Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

A Symposium in Honour of the 50th. Anniversary of the Publication of Nostra Aetate

Monday, 14 December, 2015 to Tuesday, 15 December, 2015

On December 14 and 15, 2015, the Kantor Center organized an international and interconfessional gathering in honour of the 50th. anniversary of the publication of the declaration Nostra Aetate by pope Paul VI. The event was co-sponsored by Beth Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, and by the Israeli Office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). 


The first day, on December 14, 2015, a gala-opening evening was held in Beth Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, preluding a unique conference: commemorating 50 years to the Vatican's Second Council declaration stating that the Jewish people are not responsible for the death of Jesus Christ, and are still considered to be a chosen people – a declaration that was actually a theological earthquake.

During the opening evening of this conference, a collection of documents and researches that was prepared in Tel Aviv University was presented. This collection reflects the efforts made by the Catholic Church in order to instill this declaration among its believers. The translated documents compiling this collection are now published in Hebrew for the first time.

The event was completely recorded. The greetings, lectures and even the artistic part of the evening can be seen online or downloaded from the following page:



On the following day, we gathered at the new  “Raya and Joseph Yaglom Hall" at the Senate Building of the Tel Aviv University. There a full-day conference on Jewish-Catholic dialogue was held with the participation of Jewish and Roman Catholic religious leaders, public officers and academic researchers. In four plenary sessions, the following subjects were discussed: Theology and History; Education in the Catholic World; Education about Christianity in Israel; and  Facing today's Challenges for Catholic-Jewish Relations.

These open-minded and frank depositions were recorded as mp3 files and may be downloaded from the present page by pressing on each panel's title.

Please pay attention that each panel differs in length, from one hour and a few minutes up to two hours and a half.