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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Churches send Rosh HaShanah greetings to Jewish community
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¬†The Jewish community celebrated Rosh ha Shanah (New Year) over the weekend. Nationally, the Catholic Bishops' Conference Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations sent greetings to the Jewish community in the letters page of the Jewish Chronicle. Many initiatives also took place at a local level. In Bristol, Father Robert King, Clifton Diocese Interfaith Officer, met with Rabbi Natan Levy, the Jewish Chaplain at the University of Bristol and University of the West of England to present a New Year card. The card was delivered on behalf the Catholic community in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire ≠ the area covered by the Clifton Diocese, to the local Jewish community. It is customary for Jews and their friends to send a card which include greetings for the New Year and the High Holy Days which follow close after. Fr Robert wished Rabbi Natan a Happy New Year and wished him well over the Fast. The fast refers to the Fast on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Fr Robert said: "Rabbi Natan's warm welcome and kind hospitality is indicative of our continued dialogue and desire to better understand each other's faith." The informal meeting took place in Rabbi Natan's home and involved enjoying a relaxed cup of tea and some cookies around the kitchen table. Source: ICN/Clifton Diocese
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