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The Nun in the Synagogue: Judeocentric Catholicism in Israel

Hosted By: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Brandeis University

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites you to a seminar with Dr. Emma Polyakov of Merrimack College. Join us in person or on Zoom. Registration required. Free and open to all. Register at tiny.cc/judeocath.

In the wake of the Holocaust, a religious phenomenon arose in Israel fueled by Holocaust survivors who had converted to Catholicism as well as by Catholics determined to address the anti-Judaism inherent in their religious tradition. Join us to examine this “Judeocentric Catholicism” as a case study in Catholic perceptions of Jews, Judaism, and the state of Israel.

Dr. Emma Polyakov conducts research on religious pluralism and intercultural relations, and is Assistant Professor of the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion at Merrimack College. She is the author of three books: “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 “Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Interreligious Hermeneutics: Ways of Seeing the Religious Other” (Brill-Rodopi, 2018). Sbe is currently completing two more books exploring religious perspectives on Jerusalem. She holds a doctorate from Boston College, a master of theological studies degree from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree from Bard College.

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