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What Can Jews and Catholics Say to Each Other Today?

 An Exercise in Re-imagining Two Landmark Documents

Rev. Dr. John Crossin and Rabbi Dr. David Fox Sandmel

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  (Large Maguire Room, Haub Executive Suite, McShain Hall)

Nearly fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council issued the groundbreaking declaration, "Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Relations," which rejected a long history of hostility toward Jews and made possible a new relationship. Nearly fifteen years ago, Jewish scholars published a historic text: "Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity." It sought to explain to Jewish readers the changes underway in Christian-Jewish relations because of documents such as Nostra Aetate.  Join us as two interfaith leaders consider the respective Catholic and Jewish documents and re-imagine what would be different about them if they were updated in the light of developments that have occurred since their original publications. 

John Crossin
Rev. John W. Crossin, Ph.D. is executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). A member of the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales, he holds a Ph.D. in moral theology and master’s degrees in psychology and theology from The Catholic University of America. He has served as president of the North American Academy of Ecumenists
Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, Ph.D. is Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. He earned his doctorate in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on the History and Literature of Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World. He received his Rabbinic Ordination and Masters in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.


Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Vision of a New Jewish-Christian Relationship
and its Continuing Importance for Today

Dr. Susannah Heschel

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7 p.m.  - 9 p.m. (Large Maguire Room, Haub Executive Suite, McShain Hall)

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972), one of the most influential modern theologians, played a pivotal role in shaping the new relationship between Jews and Christians. His article “No Religion is an Island” (1966) was an especially important Jewish statement on interreligious relations. Dr. Susannah Heschel, his daughter and a religious historian, will reflect on his approach and insights, and consider their relevance almost fifty years later.

Susannah Heschel

Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. is Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, and the author of numerous books and articles, including Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany.  She is also the editor of Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays of Abraham Joshua Heschel. Currently she holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and is writing a book on the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam from the 1830s to the 1930s.

This program is part of the annual fall speakers series "Facing Out to Look Within: Modern Jewish Intellectual Leadership," co-sponsored by the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Beth Am Israel, and Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim. Click HERE for information on the entire series.


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