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The Nun in the Synagogue: Judeocentric Catholicism in Israel

November 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

In the wake of the Holocaust, a religious phenomenon arose in Israel fueled by survivors who had converted to Catholicism as well as by Catholics determined to address the anti-Judaism inherent in their religious tradition. This talk examines this “Judeocentric Catholicism” as a case study in Catholic perceptions of Jews, Judaism, and the state of Israel. Additionally, it will focus on the philosophy within the book, The Nun in the Synagogue: Judeocentric Catholicism in Israel. 

Emma Polyakov is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Merrimack College. She is the author of The Nun in the Synagogue: Judeocentric Catholicism in Israel (Penn State University Press, 2020); Remembering the Future: The Experience of Time in Jewish and Christian Liturgy (Liturgical Press, 2015); and the editor of Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Interreligious Hermeneutics: Ways of Seeing the Religious Other (Brill-Rodopi, 2018). She has published articles in Israel StudiesJournal of Ecumenical StudiesJournal of Ritual Studies, Journal of Scriptural ReasoningCrossCurrents, and others. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Idea of the Holy LandMemory, Imagination, and Constructions of Sacred Space.

The event will take place in-person at Dey Hall, Toy Lounge (Fourth floor).





November 9
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Carolina Center for Jewish Studies
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