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Social Action and Inter-Group Relations

The JCRC of Greater Washington is pleased to welcome Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka from Argentina.  Rabbi Skorka is co-author, with the man who became Pope Francis, of the book On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century

Please join us as we come together as a communty to reflect on the the 50 years since the ground breaking  Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council, known as Vatican II, and look ahead to the future. We are pleased to cosponsor this program along with the Archdiocese of Washington, the Seminario Rabinico Latinamericano and Masorti Olami.  

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Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka is a chemist, rabbi and writer. He is the Rector of the Seminario
Rabínico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer which trains Masorti/Conservative Rabbis, Cantors and educators in the
Latin American Jewish Community. In addition, he is the Rabbi of the Masorti Olami Community (Worldwide ConservativeMovement) Benei Tikva in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka co-authored a book on interfaith dialogue, titled "On Heaven and Earth” that was published in Spanish in 2010 and in English in 2013. It is based on over 30 TV shows they co-hosted in Argentina. In 2012, Pope Francis, who was then the Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, granted Doctor honoris causa to Rabbi Skorka, on behalf of the Catholic University of Argentina. In May 2014, Rabbi Skorka accompanied the Pope as part of the Papal entourage to the Middle East.

Bishop Barry C. Knestout received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland in December
1984. He began his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1985 and was ordained
a priest in June 1989. After ordination, Bishop Knestout served as a parochial vicar at two parishes, St. Bartholomew in Bethesda (1989-1993) and St. Peter in Waldorf (1993-1994) before being named priest-secretary to Cardinal James A. Hickey in 1994. Named a Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1999, Bishop Knestout was executive director of the Office of Youth Ministry/CYO from 2001-2003 and became pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring in 2004. In April 2007, he was named moderator of the curia and vicar for administration. In this role, as the “chief of staff” for the archdiocese’s central offices, he assists Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl in managing and overseeing all administrative affairs.He was co-chair of the Papal Visit Planning Committee in 2008, managing many of the preparations for the historic April 2008 visit to Washington, DC by Pope Benedict XVI.