On Wednesday, October 30, Benedictine University in Lisle dedicated a new center to be the focus of interfaith programming on its campus, the Neff Center for Mission, Ministry, and Inclusion. Bernie Newman of Congregation Beth Shalom was invited to offer a blessing at the dedication ceremony, as was Father Philip Timko, a Catholic priest from the Benedictine community, and Sheikh Hassan Aly, the Imam of the Mecca Center in Willowbrook. During his participation, Bernie affixed a mezuzah with a kosher scroll to the front doorpost of the center, as a gift from CBS to Benedictine University. The gift was warmly received by the Director of the Center, Dr. Peter Huff, who stated that the gift of the mezuzah and scroll is “a great sign of friendship and shared values. We are deeply grateful to you and to Congregation Beth Shalom.” About two dozen people attended the ceremony, and all present were moved by the symbolism of the mezuzah being put on the front doorpost of an interfaith center at a Catholic university.
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