Inauguration of Canada’s first yeshiva and rabbinical school in Toronto

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On the occasion of the inauguration of Canada’s first yeshiva and rabbinical school in Toronto on November 27, 2011, Archbishop Daniel Bohan of Regina, Chairman of the CCCB Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, sent a letter of congratulations to Rabbi Roy D. Tanenbaum.  In his letter, Archbishop Bohan said that Canadian Catholics were joyful and proud of this historic day in the life of Canada’s Jewish community. 

“What makes this celebration doubly special is that the new yeshiva and rabbinical school is being housed in facilities that have been offered to it by the University of Saint Michael’s College, a Catholic university college at the heart of the University of Toronto,” he wrote. “It is a strong and hopeful witness to Catholic and Jewish relations that this Jewish educational institution is being welcomed and hosted by a Catholic university.” Archbishop Bohan also pointed out that “Catholics today treasure the heritage common to Jews and Christians, share in dialogues and shared action on many levels…,”  which has been inspired by the examples of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

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