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Monday, June 25, 2012

Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, was invited to be the keynote speaker at a conference at "The Root Causes of Terrorism: A Religious Studies Perspective," at the Leiden Institute for Religious Studies at Leiden University. His presentation was "A Global View of Religious Violence in Scriptural Monotheisms."  Rabbi Firestone was featured in an article written in a Bosnian magazine about his remarks made at the interfaith conference in Doha, Qatar. Click here to read the article.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual, will speak at Temple Israel of Hollywood on the topic, “Founders, Baby Boomers, and Beyond: The American Jewish Project of Our Time” on Friday, January 27.  Click here for further information.

Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience, delivered a paper at the International Workshop on New Understandings of Gender, Love, and the Jewish Family, on January 1-3 at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. His paper was entitled Contested Boundaries and Values: the Road to Gay and Lesbian Ordination in the Reform Movement. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

Dr. Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology & Jewish Communal Studies, presented two papers at the recent American Jewish Studies Conference: "Methodological and Theoretical Narratives About Intermarriage, A Quantitative Perspective" and "Demographic Narratives and Identity Research."  Dr. Phillips was invited to become a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.

Cantor Josee Wolff, D.Min., Director of Student Placement in the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, presented a workshop at the Louis Lewandowski Festival in Berlin, Germany.  Click here for further information.


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