President Reuven Rivlin today (Thursday) at his residence was presented with a new publication in Hebrew of Vatican papers entitled “In our Time” (from the Latin ‘Nostra Aetate’). The work, led by Professor Dina Porat of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, included documents and research in Hebrew relating to the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, and the Holocaust, dating back to 1965 - the year of the Vatican declaration, “Nostra Ateta”, also known as the “Jewish Document”, which removed the accusation of deicide from the Jewish people.

The meeting was addressed by President Rivlin as well as Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, renowned expert on Jewish-Christian relations and International Director of Interreligious Affairs of AJC, Rabbi David Rosen, and Professor Porat. Also attending was Italian Ambassador to Israel, the Papal Nuncio, Israel’s Ambassador to the Vatican, and other leading Rabbis and members of the clergy.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles held their annual National Tribute Dinner, during which they awarded the Medal of Valor posthumously to the late Ninth President of Israel, Shimon Peres. Chemi Peres, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, received the medal on behalf of his late father.

Over a thousand guests attended the dinner, including actors and heads of the Hollywood film industry, such as Barbara Streisand, Ice Cube, Michael Douglas, and more. Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of Universal Studios, received the Humanitarian Award.

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AIPAC began its annual Policy Conference today with moving remarks by Chemi Peres and Yousef Qaraja, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy who was born with a heart defect and treated through a healthcare program that was initiated by President Shimon Peres and works to save children's lives. Qaraja: "For me and for my friend Shimon Peres- continue working toward peace"

At the opening of the conference, AIPAC screened a video that they produced, documenting the story of Yousef Qaraja's life saving treatment:

https://vivacreative.box.com/s/a6gjzij0uyu1ovrsqpcjnmai9flb5wj7

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