Conserving the Holy A Public Lecture by Prof. Michael Turner, Monday, May 14, 2018, 19:30 at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

We are pleased to invite you to a public lecture

“Conserving the Holy” with Prof. Michael Turner

Monday, May 14, 2018, 19:30 at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, 4 Avraham Granot St. Jerusalem


19:15  Refreshments
19:30  Chair: Dr. Tamar Kadari, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
Greetings: Prof. Doron Bar, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
His Excellency Gilles Beschoor Plug, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Musical Interlude:  Rakefet Amsalem and Yarden Erez

Conserving the Holy: Prof. Michael Turner, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, former UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies

A conversation on the understanding the continuing nature of religious and sacred heritage and having the capacity to protect its authenticity and integrity, for building mutual respect and dialogue between communities: “As cultures encompass lifestyles, different ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs, the protection and promotion of their rich diversity invite us to rise to new challenges. This will involve integrating the principles of dialogue and mutual knowledge in all policies, particularly education, science, culture and communication policies, in the hope of correcting flawed cultural representations, values and stereotypes.”2010 United Nations International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

21:15 Conclusion

The lecture is the festive opening event of the conference “Jerusalem and Other Holy Places as Foci of Multireligious and Ideological Confrontation” that is taking place at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.

This is the opening of a four-day conference being held in Jerusalem from May 14-17, 2018. It offers an opportunity for scholars from Israel and the Netherlands specializing in the fields of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to meet and discuss their research. Four diverse academic institutions, two from the Netherlands and two from Israel, are participating in this international cooperative endeavor: the Protestant Theological University, the University of Tilburg, Bar-Ilan University and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. Eleven faculty members from the Netherlands along with 13 Israeli academics will take part in this year’s conference. This cooperation commenced some twenty years ago and encompasses an academic conference held once every three years either in the Netherlands or in Israel. This conference encapsulates the ideology of tolerance among religions promoted by these four academic institutions and creates academic and social ties among Jewish and Christian researchers. Jerusalem is not only a point of controversy but it also has the potential to become a productive intellectual and philosophical center uniting the various religions connected to the city.

The conference’s objective is to call attention to the importance of Jerusalem and other holy places for the three monotheistic religions, in particular, to highlight the shared beliefs among these religions. We aim to give expression to voices of tolerance among the extensive academic community through this conference and, in particular, through the publication of a conference volume containing the lectures given at the conference. The leading international publishing house, Brill, has agreed to publish this volume within its Jewish and Christian Perspectives series and there are many substantial costs involved in this matter.

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