Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Greater Naples 


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


The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue is looking for new steering committee members. We meet once a month and plan activities that enrich the community, help to break down old prejudices and build new friendships.

For more information please contact a Co Chair:

Marty Gauthier  or Leslie Wasserman  

or Renee at JFGN: or

call Renee at: (239) 263-4205


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Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County



Film: Bogdan’s Journey


Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2:30 PM


St. John’s Catholic Church

Pulte Family Center

625 111th Ave N. Naples


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

Watch and discuss. Light refreshments will be served.

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Free admission to all events.


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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.


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Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018

Byline: Richard Price


Catholic Jewish Dialogue Presents Kristallnacht Commemorative Program


Naples, FL – On Sunday November 4, 2018, at 2:30 at Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, the Catholic Jewish Dialogue of Collier County will present an 80th Anniversary Kristallnacht Commemorative Program.  As we recount the events of November 9th and 10th, 1938, we remember Kristallnacht as a brutal manifestation of German racial policy and the beginning of the Final Solution, the architecture of the Holocaust.

Kristallnacht refers to the litter of broken glass left in the streets of German communities after mobs attacked Jewish society in a horrific pogrom.  80 years later this event still challenges the Jewish and much of the world’s people to understand how a modern, civilized, sophisticated industrial nation in the heart of Europe could initiate and engage in mass genocide as a national priority.

The statistics tell the story.  Up to 7500 Businesses and buildings and 1000 synagogues were severely damaged or destroyed.  Homes, hospitals and schools were either ransacked, damaged or wrecked.  30,000 Jewish men were incarcerated with over 100 killed during this orgy of destruction.

Among scholars there has been some debate as to whether Kristallnacht represented the end of a “traditional” outburst of antisemitism and race hatred, or something entirely new.  For the Jewish community that question should be irrelevant.  The collective memory of the Jewish people encompasses a continuum with a history of oppression and persecution.  Kristallnacht and all that followed can be viewed as logical extensions of that continuum that must never be forgotten nor repeated, and to which the Jewish people and freedom-loving societies everywhere must be eternally vigilant.

Our tradition teaches us to rise up against oppression and pursue justice.  Kristallnacht and all that followed enjoins us to never forget the appalling events of those years yet remain aware and responsive to the ongoing threats to our people and others.  The rise in antisemitism and antireligious sentiment has been well documented and could foreshadow a repetition of Kristallnacht-like events.  We must be heedful and raise our voices against the evils of intolerance.  This is the legacy of Kristallnacht.


Please join us on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 at Temple Shalom. This event is open to the entire community, everyone is invited and it’s free.


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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