Dr. Jack Miles, professor of English and Religious Studies, University of California, Irvine, will speak on “Judaism as a Great World Religion,” Friday, October 30 at University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA. His talk will follow “Shabbat Alive for All Ages” services that begin at 7 p.m.
Professor Miles is an author, essayist and senior fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy. He was trained as a Jesuit priest and holds a doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from Harvard University. He is also general editor of The Norton Anthology of World Religions, heading a team of seven scholars from universities around the country. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and many other publications.
The prolific author is under contract with Alfred A. Knopf for an untitled work on the Qur’an; with Princeton University Press for The Greatest Translation of All Time: The Septuagint in Cultural Context; and with Yale University Press for a biography of the medieval Jewish exegete and Talmudic commentator Rashi. His book, GOD: A Biography, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996.
Shabbat Alive is University Synagogue’s monthly jazz and pop service featuring a combo of musicians led by Rabbi Arnold Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Braier.
During the evening, a group of Merage Israeli Fellows—executives and CEOs participating in the Merage Institute US-Israel Innovation Bridge Executive Leadership program, sponsored by the Merage Foundation--will introduce themselves and briefly speak about the vital work and services their respective companies perform.
Free and open to the public, the evening will conclude with an Oneg Shabbat welcome and dessert reception. For more information, go to: www.universitysynagogue.org ; (949) 553-3535
Sponsor: Dr. Miles’ presentation is sponsored by Tom and Andra Ellingson. Gilbert Gluck and Catherine Bradley sponsor the music.