All Roads Lead to Rome: The ACC goes to Rome, how we’re going to get there, and the driving force behind this adventure

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All Roads Lead to Rome: The ACC goes to Rome, how we’re going to get there, and the driving force behind this adventure

View of Saint Peter's Basilica from Vatican GardensWhen the idea for a group of 20 ACC cantors to travel to Rome, Italy for a “Conference on Catholic-Jewish Relations” and to put on a concert at The Vatican was floated at an ACC executive board meeting, I didn’t pay close attention because I thought it was one of those pipe dreams we have when we’re brainstorming. Little did I know the force behind Gunther Lawrence and his dream for a Cantorial Concert at The Vatican. The dream is becoming a reality as the Second Conference on Jewish-Catholic Relations is planned for Rome this November 14-18, 2010—and the Cantorial Concert is a major part of the program which will be held at Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

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All Congregational members are invited to be a part of this once in a life time event! (Download brochure)

Meeting includes:
Special private visits to The Rome Synagogue, Vatican Museum, Cathedral and many other unique sites of Rome
Papal Audience
Open Seminars and discussions with Vatican Officials on Catholic Jewish Relations, Pope Pius XII, Israel/Vatican Relations, intermarriage, outreach to Muslims and others.
Dining with Seminarians at The North American College
Rededication of the Yom Hashoa Menorah.
Special reception with Cardinals and Vatican leaders
Cantors Concert (being coordinated by Cantor Claire Franco of the Community Synagogue and the C/J Conference coordinated by Gunther Lawrence of the Interreligious Information Center)
You will also be part of the filming of a documentary on Catholic-Jewish Relations titled “To God's Ears”
For general information, please call the ACC Office at 847-781-7800. For itinerary and registration forms visit our website at or email us at  Tel: 516-883-2487.


Day 1 – Sunday Nov 14: Hotel Check-in, 4pm opening secession with dignitaries at the Casa per Ferie Maria Bambina followed by reception and photo opportunity from the top of the building (best view in Rome from above St. Peters Square and the Vatican).

Day 2 – Monday Nov 15:  9am at the North American College where discussions will be held with Vatican Officials on Catholic Jewish relations followed by a special lunch with the colleges seminarians.  Afternoon will be the rededication and lighting of Yom Hashoah Menorah located in the colleges courtyard followed by a private tour to the Rome Synagogue with Cantors and discussion with the Chief Rabbi. Evening free

Day 3 – Tuesday Nov 16: All-day guided Rome tour with special entrances to Vatican sites.  Evening Cantors Concert at the Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Day 4 – Wednesday Nov 17: General Papal Audience with VIP Seating followed by meetings with Vatican leaders from the Office / Commission on Interreligious Relations. Evening closing speeches and  final dinner.

Day 5 – Thursday Nov 18: Depart
Please join us in Rome for this special event

Price: $1590pp Double Occupancy/Single Supplement add $270pp
Price includes: 4-nights luxury hotel, program/transportation/touring and entrance fees per itinerary, Cantors Concert, breakfasts, reception, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Price does not include: International flight, airport transfers, and miscellaneous items.

Space is limited so sign-up now! Download the Registration Form Here!