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Press Release: Pope’s Blessing to be presented to Rabbi Erwin Schild by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins at Special Interfaith Event

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His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins will present a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis to Rabbi Erwin and Mrs. Laura Schild, Rabbi Emeritus of Adath Israel Congregation on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:30pm at a special interfaith event at the synagogue,

WireService.ca Press Release (02/23/2016) Toronto, ON - 37 Southbourne Avenue (near Bathurst and Wilson) in honour of the Schilds' 70th wedding anniversary. Also speaking will be Rev. Damian MacPherson, Director of the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Affairs of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

An honour rarely bestowed upon a non-Christian, the Papal Blessing will be given at the event jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, Adath Israel Congregation and the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto, in recognition of the Schilds' milestone anniversary and Rabbi Schild's leadership in promoting and fostering positive Christian-Jewish relations and as a pre-eminent voice in interreligious engagement in Canada.

Rabbi Schild, who will celebrate his 96th birthday on March 9, served as Adath Israel's spiritual leader from 1947 until 1989 and has been rabbi emeritus since then. Born in Cologne, Germany, and a survivor of Dachau, Rabbi Schild is an author, a member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of Germany's Order of Merit.

The Papal Blessing, or Benediction Papalis, is a blessing from Pope Francis to honour important events, such as baptisms, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, in the life of followers of the Catholic Church. The Benediction Papalis is typically immortalized on a special, one-of-a-kind, hand-painted parchment and inscribed with the names of the blessed.

About Adath Israel Congregation

A traditional Conservative congregation founded in 1903, Adath Israel Congregation, is a dynamic family-oriented synagogue with over 1800 member families in Toronto. Originally known as the "Roumainshe Shul", Adath Israel serves as the busy center of active religious and social life for congregants and visitors, and offers daily, Shabbat and Holy Day services, a Congregational Hebrew school, religious, social and educational programs for youth, families and seniors and an active Sisterhood and Brotherhood.

About the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto

The Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto (CJDT) works to promote, encourage and facilitate a better understanding between members of the Christian and Jewish communities, with the hope

of eliminating the prejudice and bigotry which has marred Christian-Jewish relations for generations. The CJDT also fosters dialogue with other religious communities and promotes multi-faith enrichment.

Presentation of Papal Blessing to Rabbi Erwin and Mrs. Laura Schild

Date: Sunday March 6th, 2016

Time: 2:30 - 3:45p.m.

Location: Adath Israel Congregation
37 Southbourne Ave. (near Bathurst and Wilson)

Refreshments served

Please RSVP by February 29th 2016 to bboraks@cjdt.org

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For more information contact:

Rabbi David C. Seed
Adath Israel Congregation
416.635.5340, xt. 321
rabbiseed@adathisrael.com
www.adathisrael.com

 


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