Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County

The purpose of the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue is to engage
Jews and Catholics in understanding their past history and
advancing the cause of mutual understanding and
appreciation of their differences, as well as their

Guest Speaker: 

Rabbi Micah Greenstein

Join us on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3:00 pm


St. Agnes Catholic Church



Previous Events

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Kristallnacht Commemoration Service. Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020

The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County invites the community to the annual commemoration of Kristallnacht. This is the event eighty-two years ago recognized by most historians as “The Night the Holocaust Began."
The event is co-sponsored by Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County; Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples; Diocese of Venice,FL, GenShoah of SWFL, and the Holocaust Museum & Janet G. and Harvey D. Cohen Education Center.

Thank you Bob Reddy for taking these pictures at the Kristallnacht Commemoration Program on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019

Read the article that is in the Diocese newspaper, The Florida Catholic.


Rabbi Fuchs

Son of a Kristallnacht Survivor

Guest Speaker:

Stephen Lewis Fuchs is a distinguished rabbi and author. Rabbi Fuchs earned his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and was ordained a rabbi at Hebrew Union College. He went on to earn a doctor of ministry in biblical interpretations from the Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. In October of 2017, the divinity school bestowed upon Rabbi Fuchs its’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, the first person of Jewish faith to ever receive it. He is also the recipient of the Four Chaplains Award.

Fuchs is the author of several books that include: “What’s in it for Me, “Who Created God?,” “Why the Kof,” and” Why Triple Chai?”

He is currently the rabbi at the Bat Yam Temple of the Islands on Sanibel, Florida.

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(239) 263-4205 for all events.

Free admission to all events.


Donations payable to JFGN are
always welcomed.


Film: Bogdan’s Journey

St. John’s Catholic Church

Pulte Family Center

A Roman Catholic man works to heal a 69-year-old rift between Poles and Jews.

In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland, to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their past: Kielce was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom.

In 1946 forty holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building were murdered by townspeople. Communist authorities suppressed the story, leaving the town deeply embittered.

For Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole, anti-Semitism is a sin. This conviction is the animating force of his life. Conflict over the pogrom was still a festering wound when Bialek moved to Kielce in the late 70s. He was shocked by the poisoned atmosphere of his new town. Trained as a psychologist, he has made it his life’s work both to persuade people to embrace their past and to reconnect the city with the international Jewish community. 90 minutes English Subtitles

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Please join us for Readers & Thinkers on:

Sunday, March 10, 2019

At 2:30 PM


St. Peter the Apostle Church, Parish Center

5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd., Naples


Book title: “My Brother’s Keeper.”

Author: Rod Gragg.


This exceptional book relates 30 stories of Christians of various denominations who demonstrated remarkable courage by protecting Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust, in some cases giving their lives in the process. Examine the qualities these heroic people exhibited that distinguished them from those in the majority who did nothing.


Read the book (or not) and discuss.

Books are being sold at Barnes and Noble, Waterside Shops, Naples.


Free admission, please RSVP to:

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Kristallnacht, 80th Anniversary

November 2018


Start of Holocaust remembered: 79th Commemoration of Kristallnacht. Click here to read the article.


Rabbi James Rudin

Guest Speaker



Rabbi James Rudin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He attended Wesleyan University and graduated from George Washington University with academic distinction. While in college he was a member of the wrestling and track teams and a student government officer.

He received his rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and did graduate studies in History at the University of Illinois. The rabbi holds honorary doctorates from Saint Leo University, Saint Martin’s University and HUC-JIR. 

As a member of the American Jewish Committee’s professional staff for thirty-two years, Rabbi Rudin served as the AJC’s Interreligious Affairs Director. He is currently the AJC’s Senior Interreligious Adviser and a member of the organization’s Board of Governors.  

He is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion and Judaica at Saint Leo University and teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University Renaissance Academy. 

Rabbi Rudin served congregations in Kansas City, Missouri and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and was a United States Air Force Chaplain stationed in Japan and Korea.    


Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County presents:

Presentation by Dr. William Madges

March 5, 2017

1:30 pm

St. Ann Jubilee Center, 525 9th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102

Free admission. Reservations:


Come learn how the relationship between Catholics and Jews has been transformed since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).  In particular, discover an exhibit—A Blessing to One Another—that highlights the steps taken by St. Pope John Paul II to dramatically improve Catholic-Jewish relations.  The exhibit was on display last year in exhibition space of the Vatican Museums on St. Peter’s Square.


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