Anti-Defamation League national director to give annual Shapiro lecture May 18
Abraham Foxman, since 1987 the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss “Jews, Christians and the State of Israel” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave. S.
The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University.
The talk is the annual Rabbi Max A. Shapiro Lecture, named in honor of Shapiro’s leadership in Jewish-Christian relations. Now retired, he was rabbi at Temple Israel and was a founder and director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Learning.
The establishment of Israel has affected the relationship between Jews and Christians worldwide. As director of the Anti-Defamation League, Foxman has been at the center of Jewish-Christian dialogue and debates about peace and justice for Israel and the Palestinians.
In his lecture, Foxman will discuss how different religious views on Israel affect Jewish-Christian relations and the search for peace in the Middle East.
Born in Poland in 1940, Foxman is a Holocaust survivor who speaks out against hatred and violence and confers with elected and community leaders worldwide. He was appointed to the President’s U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council by presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He has participated in several official presidential delegations to events in Europe and Israel, and had six audiences with Pope John Paul II.
Foxman is the author of Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism; he appears frequently on national news programs and is quoted often in newspapers and magazines.
Tickets or reservations are not required for the lecture. Parking is available in the Temple Israel lot and on surrounding streets. For more information about the lecture, call the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning, (651) 962-5780.