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Dartmouth professor to speak on topic of interreligious dialogue

Susannah Heschel Susannah Heschel Susannah Heschel, a Dartmouth College Jewish studies professor, will speak on interreligious dialogue and the legacy of her late father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, on Tuesday evening, Feb. 18 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa.

The lecture, entitled “No Religion is an Island,” begins at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 2713 Bayshore Blvd.

Heshel’s talk is part of St. Leo Univ ersity’ s 2014 Rabbi A. James Rudin Lecture series, and is cosponsored by St. Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies and Rodeph Sholom.

The lecture will include details of the role her father played during the Vatican II conference that began in 1962. One of the greatest religious thinkers and social activists of the 20th century, he worked with the Catholic shapers of the historic Nostra Aetate (In Our Time), which transformed the centuries-old troubled relationship between Jewish and Catholic religious communities.

Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth, is one of the leading scholars on the history of Jewish-Christian relations in Germany and on the radicalization of Christian theological teachings about Judaism during the Nazi period.

The lecture will be followed by a dessert reception sponsored by Maureen and Doug Cohn. This is an endowed lecture on behalf of Rabbi A. James Rudin, the long-time head of the American Jewish Committee’s department of interreligious outreach and a founder of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at St. Leo University. For more information, contact St. Leo Professor Abraham Peck at (352) 588-7298.

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