On Thursday, December 5, at 11:30 a.m., members of the San Antonio-area Roman Catholic and Jewish communities will gather for an interfaith Hanukkah celebration. The event will be held at San Fernando Cathedral Hall, 231 West Commerce.
This marks the 18th year that San Antonio-area Catholics and Jews have jointly celebrated Hanukkah. The Jewish Federation of San Antonio and San Fernando Cathedral are the co-sponsors.
Featured speaker will be Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt, both in the School of Divinity and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Among her numerous books are The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (Publisher’s Weekly Best Books 2007); Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi (Catholic Book Club 2015); and the edited Jewish Annotated New Testament (2017). In Spring 2019 she was the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute.
A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox synagogue in Nashville, although she considers herself “often quite unorthodox.”
The Most Rev. Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S , Archbishop of San Antonio, will be the presiding host for this interfaith observance this year. The Very Rev. Victor Valdez, Rector of San Fernando Cathedral, and Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El, will lead the proceedings.
Included in the program will be a presentation by the choir of Providence High School and the kindling of Hanukkah lights by clergy and other leaders of the Jewish and Catholic communities.
Reservations are required by November 30 to attend this program, which includes a catered lunch, at $36.00 per person. Table sponsorships are also available for $360. For further information, call San Fernando Cathedral, (210) 227-1297.