That is the message Mark Paredes plans to share at the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 12.
“There are things that Mormons and Jews have in common. A lot of people think there is a big diversion theologically, and there are some things obviously, but I think we have a lot more to talk about,” Paredes said. “I think Mormons who are interested in reaching out to Jews at any level will find something in the talk they can relate to, perhaps advice, counsel, maybe ideas, for their stake or ward, or even families, to reach out and build bridges of friendship.”
Paredes plans to share insights on Israel and Jewish-Christian relations gleaned from his experience as a United States diplomat in Israel; press attaché for the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles; regional executive director for the Zionist Organization of America; national outreach director for the American Jewish Congress; and speaker on Jewish-Latter-day Saint relations in the United States and in 14 European countries. There is no cost to attend, and everyone is welcome.