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Bruce Feiler to Speak at Inauguration of Abrahamic Center

Notre Dame College (NDC) will celebrate the inauguration of its Abrahamic Center on Monday, Nov. 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the College’s Performing Arts Center. The event features a memorial program on the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht – often referred to as the beginning of the Holocaust – and a talk on Abraham by Bruce Feiler, author of such bestselling books as “Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths” and “Walking the Bible.”

Abraham scholar Bruce Feiler will speak at the inauguration of NDC's Abrahamic Center.Notre Dame’s Abrahamic Center will be devoted to developing programs for the College and the Greater Cleveland community that foster mutual respect among all peoples, and celebrate religious, racial and cultural diversity.

The initiative is a direct outgrowth of the innovative work of NDC’s Tolerance Resource Center, which has provided significant opportunities for research, outreach and education on the Holocaust, anti-bias issues and diversity for the past 13 years. The name “Tolerance Resource Center” will from now on specifically refer to the College’s collection of books, research and audio-visual materials devoted to these areas.

Notre Dame College will undertake educational programs promoting tolerance, respect and diversity through the Abrahamic Center, in recognition of Abraham’s status as:

  • Patriarch of the three great monotheistic traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam;
  • Paragon of hospitality and welcoming the “Other;” and
  • Prophet of social justice and peace.

Bruce Feiler is the New York Times best-selling author of seven books exploring the parallels between religion, geography and the emotional issues of our time. In his talk on Abraham, Feiler will recount his personal search for the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians and Muslims. His book on Abraham was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine and inspired thousands of grassroots interfaith discussions around the world.

The inaugural event has limited free seating available to the public. For more information on reserving seats, call Dr. Michael Bloom, director of Notre Dame College’s Abrahamic Center, at 216.373.6383. Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid.