Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

A New Book Edited by Prof. Porat on Fifty Years since the Catholic Church Declaration Nostra Aetate

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015

On December 14 and 15, 2015,  during an exceptional event at the Vatican, Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, presented a papal document stating that "antisemitism is a sin against God and man and that the Church will do everything in its power to combat antisemitism". 


In that context, the Cardinal has presented the document during a festive conference at Tel Aviv University, organized by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, the American Jewish Committee (AJC), with the collaboration of  Beth Hatfutsot, the museum of the Jewish People.


The conference commemorated 50 years to the Second Vatican Council's Nostra Aetate Declaration which rejected the accusation that the Jews killed Jesus Christ, condemned anti-Semitism and stated that God's divine covenant with the Jews is still valid. This declaration represented a new chapter in the Catholic Church's relations with the Jewish people. 

The full content of the conference, as well as audio and visual recordings of the open debate that took place can be seen by pressing on this page: http://kantorcenter.tau.ac.il/event/symposium-honour-50th-anniversary-pu...



During the conference's opening night, the book In Our Time published by Tel Aviv University Press will be launched. For the first time in Hebrew, the book presents papal documents that illustrate this radical change in attitude towards the Jews, and research papers on the Church's relations with the Jews during the Holocaust and its aftermath.

The volume was edited by Prof. Dina Porat, Head of the Kantor Center. Prof. Porat also acted as Chairperson of the gathering.