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Rabbi Skorka, friend of pope, to speak in Atlanta on King legacy

Published January 9, 2015

SANDY SPRINGS—Masorti Olami, the World Council of Conservative Masorti Synagogues, will host “A Conversation with Dr. Rabbi Abraham Skorka” on Sunday, Jan. 18. Rabbi Skorka was Pope Francis’ co-author for the book, “On Heaven and Earth,” regarding interfaith dialogue.

The program begins at 7 p.m. at Congregation Or-Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Road in Sandy Springs. The event is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Atlanta American Jewish Committee as part of the observance of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate. The Second Vatican Council document Nostra Aetate encouraged better relationships with non-Christian faiths.

Rabbi Skorka and Pope Francis co-hosted more than 30 television shows in Argentina. The rabbi wrote the introduction to the pope’s official biography and accompanied him to Israel last year.

The program is part of a larger Masorti Olami U.S. visit for Rabbi Skorka. During his visit, the rabbi will also address communities in Washington, D.C., and southern California. He will be joined by Rabbi Tzvi Graetz, executive director of Masorti Olami, throughout his stay in this country.

Rabbi Skorka is currently the rector of the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer, which trains Masorti/Conservative rabbis, cantors and educators in the Latin American Jewish Community. The rabbi is also a chemist.

Rabbis Analia Bortz and Mario Karpuj will join Rabbi Skorka for the Atlanta program. The evening also honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by discussing the prophetic voice and how religious tradition and values can transform society.

Admission is complimentary, but donations are welcome. A dessert reception follows the program.



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