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Susan Van Baalen, OP

Tuesdays: March 15, 22, and 29, 2022
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET


This program is offered as an opportunity to reach out and recognize the common roots of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The program will introduce the theology, Scriptures, and rituals of Jewish household observances. The first presentation reviews Sabbath observances and the lesser Jewish festivals of Hannukah and Purim. The second presentation examines three Jewish New Year festivals celebrated each fall: Rosh Hoshana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. The study concludes with the spring observances of Passover, or Pesach, and Shavuot.


Susan Van Baalen, OP, is an Adrian Dominican Sister. For many years, she worked in an environment that required her to explore the depth and breadth of world religions. In doing so, she recognized the universality of beliefs and the diverse expressions of faith shared by members of the three Abrahamic religions. She holds a doctoral degree from Georgetown University, and theology and ministry pontifical degrees from Loyola University, Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in World Religions, and lectured internationally.


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