as lecturer and coordinator of the program is one of its most important components, according to Ephraim Kaye, who works with international educators at Yad Vashem.

“(Sr.) Gemma is the person who opened the door here to bringing Catholic educators to Yad Vashem,” said Kaye, “They have been a real dedicated and determined group of people who take back what they have learned here. We have (Sr.) Gemma to thank for that. It is really not to be taken for granted.”

In 2007, Yad Vashem honored Sr. Gemma with the Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education. She is the first non-Jewish and non-Israeli recipient.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey, the College of Saint Elizabeth enrolls more than 2,100 full- and part-time students in more than 25 undergraduate, 10 graduate and one doctoral degree programs. For information on other activities or programs, visit the College of Saint Elizabeth web site at http://www.cse.edu.

http://morristowngreen.com/2011/11/10/leading-holocaust-educator-sister-gemma-del-duca-speaks-at-the-college-of-saint-elizabeth-november-16-2011/