As a staff member of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) for over thirty years, Rabbi James Rudin has been a prominent warrior in the struggle for constructive relations between Christians and Jews. His role as AJC’s director of interreligious affairs allowed him to participate in eleven meetings with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Now settled in Sanibel, Rabbi Rudin remains active as an author and columnist, while serving as AJC’s senior interreligious advisor. His new book is another step in his long career as an advocate and agent for principles and actions that will build understanding, respect, and enthusiastic cooperation.
BY PHILIP K. JASON
Rudin grew up in Alexandria, Va., where he was one of 10 Jewish students in a school of about 240. The Jewish kids were all friends, as they knew one another from the synagogue. But there was not a lot of mixing with the Christian population. Young Jim Rudin’s father was asked, as a man with no vested interest, to judge his neighbors’ Christmas decorations each year, and this was the beginning of Jim’s interaction with the Christian community — a positive one.
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