The People Israel, Christianity and the Covenantal Responsibility to History


Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 4 p.m. | Mandeville Hall Room 103

Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn is the North American Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation. Ordained by the Israeli Rabbinate and with a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University, he has dedicated his professional career in the area of Jewish-Christian relations and Jewish ethics & law. He served as the Executive Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University, and was the Director of Interfaith Affairs for both the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress. His vocation within the field of Jewish ethics and law led him to serve as the Judaic Scholar at the JCC and Federation of MetroWest (NJ) and the Director of Leadership Education and Development at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem. He also has taught at Yeshiva and Columbia Universities.

Rabbi Korn will discuss these important questions for a theology of the relationship between Judaism and Christianity: How can Jewish theology understand Christianity in covenantal terms? Are there authentic grounds for a new theological relationship in which Jews see Christians as participating in a common covenant with them? If so, what are the boundaries of this commonality?

Responses will be offered by:

Rabbi Richard Hirsh is the Executive Director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and Adjunct Instructor of Jewish Thought at Reconstructionist Rabbincal College. His commentaries appear in the new Reconstructionist High Holiday makhzor and in A Night of Questions, the Reconstructionist haggadah. He is the author of A Guide to Jewish Practice: The Journey of Mourning and A Guide to Jewish Practice: Welcoming Children. He has authored more than 100 articles, essays and Torah commentaries.

Dr. Philip A. Cunningham is Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University and a Vice-President of the International Council of Christians and Jews. He is among the editors of Christ Jesus and the Jewish People Today: New Explorations of Theological Interrelationships, forthcoming in March from William B. Eerdmans Publishing and Gregorian & Biblical Press.