Melbourne Archbishop meets youngest chief Rabbi

Archbishop Denis Hart was part of a Catholic group that met Israel's Chief Rabbi, Yona Metzger, during his recent visit to Melbourne.

Metzger, who has been Israel's Chief Rabbi since 2003, is the youngest to hold the position.

Victorian Rabbinic Council Rabbi Joseph Gutnick, Council of Christians and Jews Chairman Bill Clancy AM also attended the event.

Chief Rabbi Metzger spoke of the influences that have moulded him over the years, and of his own personal commitment to interfaith dialogue.

He gave an overview of the challenges facing workers in this field both in Israel and across the nations of the world.

Rabbi Metzger is the first Israeli-born Chief Rabbi, the youngest Chief Rabbi ever appointed. He did his military service in a tank regiment rising to the rank of Tank Commander.

The Catholic Archdiocese was represented by Archbishop Denis Hart, Catholic Interfaith Committee chairperson Fr John Dupuche, Fr Paul Duffy SJ, Sr Mary Barbuto NDS - Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Zion - and Sr Mary Lotton NDS.

Chief Rabbi speaks (Kairos Catholic Journal 11/11/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Yona Metzger (Wikipedia)
Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission (Melbourne Archdiocese)
The Sisters of Our Lady of Sion

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14 Nov 2007