To the editor:
I greatly appreciated the excellent reporting by the Catholic Courier on the Bearing Witness Summer Institute, recently presented by the Anti-Defamation League at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Pittsford. The print coverage “Relations with Jews eyed” (Sept. 2009) and the four online stories — “Multimedia program offers classroom options for teaching the Holocaust”, ” ‘Catholic-Jewish relations have come a long way, but still need work”, “Pope’s visionary thinking breathed life into Catholic-Jewish relations” and “Anti-Semitism has long, complex history” — included accurate and in-depth coverage, and well-deserved credit was made to ADL and to SBSTM. But the articles did not mention the role of the Brennan Goldman Institute for Catholic Jewish Understanding in making this program possible in the Diocese of Rochester.
The Brennan Goldman Institute was named for Isobel Goldman, director of community relations for the Jewish Community Federation, and the late Father Joseph Brennan in recognition of their pivotal role in promoting local Catholic Jewish understanding. It was formed to assist in eliminating stereotypes and misconceptions held by Catholics and Jews about each other’s traditions, faith, and beliefs. The Brennan Goldman Institute was instrumental in inviting, hosting, and facilitating the Bearing Witness Summer Institute at St. Bernard’s, and we would be remiss were Brennan Goldman not commended for providing this invaluable service to our local community.
Deacon John Brasley
Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer
Parish Support Ministries
Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester