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The President and the New York Dean of
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
cordially invite you to

The 2012 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture

“Constructing Community: Expressions of Self and Other in Jewish Prayer”

Rabbi Ruth Langer, Ph.D.
Professor of Jewish Studies, Theology Department
Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning
Boston College

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Reception: 5:30 pm ∙ Lecture: 6:00 pm

Free admission. Current government-issued photo ID required.

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Rabbi Ruth Langer, Ph.D., is Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Boston College and Associate Director of its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Liturgy in 1994 and her rabbinical ordination in 1986 from the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Langer writes and speaks in two major areas: the development of Jewish liturgy and ritual; and, Christian-Jewish relations. Her newest book, Cursing the Christians?: A History of the Birkat HaMinim (Oxford University Press, 2011) combines these two interests, tracing the history of a Jewish prayer that was, in its medieval forms, a curse of Christians. This volume traces the transformations in the text and the polemics around it from its putative origins in the early rabbinic period, through its censorship by the church, to its modern transformations into an inoffensive prayer that asks God to rid our world of evil.

She is also author of To Worship God Properly: Tensions between Liturgical Custom and Halakhah in Judaism (Hebrew Union College Press, 1998). This book examines the interplay between liturgical law and custom in the medieval world, investigating the tensions between rabbinic dictates and the actual practices and understandings of the community. She also co-edited Liturgy in the Life of the Synagogue (Eisenbrauns, 2005) and has published a long list of articles.

The Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the
Bamberger Family in memory of their father, Dr. Fritz Bamberger, z"l, who served as Assistant to the President and Professor of Jewish Intellectual History at HUC-JIR/New York.