Positive interfaith relations between Jews and Christians are a high priority for our time. On November 9 and 10, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago offers three events to facilitate mutual respect and understanding between Jewish and Christian communities. All events are free and open to the public.
On November 9 at 9:30 a.m., in LSTC's Common Room, Rabbi David Sandmel of KAM Isaiah Israel will speak on "The Significance of Torah within Judaism ." "For Jews, the meaning of ‘law' is positive in a way quite different from what it has usually meant to Lutherans in the phrase ‘law and gospel,'" said Dr. Esther Menn, associate professor of Old Testament at LSTC and coordinator of the events.
"Rabbi Sandmel will explain how the Jewish community views ‘Torah,' a Hebrew word perhaps sometimes better understood as divine ‘teaching' for a way of life within God's gracious covenant, rather than ‘law.'"
LSTC and McCormick Theological Seminary observe the anniversary of Kristallnacht, on November 10 at 11:00 a.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. Cantor Deborah Bard and Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, both of KAM Isaiah Israel will lead a service of remembrance.
During this third annual observance, the congregation will renew its commitment to religious tolerance and to promoting positive interfaith relations in the United States and around the world.
Later that afternoon, Rabbi Ron Kronish of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel will discuss his work building bridges between different religious communities in Israel and reflect on the importance of interfaith relations for a hopeful future in the Middle East. "Religion, Politics, and Peace in Israel" begins at 4:30 p.m. in LSTC's Common Room.