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Shared Roots, Divergent Path Series

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 audience.

Past Lectures:

  • From Enmity to Friendship: Communities Working for Reconciliation

  • He‚Äčrstory: A Look at Women in Catholicism and Judaism from Ancient Times to the Present
    Dr. Ellen Umansky:  Carl & Dorothy Bennett Chair in Judaic Studies & Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University  
    Jeannine Hill Fletcher: Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University

  • Healing After Violence: Approaches of Different Faith Traditions
    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

  • "Faith in the Public Square: Jewish and Catholic Perspectives on Religion and Voting"
    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 and engage questions of civic responsibility.