This Fall, NYU London students will have the unique opportunity to take a course with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on “Multifaith Leadership in the 21st Century.”
Rabbi Lord Sacks is a world-renowned scholar, philosopher, religious leader, a prolific author, and a leading moral voice. He served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from September 1991 until September 2013, only the sixth incumbent of the position since it was formalized in 1845. In 2005, Sacks was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in October 2009 at the House of Lords. He is a frequent contributor to radio, television, and press both in the UK and around the world, and has authored 25 books, a number of which have received literary prizes. Rabbi Sacks currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Efrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University.
This course will explore ways in which leadership plays an integral role in bridging communities that historically were separate, but today exist side-by-side in a culture that is religiously and spiritually diverse. It will seek to prepare students to become aware of faith traditions other than their own, with a strong emphasis on learning techniques and theories of how to engage others. Students will have the chance to engage with local experts, including Christine Morgan (of the BBC) and Lord Carey of Clifton (the former Archbishop of Canterbury).
For those students enrolled in the course, there will be an opportunity to participate in a Shabbaton (including lectures, services, and meals) on October 24 with Rabbi Lord Sacks at his synagogue in Golders Green, with the possibility of an overnight home-stay with a local family. Students will also have an opportunity to engage with Rabbi Lord Sacks’ students at King’s College.
This two credit course is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. It will meet on Mondays from September 22 – October 27 from 10am – 1pm, with a few additional events. The course number is UPADM-GP 9253. To register on Albert use class number 25200.
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