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Community Action

As Director of the nonprofit Center for Interreligious Understanding, Rabbi Bemporad is bringing people of all faiths together to identify common values and shape a common future. Learn more about the CIU's projects and join us in promoting honest dialogue, mutual respect and peace.

Menorah Project:
Through its historic Menorah Project, the CIU is placing Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance) Menorahs in Catholic institutions throughout the United States and around the world with the goal of highlighting the extraordinary changes taking place in the relationship between Catholics and Jews since the Second Vatican Council in 1965 and as a result of the leadership of Pope John Paul II. Learn More >

Friends in Faith:
Rabbi Bemporad has created a unique interfaith action guide called "Friends in Faith" that is dedicated to building bridges of understanding among people of all faiths. Through simple, engaging classroom activities, the guide offers a chance for teachers, students, religious leaders and community members to explore the many religious and cultural traditions that are part of our shared experience and create opportunities to work together to build a better society. Learn More >

We Remember
On April 13, 1999, Rabbi Jack Bemporad delivered a major address on the Vatican's document "We Remember" at the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City, Rome, for Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). View excerpts of Rabbi Bemporad's talk >

Rabbi Bemporad Promotes Peace at Vatican Conference
On January 18, 2003, Rabbi Jack Bemporad was among 38 religious leaders from 15 countries invited to participate in a Vatican symposium created to harness the "Spiritual Resources of the Religions for Peace." Learn More >

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“Promoting honest dialogue, mutual respect and peace.”

Rabbi Jack Bemporad