JTS Theologian to Discuss Man’s Relationship with God

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

November 4, 2008, New York, NY

Dr. Neil Gillman, the Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss “God: Yes? No? How Do We Decide? What Difference Does It Make?” in a live tele-seminar on Thursday, November 6.

The ninety-minute program will take place at 9:00 p.m. (EST) and 6:00 p.m. (PST). Offered by Our Learning Company, LLC, the seminar can be accessed via telephone or the internet. Over the course of the program, Dr. Gillman will explore such questions as: can we prove the existence of God?; how do you answer someone who asks you if you believe in God?; is it possible for a human being to speak of God?; what does it mean to reach God through a "leap of faith?"; and how do modern Jews understand God?

A renowned theologian and philosopher, Dr. Gillman is a native of Canada. A graduate from McGill University, he was ordained at JTS in 1960, and received his PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1975. He is the author of several books and essays, including Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew (winner of the 1991 National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought); Conservative Judaism: A New Century; The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism; The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought; Traces of God: Seeing God in Torah, History, and Everyday Life; and Doing Jewish Theology.

The tuition is $27 and includes a study guide, Three audio recordings recently produced by the Skirball Center at Congregation Emanu-El in New York City, featuring Dr. Gillman's conversations with Rabbi Leon Morris; Lifetime access to the recordings of the tele-webinar, both as streamed audio and as downloadable MP3 files, and more. Scholarships are available.

Further information and registration is available by calling (617) 731-3132 or by visiting www.askneilgillman.com/TW22/Invitation.html