Professor Richard Freund, director of the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, conducted more than a dozen lectures and book signings in eight cities around the United States this spring.
From March 6–8, Freund was the Scholar-in-Residence and gave the Richard Lux Lectures at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Milwaukee, Wis., on "Why Bethsaida Matters: Hebrew Bible and New Testament Archaeology"; "New Insights on Rabbinic and New Testament Archaeology"; and "The Real/Reel Jesus in Film and Archaeology" to faculty, students, and the community, and the Bishops of the Milwaukee Archdiocese hosted an ecumenical discussion with clergy from multiple denominations.
Freund did a similar weekend Scholar-in-Residence and ecumenical event at Manchester, Connecticut's Beth Shalom–B'nai Israel Congregation in March. In April he gave lectures and did book signings at North Shore Suburban Synagogue in Port Jefferson, N.Y.; Beth Shalom in Fairlawn, N.J.; two lectures at Beth El Temple of West Hartford, Conn.; a museum talk for the Women of St. James Congregation, West Hartford; a book talk for the Michigan State alumni and staff in suburban Detroit, Mich.; and a talk at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Conn. In addition, Freund delivered the annual Jewish Medical Ethics lecture at the B'nai Torah Synagogue in Longmeadow, Mass.