Saint Christopher seventh graders met with students from the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School of Palo Alto to participate in a program called, Dialogue for Understanding. The purpose of the program is to promote religious understanding through student-led discussions and presentations focusing on Judaism and Catholicism.
Hausner students shared their traditions and rituals, including Hanukkah and the lighting of the menorah. Saint Christopher students shared the meaning of ritual objects like rosaries and faith medals, and they also discussed the significance of the Bible. Saint Christopher Parish Pastor, Father Chris Bennett joined the students in the church to answer questions, as well as to discuss his own personal faith journey.
This interfaith exchange fosters students’ appreciation of people with differing religious backgrounds. Throughout the day’s interactions, students from both schools found themselves celebrating differences, discovering common interests, and sharing collective experiences.