Archive for the ‘Synagogue’ Category

First Things First, The Pope Reports to the Kahal in Germany

September 22, 2011
During the afternoon of the first day of his state visit to his native Germany, September 22, 2011, Pope Benedict met with some 15 representatives of the Judaic Community in Germany. The meeting took place in Berlin’s Reichstag Building behind closed doors as is so often the case with Judaic matters. Here is the English translation of the full text of his speech with much needed corrections:

I am glad to be taking part in this meeting with you [rabbis and big machers] here in Berlin. I warmly thank [real estate mogul and] President [of the Central Council of the Self-Chosen in Germany,] Dr Dieter Graumann [formerly of the “sacrosanct” German Central Bank] for his [ostensibly] kind words of greeting [which, in effect, illustrate the fact that the first order of business of any papal trip abroad is to report to the local rabbis]. They make it very clear to me how much [collusion] has grown between the [rabbis] and the [pseudo-Catholic] Church, who hold in common a not insignificant part of their essential [anti-Christian] traditions. At the same time it is clear to us all that a [sinister] relationship of mutual [conspiring] between [counterfeit] Israel and the [pseudo-Catholic] Church–[the psuedo-Church assisting the megalomaniacal aspirations] of [counterfeit Israel]–still has further to grow [due to some small, lingering, residual effect of the Gospel of Jesus Christ] and needs to be built into the heart of our proclamation of the [‘Noahide’] faith.

On my visit to the Synagogue in Cologne six years ago, Rabbi Teitelbaum spoke of [compulsive] remembrance [of Judaic fables emphasizing victimhood] as one of the supporting pillars that are needed [to support the Judaic Imperium]. And today I find myself in a central place of remembrance [according to one of those fables], the appalling remembrance that it was from here [the Berlin Reichstag building] that the Shoah, the annihilation of [the Judaic people] in Europe, was planned and organized. [There is no basis in fact for claiming that an annihilation of “The Jews” was planned at the Reichstag but Judaic psychodrama is about creating our own ‘reality’ and then imposing it upon the masses]. Before the Nazi terror, there were about half a million [Judaic people] living in Germany, [some of whom answered big macher, Samuel Untermyer’s call to “holy war” against] German society. [Judaic bankers were financing both sides of the “holy war”, as Samuel Untermyer noted]. After the Second World War, Germany was [branded] the “Land of the Shoah”, where it had [allegedly] become virtually impossible [for Judaic people] to live, [even though it was far more hospitable to the countless Judaic lawyers who descended upon it than the conquered German people]. Initially there were hardly any efforts to re-establish the old Jewish communities [because it was intended by Judaic power brokers that the Judaic people of Europe should form a Zionist state in Palestine], even though [Judaic] individuals and families were constantly arriving from the East [putting paid to the lie that post-WWII Germany was inhospitable to Judaic people]. Many of them wanted to emigrate and build a new life, especially in the United States. [Only the Zionist fanatics among them wanted to go to Palestine].

In this place, remembrance must also be made of the Kristallnacht that took place from 9 to 10 November 1938. Only a few could see the full extent of this [misdirected] act of [contempt against the policies and practices of villains like Samuel Untermyer, who were hiding in their castles out of reach of the common people]. Bernhard Lichtenberg, … cried out from the pulpit of Saint Hedwig’s Cathedral: “Outside, the [synagogue] is burning – that too is the house of God” [a falsehood if there ever was one]. The Nazi reign of terror was based on a racist myth [closely following the racist myth at the foundation of Orthodox Judaism], part of which was the rejection of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Jesus Christ and of all who believe in him [as Orthodox Judaism is a rejection of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Jesus Christ and of all who believe in him]. The supposedly “almighty” Adolf Hitler was a pagan idol, who wanted to take the place of the biblical God, the Creator and Father of all men [just as the “almighty” rabbis are pagan idols, who want to take the place of the biblical God, the Creator and Father of all men]. Refusal to heed this one God always makes people heedless of human dignity as well [and nowhere is this more evident today than in counterfeit Israel and in the policies of the other nations bought off by its controllers]. What man is capable of when he rejects God, and what the face of a people can look like when it denies this God, the terrible images from the concentration camps at the end of the war showed [but not nearly so much as the terrorist atomic bombing of civilian cities in Japan, the Allied terror firebombing of Dresden, the forced starvation in the Ukraine or the Israeli terror bombing of Lebanon and Gaza].

In the light of this [‘remembrance’ of perpetual Judaic victimhood and coverup of Judaic atrocities], a new development has been seen in recent decades, which makes it possible to speak of [an ascendance] of [Judaic dominance] in Germany [and throughout the West]. It should be stressed that the [Judaic] community during this time has made particularly [fanatical] efforts to [send] Eastern European [emigrants] to [build homes on Palestinian land].

I would also like to express my appreciation for the deepening [monologue falsely described as] dialogue of the [pseudo-Catholic] Church with Judaism. The [true] Church feels [the oppression of] the [rabbis]. With the Declaration Nostra Aetate of the Second Vatican Council [more than less dictated by Rabbi Abraham Heschel], an “irrevocable commitment to pursue the [Masonic] path of dialogue, fraternity and friendship” was made (cf. Address in the Synagogue in Rome, 17 January 2010).  This is true of the [pseudo-Catholic] Church as a whole, in which [rabbi-blessed] John Paul II committed himself to this new path with particular zeal. Naturally it is also true of the [pseudo-Catholic] Church in Germany, which [the rabbis task with] particular responsibility in this regard. In the public domain, special mention should be made of the “Week of Fraternity”, organized each year during the first week of March by local Societies for [pseudo-Christian]-[rabbinic] Partnership.

On the Catholic side there are also annual meetings between [scoundrels in bishops’ clothing] and rabbis as well as structured conversations with the Central Council of [The Self-Chosen]. Back in the 1970s, the Central Committee of German [‘Noahide’] Catholics (ZdK) took the initiative of establishing a “Jews and Christians” forum, which over the years has issued many [subversive] documents. Nor must we overlook the historic meeting for Judaic-Christian [Talmud study] that took place in March 2006 with the participation of [crypto-rabbi] Walter Kasper. That meeting has continued to bear [rotten] fruit right up to the present time.

Alongside these [blameworthy] initiatives, it seems to me that [Christians must also be increasingly compelled to believe, falsely, that they have some kind of] inner affinity with Judaism. For [true] Christians, there can be no rupture in salvation history [that’s why we enemies of Christian salvation put Auschwitz in the place of Calvary]. Salvation comes from the Jews [said Jesus Christ (cf. Jn 4:22) prior to His death and resurrection, and indeed salvation did come through Him–2000 years ago. Salvation does not come from people who call themselves ‘Jews’ and deny Jesus Christ, but we repeatedly suggest that it does anyway]. When Jesus’ conflict with the [Pharisaism] of his time is interpreted as [it truly was, it’s clear that Judaism distorts Old Testament scripture making it] merely as a slavish enactment of rituals and outward observances [which make the word of God of no effect]. In fact, the Sermon on the Mount does not abolish the Mosaic Law, but [fulfills it as Jesus said]. It points us towards [scripture’s true meaning because Jesus is its author but I obscure this simple fact as much as possible with Buberesque language].

The message of hope contained in the books of the Christian Old Testament has been [misappropriated] and [made void] in different ways by [rabbis] and [nominal] Christians. “After centuries of antagonism, we now see it as our task to bring [Christians under the rabbinic yoke], if we are to understand [the rabbis’] will and [their] word aright” (Jesus of Nazareth. Part Two: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, pp. 33f.). This [unjust arrangement will] serve to [bring Christians under a ‘Noahide law’ tyranny].

All in all, we may conclude that the [terms dictated to the pseudo-Catholic] Church [by] Judaism in Germany have already borne [poisonous] fruits. [An unequal yoke has] been forged. [We say that those who call themselves] Jews and Christians certainly [must play] a shared [role] the [destruction] of society, which always includes a [Talmudic] dimension. May all those taking part in this journey [to oblivion] move forward together [towards a Judaic kingdom based in Jerusalem]. To this end, may the One and Almighty [god of the Talmud–the rabbis], grant his blessing.

The deception-riddled original here:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2011/september/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20110922_jewish-berlin_en.html

Also see:

Bad Advice From the Pope

Thousands of Ecstasy Pills Seized in Synagogues

November 16, 2008

Rishon Lezion: Thousands of Ecstasy pills seized in synagogues

Drugs found in ceiling, bathroom of local synagogues; police say dealers planned to sell pills at upcoming party

Eli Senyor – Yediot Ahronot

November 15, 2008

Some 6,000 Ecstasy pills were seized Friday during a police raid on two synagogues in Rishon Lezion’s Shikun Hamizrach neighborhood.

Local police, who were tipped off about the drugs a few days ago, found 3,000 Ecstasy pills and a pistol concealed in the ceiling of a synagogue on Shivtei Yisrael Street.

An additional 3,000 pills were found in the bathroom of another synagogue located nearby.

Investigators said the drug dealers, who are still at large, apparently planned to sell the pills at a party that was scheduled to be held in the coming days.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3623242,00.html

Thousands of Ecstasy Pills Seized in Synagogues

November 16, 2008

Rishon Lezion: Thousands of Ecstasy pills seized in synagogues

Drugs found in ceiling, bathroom of local synagogues; police say dealers planned to sell pills at upcoming party

Eli Senyor – Yediot Ahronot

November 15, 2008

Some 6,000 Ecstasy pills were seized Friday during a police raid on two synagogues in Rishon Lezion’s Shikun Hamizrach neighborhood.

Local police, who were tipped off about the drugs a few days ago, found 3,000 Ecstasy pills and a pistol concealed in the ceiling of a synagogue on Shivtei Yisrael Street.

An additional 3,000 pills were found in the bathroom of another synagogue located nearby.

Investigators said the drug dealers, who are still at large, apparently planned to sell the pills at a party that was scheduled to be held in the coming days.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3623242,00.html

The Vatican’s Pederasty Problem is Aired in Public, The Rabbis’ Pederasty Problem is Confronted Privately

March 4, 2008

Here’s something Vatican prelates and their elder brothers have very much in common. But Baltimore Jewish Times editor, Phil Jacobs’ disingenuous title implies that pederasty is a typically Catholic problem. By reading his sloppily formatted essay, however, his hypocrisy becomes readily apparent. When will we see the rabbinic pederasty problem being aired prime-time on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX–as the pederasty problem in Catholic parishes has been–rather than in publications intended only for Judaic readers such as the Baltimore Jewish Times?

And will Jacobs and others who confront the rabbinic pederasty problem in private also confront the authoritative Orthodox rabbinic teaching which mandates that rabbis cannot even be accused of pederasty (Babylonian Talmud, Kiddushin 82a)?


The “Catholic Conference of Orthodox Rabbis”

Phil Jacobs – Baltimore Jewish Times

02/29/08

It was as controlled an environment as a fish tank. The temperature was right, the filter was working perfectly, there was enough food sprinkled on top for feeding.
Over 500 people don’t just come to a meeting on a freezing February night to hear what the Vaad HaRabbonim wanted them to hear. They, for the most part, ate the “fish food.”
Questions were controlled and filtered.
The man we really all came to hear was ostensibly silenced by a time limitation.
Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, a man who knows of so much community pain and victimization, is given the opportunity to speak…for an inordinately long period of time. He took from the time we could have used to get yet another question in for Dr. Pelcovitz.
So before we start thumping our chests about what a wonderful success story last Wednesday night was, this was opportunity missed.
Hug your kid, make him tougher, call your rabbi. That’s right, keep it in the fish tank, in the filtered water, in the community.
That’s pretty much all you have to know.
A letter from the Vaad went out on April 11 of 2007. Ten months later, we have a meeting. Did it ever occur to anyone why the numbers were so high at this meeting? Was it because we had nothing else to do on a Wednesday night? People are hurting. They need help. Some looked around the room nervously and took note of the friends and neighbors they saw there.
Where were the civil authorities to address us? Molestation is a felony, isn’t it? Who do we call if we suspect something is wrong, a rabbi? Should I call a rabbi if I see a house burning down? Should I call a rabbi if a kid breaks his arm? Should I call a salesman if I want to learn about Shabbat?
Don’t accept last Wednesday evening. Demand that something better be presented.
Where were the 23 who so “bravely” signed that letter last April 11? I’d say less than half attended. A couple of the rabbis even left early
Maybe we should have a meeting without the rabbis. Maybe we’d feel less inhibited about asking real questions. Rabbis, did you look around the sanctuary last Wednesday? Did it dawn on you that some of these people were perhaps coming because they needed to be saved some how?
A small handful of rabbis showed admirable effort getting a full house last week. You brought the issue to the front, which I give you total credit for.
But we are all still wondering what to do now? Do we wait another 10 months?
The name of the program was “How To Protect Our Children.” An obviously frustrated man sitting near me had his own name for the evening. He simply renamed it a meeting of the “Catholic Conference of Orthodox Rabbis.”

http://blogs.jewishtimes.com/index.php/jewishtimes/philjacobs/

Dear Phil Jacobs,

The hypocrisy of the title of your opinion piece, “The ‘Catholic Conference of Orthodox Rabbis’” is astounding. You rightly attack the rabbis for their mafia-like code of silence, but these concerns are aired in publications intended only for Judaic readers thereby perpetuating the very problem lamented. Have you contacted ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, The New York Times, et al, about this? Will the rabbinic pederasty problem saturate the prime-time airwaves as the Catholic pederasty problem has? If not, why? Do you prefer that the world falsely believe that pederasty is a Catholic exclusive? I wish you luck in dealing with the rabbinic pederasty problem while the rabbis are provided cover from the shame they deserve. You’re going to need it.

Sincerely

Phil Jacobs, Executive Editor, Baltimore Jewish Times
pjacobs@jewishtimes.com

The Vatican’s Pederasty Problem is Aired in Public, The Rabbis’ Pederasty Problem is Confronted Privately

March 4, 2008

Here’s something Vatican prelates and their elder brothers have very much in common. But Baltimore Jewish Times editor, Phil Jacobs’ disingenuous title implies that pederasty is a typically Catholic problem. By reading his sloppily formatted essay, however, his hypocrisy becomes readily apparent. When will we see the rabbinic pederasty problem being aired prime-time on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX–as the pederasty problem in Catholic parishes has been–rather than in publications intended only for Judaic readers such as the Baltimore Jewish Times?

And will Jacobs and others who confront the rabbinic pederasty problem in private also confront the authoritative Orthodox rabbinic teaching which mandates that rabbis cannot even be accused of pederasty (Babylonian Talmud, Kiddushin 82a)?


The “Catholic Conference of Orthodox Rabbis”

Phil Jacobs – Baltimore Jewish Times

02/29/08

It was as controlled an environment as a fish tank. The temperature was right, the filter was working perfectly, there was enough food sprinkled on top for feeding.
Over 500 people don’t just come to a meeting on a freezing February night to hear what the Vaad HaRabbonim wanted them to hear. They, for the most part, ate the “fish food.”
Questions were controlled and filtered.
The man we really all came to hear was ostensibly silenced by a time limitation.
Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, a man who knows of so much community pain and victimization, is given the opportunity to speak…for an inordinately long period of time. He took from the time we could have used to get yet another question in for Dr. Pelcovitz.
So before we start thumping our chests about what a wonderful success story last Wednesday night was, this was opportunity missed.
Hug your kid, make him tougher, call your rabbi. That’s right, keep it in the fish tank, in the filtered water, in the community.
That’s pretty much all you have to know.
A letter from the Vaad went out on April 11 of 2007. Ten months later, we have a meeting. Did it ever occur to anyone why the numbers were so high at this meeting? Was it because we had nothing else to do on a Wednesday night? People are hurting. They need help. Some looked around the room nervously and took note of the friends and neighbors they saw there.
Where were the civil authorities to address us? Molestation is a felony, isn’t it? Who do we call if we suspect something is wrong, a rabbi? Should I call a rabbi if I see a house burning down? Should I call a rabbi if a kid breaks his arm? Should I call a salesman if I want to learn about Shabbat?
Don’t accept last Wednesday evening. Demand that something better be presented.
Where were the 23 who so “bravely” signed that letter last April 11? I’d say less than half attended. A couple of the rabbis even left early
Maybe we should have a meeting without the rabbis. Maybe we’d feel less inhibited about asking real questions. Rabbis, did you look around the sanctuary last Wednesday? Did it dawn on you that some of these people were perhaps coming because they needed to be saved some how?
A small handful of rabbis showed admirable effort getting a full house last week. You brought the issue to the front, which I give you total credit for.
But we are all still wondering what to do now? Do we wait another 10 months?
The name of the program was “How To Protect Our Children.” An obviously frustrated man sitting near me had his own name for the evening. He simply renamed it a meeting of the “Catholic Conference of Orthodox Rabbis.”

http://blogs.jewishtimes.com/index.php/jewishtimes/philjacobs/

Dear Phil Jacobs,

The hypocrisy of the title of your opinion piece, “The ‘Catholic Conference of Orthodox Rabbis’” is astounding. You rightly attack the rabbis for their mafia-like code of silence, but these concerns are aired in publications intended only for Judaic readers thereby perpetuating the very problem lamented. Have you contacted ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, The New York Times, et al, about this? Will the rabbinic pederasty problem saturate the prime-time airwaves as the Catholic pederasty problem has? If not, why? Do you prefer that the world falsely believe that pederasty is a Catholic exclusive? I wish you luck in dealing with the rabbinic pederasty problem while the rabbis are provided cover from the shame they deserve. You’re going to need it.

Sincerely

Phil Jacobs, Executive Editor, Baltimore Jewish Times
pjacobs@jewishtimes.com

Benedict’s Elder Brothers Mock Christ

March 3, 2008

Christians attack Chief over ‘blasphemous’ art

21/02/2008 15:20:00

By Simon Rocker -The Jewish Chronicle

A small Christian pressure group has stepped up its protest against a statue owned by a prominent Jewish art collector, depicting Jesus with a phallus, by leafleting a North-West London synagogue on Shabbat.

The work, condemned as blasphemous and pornographic by Christian Voice, belongs to Anita Zabludowicz, wife of Poju Zabludowicz, chairman and main sponsor of Bicom (the Britain-Israel Research and Communications Centre) and a recently appointed member of the Jewish Leadership Council.

Members of Golders Green United Synagogue were lobbied as they arrived for the minchah service last Shabbat afternoon.

Stephen Green, national director of Christian Voice, said the action had been taken because letters written to the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and Henry Grunwald, president of the Board of Deputies, had failed to bring condemnation of the statue. Sir Jonathan was once the rabbi of Golders Green.

He’s taking no notice of us, said Mr Green, who wants the statue destroyed. Maybe he will take notice of his own people.

Although the Chief Rabbi had written of his sorrow over a situation¦ that has caused you great offence, Mr Green added: I find it incomprehensible that the Chief Rabbi and the Zabludowiczs have not discussed it. If he failed to condemn it, then, in effect, he’s saying they can keep it.

He said that the only comment outside Golders Green was from one man saying he completely agreed with us.

The Office of the Chief Rabbi declined comment, but a JLC spokesman said: Whereas it is not for the JLC to comment on private matters concerning organisational representatives, the Zabludowicz Collection has advised us that the work in question has now been returned to storage and at this time the Collection has no plans to show the work.

In a statement earlier this week, Mr Green, in a reference to a biblical episode, declared: Just as the sin of Achan in taking a valuable but accursed thing from Jericho brought judgment on the whole community of Israel, so his [Mr Zabludowiczs] actions and those of his wife, in clinging on to this valuable but accursed statue, is bringing the slur of blasphemy against the whole Jewish community.

The rest of the council too are complicit in his and Anitas continuing scorn for the One whom Christians hold most holy of all, and that includes the Chief Rabbi, who appears to have told them to ˜Carry on blaspheming.

Mrs Zabludowicz was on holiday this week but a spokesman for her collection confirmed the statue was in storage. The sculpture, by Canadian-Chinese artist Terence Koh, was on display last month in Gateshead.

http://www.thejc.com/Home.aspx?ParentId=m11s18&SecId=18

Benedict’s Elder Brothers Mock Christ

March 3, 2008

Christians attack Chief over ‘blasphemous’ art

21/02/2008 15:20:00

By Simon Rocker -The Jewish Chronicle

A small Christian pressure group has stepped up its protest against a statue owned by a prominent Jewish art collector, depicting Jesus with a phallus, by leafleting a North-West London synagogue on Shabbat.

The work, condemned as blasphemous and pornographic by Christian Voice, belongs to Anita Zabludowicz, wife of Poju Zabludowicz, chairman and main sponsor of Bicom (the Britain-Israel Research and Communications Centre) and a recently appointed member of the Jewish Leadership Council.

Members of Golders Green United Synagogue were lobbied as they arrived for the minchah service last Shabbat afternoon.

Stephen Green, national director of Christian Voice, said the action had been taken because letters written to the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and Henry Grunwald, president of the Board of Deputies, had failed to bring condemnation of the statue. Sir Jonathan was once the rabbi of Golders Green.

He’s taking no notice of us, said Mr Green, who wants the statue destroyed. Maybe he will take notice of his own people.

Although the Chief Rabbi had written of his sorrow over a situation¦ that has caused you great offence, Mr Green added: I find it incomprehensible that the Chief Rabbi and the Zabludowiczs have not discussed it. If he failed to condemn it, then, in effect, he’s saying they can keep it.

He said that the only comment outside Golders Green was from one man saying he completely agreed with us.

The Office of the Chief Rabbi declined comment, but a JLC spokesman said: Whereas it is not for the JLC to comment on private matters concerning organisational representatives, the Zabludowicz Collection has advised us that the work in question has now been returned to storage and at this time the Collection has no plans to show the work.

In a statement earlier this week, Mr Green, in a reference to a biblical episode, declared: Just as the sin of Achan in taking a valuable but accursed thing from Jericho brought judgment on the whole community of Israel, so his [Mr Zabludowiczs] actions and those of his wife, in clinging on to this valuable but accursed statue, is bringing the slur of blasphemy against the whole Jewish community.

The rest of the council too are complicit in his and Anitas continuing scorn for the One whom Christians hold most holy of all, and that includes the Chief Rabbi, who appears to have told them to ˜Carry on blaspheming.

Mrs Zabludowicz was on holiday this week but a spokesman for her collection confirmed the statue was in storage. The sculpture, by Canadian-Chinese artist Terence Koh, was on display last month in Gateshead.

http://www.thejc.com/Home.aspx?ParentId=m11s18&SecId=18

How Wisconsin Bishop Listecki and His Flock Observe Advent

December 5, 2007

What better way to prepare oneself worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God than to join those whose tradition viciously mocks the incarnate God:

Bishop Jerome Listecki, right, lights a Menorah along with Rabbi Saul Prombaum, left center, and David and Betty Hammes at the Congregation Sons of Abraham of the first night of Hanukkah. Erik Daily


Local Catholics, Jews unite at opening Hanukkah service

By JOE ORSO | La Crosse Tribune
Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Two days after Catholics began their Advent season, the local Jewish congregation began Hanukkah with an interfaith first for the Coulee Region.

Bishop Jerome Listecki, head of the Diocese of La Crosse, addressed about 50 people at Congregation Sons of Abraham, making him the first Catholic bishop to speak at the synagogue.

“I am here with you this evening as a friend,” Listecki said, wearing a violet zuchetto that resembled the yarmulkes worn on the heads of Rabbi Saul Prombaum and others gathered. “In that friendship, I share in the confidence that together we might walk in a rededication to our freedom and mutual respect directed by the light that guides our path.”

The event wasn’t the beginning of the relationship between local Jews and Catholics.

In 1998, members of the synagogue, a Catholic parish and United Church of Christ congregation traveled together to Israel …

The joint celebration was coordinated by Monsignor Bernard McGarty, a visiting scholar of ecumenical studies at Viterbo University, who also attended.

Prombaum, head of the Jewish congregation, led the people in Hebrew, English and silent prayers during the first part of the service.

“Praised are you, Adonai our God, who rules the universe, your word bringing the evening dusk,” the congregation said as Listecki, sitting in the fourth pew, prayed along. “You create day and night, rolling light away from darkness and darkness away from light.”

At the climax of the event, as snow continued to fall outside, Prombaum invited Listecki to light the center candles of four Hanukkah menorahs.

Then Listecki, Prombaum and David and Betty Hammes, a Catholic couple who in January will have been neighbors of the synagogue for 50 years, used the central candles to light the first of the eight Hanukkah candles on the four menorahs.

Prombaum also recognized the Hammeses with a brass leaf on the synagogue’s Tree of Life, and said they live by Leviticus 19:18, which includes the command to love your neighbor as yourself.

“We love you as our neighbors,” Prombaum said to them.

After Listecki’s address, he took questions, including one on the Catholic church’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Listecki said the Vatican has tried to maintain itself as an arbiter and a broker of peace.

During his remarks to the congregation, Listecki said the Jewish-Catholic dialogue began in his life with a Jewish friend of his family, who read the Mourner’s Kaddish, a Jewish prayer, at his father’s wake.

And he referred to a Vatican II document he called a blueprint for inter-religious dialogue for the church in the world.

“Words on paper take time to develop and cut through the generations of inaccuracies and errors,” he said, referring to the document, Nostra Aetate. “But friendships are created in the shared experiences of life amid the struggles of our times.”

http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2007/12/05/news/00lead.txt

How Wisconsin Bishop Listecki and His Flock Observe Advent

December 5, 2007

What better way to prepare oneself worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God than to join those whose tradition viciously mocks the incarnate God:

Bishop Jerome Listecki, right, lights a Menorah along with Rabbi Saul Prombaum, left center, and David and Betty Hammes at the Congregation Sons of Abraham of the first night of Hanukkah. Erik Daily


Local Catholics, Jews unite at opening Hanukkah service

By JOE ORSO | La Crosse Tribune
Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Two days after Catholics began their Advent season, the local Jewish congregation began Hanukkah with an interfaith first for the Coulee Region.

Bishop Jerome Listecki, head of the Diocese of La Crosse, addressed about 50 people at Congregation Sons of Abraham, making him the first Catholic bishop to speak at the synagogue.

“I am here with you this evening as a friend,” Listecki said, wearing a violet zuchetto that resembled the yarmulkes worn on the heads of Rabbi Saul Prombaum and others gathered. “In that friendship, I share in the confidence that together we might walk in a rededication to our freedom and mutual respect directed by the light that guides our path.”

The event wasn’t the beginning of the relationship between local Jews and Catholics.

In 1998, members of the synagogue, a Catholic parish and United Church of Christ congregation traveled together to Israel …

The joint celebration was coordinated by Monsignor Bernard McGarty, a visiting scholar of ecumenical studies at Viterbo University, who also attended.

Prombaum, head of the Jewish congregation, led the people in Hebrew, English and silent prayers during the first part of the service.

“Praised are you, Adonai our God, who rules the universe, your word bringing the evening dusk,” the congregation said as Listecki, sitting in the fourth pew, prayed along. “You create day and night, rolling light away from darkness and darkness away from light.”

At the climax of the event, as snow continued to fall outside, Prombaum invited Listecki to light the center candles of four Hanukkah menorahs.

Then Listecki, Prombaum and David and Betty Hammes, a Catholic couple who in January will have been neighbors of the synagogue for 50 years, used the central candles to light the first of the eight Hanukkah candles on the four menorahs.

Prombaum also recognized the Hammeses with a brass leaf on the synagogue’s Tree of Life, and said they live by Leviticus 19:18, which includes the command to love your neighbor as yourself.

“We love you as our neighbors,” Prombaum said to them.

After Listecki’s address, he took questions, including one on the Catholic church’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Listecki said the Vatican has tried to maintain itself as an arbiter and a broker of peace.

During his remarks to the congregation, Listecki said the Jewish-Catholic dialogue began in his life with a Jewish friend of his family, who read the Mourner’s Kaddish, a Jewish prayer, at his father’s wake.

And he referred to a Vatican II document he called a blueprint for inter-religious dialogue for the church in the world.

“Words on paper take time to develop and cut through the generations of inaccuracies and errors,” he said, referring to the document, Nostra Aetate. “But friendships are created in the shared experiences of life amid the struggles of our times.”

http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2007/12/05/news/00lead.txt

How Wisconsin Bishop Listecki and His Flock Observe Advent

December 5, 2007

What better way to prepare oneself worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God than to join those whose tradition viciously mocks the incarnate God:

Bishop Jerome Listecki, right, lights a Menorah along with Rabbi Saul Prombaum, left center, and David and Betty Hammes at the Congregation Sons of Abraham of the first night of Hanukkah. Erik Daily


Local Catholics, Jews unite at opening Hanukkah service

By JOE ORSO | La Crosse Tribune
Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Two days after Catholics began their Advent season, the local Jewish congregation began Hanukkah with an interfaith first for the Coulee Region.

Bishop Jerome Listecki, head of the Diocese of La Crosse, addressed about 50 people at Congregation Sons of Abraham, making him the first Catholic bishop to speak at the synagogue.

“I am here with you this evening as a friend,” Listecki said, wearing a violet zuchetto that resembled the yarmulkes worn on the heads of Rabbi Saul Prombaum and others gathered. “In that friendship, I share in the confidence that together we might walk in a rededication to our freedom and mutual respect directed by the light that guides our path.”

The event wasn’t the beginning of the relationship between local Jews and Catholics.

In 1998, members of the synagogue, a Catholic parish and United Church of Christ congregation traveled together to Israel …

The joint celebration was coordinated by Monsignor Bernard McGarty, a visiting scholar of ecumenical studies at Viterbo University, who also attended.

Prombaum, head of the Jewish congregation, led the people in Hebrew, English and silent prayers during the first part of the service.

“Praised are you, Adonai our God, who rules the universe, your word bringing the evening dusk,” the congregation said as Listecki, sitting in the fourth pew, prayed along. “You create day and night, rolling light away from darkness and darkness away from light.”

At the climax of the event, as snow continued to fall outside, Prombaum invited Listecki to light the center candles of four Hanukkah menorahs.

Then Listecki, Prombaum and David and Betty Hammes, a Catholic couple who in January will have been neighbors of the synagogue for 50 years, used the central candles to light the first of the eight Hanukkah candles on the four menorahs.

Prombaum also recognized the Hammeses with a brass leaf on the synagogue’s Tree of Life, and said they live by Leviticus 19:18, which includes the command to love your neighbor as yourself.

“We love you as our neighbors,” Prombaum said to them.

After Listecki’s address, he took questions, including one on the Catholic church’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Listecki said the Vatican has tried to maintain itself as an arbiter and a broker of peace.

During his remarks to the congregation, Listecki said the Jewish-Catholic dialogue began in his life with a Jewish friend of his family, who read the Mourner’s Kaddish, a Jewish prayer, at his father’s wake.

And he referred to a Vatican II document he called a blueprint for inter-religious dialogue for the church in the world.

“Words on paper take time to develop and cut through the generations of inaccuracies and errors,” he said, referring to the document, Nostra Aetate. “But friendships are created in the shared experiences of life amid the struggles of our times.”

http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2007/12/05/news/00lead.txt