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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College will present a lecture, "Constructive Theology in Contemporary Judaism," by Rabbi Neil Gillman, the Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), on Sunday, March 16. Free and open to the public, the program will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center

A native of Quebec City, Gillman graduated from McGill University in 1954, was ordained at JTS in 1960, and received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1975. His dissertation, Gabriel Marcel on Religious Knowledge, was published by the University Press of America in 1980. His second book, Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew, published by the Jewish Publication Society of America, won the 1991 National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought. His Conservative Judaism: A New Century was published by Behrman House in 1993. The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought, Gillman's fourth book, was published by Jewish Lights Publishing in 1997. His most recent book, The Way into Encountering God in Judaism, was published by Jewish Lights in 2000.

Gillman is one of three regular contributors to the "Sabbath Week" column in the Jewish Week, New York's Anglo-Jewish newspaper, and a contributing editor to Sh'ma. He is a member of the Commission on the Philosophy of Conservative Judaism, which wrote Emet Ve'Emunah, the first statement of principles for Conservative Judaism. He is also one of the founding scholars of the Abrahamic Accord, an interfaith dialogue program sponsored by the Episcopalian Diocese of Rhode Island. A popular speaker and teacher, Gillman has served as scholar in residence at many Conservative and Reform congregations around the country.

The Institute of Advanced Theology was established to foster critical understanding, based on scholarship, which aims to make true religious pluralism possible. Since its inception in 1996, the Institute’s work has focused on how religions influence history, society, and other religions, and are in turn influenced by them. The Institute gratefully acknowledges support provided by members of the Institute, the Crohn Family Trust, and the Tisch Family Foundation, as well as grants from The Levy Economics Institute and Bard College.

For further information, call the Institute office at 845-758-7279, e-mail, or visit the website

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This event was last updated on 02-26-2003