THE 2018 AND 17TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CCJR

at the Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange at Providence College

MEETING PROGRAM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018

 
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"Righting Relations after the Holocaust and Vatican II: Essays in Honor of John Pawlikowski"

CCJR Panel I: 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

The panel will consist of contributors to this Festschrift, published in August 2018 to honor John Pawlikowski (the CCJR’s 2012 Shevet Achim honoree). 

  • Victoria Barnett [U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum]
  • Robert A. Cathey, co-editor [McCormick Theological Seminary]
  • Moderator: Elena G. Procario-Foley, co-editor [Iona College]
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"The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara: The Continuing Controversy"

Public Keynote: 4:30-6:00 p.m. 

David Kertzer [Brown University]

Dr. David I. Kertzer is the author of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (a finalist for the National Book Award in 1997), and several other important works, including The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and The Rise of Fascism in Europe, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 2015. 

Respondents:

  • Holly Taylor Coolman [Providence College]
  • Matthew Tapie [Saint Leo University]
  • Moderator: Arthur Urbano [Providence College]  

Public Reception

6:00-6:45 p.m. 

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CCJR Dinner and Shevet Achim Award

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Dinner courtesy of the Office of Mission and Ministry, Providence College

Shevet Achim honoree: Rabbi Abraham Skorka

Rector Emeritus of the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer in Buenos Aires. 

Tributes by:

  • Philip Cunningham [Saint Joseph’s University]
  • Celia Deutsch [Barnard College]
  • Burton Visotzky [Jewish Theological Seminary]

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018

Breakfast

8:00  a.m. at Providence College.  [CCJR Board Meeting at 7:30 a.m. over breakfast.]

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“The Land/State of Israel in Jewish Theology”

CCJR Panel II: 9:00-10:15     

For centuries, Jewish hopes for a return to their biblical homeland were framed in messianic or eschatological categories. The 1948 establishment of the State of Israel and the 1967 extension of Israeli control over biblical Judea and Samaria, therefore, raised many theological questions that this panel will explore.

  • Yehezkel Landau [Israeli-American interfaith scholar/educator]
  • Ruth Langer [Boston College]
  • Moderator: Ron Simkins [Creighton University]

CCJR Annual Business Meeting

10:30-11:45       

Lunch

12:00-1:00 p.m. [SCJR Advisory Board meeting over lunch.]

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“The Land/State of Israel in Christian Theology”

CCJR Panel III: 1:00-2:15 p.m. 

Supersessionist Christians claimed that any covenantal link between the People and the Land of Israel had been severed after the coming of Christ. Post-Shoah efforts to affirm Jewish covenantal life and the foundation of the State of Israel pose complex challenges for Christian theology. The panel will offer some theological approaches.

  • Philip A. Cunningham [Saint Joseph’s University]
  • Peter A. Pettit [Muhlenberg College]
  • Moderator: Ruth Sandberg [Gratz College]
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“The Land/State of Israel in Christian-Jewish Dialogue”

CCJR Panel IV2:30-4:30 p.m. 

This panel will consider interreligious aspects of the theological questions discussed in the earlier two panels.

  • Adam Gregerman [Saint Joseph's University] – Christian statements on Israel
  • Emma O’Donnell Polyakov [Merrimack College] – “Identity and the Idea of the Holy Land among Christians in Israel-Palestine.”
  • Abraham Skorka [Saint Joseph's University] – What Jews need to say to Christians
  • Responses from the previous panel presenters.  
  • Moderator: Kevin Spicer [Stonehill College]

Summation and Adjournment

4:30 p.m.