Temple Beth El is excited and honored to have Professor Charles Cohen, Professor of History and Religious Studies at UW-Madison, and Director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, as our 2013 Swarsensky Scholar-in-Residence.
9:45am Brunch & Keynote: “Jewish Identity in Interfaith America”
While there is no charge for the brunch, we ask that if you plan on attending, that you RSVP at http://www.templebethelmadison.org/rsvp/ no later than Friday, November 1, 2013 to assure space.
In the mid-twentieth-century United States, the term 'Judeo-Christian' came to signal Jews' acceptance into mainstream American culture, though some Jews attacked for, among other things, homogenizing Judaism and Christianity. In the early twenty-first century, it seems problematic for additional reasons, including its omission of Islam as a religion with important theological and historical ties to its predecessor monotheisms. To what degree should Judaism, Christianity and Islam now be considered elements of the 'Abrahamic tradition,' and what might such consideration mean for understanding contemporary American religious culture?