Feb. 3: Hermanos Dialogues for Wisdom
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Posted: 01/27/2014
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The University of Texas-Pan American is pleased to be the location for the third Hermanos Dialogues for Wisdom Discussion on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 7 p.m. at the Student Union.

Rabbi Claudio Kogan

Join Rabbi Claudio Kogan, MD, MBE, M.Ed., from the Temple Emanuel in McAllen, and Bishop Daniel Flores, Sacrae Theologiae Doctor, from the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville for this free event that is open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

*The inspiration for these conversations are modeled on the book, "On Heaven and Earth," featuring the interreligious dialogue between former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) and Argentinian rabbi and biophysicist, Abraham Skorka.

Rabbi Claudio Kogan

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rabbi Kogan simultaneously began medical school at the University of Buenos Aires and rabbinical school at the Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary in Argentina in 1987.

In 1995 he became a medical doctor and in 1997 became a mohel (the professional who performs circumcisions) in Jerusalem, at the Bichur Cholim Hospital. He led Jewish congregations in Argentina from 1992 until 1999. He received a Master of Hebrew Letter at the Hebrew Union College in May 2002, and also studied at Xavier University, where he received his master's in educational organization. He was ordained as a Reform rabbi in May 2003. He finished a Master of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania-Medical School in 2009.

From July 2009 to June 2012, he was the Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, Conn., where he also served as the police chaplain. In July 2012, he became the rabbi in McAllen.

Bishop Daniel Flores
Bishop Daniel Flores

On December 9, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Flores the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville. He studied at the University of Dallas, and Holy Trinity Seminary, completing a BA in Philosophy in 1983 and Masters of Divinity in 1987.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Corpus Christi on January 30, 1988 and served in various capacities. He was assigned to further study at the Casa Santa Maria in Rome in 1997 and completed work on doctoral dissertation in Sacred Theology at the Angelicum in 2000.

In October 2006, Pope Benedict XVI named him auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit, in Michigan. He was ordained on November 29, 2006. Recognizing the growing population of Catholics of Hispanic heritage in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Bishop Flores was appointed to oversee Hispanic ministry in the Archdiocese.

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