AJC President Visits LDS Church Headquarters

Nov 27, 2013, 09:36 ET from American Jewish Committee

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC President Stanley Bergman met with senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) at the Church's world headquarters in Salt Lake City.

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"American Jews and Mormons enjoy a cooperative relationship built upon mutual understanding and respect, and AJC is proud to be a key catalyst in deepening those ties," said Bergman. 

"In Salt Lake City we were able to continue a gratifying AJC dialogue with LDS leadership on shared concerns, particularly regarding humanitarian relief efforts," Bergman added. "Additionally, we appreciate the Church leadership's commitment over the years to preventing posthumous baptism of Holocaust victims."

In addition to periodic regional delegations to Salt Lake City, a high-level national AJC group last visited LDS Church headquarters in August 2012. AJC has initiated LDS-Jewish dialogues in multiple cities across the United States. Last week, for example, AJC's Los Angeles Region visited the local LDS Church center to meet with its leadership.

Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC's director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, accompanied the Bergman-led AJC delegation to Salt Lake City. The series of meetings included a visit with Elders L. Tom Perry and D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee