Upcoming Events

Winter/Spring 2018


January 22         

In Dialogue with Sacred Jewish Texts, featuring Rabbi Jason Rosenberg,visiting faculty of the CCJS

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Student Center Boardrooms)

Rabbi Jason Rosenberg 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.


February 9

A Catholic Reading of Resistance: Henri de Lubac’s Use of Scripture Against the Nazis, featuring Dr. Joseph K. Gordon

1:30 – 3 p.m. (TECO Hall)

Dr. Joseph K. GordonJoseph K. 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.

Photo of Henri Cardinal de LubacHenri 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. 


February 15                                        

The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable: Theological Reflections on Rabbinic Judaism and the Church

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Student Center Boardrooms)

Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill

“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 Boardrooms)

“God’s Beloved Children: Theological Reflections on Human Rivalry and God’s Generosity,”  featuring Dr. Pim Valkenberg

Dr. Pim VDr. Pim Valkenbergalkenberg  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.


March 8                               

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)

Rabbi David Sapersein Rabbi David 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 national


Note: All events take place at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL, 33574. All lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Please RSVP two days in advance of each event, noting which event you plan to attend. To RSVP or if you require special accommodations, please contact Megan Orendorf at Jennifer.orendorf@saintleo.edu