Rabbi Lance Sussman to discuss “Jews, Catholics and the American Experience” at BU on Nov. 12

The Newman House and Hillel at Binghamton will sponsor a talk by Rabbi Lance Sussman, Ph.D., on “There’s a Place for Us: Jews, Catholics and the American Experience” on Sunday, November 12, at 7:30 pm, in room LH14 in the Lecture Hall building on the Binghamton University campus. The community is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided after the talk. 
“Please join us for Rabbi Sussman’s intriguing, comparative discussion of Judaism and Catholicism in the United States,” said organizers of the event. “Both Judaism and Catholicism in America have a long, complex and intertwined history. In the British colonies, prior to the Revolution, both groups were relatively small, minority traditions. Subsequently, both played a major role in defining and broadening the American concept of freedom of religion. With massive immigration in the 19th century, discrimination against both Jews and Catholics rose while, at the same time, the two groups also increasingly collided with one another. In recent years, official Jewish-Catholic relations have improved significantly while at the same time the rate of mixed marriage between the two has also increased.”
Sussman is the senior rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA, and adjunct professor of American Jewish history at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion-New York. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including “Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism” and “Sharing Sacred Moments,” a collection of his sermons. An editor of “Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Source Book,” Sussman is a member of the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the American Jewish Archives (Cincinnati) and past chairman of the Judaic Studies Department at Binghamton University. Sussman has taught at Princeton, Rutgers and Hunter College. Currently, he is working on a TV documentary on the Philadelphia Jewish experience with History Making Productions.