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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Symposium Analyzes Jewish Mysticism

BOCA RATON (January 30, 2009) – Leading experts from around the country will share their most recent work on the various forms of Jewish mysticism at a symposium at Florida Atlantic University entitled “Jewish Mysticism: New Insights and Scholarship.” The symposium will be held February 15 – 16 in the Live Oak Pavilion on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Registration is $25, which includes lunch on Sunday, February 15. To RSVP, contact Frederick Greenspahn at greenspa@fau.edu or 561-297-0645.

Experts from around the country will address such topics as “The Idea of Ancient Jewish Mysticism,” “Approaches to the Study of Sixteenth Century Kabbalah in Safed,” and “Contemporary Forms of Popular Kabbalah.”

“Jewish Mysticism was once dismissed as nonsense,” said Frederick Greenspahn, Gimelstob Eminent Scholar in Judaic Studies at FAU. “The symposium will look at ways that it is impacting both Christianity and ‘mainstream’ Judaism today.”

The symposium is presented by the Gimelstob Symposium in Judaic Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. For further information, call 561-297-0645 or visit www.fau.edu/jewishstudies.

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