“God Bless America: Religion and Politics in the United States Today”

JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen and Journalist E. J. Dionne Jr. in Conversation

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July 21, 2011, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to present E. J. Dionne Jr., nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen in a discussion entitled “God Bless America: Religion and Politics in the United States Today.” The talk, an Abraham and Minnie Kay Memorial Lecture, will take place on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., at Adas Israel Congregation (2850 Quebec Street NW, in Washington DC), and is open to the entire community. A dessert reception will follow. For further information, please contact Adas Israel Congregation at (202) 362-4433 or Carol.Ansell@adasisrael.org.

Religion is much in the news these days. As America marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and gears up for a presidential election now only one year away, we cannot help but question the actual and proper role of religion in our culture, society, and country. Join two experts on the subject—acclaimed author E. J. Dionne Jr. and Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, a leading scholar of American Judaism—for a frank, probing, and wide-ranging discussion of several of the most controversial issues on the American public agenda today: Should faith make a difference in which candidates we support? Should Islam and other religions be held responsible for the evils done in their name—and God’s? Can we be both committed believers—and respectful of believers who disagree with us?

E. J. Dionne Jr. is also a professor at Georgetown University. His analysis of American politics, trends, and public sentiment is recognized as among the best in the business. Author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right, Why Americans Hate Politics—a National Book Award nominee—and other noted works, he is a regular political commentator on television and radio.

Arnold M. Eisen is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his appointment in 2007, he has increased JTS’s impact on the communities it serves by transforming the education of religious leadership for Conservative Judaism; articulating a new vision for JTS; and developing innovative programs in synagogue arts and practices, adult education, pastoral care, Jewish thought, interreligious dialogue, and the arts.

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