The Program for Jewish Civilization, with Georgetown University's Office of the President hosted His Eminence Cardinal André Vingt-Trois and a delegation of bishops for a dinner and discussion on the question "How Can Jews Believe in God After the Holocaust?" Also attending the dinner and discussion were Rabbi Irving Greenberg, a noted theologian and activist, who served as president of Jewish Life Network (1997-2007) and Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (2000-2002); and Dr. Adena Berkowitz, founder of Kol HaNeshamah: The Center for Jewish Life and Enrichment, an institute dedicated to reenergizing the spiritual life of both affiliated and unaffiliated Jews. Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J., Vice President of Mission and Ministry greeted guests as they arrived at Riggs Library.
Dr. John Borelli, Special Assistant to the President for Interreligious Initiatives moderated the evening's conversation, which included remarks by Cardinal Vingt-Trois; Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff, Bishop of Aachan, Germany; Rabbi Greenberg; Dr. Berkowitz, and Fr. Patrick Desbois of Yahad In-Unum.
Students from the PJC attended the dinner and observed the evening's discussion, including Ben Center (C'14). "All the speakers showed a serious and genuine interest in continuing to explore one of the most severe and traumatizing events in human history. I am very grateful to have had the fortunate opportunity to listen in on this stimulating discussion."