Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

"I am more responsible than all the others": Jewish Perspectives on Charity

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 7:30pm

Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino CA


Homelessness is not just a problem for cities, institutions, and economic infrastructures, but also for us as Kalmanson, guest lecturerindividuals. The face-to-face encounter with our fellow humans who are homeless is both an everyday event and a cause for deep moral reflection. Dr. Leah Kalmanson will discuss the unique perspective of Emmanuel Levinas, one of the twentieth-century’s most influential philosophers. His commentary on homelessness is rooted in, but sometimes challenges, other Jewish perspectives on charitable giving.

Leah Kalmanson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Drake University. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2010. Her work has appeared in academic journals of philosophy and Jewish studies, and she has co-edited three books on religious thought.  Her current research focuses on connections between postcolonial theory and comparative philosophy.

Everyone is invited. Please call (818) 677-4724 or email to reserve a seat.