2006.03.20 > For Immediate Release
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Brooks Lecture to Feature Rabbi Sandmel on April 6
Omaha - Rabbi David Sandmel will deliver this year's Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture Thursday, April 6. The title of his presentation is "Theology, Identity and Politics: Jews, Christians and Israel in the 21st Century?" The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus. It is free and open to the public.
Rabbi Sandmel serves the K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago and is the Crown-Ryan Professor of Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union. From 1998-2001, he served as the Jewish Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore. There, he directed the National Jewish Scholars Project, a major initiative to promote a new discussion within the Jewish community and between Jews and Christians about the differences and similarities between the two traditions. He lectures widely on contemporary issues in Jewish-Christian relations and foundations of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity.
The annual lecture series is sponsored by the UNO Religious Studies Program, the UNO College of Arts and Sciences, and Temple Israel. It is named in honor of Sidney H. Brooks, who played an integral role in the religious life of the Omaha community for more than 40 years. He served as rabbi of Temple Israel for 33 years before his retirement in 1985. He died in 1999 at the age of 79. Throughout his life, Brooks was recognized for his pursuit of social justice and relations between people of other faiths, including Jews and Christians.
For more information, contact Kathy Schwartz at (402) 554-2628.
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