March 11, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Rabbi Brant Rosen
Rabbi Brant Rosen

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Rabbi Brant Rosen will give the talk, "Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi's Path to Palestinian Solidarity," Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, Arnaud Marts Religion in Life Fund, and Campus Jewish Life.

"Brant Rosen was the first colleague with whom I worked cooperatively to provide interfaith programming to university students. We were both just starting out in religious work in higher education. All these years later, it is so exciting for me to have him visit Bucknell to inspire our community as he talks about his extensive interfaith and intercultural work for peace and justice," said The Rev. Dr. John Colatch, University Chaplain at Bucknell.

Rabbi Rosen has been the spiritual leader of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) of Evanston, Ill., since 1998.

A graduate of UCLA and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, he is a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and serves as the co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council.

A long-time activist for peace, social justice and human rights, he has traveled on delegations to such countries as the former Soviet Union, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Iran. In 2010 he was awarded the Inspiration for Hope Award by the American Friends Service Committee — Chicago for his activism on behalf of peace and justice in the Middle East.

His writings appear regularly in his two blogs, Shalom Rav and Yedid Nefesh. He has contributed to such media outlets as the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, among others. His book, Wrestling in the Daylight, was published by Just World Books in 2012.

In 2008, Rabbi Rosen was honored by Newsweek magazine as one of the Top 25 Pulpit Rabbis in America.

That same year, under Rabbi Rosen's guidance, JRC built a new synagogue building with an environmentally sustainable design. The synagogue exterior features cypress wood reclaimed from barns in upstate New York and brown cabinet doors made from sunflower husks. The white cinder blocks from the old building were crushed and recycled.

JRC has since received nationwide attention and the first Platinum rating ever awarded to a house of worship by the U.S. Green Building Council.