Photo exhibition of papal visits to the Holy Land at DePaul University this spring

Photo exhibition of papal visits to the Holy Land at DePaul University this spring


 A photographic exploration of papal visits to Israel from 1964-2014 will be on display at DePaul University this spring in a special exhibition co-sponsored with the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.


The 44 historic images depict stirring scenes as well as quiet, intimate moments during visits to the Holy Land by some of the most well-traveled popes in history: Blessed Pope Paul VI, Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.


The exhibition titled “Building Bridges of Faith” features papal visits to nearly a dozen Holy Land sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is recognized as the site of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus of Nazareth; Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust; the Cenacle on Mt. Zion, traditionally held to be the site of the Last Supper; and the Western Wall.


The archival images will be on display in the John T. Richardson Library, second floor, on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave. The exhibition opens March 29 and will be on display through June 10.


“I was in Jerusalem at the same time as Pope Francis in 2014, and I remember his visit as a very special moment for everyone living in that holy land,” said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. president of DePaul University. “DePaul is honored to host this exhibition with the Consul General of Israel and to show this unique glimpse of Catholicism and Judaism reaching out to one another over the past half century and Israel’s consistent warm welcome.”


“It is indeed our great honor to partner with such an important Catholic academic institution likeDePaul in bringing this exhibition to Chicago. The relationship between the Vatican and Israel had a slow start, but Pope Francis’ visit in 2014, which was the fourth visit of popes to Israel, reflected a peak in the relationship. We in Israel greatly appreciated the warmth in which Pope Francis conducted his visit to Israel. I do believe that this exhibition is a beautiful homage to this unique visit,” said Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.


The photographic exhibition at DePaul is one of three cultural events this spring co-sponsored with the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. Each is designed to engage with the broader community and illustrate the positive interreligious dialogue between Catholics and Jews.


On April 18, a panel discussion titled “The Catholic Church, the Jewish People and the Jewish State” will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Richardson Library, Room 400. Speakers include the Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, professor of social ethics and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union; Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, the Rabbinic Scholar at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; and Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. The discussion will be moderated by Thomas O’Brien, associate professor and director of the Center for Religion, Culture and Community at DePaul.


On May 18, There will be a reading of a version of the play “Imagining Heschel: In Search of Radical Amazement,” written by Colin Greer. The performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. in The Theatre School building, 2350 N. Racine Ave. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and reception. David Y. Chack, with DePaul’s Theatre Studies faculty, is the director. Chack also is the artistic director of ShPIeL and president of the Association for Jewish Theatre.


For additional information, please contact Alice Farrell in DePaul’s Office of Mission and Values, or 312-362-8822.


The photographic exhibition, when it closes in Chicago, will be on display this summer at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, in Mundelein, Illinois, and then this fall at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

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Yom Hashoah

69th Annual Holocaust Memorial Service to be held in Skokie April 27

Yom Hashoah

For the 69th year, hundreds of Holocaust survivors will come together Sunday, April 27, in what traditionally has been the largest gathering of survivors in the Midwest ­– the Annual Holocaust Memorial Service.

Organized by Sheérit HaPleitah of Metropolitan Chicago, the umbrella organization for area Holocaust survivor groups, the collective memorial observance will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue, 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie. The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

“This annual memorial honors the memory of our six million martyrs, including one and a half million innocent children who perished only because they were Jews,” said Charles Lipshitz, president of Sheérit HaPleitah of Metropolitan Chicago. “We also will observe the 69th anniversary of the liberation from the concentration camps, and honor the contributions that Holocaust survivors have made to society.

“We cannot let the world forget that a modern society, Nazi Germany, was capable of committing such atrocities,” Lipshitz said. “Many reactionary forces are hard at work to change history and deny that the Holocaust ever happened. We must be vigilant not to allow this to occur.”

“The number of Holocaust survivors is dwindling to a precious few as we approach the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II,” said Larry Schwartz, president of the Association of Descendants of the Shoah – Illinois, Inc. “We, as children of survivors, are taking an active role in reminding the world that the crimes of Nazi Germany can happen again if we do not maintain vigilance. The legacy of the Holocaust survivors will be sustained and enhanced through our education and outreach efforts, for we shall never forget the sacrifices of the Six Million Jews who did not live to see the Nazi war machine defeated.”

“We will not remain silent in the face of Iranian, Arab, or any other entity’s wish to destroy Israel,” said I. M. Hubscher, co-chairman of the community commemoration. “This circle of violence must stop, and we, as children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of survivors will continue to lead the effort to eradicate hate, death and destruction.”

At the 2014 memorial service, Regine Schlesinger, veteran anchor/reporter for WBBM Newsradio 780 and the daughter of Holocaust survivors who were on Schindler’s List, will be one of the featured speakers. Others will include the Honorable Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest; Mayor George Van Dusen of Skokie; and David T. Brown, Board Chair of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

A high point of the service is the candle-lighting ceremony honoring the six million Jews who perished. The ceremony will be conducted by Sherry Rubinstein Warso of Dor L’Dor, the Young Leadership Division of Sheérit HaPleitah, with participation by children and grandchildren of local-area Holocaust survivors.

Winners of the first Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) essay contest will be announced by David Levine, the new chairman of the memorial service. Officials of the Jewish War Veterans-Skokie Post 328 and Jewish Boy Scout Troops #69 and #243 will present colors. Proclamations by Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Mayor George Van Dusen of Skokie will be published in the ad journal.

The village of Skokie is supportive of Sheérit HaPleitah’s efforts to sustain the memory of the Holocaust.  When the American Nazi Party chose Skokie in 1978 for its infamous demonstration, Sheérit HaPleitah helped lead the opposition, with the assistance of former Mayor Albert J. Smith and the village trustees. The struggle was portrayed in a made-for-television movie starring Danny Kaye.

A documentary by Todd Whitman about the days leading up to the infamous 1978 demonstration aired on PBS in January 2013. The film featured many Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, as well as activists from the next generation who stood ready to protect the survivor community.

Sheérit HaPleitah later led the movement to construct a monument in memory of the Holocaust victims on the Skokie Village Green, on land donated by the village and from funds collected from area individuals and synagogues and the Jewish United Fund.

The sculpture by Edward Chesney, depicting three generations, torn prayer books, a menorah, and other items symbolizing the destruction of European Jewry, was unveiled on May 31, 1987.  That night, the memorial received worldwide attention after it was desecrated with spray paint, including the epithet “Jew liars” and other messages of hate.

“This insidious act made the message on the dedication plaque even more meaningful,” said Lipshitz.  It reads, “This monument will remain in perpetuity as a reminder of what hate can do to mankind if decent people are not vigilant to forestall such a calamity in the future.”

Shabbat Dinner with Roey Gilad

You are invited to… Shabbat Dinner for Young Professionals with the Honorable Roey Gilad

Shabbat Dinner with Roey Gilad


The Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park
invites you to
a Shabbat dinner for young professionals
with The Honorable Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest
March 28, 2014 at 8pm
at Congregation K.I.N.S.
2800 W. North Shore Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
Singles, couples and families are welcome. Register at by March 20, 2014.
$18 Adults
$10 Children
Questions: Scott "Shalom" Klein,
JCCWRP is an organization of neighborhood residents and Jewish community leaders who care deeply about the past, the present, and the future of West Rogers Park.
Howard Rieger, President
Scott "Shalom" Klein, Executive Director