THE MENORAH PROJECT
The Ollendorff Center is proud to support The Menorah Project, an initiative of the Center For Interreligious Understanding that places Holocaust Menorahs at Catholic institutions across the United States and around the world.
The goal of The Menorah Project is to bring Jews and Christians together to remember the six million Jews that perished during the Holocaust and recommit to building a society of justice and peace.
The four-foot tall menorahs, created by Israeli sculptor Aharon Bezalel, are replicas of a Holocaust Menorah first presented to Pope John Paul II on April 13, 1999 that now stands permanently at the Vatican's North American College.
On Sunday, December 2nd, 2007, The CIU and The Ollendorff Center presented a menorah to His Eminence Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the former Archbishop of Milan, at The Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem.
On April 6th, 2008, The Ollendorff Center presented a menorah to the Archbishop of Gniezno at the Cathedral Basilica in Gniezno, Poland. The menorah is now on permanent display in The Chapel Of The Crucified Jesus, alongside the 16th Century Crucifix and the Memorial To The 106 Polish Martyrs — including 8 priests from the Gniezno Archdiocese — killed in Nazi concentration camps.
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