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Chief Rabbi of Israel Visits Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
    CHIEF RABBI OF ISRAEL YONA METZGER VISITS HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS OF AMERICA NEW YORK - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek
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      CHIEF RABBI OF ISRAEL YONA METZGER VISITS HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS
      OF AMERICA


      NEW YORK - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox
      Church in America, welcomed Tuesday the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel,
      Yona Metzger, at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in New York. The
      Chief Rabbi has been visiting the United States and had expressed the desire
      to meet the Archbishop. Mr. John Catsimatides a member of the Archdiocesan
      Council and an Archon facilitated the meeting.

      During their cordial and friendly meeting, the Chief Rabbi and the
      Archbishop discussed issues of common interest relative to international
      affairs and topics pertaining to Orthodox Christian and
      Jewish relations. Among the issues addressed in their conversation,
      Archbishop Demetrios stressed the importance of the Government of Israel to
      recognize the legal status of His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of
      Jerusalem. His Eminence underscored the point that even though Israel is
      officially a secular state, religious personages such as the Chief Rabbi can
      have a positive influence. The Chief Rabbi raised concerns about religious
      freedom and mutual respect, and his own ideas about a UN-style religious
      forum where constructive interfaith work can occur. The Archbishop
      emphasized the leadership of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch
      Bartholomew and the concern of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of
      Constantinople.

      In their exchange, the Archbishop related a tale about the famous Rabbi
      Akiba (Akiva) ben Joseph who lived between 50-135 A.D. and Chief Rabbi
      Metzger expanded on the same story. Both the Greek Orthodox and Jewish
      representatives in the room were moved by the dialogue between the
      Archbishop and the Chief Rabbi.

      Since becoming Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Metzger has been active in reaching out to
      various groups of people, both Jews and non-Jews. He is the youngest Chief
      Rabbi in Israel's history and has authored ten books, two of which were
      awarded prizes by the President of Israel.


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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      August 9, 2007

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