There’s a lot going on at the Hartman Institute this week. Beginning Sunday, more than 20 leading Jewish, Christian and Muslim theologians from Europe, North America, and Israel arrived for the Institute’s 22nd annual theology conference. The session is not open to the public, but there will be one evening of lectures for public consumption. The subject of the public evening is: “Holy Envy,” and speakers are Paula Fredriksen, Jesper Svartvik and Shiraz Hijiani. Rabbi Prof. David Hartman will give what is being described as a “personal note” during the evening.
Watch this video to get a sense of what the conference’s aims are. They’re quite different from what many call “interfaith” dialogue.
The lecture is the Edward Bronfman Annual Lecture and is in memory of theologian Krister Stendahl, a onetime Fellow at the Institute, who died in 2008. The lecture is being given Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. There will be a video made of the lecture, so those who cannot come to the event will be able to watch it on this and other websites afterward. Write me if you want to receive notification of its posting online.
Shalom Hartman Institute will dedicate the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Beit Midrash on Thursday, February 26, 2009.
In the dedication announcement, it reads:
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel have lived their lives in total dedication and commitment to the well-being of the Jewish people. They have made concern for Jewish education the central value in their efforts to strengthen Jewish life.
Their work in the Jewish community center movement, and their development of learned, dedicated Jewish professionals have made a tremendous contribution to Jewish communal and institutional life.
The Shalom Hartman Institute is honored to name its new study hall for Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel, and to dedicate this room to enhancing the learning of students who yearn for a deeper understanding of Judaism.
The program for the dedication ceremony includes greetings by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, comments by students, an address by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman, and closing remarks by Mort Mandel.
The library dedication will also be filmed, so look forward to seeing that online, as well.