JTS Professor to Speak at Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue in Qatar

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky Will Deliver a Keynote Address

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September 15, 2010, New York, NY

VistozkyNew York, NY, September 15, 2010—In 2005, when H.E. Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, invited Jewish scholars and dignitaries to participate for the first time at the Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue, Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies and director of the Louis Finkelstein Institute at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), was one of the emir’s guests. Ever since then, there has been a Jewish presence among the Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims who gather in Qatar’s capital city of Doha for this annual event. This year, Rabbi Visotzky will return for Doha’s eighth interfaith conference, which will run from October 19 to 21 and again be presented under the auspices of the emir. The Foreign Ministry of Qatar and the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue are cosponsoring.

This year’s conference topic is “Raising the Next Generation on a Foundation of Values and Traditions,” and Rabbi Visotzky has been invited as a keynote speaker. In his presentation, “Teach Your Children Well,” he will discuss the ideas of various religious scholars on the role of educational, social, and media institutions in raising the next generation. The lecture is expected to be published in its long form in the conference proceedings.

Dr. Visotzky joined the faculty of JTS immediately following his ordination into the rabbinate in 1977. He also served as associate and acting dean of The Graduate School of JTS, and as the founding rabbi of JTS’s egalitarian worship service in the Women’s League Seminary Synagogue.

Rabbi Visotzky has been a visiting faculty member at, among other institutions, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, Oxford University, and Union and Princeton theological seminaries. In addition, he served as the Master Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Dr.Visotzky consulted with Bill Moyers and was a featured participant in the ten-hour PBS television series, Genesis: A Living Conversation, which premiered in 1996. He has authored nine books and written more than 100 articles and reviews. His work continues to be published in America, Europe, and Israel.

Internationally, Rabbi Visotzky is engaged in Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue in capitals that also include Washington DC, Warsaw, Rome, Cairo, and Madrid (where he was in the first group of Jewish luminaries invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia).

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