Talks & Lectures

Each year Or Zarua hosts several talks and lectures. In the fall, there is a Tshuva lecture between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the Annual Lucy Dawidowicz lecture celebrating Congregation Or Zarua’s birthday is held at the end of January or beginning of February. Past speakers have included Professors David Roskies, Ruth Wisse, and Sharon Lieberman Mintz. The lecture series is named in memory of Lucy Dawidowicz, noted author and early member of Or Zarua.

The 2020 Annual Lucy S. Dawidowicz Lecture
Featuring Leora Batnitzky
Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of Religion, Princeton University
Wednesday, January 29, 7:30 pm

This year’s Annual Lucy S. Dawidowicz Lecture will focus on Edith Stein (1891-1942), who was murdered in Auschwitz in August of 1942. Born to a Jewish family, she was baptized into the Catholic faith on New Year’s Day 1922. In October 1933, she began the process of becoming a Carmelite Nun in which capacity she would take the name “Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.” Pope John Paul II beatified Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross on May 1, 1987 and eleven years later, on October 11, 1998, he canonized her. One year later, Pope John Paul II further declared St. Teresa Benedicta a patron saint of the European Union.
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Leora Batnitzky joined the Princeton faculty in 1997. Her teaching and research interests include philosophy of religion, modern Jewish thought, hermeneutics, and contemporary legal and political theory. In 2002 she received Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is the author of Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (Princeton, 2000), Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation (Cambridge, 2006), and How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought (Princeton, 2011).
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Past talks and lectures at Or Zarua include:

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The 2019 Annual Tshuvah Lecture
Featuring Benjamin D. Sommer, PhD.

The 2019 Annual Lucy S. Dawidowicz Lecture
Featuring Christine Hayes, PhD.