In Dialogue with Sacred Jewish Texts, featuring
Rabbi Jason Rosenberg,visiting faculty of the CCJS
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Student Center
Rabbi Rosenberg of
Congregation Beth Am, Tampa, was ordained by the Hebrew Union
College – Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2001, after studying
at its New York campus. He served as an associate rabbi at
Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, Canada, starting in 2001, before
coming to Congregation Beth Am in 2007. A past chair of the Tampa
Rabbinical Association, Rabbi Rosenberg has also served on the
board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (the national
organization of Reform Rabbis) and is currently on the boards of
the Hillel Academy of Tampa and the Tampa Jewish Federation.
A Catholic Reading of Resistance: Henri de Lubac’s Use
of Scripture Against the Nazis, featuring Dr. Joseph K.
1:30 – 3 p.m. (TECO Hall)
Gordon is assistant professor of Theology, Johnson
University, Kissimmee, FL. Before coming to Johnson University, Dr.
Gordon taught for four years at Lincoln Christian University; and
two years in Campus Ministry at Marquette University. He has
published scholarly articles in the Journal of Lonergan
Studies,Theological Studies, Nova et Vetera, and the Stone-Campbell
Journal. Dr. Gordon’s book, entitled, Divine Scripture in
Human Understanding: A Systematic Theology of the Christian
Bible, is forthcoming from University of Notre Dame Press.
Henri Cardinal de Lubac,
S.J. (1896-1991), among the most prolific and influential Roman
Catholic Theologians of the 20th century, was an expert at
Vatican II and was actively involved the French Catholic resistance
to anti-Semitism during World War II.
The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable:
Theological Reflections on Rabbinic Judaism and the
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Student Center
“Can the Vatican Recognize Rabbinic Judaism?”
featuring Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill
Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross
Endowed Chair for Jewish- Christian Studies at Seton Hall
University, where he teaches Jewish studies in the graduate
program. He is the author of Thinking God: The Mysticism of
Rabbi Zadok of Lublin (2002), Judaism and Other
Religions: Models of Understanding (Palgrave Macmillan,
2010) and Judaism and World Religions (Palgrave
Macmillan, 2012). Dr. Brill just completed a book tentatively
entitled “Rabbi on The Ganges: A Jewish Hindu Encounter." He is
also active in the Jewish interfaith encounter with Catholics,
Muslims, and Hindus.
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. (Student Center
“God’s Beloved Children: Theological Reflections on
Human Rivalry and God’s Generosity,” featuring Dr.
Dr. Pim Valkenberg is Ordinary
Professor of Religion and Culture at the Catholic University of
America, and the 2017 Cardin Chair at Loyola University Maryland
(an endowed chair focused on fostering appreciation of the Jewish
and Christian traditions within the Humanities). Dr. Valkenberg is
the editor of World Religions in Dialogue: A Comparative
Theological Approach (Anselm Academic, 2013);and Nostra
Aetate: Celebrating 50 Years of the Catholic Church's dialogue with
Jews and Muslims (CUA Press, 2016), which focuses on the
relationship of the Catholic Church with Islam and Judaism.
2018 Rabbi James Rudin Lecture: The Persecution of
Religious Minorities in Global Perspective, featuring
Rabbi David Saperstein
1 – 3 p.m. (Saint Leo Abbey Church,
33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574)
Saperstein was the U.S. ambassador-at-large for
international religious freedom from January 2015 to January 2017.
An ordained rabbi, he served for several decades as the director of
the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism representing the
public policy positions of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest
segment of American Jewry, to the government and leading the
movement’s efforts to strengthen social justice programming in
synagogues across North America. Over the years, he headed several
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