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Catholics and Jews Form Body in New York for Better Understanding

Formation of a Catholic-Jewish Relations Committee for two New York boroughs containing 1,600,000 Catholics and 1,200,000 Jews, was announced today by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

Co-chairman for the new committee are Msgr. Vincent O. Geneva, a member of the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission, and Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz, chairman of the ADL Inter religious Cooperation Committee. The new unit, comprised of 24 clergymen, educators, lawyers and jurists of Brooklyn and Queens, will seek better understanding between Catholics and Jews.

Msgr. Geneva said that “accurate knowledge of one another is the first step toward mutual understanding.” Rabbi Moshowitz said the new group would avoid “the old type of inter-faith meetings.” An ADL spokesman said that one meeting of the committee was already held and that another would be held in about a month to lay the foundations for a series of “dialogues” and later specific interfaith projects.