For the eleventh year, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and Grace Church (Episcopal) will host an interfaith scholar-in-residence weekend. This year's honoree is Dr. Robert Owens (pictured), Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan. He is a specialist in the ancient Syriac translation of the Hebrew Bible, and a former director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Studies and Relations at the Seminary. Dr. Owens will speak on "Judaism and Christianity: A Common Wisdom?" Last year's scholar-in-residence was Bruce Feiler, a Heights resident, journalist and author of Walking the Bible. Christian and Jewish scholars are featured in alternate years.
Events will begin this Friday, May 4th, at 6:30 p.m., with a Shabbat service at the Synagogue, at which Dr. Owens will speak. The Synagogue is at 131 Remsen Street, between Clinton and Henry. On Saturday, May 5th, beginning at 1:00 p.m., there will be a luncheon, followed by a lecture by Dr. Owens and question-and-answer period, at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street, at the corner of Grace Court (between Joralemon and Remsen). If you would like to attend the luncheon, which is free, please call the Grace Church office, (718) 624-1850, as soon as possible. Dr. Owens will give his concluding address during Morning Worship at Grace, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 6th, followed by a coffee hour with light refreshments.