Wednesday, February 23, 2011

To My Chicago Readers: Attend This Symposium

May I suggest you attend?


Eliezer Berkovits Symposium
at University of Chicago

Eliezer Berkovits (1908-1992), chair of the Department of Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew Theological College (Skokie, Illinois) from 1958 to 1975, is now widely recognized as one of the more significant Jewish theologians and Orthodox rabbinic thinkers of the twentieth-century. A product of Eastern European yeshivot and the Hildesheimer Seminary in Berlin, Berkovits fled the Nazis to England and Australia, moved to the United States, and finally immigrated to Israel. His thought engaged the concrete problems of the Jewish people during a period of momentous change, from the Holocaust to the establishment of the State of Israel, addressing a range of questions from biblical theology to the halakhic problem of the agunah, feminism, and the challenge of conversion.

Berkovits was one of the first Orthodox leaders to build bridges with Reform and Conservative Judaism and, through his own person, had a strong impact on the Chicago Jewish community. In recent years there has been a renaissance of interest in Berkovits’ writings in Israel, including translation and publication of a number of his works into Hebrew and, most recently, into Russian.

The Center for Jewish Studies of the University of Chicago, in collaboration with the Spertus Institute, is proud to sponsor this symposium, bringing together leading scholars of rabbinics and Jewish thought to critically address Berkovits’ contributions to modern Jewish thought and life.

This program is open to the community at no charge, but registration is required. To register, contact or 312-322-1773.

Location: TBA
Twitter Hashtag: #EVeliez0306

It seems Shalerm is not involved.


For example, they founded in 2003

The Eliezer Berkovits Institute for Jewish Thought for:

•Publishing the works of Eliezer Berkovits, including re-issuing out-of-print books; publishing edited collections in order to render his thought more accessible; translating his writings, where relevant, into English, Hebrew, French, and Russian; and arranging for first-time publication of previously unpublished essays, Articles, and lectures.
•Establishing the Berkovits Archives, which will collect and house all papers and Articles, published and unpublished manuscripts, responsa, lecture notes, correspondence, recorded speeches, and other materials pertinent to scholars interested in researching or writing about Berkovits' life and thought.
•Promoting Original Research into the life and thought of Eliezer Berkovits through grants to resident and visiting scholars, authors, and graduate students interested in writing about Berkovits' life and ideas. As part of this effort, the Institute will support the writing of an intellectual biography of Berkovits.
•Conducting Conferences and Educational Activities on the thought of Eliezer Berkovits and on the subjects on which he wrote and taught.

Oh, well.


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