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Top occasion

23 August 2013


WITH four Archbishops, a former Presbyterian Moderator, a Methodist President, and a former Chief Rabbi, it was indeed a gathering of top people. We have no picture of them, because it was hosted in Dublin by a Committee of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, and took place after sundown on the on the eve of the sabbath, "when no machinery or devices may be worked"; so no camera could be used.

It took place at the end of the week-long Jewish Gathering, chaired by Maurice Cohen, and culminated in the normal shabbat service on the Friday evening, when the overseas Jewish guests were joined by the representatives of the Christian Churches.

The Archbishops included the Roman Catholic and Anglican Archbishops of Armagh - Cardinal Sean Brady, and the Most Revd Richard Clarke; the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown; and the Anglican Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson.

After the service, everyone proceeded to the Samuel Tacca Hall for the weekly shabbat meal, where the service of kiddush was said before the shared food was enjoyed. Dr David Rosen spoke about the ever closer relationship between Christians and Jews which had developed over the past 30 years, since he had been Chief Rabbi in Ireland, and made specific reference to the international dialogues with Anglican and Roman Catholics, and their importance in contemporary Jewish self-understanding.

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