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The 2017 Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

The 2017 Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00 pm


Judaism and Christianity in Dialogue:

Reflections on the Work of a Towering Jewish Thinker 

This lecture will be held at: 
DePaul University Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

This lecture is free. Advance reservations recommended.
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Each year, Spertus Institute partners with the Archdiocese of Chicago, American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Chicago Board of Rabbis, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago to present the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture.

This annual program commemorates Cardinal Bernardin’s 1995 visit to Israel and continues the dialogue he advocated between Jews and Catholics.


Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (known as "The Rav") is widely remembered for his critique of theological dialogue between Christians and Jews. Yet, in his philosophic writings, he makes extensive use of Christian theologians like Karl Barth, Frederick Dale Bruner, Soren Kierkegaard, Max Scheler and others. Professor David Shatz, a student of Rabbi Soloveitchik, will focus on aspects of the paradoxical and dynamic relationship between Rav Soloveitchik’s rejection of theological dialogue, and his heartfelt recognition of common interests, common ideas, and shared challenges of American Christians and Jews.

Professor David Shatz is the Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought at Yeshiva University. He is editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal and the MeOtzar HoRav series, devoted to publishing manuscripts of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He holds a PhD with Distinction in general philosophy from Columbia University and ordination from The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He has edited, co-edited, or authored 15 books and over 80 articles and reviews on general and Jewish philosophy. A book devoted to his life and thought appears in The Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers, produced by the academic publisher Brill. A collection of his essays, Jewish Thought in Dialogue, was published in 2009.

The Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

The Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture series began in 1995, when Joseph Cardinal Bernardin delivered a lecture titled Anti-Semitism: The Historical Legacy and the Continuing Challenge for Christians in the Senate Hall at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The annual lecture series continues to contribute to the dialogue between Jews and Catholics on issues affecting their relationship.

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