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Published on March 28th, 2016 | by University Communications


The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies Presents: A Special Evening with Jim and Marcia Rudin, Tuesday, April 12

The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is presenting: A Special Evening with Jim and Marcia Rudin on Tuesday, April 12, in TECO Hall, in the School of Business building.

Marcia Rudin is co-author with Rabbis A. James Rudin and Hirshel Jaffe of Why Me? Why Anyone? (published by St. Martin’s Press in 1986 and reissued by Jason Aronson Inc. in 1994), and with Rabbi Rudin of Prison or Paradise? The New Religious Cults, published by Fortress Press in 1980. She edited and contributed to the anthology Cults on Campus: Continuing Challenge, an international cult education program book published by the American Family Foundation in 1991 and revised in 1996.

Rabbi James A. Rudin is senior interreligious advisor of the American Jewish Committee, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion in Judaica, Saint Leo University. His new book is entitled, Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Stephen F. Wise (Texas Tech University Press, 2015). Rudin will discuss: The Roosevelt Administration’s Immigration Policy in the 1930s and 1940s, The Clash of the US President and the German Fuhrer: 1933-1945, and Why Rabbi Stephen Wise made a distinction between the “Jewish Jesus” and the Christian “Christ.

The events will be as follows:
• 4 – 5 p.m. – Marcia Rudin, “Cults: Are They Still Around?”
• 5 – 6 p.m. – wine and cheese reception, School of Business building lobby
• 6 – 7 p.m. – Jim Rudin, “FDR and the Rabbi: How Stephen Wise, the Most Prominent Rabbi of the 20th Century, Permanently Changed American Religion and Politics”

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Megan Orendorf at (352) 588-8401 or

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