Catholic Vitamin J Jewish Roots

Our guest for this podcast and topic is Cheryl Dickow — the founder and CEO of BEZALEL BOOKS. On the show, she told us that the word BEZALEL is Hebrew and it means IN THE SHADOW OF GOD. What an awesome concept and dedication: to think and do all things (as best we can) by doing them in His Holy Shadow. Wow!

During our time together, Cheryl introduces us to some foundational concepts of our JEWISH ROOTS as found in our Catholic Christian faith. AND — to help us grow in this knowledge, Cheryl has graciously agreed to do a weekly mini-series right on Catholic Vitamins. Each week, Cheryl will do a short audio phone-in with a short teaching on another and another of our Jewish Roots. I think — I believe this will be interesting: short and sweet.

Finally — Cheryl spoke to us about her new book — one written exclusively by her. It’s entitled OUR JEWISH ROOTS: A Catholic Woman’s Guide to Fulfillment Today by Connecting With Her Past.

If you are interested in looking into the work of Bezalel Books — here is a link to their bookstore webpage.

Cheryl and Bezalel are also active on Facebook and you can find that at:!/pages/Waterford-MI/Bezalel-Books/125004210847811

Cheryl is also a wonderful writer of columns and articles. Her work is found on Catholic Excange. Here’s that address:

Finally — here are contacts for Cheryl if you’d like to start an exchange with her or perhaps get her to speak at an event at your parish or community center.

Contact Cheryl at or at 248.917.3865 to invite her to speak at your event.


Listeners to Catholic Vitamins know we have had Mark Nehrbas, the Director of Christian Outreach from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH on our show (Catholic Vitamin Z: ZEAL). We are helping to promote their summer conferences. Here’s an e-note recently received from Mark.

Dear Friend in Christ,

Franciscan University’s celebration of 35 years of summer conferences is just around the corner. We hope you will join us for all the festivities and blessings.
Attending a conference can be an inspiring and uplifting experience during these trying economic and political times. It can strengthen you spiritually for whatever the future may bring. Hearing life-transforming truth can set us free from worries or concerns that tend to weigh us down. Worshipping with hundreds of other committed Catholics who are excited about their faith can provide a great spiritual uplift that can enable you to minister more effectively to your family, friends, and coworkers.
Youth Conferences Inspire Vocations.  Recently a friend sent me an article he read from a national Catholic wire service. It was about a survey of men who will be ordained to the priesthood in 2010 conducted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. One of the remarkable statistics was that 8 percent of these men said they had attended a Franciscan University High School Youth Conference! We are grateful to God and humbled by the role he has given us to help inspire new vocations.
Please continue to pray for our youth conferences. So far over 34,000 are signed up at 14 different locations around the country. We are expecting our highest number ever on campus – over 8,000; thank you!
Prelates to Speak This Summer. We eagerly look forward to welcoming two bishops and a cardinal to campus. Most Rev. Samuel Jacobs, Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, will celebrate Mass and give the opening talk at the Priest, Deacons, and Seminarians Conference (June 21-25). Archbishop Jose Gomez, recently named Archbishop of Los Angeles, will join us at the Applied Biblical Studies Institute (July 28-30), and Justin Francis Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will deliver the keynote at the Defending the Faith Conference (July 30-August 1).
Grant expansion for priests, deacons, and seminarians in California and the Pacific Northwest. A generous benefactor recently expanded the criteria for the California and Pacific Northwest Grant. Initially these funds were only available for those who attended our annual Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Conference. Now, any priest, deacon, or seminarian who lives in California or the Pacific Northwest can access up to $550 to attend any conference.
Note: We waive the registration fee for priests at any of the conferences (except the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Conference) in exchange for hearing confessions. Therefore, priests can use the funds for travel, housing, and meals. Deacons and seminarians can use the funds for registration, travel, housing, and meals. Click here for more information. Please help spread the word to anyone you know in California or the Pacific Northwest states. Thank you!
Plenary Indulgence Available. In closing, I want to remind you that the Vatican granted a plenary indulgence to any conference attendee who prays in our Portiuncula Chapel and meets the normal requirements for such an indulgence granted by the Church. Don’t miss out on this special grace!
I hope to see you on campus this summer.
In Christ,

Mark Nehrbas
Executive Director of Christian Outreach

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