Workshop focuses on ‘Israel and the Jewish People’

Rabbi Jack Bemporad speaks with two guests ahead of Friday session.

Rabbi Jack Bemporad speaks with two guests ahead of Friday session.

The Lay Centre was pleased to host a two-day academic workshop of the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies on the theme, “Israel and the Jewish People”.

Two professors, Rabbi Jack Bemporad and Adam Afterman, led the workshop, which began Friday evening and concluded on Saturday afternoon. It was attended by students enrolled in the Russell Berrie Fellowship program, which operates out of the Angelicum.

Friday evening included a one-hour session on the foundations of rabbinical Judaism and the evolution of Judaism since the time of Jesus. It was followed by a festive dinner and Shabbat ceremony.

The workshop on Saturday morning began with an introduction to medieval Jewish thought, followed by a session on today’s Jewish communities in the United States and Israel, and the implications for interreligious dialogue. Participants also discussed the goals and logistics of the program’s annual trip to Israel.

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