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 | By Mary McCoy | Saint Leo University

Saint Leo U’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies Presenting Beyond Tolerance: How to Build Understanding and Respect in Jewish-Christian Relations Series

Many people say they want to understand other religions and want to build relationships with those of other faiths.

Now, Saint Leo University’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is presenting the opportunity to do so through Beyond Tolerance: How to Build Understanding and Respect in Jewish-Christian Relations.

This free, three-session discussion series is being hosted by Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa and will feature facilitators Dr. Matthew Tapie, director of Saint Leo’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS) and associate professor of religion and theology, and Rabbi David Maayan, Maureen and Douglas Cohn Visiting Chair in Jewish Thought and assistant director of CCJS.

Beyond Tolerance: How to Build Understanding and Respect in Jewish-Christian Relations will take place 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Monday, January 29; Monday, February 12; and Monday, March 11, at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL 33609. The public is invited to attend any or all sessions. 

The series will address: How do Jews and Christians relate today? How have they related in the past? What are the challenges facing Jewish-Christian relations? The series’ goal is to discuss how to move beyond tolerance to deep appreciation of the “other.”

Whether someone is part of an interfaith family or interested in learning more about other religions and different perspectives, this series will be enlightening and educational. 

RSVPs are required for the events: Registration for Beyond Tolerance(

For more information, contact Laurie Gens, CCJS administrator of programs and events at or (352) 588-7711.


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