Notre Dame College 2015 Abrahamic Center Distinguished Lecturer is Proponent of Interfaith Understanding, Respect

Notre Dame College's Abrahamic Center will present Rabbi Brad Hirschfield as its 2015 distinguished lecturer.

His presentation, “You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to be Right,” will be held in the College’s Regina Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 12. It is free and open to the public.

Hirschfield, an acclaimed author, lecturer, rabbi and commentator on religion, society and pop culture offers a unique perspective on the American spiritual landscape and political and social trends to audiences nationwide. An interfaith activist, Hirschfield’s audience is broad: students, scholars, religious leaders and laity and anyone else seeking a lucid and practical argument for cultivating dialogue between people of different faiths.

Hirschfield knows what it means to be a fanatic; he was one. A former activist in the West Bank, he was committed to reconstructing the Jewish state within its biblical borders. Now he is devoted to teaching inclusiveness, celebrating diversity and delivering a message of acceptance. Viewing conflict as an opportunity to learn and often to grow closer to one another, he uses his own spiritual journey to help people of all faiths find acceptance and tolerance, as well as a path to peace, understanding and hope that will appeal to the common wisdom of all religions.

Author of You Don't Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism, he is the co-host of the popular weekly radio show, Hirschfield and Kula (KXL, Portland, OR), which offers a new way of approaching the issues dividing our country and world. Ranked two years in a row in the "Top 50 Rabbis in America" in Newsweek, he was the only rabbi featured on ABC's "Nightline UpClose," and is a frequent commentator on Tru-TV (formerly Court TV). His many media appearances include CNN, PBS, MTV, and NPR, and a regular spot on WWSB-TV (Florida), as well as PBS-TV's "Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero" and "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly." His blog, Windows & Doors, appears on, the web's most trafficked religion and spirituality site that reaches over three million individual's a month. He also writes for the Washington Post/Newsweek—On Faith online column, The Huffington Post and is a popular guest on such shows as The Dennis Miller Show, Lars Larson, and Fox

Hirschfield is also the President of CLAL–The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resource center committed to religious pluralism and the healthier use of religion in American public life.

Those interested in attending the lecture can RSVP by emailing For more information, contact Dr. Carol Ziegler, SND, at 216.373.6374 or


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


October 21
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Sunday October 21, 3:00pm
Regina Auditorium
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