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Christianity and Judaism: God's Double Helix Through Time

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

Time: 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm

Contact: Sara Clark · · 504 865 3943

Location: Audubon Room, 2nd Floor, Danna Center


"Christianity and Judaism: God’s Double Helix Through Time"

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman Ph.D.,
The Barbara & Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York

Sponsored by Loyola University New Orleans in conjunction with and recognition of the Centennial Celebration of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, and with gifts from The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, Lester and Beverly Wainer, The Luther and Zita Templeman Foundation, The Goldring Family Foundation, and the The Woldenberg Foundation.

Judaism and Christianity are twins, partners in the womb of history from their moment of birth. But they are more: They are a double helix in time fated to swirl around each other in mutual give and take through the ages.

Monday, March 24th
Reception at 6:45pm, lecture at 7:30pm

In prior eras, the imbalance in power between the two communities prohibited free interchange of ideas; but no more. We now inhabit a time and place where we can learn from each other and mutually go about the task of remaining true to our own paricular religious mission -- a mission that can only be enhanced by our dialogue together.

Loyola University New Orleans
Audubon Room, 2nd floor, Danna Center

6363 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA, 70118

MORE ABOUT THE LECTURE: In the words of Rabbi Hoffman, "We begin with the past, the Eucharistic words of Jesus and the Jewish background they presupposed. What exactly was Jesus saying on that fateful night when he pointed to bread and said, 'This is my body'? Why did the disciples, all of them Jewish, not scratch their heads in wonderment? What does The Lord’s Prayer mean by, 'Give us this day our daily bread'? And what is the salvational symbolism of bread in Judaism of the time? We then turn to the present and the future: The American Synagogue and Church in a Secular World. How have Jews and Christians responded to the end of the 'Great Protestant Century' that followed World War II? And how are they partners in the search for meaning that so characterizes our time?

Free parking in the West Road Garage.
Please do not park in "reserved", metered, or handicapped spaces.

ABOUT THE LECTURER: Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman was ordained as a rabbi in 1969, received his Ph.D. in 1973, and has taught since then at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York. From 1984 to 1987, he directed its School of Sacred Music as well. In 2003, he was named the first Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual. He teaches classes in liturgy, ritual, spirituality, theology and synagogue leadership. For almost forty years, he has combined research, teaching, and a passion for the spiritual renewal of North American Judaism. Rabbi Hoffman has written or edited over thirty-five books. His articles, both popular and scholarly, have appeared in eight languages and four continents. He writes a blog entitled "Life and a Little Liturgy."

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