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2013-01-18

The Polish Catholic Church celebrates the 16th edition of the Day of Judaism

Yesterday, in Warsaw, Catholics and Jews opened the 16th Day of Judaism with a joint Bible reading and a joint prayer for Holocaust victims. The Day of Judaism was initiated by the Polish Episcopate in 1997. This year’s ceremonies have the watchword borrowed from Genesis: ‘I am Joseph, Your Brother’.

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Yesterday, late in the evening, the Liturgy of the Word was read in Polish and Hebrew at the Warsaw Church of St. Andrew the Apostle and St. Brother Albert (Kościół Środowisk Twórczych pw. św. Andrzeja Apostoła i św. Brata Alberta). Rabbi Stas Wojciechowicz and Father Andrzej Tulej, a delegate of the Warsaw archdiocese for dialogue with Judaism, talked about the meanings of biblical texts. Warsaw archdiocese Bishop Tadeusz Pikus spoke about the Holy Bible.

This Sunday, as part of the Day of Judaism, the Jewish Religious Community in Warsaw will stage an open day at the Nożyk Synagogue, Twarda Street. The meeting will begin at 10:30 am with a speech by Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich. Additionally, a Catholic Church representative will take the floor.

During that day, you will have an opportunity to enter the historical building of the synagogue and listen to lectures about Jewish life in Warsaw, Jewish tradition, customs and religion. The meetings will be staged in three sessions, at 10.30, 12.00 and 13.30. At 13:00, the Szir Awiw Jewish choir will perform. Children will be able to attend art workshops, starting at 12 noon.

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