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October 3, 2008, New York, NY

Dr. Neil Gillman, Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss his new book, Doing Jewish Theology: God, Torah and Israel in Modern Judaism (Jewish Lights) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 20 at The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City.

With clarity and passion, award-winning teacher, author and theologian Neil Gillman captures the power of Jewish theological claims and reveals extraordinary insights into Jewish identity, the purpose of religion, and man’s relationship with God. Drawing from Judaism’s sacred texts as well as great thinkers such as Mordecai Kaplan, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Paul Tillich, Dr. Gillman traces his theological journey over four decades of study, beginning with his own understanding of revelation. He explores the role of symbol and myth in the understanding of the nature of God and covenant, and examines the importance of community in both determining authority and sanctifying sacred space.

Dr. Gillman, a native of Canada, graduated from McGill University in 1954, was ordained at JTS in 1960, and received his PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1975. He is the author of several books and essays, including Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew (winner of the 1991 National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought); Conservative Judaism: A New Century; The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism; The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought; and Traces of God: Seeing God in Torah, History, and Everyday Life.

Sponsored by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, the event kicks off the 2008-2009 series of book talks by JTS faculty moderated by Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics. The series continues on December 4 with Dr. Edna Nahshon, who will discuss her newest publication, Jews and Shoes.

Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase. The talk is open to the community at no charge; reservations are required. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Hector Guzman at (212) 678-8075.