April 23, 2013

Founder of IRWF will chair panel at the International Conference honoring the memory of Pope John XXIII

Baruch Tenembaum, Founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation will chair one of the sessions of the International Conference Honoring the Memory of Pope John XXIII – The Shoah, the Jews and the State of Israel.

The event, organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, together with the American Jewish Council (Global Jewish Advocacy) – AJC and Yad Vashem, will take place in Jerusalem, on April 29th, 2013, at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center, “De Botton Auditorium”.

Mr Yair Zaban, a former Israeli Minister, will chair the whole event. Together with Mr Tenembaum, many distinguished personalities will participate in the conference, including scholars, representatives from the Vatican, the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, heads of NGO’s, etc.

The day-long conference will be divided in four Sessions:

Session I – Roncalli and the Shoah, chaired by Prof. Dan Michman.

Session II – Roncalli and the Establishment of the State of Israel, chaired by Mr. Baruch Tenembaum.

Session III – John XXIII, Vatican II and Nostra Aetate, chaired by Cardinal Peter Turkson.

Session IV – The Legacy of John XXIII for Catholic-Jewish Relations – Europe and the World.

In representation of the IRWF, Mr Tenembaum will be accompanied by Pastor Annemarie Werner, head of the Vaterunse Evangelical Church and the IRWF Representative Office in Berlin, Dr. Yoav Tenembaum, Vice-President of the IRWF, Mr. Danny Rainer, head of the IRWF Representative Office in Berlin and Mr. Heroi Landsman, researcher and Ms. Evelyne Noama, office manager of the IRWF Representative office in Jerusalem.

The IRWF has also invited Ms Nieves Farina, Member of the Board of “Casa Argentina en Israel – Tierra Santa”, an interfaith NGO, affiliated with the IRWF and Rabbi Simon Mogilevsky – a distinguished Argentine Rabbi devoted to the interfaith dialogue and longtime member of Casa Argentina.

The IRWF extended a special invitation to Monsignor Loris Capovilla, former secretary of Pope John XXIII. Due to his advanced age, Mgr Capovilla cannot fly from Italy to Jerusalem but a special letter from him to the organizers and attendants of the Roncalli Conference will be read during the event.