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Center for Catholic Jewish Studies News & Events

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    Rabbi Dr. David Novak has been selected by the CCJS Advisory Board as the 17th recipient of the Eternal Light Award. Previous recipients are listed here.

    Dr. Novak will be with us for two events on Thursday, November 4, our first in-person gatherings since the implementation of COVID-19 restrictions.

    Appearing at these events with Dr. Novak will be another esteemed theologian, Dr. Vincent Lloyd, associate professor of Christian Ethics and Theories & Methods of Culture, and director of the Africana Studies Program at Villanova University.

    They will present a public lecture for our community event, to be held in the evening, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa, FL. Their talk will be an interfaith dialogue on an essential topic:

    “Is there a Universal Moral Law? Natural Law in the Catholic and Jewish Tradition”

    Dr. Novak will begin the discussion and then Dr. Lloyd will contribute his reflections.

    The presentation of the Eternal Light Award will follow the lecture.

    Admission to this public, community program is free, and is available by registering in advance for seating at


    Daytime Event for College Students


    During the afternoon of November 4, the guest speakers have agreed to present a joint session to students at the Saint Leo University main campus, from 1 to 2:20 p.m. in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center.

    Dr. Novak and Dr. Lloyd will speak on:

    “The Significance of MLK’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail Today”

    CCJS Director Dr. Matthew Tapie has invited his fellow Saint Leo University faculty members to incorporate this special talk on the late Martin Luther King Jr.’s influential 1963 letter about civil rights into their own fall lesson plans or student course assignments.

    This way, students will gain a meaningful exposure to interreligious and interfaith understanding and dialogue, and hear about opportunities to learn the skills involved. Advance information for students and faculty have been made available on a registration page.

    Others who are interested may wish to view this as well:
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    For more details on either of these programs and remote viewing options, please contact CCJS Director Dr. Matthew Tapie at


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