Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, The University of Chicago
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

“A Jewish Theologian in Chicago: Themes in the Thought of Eliezer Berkovits”
March 6, 2011


12:00 pm. Welcome.

Dean P. Bell, Dean, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Welcoming Remarks
Josef Stern, William H. Colvin Professor of Philosophy and Director, Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, The University of Chicago, Welcoming Remarks

12:30 pm. Session One: Eliezer Berkovits on Halakhah

Paul Mendes-Flohr, Professor of Modern Jewish Thought, Divinity School, The University of Chicago, Chair

Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson, President and Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Eliezer Berkovits on Conversion: An Inclusive Orthodox Approach

Dr. Marc Shapiro, Weinberg Chair of Judaic Studies, University of Scranton
Eliezer Berkovits’ Halakhic Vision for the Modern Age

2:30 pm Coffee Break

3:00 pm Session Two: Eliezer Berkovits and Contemporary Problems in Judaism

David Hazony, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Eliezer Berkovits on Evil and the Holocaust

Jordanna Cope-Yossef, Senior Lecturer of Talmud and Jewish Law; Director, Advanced Talmudic Institute for Women, Matan Women’s Institute for Torah Studies, Jerusalem
The Human Dignity of Women: Laws of Marriage and Divorce and Eliezer Berkovits’ Vision of Halakhah

5:00 pm Dinner

5: 30 pm Session Three: Eliezer Berkovits’ Ethics

Dean Bell, Dean, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chair

David Shatz, Professor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University
Morality, Law, and Ritual in the Thought of Eliezer Berkovits

6:30 pm Concluding Remarks


This program was made possible through the generous support of Philip R. and Yvonne Haag.

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