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Themes and Speakers, Conferences 2007 to 2015


Conference Theme




The Vatican II Revolution – The Ongoing Struggle for Jewish-Catholic Reconciliation -  Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

  • Dr Amy Jill Levine
  • Dr Mary Boys SNJM


From Estrangement to Sisterhood – Walking Forward Together -

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

  • Holli Levitsky
  • Dr Susan Abraham


Keeping Sabbath: Finding Sacred Time in a 24/7-Connected Culture

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous
  • Sr Edith Prendegast, RSC


Song of Songs: The Sacredness of Sexuality

  • Rabbi Gail Labovits, Ph.D
  • Lisa Fullam, DVM, ThD


Beyond “A Woman’s Place”: Conscience, Conflict and Courage

  • Rabba Sara Hurwitz
  • Cynthia Garrity-Bond, MA


Finding Hope in Challenging Times:

Gathering Strength From Our Traditions

  • Holli Levitsky, Ph.D
  • Margarita Flores, MDiv


Who is My Neighbor?

Do We Practice What We Preach?

  • Rabbi Denise Eger
  • Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Ph.D


Scripture and Tradition: Battleground or Common Ground

  • Dvora Weisberg, Ph.D
  • Laurie Wright-Gary, Ph.D


Struggling for Religious Identity in a Secular World

  • Rabbi Susan Laemmle
  • Sr. Gretchen Hailer, RSHM


Knocking at the Door: Struggling for Inclusion - Past, Present and Future

  • Carol E. Levy
  • Judy Diaz Molosky, CSJ

Below, you can find information about the 2016 Conference, followed by information about our first Conference and other previous Conferences.

2016 Conference Theme:

Our Planet in Peril:

Repairing the Earth through the Lens of Faith

Friday November 11, 2016


Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Associate Rabbi of Temple Emmanuel, Beverly Hills

Sr Toni Nash, PhD. Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Co-founder, Sisters of Earth

Download the 2016 Invitation and Flyer

How did the Catholic-Jewish Women’s Conference of Los Angeles Begin?

In 1977, twelve years after various decrees of Vatican II released Catholics from proscriptions against engaging with members of other religions, and acknowledged the enduring covenant between God and the Jewish people, the first Catholic-Jewish Women's Conference was held.
A planning committee decided on the theme –
Two Traditions in Dialogue – the keynote speaker – Rita Wiseman – and the following workshops:

1) Social Justice: Two traditions exploring the roots of social justice and how these traditions impact on the issues of today.

2) Religious Education: How do two traditions educate their children? How do they confront the modern world reality?

3) Respect Life: Two traditions examining respect for life from the cradle to the grave.

4) Alternative Styles of Being a Religious Woman: What does it mean to be a religious woman? What styles are emerging?

The Conference was held in Malibu on November 1, 1977.

The Conference has been held annually since 1977. The Annual Conference now features a distinguished speaker from each faith to address a topic of mutual interest, followed by a question and answer session. Conference attendees spend the afternoon in small group dialogue discussions on the same topic.

Some past Conferences Themes:

Here is a selection of Conference Themes from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s

Select documents from past conferences are available to download.

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