The Sister Rose Thering, O.P. Annual Jewish/Catholic Forum
BUILDING BRIDGES: JEWISH/CATHOLIC WOMEN OF FAITH
An Evening with Blu Greenberg and Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
Presented by Edgewood College and Hillel of UW-Madison, with support from the Jewish Federation of Madison.
Sister Rose Thering, O.P. devoted her professional life to enhancing the relationship between Roman Catholics and Jews. The annual Forum is made possible through the generosity of The In Memory of Sister Rose Thering Foundation.
About Blu Greenberg
Blu Greenberg, author, activist and founder of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, has two passions: integrating feminist values into Judaism and building bridges between women of various faiths. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the City University of New York, and a master of science in Jewish history from Yeshiva University. Among her books are On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition, How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household, and Black Bread: Poems After the Holocaust. Ms. Greenberg and her husband, Rabbi Irving Greenberg, are the parents of five children and 23 grandchildren. The Greenbergs were privileged to enjoy four decades of close friendship with the late Sister Rose Thering, for whom the Sister Rose Thering Forum is named.
About Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA
Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., is the Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wis., and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University. She has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past twenty years. For more than fifteen years, she was the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today. Bergant was a member of the editorial board of that magazine for twenty-five years, five of those years she served as the magazine’s general editor. She is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly issues of peace, ecology, and feminism.
About The ‘In Memory of Sister Rose Thering Foundation’
The ‘In Memory of Sister Rose Thering Foundation’ is a Wisconsin-based organization created in memory of Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican Nun, who devoted her professional life to enhancing the relationship between Roman Catholics and Jews. Originally triggered by what she perceived as an anti-Semitic theme in Roman Catholic textbooks, her views reached the highest levels of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. It was instrumental in the seminal declaration of Nostra Aetate issued by the council known as Vatican II in 1965 whose purpose was in part to heal the historic breach between the Church and Judaism.
To perpetuate both the memory of Sister Rose, a native of Plain, Wisconsin, and to further her effort at creating a bridge between the two religions, this Foundation invites speakers to address the Madison community on issues that bear on inter-religious relations. The major focus of these presentations, of course, the linkage between Roman Catholicism and Judaism.