Dr. Elena Procario-Foley
Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies
Phone: (914) 637-2744
This series represents an ongoing initiative between the American Jewish Committee, Westchester Chapter and Iona's Br. John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies to explore the points of contact between Judaism and Catholicism. Each evening of dialogue features a Jewish and a Catholic scholar who make presentations on a specific topic and then engage in extended dialogue with the audince.
Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski
Executive Director of the Skirball Institute for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanuel, Rabbi, Sulam Yaakov Synagogue in Larchmont
Professor Lisa Cataldo
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University
Co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, Westchester/Fairfield Regional Office
Prepare for the presidential election as Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of the National Center for Jewish Learning
and Leadership and Dr. Nicholas Cafardi, JD, JCD, author of the book Voting and Holiness: Catholic Perspectives
on Political Participation reflect on the role religious belief plays in peoples' lives as they engage questions
of civic responsibility.
Co-Sponsor: American Jewish Committee, Westchester/Fairfield Regional Office
Listed for many years in Newsweek as one of America's "50 Most Influential Rabbis," and recognized as one of our nation's leading "Preachers & Teachers," by Beliefnet.com, Fox News regular contributor, WashingtonPost.com columnist, and think tank President Brad Hirschfield is the author of You Don't Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism (Harmony, 2008). He is a co-author of Embracing Life & Facing Death: A Jewish Guide to Palliative Care (CLAL, 2003). He also conceived and hosted two groundbreaking series for Bridges TV- American Muslim TV Network, Building Bridges: Abrahamic Perspectives on the World Today (three seasons), and American Pilgrimage.
An expert on religion and public life, Hirschfield offers a unique perspective on the American spiritual landscape and political and social trends to audiences nationwide. He has worked around the nation and world, within the Jewish community and beyond on creating caring communities, nurturing great leadership, and what is sacred about service. A regular on Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business Network, and The Washington Post's Conversations: Live Q & A, he's been a contributor on ethical issues for Tru-TV, co-hosted the weekly radio show Hirschfield and Kula, and is frequently quoted in the press.
A popular guest on such shows as Dennis Miller, Lars Larson, and Fox News.com Live, he has appeared on CNN, PBS, MTV and NPR, among others, and was featured on PBS's Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, and the acclaimed documentary, Freaks Like Me. A regular commentator for The Huffington Post and one of Patheos.com's Experts, he contributes frequently to Fox News - Opinion, and writes an online column, For God's Sake, for the Washington Post's "On Faith." His blog, Windows & Doors, appears on Beliefnet.com (the net's largest site for spirituality and inspiration), and was featured on the homepage of Digg.com.
Rabbi Hirschfield is the President of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resource center committed to religious pluralism and the healthier use of religion in American public life. An interfaith activist, he has inspired audiences from the Aspen Institute and the Washington National Cathedral, to the Islamic Society of North America and many leading universities and religious institutions. A featured speaker at Parliament of the World's Religions in both Barcelona and Melbourne, he was also invited by the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Indonesia to participate at the Jakarta Interfaith Dialogue.
Hirschfield is the editor of Remember for Life: Holocaust Survivors' Stories of Faith and Hope (The Jewish Publication Society, 2007). An Orthodox rabbi, he received his MA and M Phil from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his BA from the University of Chicago.
In the spirit of Br. Driscoll's passion for Jewish-Catholic studies, the Driscoll Professorship takes
on Br. Driscoll's hopes as its own:
» That ancient truths will be revered
» That hidden truths will be revealed
» That new ways will be found to touch the human heart.
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