Christian-Jewish Dialogue to honour Rabbi Erwin Schild

  • November 4, 2010
Rabbi Erwin Schild and Mrs. Laura SchildTORONTO - From his beginnings as a teen prisoner in the Dachau concentration camp to becoming pastor and leader of 1,800 Jewish families at Toronto’s Adath Israel Synagogue, Rabbi Erwin Schild has led one of the most remarkable lives in Toronto.

On Nov. 24, keynote speaker Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa and the many friends of Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto will honour Schild and his wife Laura with a charity dinner.

Funds from the dinner will go to maintaining Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto’s programs.

Schild’s career has been devoted to dialogue. Over the years he has served with the Multicultural Institute of the League of Human Rights of B’Nai Brith and with Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto. The Canadian Council of Christians and Jews awarded him its Human Relations Award in 1981.

In 1982 Catholics and Protestants in Cologne-Mulheim asked him to help them recover the history of their destroyed local Jewish community. Since 2000 he has been an officer in the Germany’s Order of Merit and he was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2001.

Honorary co-chairs for the dinner are Fr. Damian MacPherson, the archdiocese of Toronto’s director of ecumenism and interfaith affairs, and Irwin Cotler, former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada.

The dinner will be held at the Liberty Grand at the Canadian National Exhibition. Tickets are $300, available from Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto at

Also coming up, Miriam Frankel, who came to Canada in 1948 as a war orphan after time spent in three different Nazi death camps and four years living as refugees in Hungarian-occupied Czechoslovakia, will tell the story of how she survived and how her family was swallowed up by the Holocaust at St. Gabriel’s parish, 670 Sheppard Ave. E., at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3.

The talk is part of Toronto’s Holocaust Education Week, the largest education event dedicated to the Holocaust in the world.

Phone (416) 221-8866 for information.

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