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Rabbi Michael A. Signer Memorial Lecture

Rabbi Michael A. Signer served as Abrams Professor of Jewish Thought and Culture at the University of Notre Dame from 1992 until his death in 2009. He also directed the Notre Dame Holocaust Project. Prior to his tenure at Notre Dame he held the position of Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Rabbi Signer was a lead author of the groundbreaking statement Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity and a founding member of the United States Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations. The Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies is proud to honor his legacy with this lecture series.

Past Lectures:

  • A Jewish Liturgical Curse of Christians?
    Guest Speaker: Ruth Langer, PhD - Boston College

  • T​he Holocaust, the Covenant and Religious Responsibility: Reflections on Christian-Jewish Witness
    Guest Speaker: Rabbi Eugene Korn, PhD
    The Holocaust precipitated crises in Western culture, Christianity and Judaism. This lecture examines these crises, how Christians and Jews can understand each other's faith after the Holocaust, and their religious responsibility to help ensure the flourishing of the human family in the 21st century.

  • The People of God and Vatican Two after 45 Years of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue
    Dr. Elizabeth Groppe of Xavier University will trace the development of the Catholic understanding of the theology of the People of God over forty-five Years of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue. Fruits of this dialogue within the Catholic Church include the affirmation that Jews and Christians share in the covenantal life of the God of Israel, remorse for the sins of Christians against the Jewish people, and a new appreciation for the ongoing spiritual vitality of rabbinic Judaism. Professor Groppe will consider an eschatological theology of Jews and Christians as a broken people who nonetheless remain covenant partners in pilgrimage to the mountain of the Lord (Isa 2:2-3).