Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs


New Directions Program for Teachers

Jewish Affairs

New Directions Program for Teachers

Workshop FAQ
Resources for teachers relating to the film The Passion of the Christ

New Directions is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and the Anti-Defamation League of New England. The Archdiocese of Boston has, for many years, enjoyed a positive working relationship with the Jewish community.  This ongoing collaboration has created a broad educational initiative jointly sponsored by the Archdiocese and the Anti-Defamation League.  For more information, contact: The Office of the Secretary for Education 

Where We Have Come From

In 1965 the world's Catholic bishops, gathered at the Second Vatican Council, issued the Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate. Section 4 of that document was a landmark in Catholic-Jewish relations.  In a few forceful words, the bishops renounced almost two thousand years of anti-Jewish teaching, repudiated anti-Semitism in all its forms and urged Catholics to recognize and to reclaim their common heritage with the Jewish people.  Today, dialogue is the hallmark of Catholic-Jewish relations.