College to Host Fourth Annual Lecture in Comparative Religion

February 09, 2012

PATCHOGUE AND BROOKLYN, N.Y. February 10, 2012 St. Josephs College is pleased to announce The Dr. Reza Khatib and Georgianna Clifford Khatib Chair in Comparative Religion Fourth Annual Lecture featuring interfaith relations expert Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor. Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor will present a lecture entitled, "Catholic-Jewish Relations: 46 Years From Vatican II When Everything Changed Or Did It? on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. on the Long Island Campus and Tuesday, March 27 at 12:30 p.m. on the Brooklyn Campus. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor is the vice president of philanthropy at the World Union for Progressive Judaism which serves, nurtures and supports more than 1,200 reform/progressive/liberal Jewish congregations and more than 1.7 million members around the world. He is a recognized expert in interfaith relations, a well-known lecturer, author of numerous articles and editor of two books. Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor has also served as director of the education division and as director of interfaith affairs at the Anti-Defamation League. He served as senior rabbi at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan for eight years.

Funded by Dr. Reza Khatib and Mrs. Georgianna Clifford Khatib 52, the chairs purpose is to promote interfaith dialog, with the study of Islam being an integral part of the initiative. Each spring, through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Khatib, the College hosts a noted scholar who lectures, leads faculty discussions and teaches a course to students from both campuses.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about The Dr. Reza and Georgianna Clifford Khatib Chair in Comparative Religion, please call 718.940.5584 for Brooklyn, 631.687.2667 for Long Island or visit