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Dr. Reuven Firestone,authority on Islam and Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, to Lead a Panel Discussion "Understanding Islam in Light of the Issues of Our Times"

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Monday, April 1, 2002

Dr. Reuven Firestone, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's (HUC-JIR) noted scholar on Islam and Medieval Judaism, has created a panel of leading Islamic experts to explore with him the background and origins of today's pressing issues. This rare meeting of three internationally known scholars and authors will be presented in conjunction with the North American Federation of Temple Brotherhoods (NFTB) Pacific Southwest Region. Dr. Firestone is Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam and Director of both the Jerome H. Louchheim School of Judaic Studies and the Edgar R. Magnin School of Graduate Studies at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. He will be joined by Dr. Khaled Abu El Fadl, Ph.D., UCLA Professor of Law and expert in Islamic Law, in exploring "Jewish and Islamic Attitudes on War and Peace". Dr. Firestone will also lead a discussion of "Jewish and Islamic Terrorism" with Dr. Richard Hrair Dekmejian, Ph.D., USC Professor of Political Science and noted TV network authority on comparative political violence.

The program will be presented on Sunday, April 28, 2002, at the Los Angeles Campus of HUC-JIR at 3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Continental breakfast and deli lunch will be provided. Tickets are $45 for NFTB Members and HUC-JIR overseers, associates, students, faculty, staff and their family members and $50 for others. To RSVP, please contact Teffani Johnson at (800) 899-0925 extension 4242. Please make checks payable to NFTB Pacific Southwest Region.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.