Polish-Jewish Relations Forum- 2/27/06

LOUIS D. BRANDEIS LAW SOCIETY and JAGIELLONIAN LAW SOCIETY proudly invite you to an evening of stimulating discussion, dining and CLE credit:

Conflicted Memories and New Expectations�
(Speakers' Bios Appear Below)

When: Monday, February 27, 2006

Where: Philopatrian Literary Institute (Philo Club)
1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

5:15 P.M.: Cocktails and Buffet of Traditional
Polish and Israeli Food
6:00 P.M.: Program

Guest Speakers:

Rev. John T. Pawlikowski: Professor of Social Ethics and Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union at the University of Chicago

Rabbi Andrew Baker: Director of International Jewish Affairs for the
American Jewish Committee

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With Special Greetings from:

Consul General Krzysztof Kasprzyk of the Consulate General of the
Republic of Poland in New York and Consul General Uriel Palti
of the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia


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$35.00 - Members of the Brandeis and Jagiellonian Law Societies
$40.00 - Non members
$ 5.00 - Students

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Polish-Jewish Relations
Speakers' Bios

Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Ph.D.

Professor of Social Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union, part of the ecumenical cluster of theological schools at the University of Chicago; Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program in Catholic Theological Union’s Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Center.

A Priest of the Servite Order

Author/editor of more than fifteen books including The Challenge Of The Holocaust For Christian Theology, Christ In The Light Of The Christian-Jewish Dialogue, Jesus And The Theology Of Israel (Recently Published In A Russian Edition), Biblical And Theological Reflections On The Challenge Of Peace, Justice In The Marketplace: CTU’s Pastoral Commentary On The Bishops� Letter On The Economy, The Ecological Challenge: Ethical, Liturgical And Spiritual Responses, Reinterpreting Revelation And Tradition: Jews And Christians In Conversation, Good And Evil After Auschwitz, Ethics In The Shadow Of The Holocaust, and Two Faiths, One Covenant?

Contributor to numerous edited volumes on issues related to the Holocaust and to Social Ethics.

Contributor to numerous journals including Theological Studies, Theology Digest, Catholic International, Worship, Encounter, SIDIC, Ecumenism, The Ecumenist, Theologogische Quartalischrift, Moment, Istina, Cross Currents, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, The Christian Century, America, Journal Of Ecumenical Studies, Journal Of Holocaust And Genocide Studies, Bridges, The Polish Review, Polin, and New Theology Review.

Served for seven years as Editor of New Theology Review; serves on the editorial boards of the Journal Of Ecumenical Studies, Journal Of Holocaust And Genocide Studies, Explorations, Shofar: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies, and Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

His writings have been translated into Russian, French, Polish, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Dutch, and Hungarian

President of the International Council of Christians & Jews (ICCJ) and its Abrahamic Form.

Member of the Catholic Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, The Society of Christian Ethics (past board member), the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences (National Advisory Council), the Polish American Historical Association, the Ethics Working Group of the World Conservation Union, and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, the American Polish Advisory Council, the Society of Jewish Ethics and the Board of Religions for Peace USA.

Past Co-Chair (and currently board member and honorary co-chair) of the National Polish American-Jewish American Council; Vice President, American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies

Appointed by President Carter to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in 1980; reappointed to three successive terms by Presidents Bush and Clinton. Currently serves on the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee, its Committee on Conscience, the Academic Committee and chairs its Church Relations Committee. Served for several years on the Council’s Executive Committee and on the key Committees responsible for the construction of the museum building as well as the development of its permanent exhibition.

Selected by President Bush as a member of the White House delegation representing the President at the 50th Anniversary International Commemoration at the Babi Yar Massacre site, Kiev, Ukraine, October 1991.

Member of the Advisory Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops; Past Member, Christian-Jewish Relations Committee of the National Council of Churches (USA). Member of the Faiths in the World Committee of the National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers and of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. Member of the Board of Directors of the Parliament of the Worlds Religions and of the National Advisor Council of the United States Committee for the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP).

Has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as in Latin America, Asia, Micronesia, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Member for four years of the Presbyterian/Reformed-Catholic Bilateral Dialogue

1986 recipient of “The Righteous Among the Nations Award� from the Holocaust Museum in Detroit; the 1989 Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award from The American Jewish Committee in 1993; the “Person of the Year� Award from the Polish Council of Christians and Jews (Warsaw), 1994; The Nostra Aetate Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago 1995; the Officers� Cross of Merit for Distinguished Service to the Polish Nation, Government of Poland, 1995; the Eternal Flame Award from St. Leo University and the American Jewish Committee, 1999; “The Heart to Heart� Award from the Polish National Church, Lublin, Poland, 2000; Named an “Illustrious Person and Honorary Citizen� of Montevideo by the City Council of Montevideo, Uruguay, 2001; Honorary Doctorate, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, 2001.

Frequent appearances on radio and television in the U.S. (including ABC, CBS, PBS and NPR, FOX News Network and National Public Radio), as well as in Canada, Australia, South Africa, Israel and on Vatican Radio.

Principal Theological consultant for the U.S. Catholic Bishops� Statement on Energy

Member, Vatican Delegation, International Jewish-Catholic Dialogues, Baltimore (1992), Jerusalem (1994), and New York (2001)

Participant/Speaker in Christian/Jewish/Muslim Dialogues in Spain (1986 & 2000); Rome (1986), Indiana University (1987), Detroit (1987), Chicago (1992) and Haifa, Israel (1993).

Involved with the Corporate Responsibility Movement since its inception; Helped to establish regional Catholic corporate responsibility centers throughout the USA.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Annual Scholars� Conference on Holocaust, Genocide, and the Church Struggle

Delegate to the Millennium Summit of the World’s Religious and Spiritual Leaders convened at the United Nations by Secretary General Kofi Annan in August 2000.

Participant/Speaker, World Economic Forum, 2002 and 2005

Member of the Chicago Workers� Rights Board

Chair, National Advisory Council, National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Seton Hill College

Member, National Advisory Council, Facing History And Ourselves

Holder of two fellowships at Cambridge University, Fall 2004.

Currently at work on a book on the non-Jewish victims of the Nazis

Rabbi Andrew Baker

Director of International Jewish Affairs

The American Jewish Committee

Rabbi Andrew Baker is Director of International Jewish Affairs for the American Jewish Committee. In this position, he is responsible for maintaining and developing AJC’s network of relationships with Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora and addressing the accompanying international issues and concerns.

From 1992 until 2000, he served as AJC’s Director of European Affairs. In that capacity he was responsible for the development and implementation of various exchange programs sponsored by the American Jewish Committee for emerging political leaders in Germany, in Poland and in other Central and Eastern European countries. He has helped to organize a number of international conferences on a variety of subjects in cooperation with the Council of Europe, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other European-based organizations. In 2003, he was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his work in German-Jewish relations.

Rabbi Baker has played an active role in efforts to come to terms with Holocaust-era moral and material claims. He is a Vice President of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Jewish umbrella organization that has worked on restitution issues for half a century. He is a member of Government Commissions in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia that have been established to address the claims of Holocaust Victims. He is a member of the National Historical Commission of Lithuania and has been a key player in negotiating the return of Torah scrolls and Jewish communal properties from that country. He helped the Romanian Government establish a national commission chaired by Elie Wiesel to examine the history of the Holocaust in that country, and serves as one of its founding members.

He has spoken on the subject of Jewish property restitution, antisemitism and related issues at the U.S. State Department, the House Banking Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Helsinki Commission, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and he has addressed the leaders of NATO aspirant nations at summit meetings in Bucharest and Riga. He has been a Public Member and Advisor of US Government delegations to OSCE conferences on antisemitism in Vienna and Warsaw and Berlin.

Rabbi Baker previously served as AJC's Washington Area Director. He is a past President of the Interfaith Conference of Washington and a former Commissioner on the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission. He was also the only non-congregational rabbi to serve as President of the Washington Board of Rabbis.

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Rabbi Baker received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Masters Degree and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He is married and the father of four children.


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