On January 24, the Virginia Holocaust Museum opened its special exhibit “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People.” Created to educate, commemorate and inspire, the exhibit is a multimedia, interactive experience that allows visitors to follow in John Paul II’s footsteps from his childhood to his role as head of the world’s largest church and his lifelong relationship with the Jewish community.
Blessed by the Pope in 2005, “A Blessing to One Another” highlights the importance of interreligious dialogue and the benefits of respect among communities of differing faiths and cultures. Organizers Rhona Aranstein and Rosann Bocciarelli brought the exhibit to the Virginia Holocaust Museum with the help of individual, corporate and communal donors, including Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Dominion Resources, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.
“Pope John Paul II’s legacy is greater compassion and understanding, not just between Catholics and Jews, but among all peoples,” said Rhona Arenstein. “The Richmond community came together to bring “Blessing” here. We are delighted that the exhibit will be in Richmond when Pope John Paul II is beatified by the Church on May 1,” added Rosann Bocciarelli. Jay Ipson, executive director at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, summed it up beautifully,” It is our hope that this exhibit will show we can all get along together under the guidance of God. No matter how we get to Him.”
Admission into the Virginia Holocaust Museum, along with the “A Blessing to One Another” exhibit, is free and open to the public, seven days a week. For more information, visit www.va-holocaust.com.