On View

September 6 – March 16, 2007

This exhibition traced the life of Karol Wojtyla from his childhood in Poland through World War II and beyond. It examined Pope John Paul II’s enduring friendship with Jews, and how these relationships informed his ministry and papacy – shaping the relationship between the Church and the Jewish people.

A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People was created and produced by Xavier University (Cincinnati), Hillel Jewish Student Center (Cincinnati), and the Shtetl Foundation. The New York exhibition was presented by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust thanks to the generosity of Peter S.Kalikow, the Russell Berrie Foundation, The Fritz and Adelaide Kauffman Foundation: Elliot M.Hershberg, Theodore N. Mirvis, Bernard Turner; the Ollendorff Center for Religious and Human Understanding, The Oster Family Foundation, and the Theodore and Renee Weiler Foundation: Richard I.Kandel. The Museum also thanks the Pave the Way Foundation and the Center for Interreligious Understanding. The lead financial sponsors of A Blessing to One Another were the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Media Sponsorship provided by New York Post.