On Tuesday, January 20, the IFC was invited to participate at a conversation between Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka and Auxilary Bishop Barry Knestout of the Archdiocese of Washington. Rabbi Skorka chemist, rabbi and writer is the Rector of the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer in Argentina and close friend of Pope Francis with whom he ha published a book on interfaith dialogue entitled “On Heaven and Earth”. Bishop Barry Knestout is Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Washingtion and the co-chair of the USCCB Mid-Atlantic Catholic-Muslim Dialogue. The conversation, convened by the Masorti Olami Jewish community, was entitled “Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate & Chasing Peace.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate (one of the Second Vatican Council’s documents promulgated on October 28, 1965) that ushered in a new era of dialogue between the Catholic Church and other world religions, particularly with the Jewish People.

John Donvan, moderator Rabbi Gerald Serotta, Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) Fr. Avelino Gonzalez, Director of the Office of Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs, Archdiocese of Washington Ron Halber, Executive Director of JCRC Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, Board Member IFC Rabbi Abraham Skorka Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, ADAS Israel Congregation Rabbi Tsvi Graetz, Masorti Olami Executive Director Bishop Barry Knestout, Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Washington The Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Argentinean Republic

From L to R: John Donvan, moderator
Rabbi Gerald Serotta, Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC)
Fr. Avelino Gonzalez, Director of the Office of Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs, Archdiocese of Washington
Ron Halber, Executive Director of JCRC
Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, Board Member IFC
Rabbi Abraham Skorka
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, ADAS Israel Congregation
Rabbi Tsvi Graetz, Masorti Olami Executive Director
Bishop Barry Knestout, Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Washington
The Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Argentinean Republic