The Christian-Jewish Dialogue Group was founded in the early 1970s as an initiative of Bishop Gregoire, who approached Father Stephane Valiquette of the Ecumenism Centre and Rabbi Allan Langner, who was then the president of the Board of Jewish Ministers of Greater Montreal. The Centre and Father Valiquette were central to the group's work for many years, with Father Valiquette and Rabbi Langner serving as co-presidents of the committee from 1971-1977. Other Jewish members included Rabbi Mark Golub and Rabbi Howard Joseph. Sister Marie-Noelle de Baillehache served as secretary for the group in its early years. (Source: Dix ans de dialogue Judeo-Chrétien à Montréal, par Stéphane Valiquette, s.j., in Oecumenisme #64, 1982). In later years the group drew many of its Jewish members from the Temple Emanu-El and from Canadian Jewish Congress Quebec Region.The mandate of Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal is to promote activities and develop projects which encourage good relations between Christians and Jews in Montreal.
The collection was donated by Charles Eddis, Rabbi Leigh Lerner, and Richard Silver. The collection was formerly stored by Mr. Eddis and donated through the initiative of CJC Quebec region, an organizational member of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue Group. Addition 2002: The addition was donated by Charles Eddis and Mattie Terhoe of the Lutheran Church.
Alpha-numeric designations: P00/06, P02/12, MB 8.Related groups of records: I0083.General note: Importance of Collection: Efforts in Christian-Jewish dialogue go back a long way in Montreal and are of importance in understanding the relationship of Jews with the wider community.