SENS N°380 – June 2013 – For the 50th anniversary of Jules Isaac’s death (1878-1963)

SENS #380

For the 50th anniversary of Jules Isaac’s death (he passed away on the 5th of September 1963), the revue wished to pay homage to the founder of the Amitié Judéo-Chrétienne de France who was also one of the architects of the dialogue between Jews and Christians in the aftermath of the Shoah.
In the article « Chemin d’Amitié Judéo-Chrétienne de Jules Isaac », Marcel Goldenberg, the current president of the Aix-en-Provence group, recounts his steps – using the information from Jules Issac’s manuscript notes for his public speeches and kept in the Jules Isaac collection at the Méjane Library in Aix-en-Provence – and explains his position on a certain number of subjects in debate in the 50s : anti-Semitism, the creation of Israel…, or internal problems of the association.
Two sets of « Letters », most of them published for the first time, were also included : a letter from Jules Issac to Pope John XXIII dated October 1962 at a time when the former feared the abandonment of the text "on Jews" by Rome ; five letters from Jules Isaac to the Chief Rabbi Kaplan, whom he was very fond of. There are also eight letters from Mrs. Hélène Spira, the founder of the Mulhouse group, who informs Jules Isaac on the start of the group.
The revue also publishes a small file on the courageous action of the Archpriest of Saint-André parish Châteauroux. During the war (from 1943 to 1945 or 1946) he landed one of the parish rooms to the Jewish community who took refuge in Châteauroux so they can organize there the service for the Shabbat and Feasts.
Finally, the revue pays homage to Jean Halpérin, who passed away on the 5th of September 2012.

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