Published on September 18th, 2019 | by University Communications


Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies presents two events with Dr. Ruth Langer, November 5

The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is welcoming the university community and the public to two events on Tuesday, November 5, featuring guest speaker Dr. Ruth Langer. 

Langer is a professor of Jewish studies in the Theology Department at Boston College and associate director of its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. She will share her research at an afternoon talk at University Campus and an evening ceremony, Dinner and Dialogue, in Tampa. At the dinner, she will be awarded the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies’s Eternal Light Award. Admission to both is free but an RSVP is required.

12:30-1:30 p.m. – “Rabbis and the Ancient Synagogue” by Dr. Ruth Langer, TECO Hall, Tapia College of Business building

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 30, to Megan Case at or (352) 588-8401.

6:15-8:30 p.m. – Dinner and Dialogue with Dr. Ruth Langer, Higgins Hall, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5225 N. Himes Ave, Tampa.

Dinner and Dialogue builds mutual respect and understanding among community leaders in the context of studying together significant texts from the Catholic and Jewish traditions.

The evening concludes with the Eternal Light Award Ceremony, which honors scholars who have made outstanding contributions to Catholic-Jewish studies. Langer is the 15th recipient of this award.

Program schedule:

  • Opening prayer, Rabbi Joel Simon, Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa
  • Dinner
  • DialoguesSessions, Dr. Ruth Langer, Boston College
  • Eternal Light Award ceremony, Rabbi James Rudin, senior interreligious advisor, American Jewish Committee
  • Closing prayer, Most Reverend Gregory Parks, bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP online by Wednesday, October 30.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Congregation Beth Am, and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. 

Langer is chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Liturgy in 1994, and her rabbinic ordination in 1986 from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. She has authored three books, the most recent being Jewish Liturgy: A Guide to Research, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2015. She also co-edited Liturgy in the Life of the Synagogue, published by Eisenbrauns in 2005 and has published numerous articles. 

The views expressed during this event are those of the speaker/presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the university.


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