Founders Day Lecture

Exploring the impact of Vatican II on Jewish-Christian relationships

Img: Rabbi Howard HirschLaunching Alvernia’s multiyear commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, and inaugurating a new university initiative on interfaith dialogue, Rabbi Howard Abel Hirsch will share his perspective on the Second Vatican Council’s impact on Jewish-Christian relationships.

Rabbi Hirsch is president and founder of the Center for Christian- Jewish Dialogue and a professor of theology at Regis University.

He is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Shalom for all of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Educated at the University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, he is an honors graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, where he earned a master’s degree in Hebrew literature, his rabbinic ordination, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He pursued post-graduate studies in religion and philosophy at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, California.

Start Date: 9/11/2012 5:00 pm
End Date: 9/11/2012 7:00 pm
Location: McGlinn Conference Center
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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