Archbishop of New York and JTS Chancellor to Discuss “The Future of Catholic-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue”

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October 15, 2009, New York, NY

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary and one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism, and the Most Reverend Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York, which is the most influential archdiocese in the country, will discuss “The Future of Catholic-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue” at the seventeenth annual Nostra Aetate Dialogue.

The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, at the McNally Amphitheatre at Fordham University Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, New York City. Dr. Edward Bristow, professor of History at Fordham University, will moderate.

The Nostra Aetate (In Our Time) Dialogues began in 1993 as an outgrowth of a 1990 conference on Catholic-Jewish relations that commemorated the twenty-fifth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the landmark Vatican II document encouraging dialogue and the development of relationships between the Catholic church and non-Christian religions.

Shortly after his ordination in his native St. Louis, Missouri, Archbishop Dolan received his doctorate in American Church History at Catholic University. In 1987, he began his five-year term at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington DC before returning to St. Louis as vice rector and professor at its major seminary. From 1994–2001, he served as Rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome and visiting professor of Church History at Rome’s Gregorian University. In 2001, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and a year later became Archbishop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In February 2009, he was named Archbishop of New York.

Since his inauguration in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative Jewish leadership.

Before coming to JTS, Chancellor Eisen was the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University. He also served as senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. Chancellor Eisen received a PhD in the History of Jewish Thought from Hebrew University; a BPhil in the Sociology of Religion at Oxford University; and a BA in Religious Thought from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Chancellor's many publications include a personal essay Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America (1997), a personal essay; a historical work entitled Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community (1998); and The Jew Within: Self, Family and Community in America (2000), coauthored with sociologist Steven M. Cohen. He is currently writing a book that probes new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism.

Dr. Bristow initiated the Nostra Aetate Dialogues when he was dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. He has edited the proceedings of the first five dialogues, which have been published by Fordham University Press under the title No Religion Is an Island.

The event is open to the community at no charge. Further information is available by calling (718) 817-3185.