Annual Interfaith Forum

Annual Interfaith Forum

A headshot of Rabbi David Rosen
Rabbi David Rosen

"From Part of the Problem to Part of the Solution: Antisemitism and the Church"

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Roski Dining Room, University Hall
Loyola Marymount University

Featuring a keynote lecture by Rabbi David Rosen, KSG, CBE, director of interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee and its Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding. Rabbi Rosen will discuss how the Catholic Church became a powerful defender of the Jewish people after a dramatic theological shift in its teaching regarding Jews and Judaism.

Panel response by Father Alexei Smith, director of ecumenical and interreligious affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Richard Hirschhaut, director of AJC Los Angeles. Moderated by Father Cyril Hovorun, acting director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute.

Kosher dessert reception to follow.

This year's forum is generously cosponsored by the Academy for Jewish Religion, Academy for Jewish Religion California, American Jewish Committee, and Huffington Ecumenical Institute.

 
Speaker Bio

Rabbi David Rosen, KSG, CBE is the Jerusalem-based director of international interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee (AJC), and director of its Harriet Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding. He is a member of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel's delegation for relations with world religions, international president of Religions for Peace, honorary president of the International Council of Christians and Jews, and Jewish representative on the Board of Directors of the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious Dialogue. His previous roles include being part of the Israeli team that negotiated full relations between the State of Israel and the Holy See, chairman of the IJCIC, Chief Rabbi of Ireland, and senior rabbi of the largest Jewish congregation in South Africa. In 2005, the Pope made him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (KSG) in recognition of his contribution to Catholic-Jewish reconciliation; and in 2010 he was named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his interreligious work.
 
 

About the Interfaith Forum

Founded in alignment with Loyola Marymount University's Jesuit-Catholic heritage and commitment to interfaith dialogue, the annual LMU Jewish-Catholic Interfaith Forum is dedicated to providing opportunities for intellectual exchange between these two traditions.

Past Events

  • 2019: Betrayal or Salvation? Religious Conversion During the Holocaust

    Date: February 26, 2019
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Featuring:

    • A lecture by Doris Bergen, The Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at University of Toronto.
    • Panel discussion with Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J., professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, and Rabbi Mark Diamond, lecturer in Jewish studies at Loyola Marymount University

    Presented By:

    • LMU Departments of Jewish Studies and Catholic Studies

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  • 2018: The Decalogue: Renewing Modern Life

    Date: February 6, 2018
    Location: Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall

    Featuring:

    • A panel discussion to kick off a year of enhanced community programming focused on the Decalogue and celebrating the 10th anniversary of Jewish Studies at LMU.
    • Book presentation by David Hazony, author of "The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life."
    • Panel discussion with Monica Osborne, author of "The Midrashic Impulse and the Contemporary Literary Response to Trauma," Father Alexei Smith, director of ecumenical and interreligious affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; and moderated by David Suissa, editor of the Jewish Journal.

    Presented By:

    • LMU Departments of Jewish Studies and Catholic Studies
  • ‌2017: The Jewish Cardinal

    Date: February 22, 2017
    Location: Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall

    Featuring:

    • Film Screening of 'The Jewish Cardinal,' directed by Ilan Duran Cohen, which tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood.
    • Response by John Connelly, Professor of History at University of California Berkeley, and Rabbi Mark Diamond, Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University.

    Sponsors:

    • LMU Departments of History and Theological Studies
  • ‌2015: A Jubilee for Nostra Aetate: The Vatican II Revolution - the Ongoing Struggle for Jewish-Catholic Reconciliation
    A joint event with the 39th Annual Catholic-Jewish Women's Conference

    D‌ate: November 9, 2015
    Location: Roski Dining Room, University Hall

    Featuring:

    • Introduction by Julie Heath Elliott and Linda Stock, Co-chairs of the Catholic-Jewish Women's Conference
    • Lectures by Mary C. Boys, SNJM, Ed.D., Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Theology at Union Theological Seminary; and Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University
    • Facilitated dialogue with Susan Abraham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University; and Holli Levitsky, Ph.D., Director of Jewish Studies at Loyola Marymount University
    • Book signing

    Sponsors:

    • The Martin Gang Institute
    • The Lily Faculty Seminar

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