Annual Interfaith Forum

Annual Interfaith Forum

The Spires of Temple Israel and St. George’s Episcopal Church
The Spires of Temple Israel and St. George’s Episcopal Church. Leadville, Colorado

The Jewish Studies and Catholic Studies programs at Loyola Marymount University present the 2019 Annual Interfaith Forum:

"Betrayal or Salvation? Religious Conversion During the Holocaust"

How many Jews converted to Christianity during the Holocaust? Were most conversions "real" or fake? Did conversion make a difference for survival? Doris Bergen addresses these questions in an effort to learn about a topic that remains in the shadows, even though its significance is enormous for understanding Jewish survival, Christian involvement in the Holocaust, and Jewish-Christian relations.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.
Roski Dining Room, University Hall
Loyola Marymount University


Keynote Lecture by Doris Bergen, The Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at University of Toronto.

Panel Response by 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.

Kosher dessert reception to follow.


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

  • 2018: The Decalogue: Renewing Modern Life

    2018: The Decalogue: Renewing Modern Life

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


    • 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

    ‌2017: The Jewish Cardinal

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


    • 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.


    • LMU Departments of History and Theological Studies
  • 2015: A Jubilee for Nostra Aetate

    ‌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


    • 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


    • The Martin Gang Institute
    • The Lily Faculty Seminar

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