ADL:U.S. Catholic School Educators Will Visit Holy Land on ADL Mission to Israel
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New York, NY, July 6, 2012 … A group of Catholic school educators from 10 states across the country will be traveling to the Holy Land on an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mission that aims to provide an advance course of study on anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Catholic-Jewish relations.

The 19 participants in the nationally acclaimed ADL Bearing Witness Advanced program will be traveling in Israel July 11-18, where they will visit Christian and Jewish holy sites and meet with Holocaust survivors, members of the Israeli government, Arab Israelis, Israeli journalists, Catholic dignitaries, Jewish community leaders, interfaith experts and scholars.

The educators represent middle and high schools in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Illinois and California.

“This mission is essential to helping Catholic educators gain a deeper understanding of the historic relationship between the Catholic and Jewish communities and develop the tools needed to teach about the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and modern-day Israel,” said David Waren, ADL Director of Education. “Now in its 8th year, the ADL Bearing Witness Advanced program continues to give Catholic educators the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the Jewish state and enhance their appreciation of the country and its history. The educators are then able to bring these experiences and lessons home to their students, fellow educators and communities.”

The group will travel across Israel, with stops in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Nazareth, the Golan Heights and Haifa. They will tour the old city of Jerusalem, and numerous Christian churches and holy sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Church and Mount of Beatitudes.

At Yad Vashem, the educators will visit the Children’s Museum, Monuments and Hall of Remembrance and hear from Holocaust survivors. The group will also meet with representatives of the Israeli government, Israeli Defense Forces, the Arab-Jewish Community Center, The Jerusalem Post, the Apostolic Delegation, the JOINT Distribution Fund, the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, Shalom Hartman Institute, the Interfaith Encounter Association and Bar Ilan University.

Since its inception in 1996, ADL Bearing Witness: Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Contemporary Issues has trained more than 1,500 Catholic school educators across the U.S. about the historical relationship between the Jewish and Catholic communities and the impact of that relationship on Catholic teaching, catechesis and liturgy. Bearing Witness Advanced was initiated in 2005 to allow Bearing Witness graduates to extend their learning and travel to Israel. The program is endorsed by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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#2
Brings back memories of the Jewish influence on my "Catholic" high school education, and how we were made to constantly feel guilty about the "oppression" of the Jews.

My "comparative religions" teacher, who had come back from a similar trip to Israel, one day distributed to the class Zionist pamphlets. I told him I thought the pamphlets were very biased against the Palestinians and that there existed Israeli terrorists too, but he sort of diverted from the issue and mumbled some stuff about how we needed to be "tolerant."

And one day, after the class was forced to sit through Schindler's List feeling all bad and guilty, my American history teacher brought in her neighbor, whose mother was a so-called "Holocaust survivor," to spew all sorts of lies about the Catholic Church: how it's the Church's fault that Poland is "anti-semitic," how the Pope didn't speak out enough against Hitler, etc., etc. He even went so far as to mention how Jews don't believe that Jesus is the Messiah and that He was crucified simply because that's how they dealt with criminals back then. And the entire class just took in everything without batting an eye.

Brainwashed from an early age.
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#3
Come on you guys, get with the program.  Haven't you heard the Catholic Chruch's new mission since the glorious Second Vatican Council is to rid the world of homophobia and anti-Semtism: the only evils left in the brave new world.
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#4
They are targeting Germany too. I read on Google news back in March an ADL statement that said that 4 out of 10 German youths under 25 don't know where Auschwitz is. So they said they needed to step up education(indoctrination) in Germany. Same thing here. Most US people under 30 are not fans of giving 3 billion annually to Israhell so they need to be reeducated. And the Jewish controlled NO Church is the perfect vehicle.
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#5
Any one who would let their child go on a trip with these dirty little pornographers should have their children removed from their home.
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Local Catholic school teacher on ADL Israel trip
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July 18, 2012
Wendy Lockard has taught at St. Jerome Catholic School in Fort Lauderdale for 24 years but she has never visited the Holy Land.

Last week, Lockard, 58, of Davie, who teaches classes about the Holocaust to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, joined 18 middle and high school teachers from nine states on the Anti-Defamation League's Bearing Witness Advanced trip to Israel. Lockard is the only Florida teacher on the trip.

Visits to Christian and Jewish holy sites and meetings with members of the Israeli government, Arab Israelis, journalists, Jewish community leaders, Catholic dignitaries, interfaith experts, scholars and Holocaust survivors are on the educators' itinerary.

"I'm expecting to have my Catholic faith come full circle," Lockard said by phone from the ADL's offices in New York where she was taking a day-long orientation class before leaving for Israel.

She said she also hopes to get a better understanding of Jewish life and culture while on the eight-day trip. That includes learning about the symbols of the Jewish faith, Lockard said. "I would like [my students] to know more about what Jewish life is like, about Shavuot, the Kaddish and the Shoah."

Lockard, who also completed the ADL's Bearing Witness program in September, said, "My Judeo-Christian attitude has changed."

Father John Mericantante of St. Mary Catholic Church in Pahokee said, "We are still a Judeo-Christian nation. The Holy Land proves it. We share that heritage. The Jewish people are our brothers and sisters."

Mericantante, 63, receives donations from the Jewish community at Christmas for bicycles for the children of the Guatemalan immigrants in his church. More than 120 new bicycles were purchased in 2011.

The teachers will travel throughout Israel, stopping primarily in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa and visiting the Dead Sea and the Golan Heights.

They also will tour the old city of Jerusalem and Christian churches and holy sites such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph's Church and Mount of Beatitudes.

Steven Daniels, 54, of Palm Beach, ADL Florida regional chair, said, "When you go [to Israel] and learn about the history and see and touch and feel and smell, it's like turning a light on in a dark room."

The educators also will visit Yad Vashem and meet with Holocaust survivors.

The meetings make the Holocaust personal, Daniels said. "When you know personal stories, you appreciate what happened."

These experiences will help the educators to teach about the Holocaust, he said. Catholic school students don't have the exposure to the Holocaust that Jewish students have, Daniels said, and all children should have an understanding of the Holocaust.

Kathy Aprea-Cook, a Catholic middle school teacher who went on the ADL trip a few years ago, said it was "one of the most beautiful experiences of my life."
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#7
what happened to the vomit smilie? Huh?
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#8
(07-19-2012, 08:01 PM)voxxpopulisuxx Wrote: what happened to the vomit smilie? Huh?

It's still here.  Puke
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#9
This is revolting. This is an apt reaction Puke
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#10
The Jews make so much clatter for such a small group of people...
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