Local Jewish Community Welcomes New Pope
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 15:08

 Jewish Community Relations Council

of the

Youngstown Area Jewish Federation

PRESS RELEASE                              Contact: Bonnie Deutsch Burdman,

                                                     JCRC Director, (330) 746-3251 (office)

                                                                             (330) 770-8702 (mobile)



(March 18, 2013 – Youngstown, OH) On the eve of tomorrow’s historic Papal Installation, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation welcomed the selection of the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis I and expressed optimism about the prospects for continued positive Catholic-Jewish relations.

“We join our friends in the Catholic Church in welcoming Pope Francis and a new era for the Church during a time of great global change,” said Federation President Bruce Lev. “We offer our sincerest blessings and hope that our cherished friendship with the Catholic Church will continue to flourish and deepen.  We are heartened by his profound statement of solidarity with the Jewish people and his identity with the pain that was caused by the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires. He has had a warm relationship with the Argentinian Jewish Community and has enjoyed close friendships with many prominent rabbis throughout the world,” Lev said.

“We look forward to our ongoing partnership with the Catholic church in combating poverty, a great legacy of the new Pope during his tenure as Cardinal of Buenos Aires,” said JCRC Director Bonnie Deutsch Burdman. “In a world so awfully divided by wealth and opportunity, may his teaching and example help to heal our broken world and bring us closer to a time when no person goes to bed hungry.”

For further information, contact Bonnie Deutsch Burdman at 330-770-8702.

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