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Catholic University Invites for First Time a Rabbi to Be Commencement Speaker

One of the largest Catholic universities in the United States, the Jesuit sponsored St. Louis University, has invited Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum to deliver the commencement address on June 5th before an estimated audience of 8,000 persons in the Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, This is believed to be the first time that the Catholic University has invited a rabbi to be its commencement speaker. Rabbi Tanenbaum, who is national director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Louis University. Rabbi Tanenbaum serves as a member of the Board of Directors of St. Louis Divinity School. This is also believed to be the first time that a rabbi serves in this capacity on a Jesuit ecumenical seminary board.