He hopes the funds can be
so that he can have a priest
or a nun and a rabbi on the in-
John Schamante has the same
hopes. Treasurer of the institute
and active in the institute's af-
fairs, Mr. Schamante is doing
> much to change the organiza-
tion's image of being predomi-
Mr. Schamante, a Protestant,
says many Christians don't be-
lieve there is a communication
problem between Christians and
Jews. But the institute brings
those problems and prejudices
to the surface, he says.
\, Discussions of the role of Jesus
as both a Christian and a Jew, lv
says, "satisfy your own beliefs but
allow you to see that there are
Mr. Schamante is especially
proud of the institute's Am-
bassadors of Good Will program.
Students from five Detroit area
high schools are participating,
meeting with the Rev. Lyons and
N, then serving as peer advisers to
/ break down prejudices. The pro-
gram has involved 50 students
and is entering its third year.
Mr. Lobenthal of ADL sees the
institute maturing as it involves
"a range of faith groups and par-
He also sees the organization's
programs diversifying and be-
coming self-sufficient. While
• Jewish support remains strong,
' its percentage of the total has de-
clined as gentile support in-
creases. "And that's a positive
, sign," he says.
Mr. Loberithal joins Mr.
Schamante in seeking to broad-
en the work of the institute. He
says the effort cannot remain the
work of the Rev. Lyons alone.
The reverend agrees, but is
7. ) willing to keep fighting with
1 whatever miracle he has at hand.
"The fear about this for Jews
is that the Christians are going
\, to convert the Jews. In fact, there
' are more conversion classes in
synagogues than there are in
"Conversion is the aim of a
small portion of Christianity, but
the vast majority is ready for a
N, ) dialogue we've never had
' before." ❑
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