Interfaith Lecture to Analyze Catholic-Jewish Relations Saint Leo University is co-sponsoring the le

May 27, 2004

The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS) at Saint Leo University is co-sponsoring the lecture "A Conversation with Rabbi Karl Richter,' part of the "Franciscan Center's Scholar's Forum' series, on Wednesday, June 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Franciscan Center, 3010 Perry Ave., Tampa, Fla. Rabbi Richter, who advocates for inter-faith communication, serves as auxiliary rabbi for the congregation of Schaarai Zedek, located in Tampa. Tickets are $20.

Richter graduated from the University and Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau and was ordained in 1935, serving two congregations in Germany. His life was greatly impacted by the infamous “Kristallnacht of November 1938,' when Jewish institutions in Germany were destroyed. He left Germany and immigrated to the U.S. with his wife and three-year-old daughter at the invitation of a small congregation in Missouri.

Besides his Rabbinic functions and extended community service, Richter has taught German, French, philosophy, and ethics at various colleges and universities. He served the congregation at Sioux Falls, S.D., for eight years and Sinai Temple in Michigan City, Ind., for 26 years.

The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is a continuing collaboration of the American Jewish Committee and Saint Leo University to promote understanding of Catholic and Jewish traditions through conferences, lectures, publications, and other related activities.

For additional information on the center or the conference, call (352) 588-8597 or email catholic.jewish.center@saintleo.edu or visit the website www.cjstudies.org. Founded in 1906, the American Jewish Committee protects the rights and freedoms of Jews the world over; combats bigotry and anti-Semitism, and promotes human rights for all.