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Renowned Judaic Scholar Visits Idaho, Kicks Off Lecture Series at the College of Idaho

2010. 05. 04.

CALDWELL – Internationally renowned Judaic scholar and historian, Rabbi Dr. Richard Freund, will visit Idaho on May 9 -11 to speak on his research on ancient archeology sites throughout the Middle East. Dr. Freund's visit is part of the College of Idaho's Howard Berger Lecture Series, a lectureship designed to promote greater understanding of Jewish traditions, culture, and philosophy in Idaho and the West.


Dr. Freund is Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Greenberg Professor of Jewish History at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. His responsibilities include directing six different archaeological projects for the University of Hartford in Israel, including Bethsaida, Qumran, the Cave of Letters, Nazareth, Yavne and a site thought to be the “real” Mount Sinai located in the southern Negev. He is also the author of over one hundred scholarly articles and eight books, including Digging Through the Bible: Modern Archaeology and Ancient Bible (2009) and Digging Through the Bible: People, Places and Controversies (2008).

Dr. Freund will speak at two locations in the Treasure Valley and at the Sun Valley Community School. His schedule of appearances and lecture topics are as follows:

May 9, 7:00 pm, Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel
11 N. Latah Street in Boise
“Did the Exodus from Egypt Really Happen? New Insights from Archaeology”

May 10, 7:00 pm, The Sun Valley Community School
181 Dollar Road in Sun Valley
“Cities of David -- From Jerusalem to Bethsaida in Archaeology”

May 11, 7:30 pm, Langroise Recital Hall, The College of Idaho
2112 Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell
“The Ten Greatest Archaeological Discoveries of the Land of Israel”

Dr. Freund is the first Judaic scholar to visit Idaho as part of the Howard Berger Lecture Series at the College of Idaho. The series brings distinguished scholars to the state to discuss topics of Jewish history and to provide awareness of the role of Jewish traditions, culture and philosophy in the West. The lectureship honors Dr. Howard Berger, a faculty member at the College of Idaho since 1982, who has influenced countless students to explore themes of human rights, diversity, and social justice through his courses on Jewish history and the Holocaust.

The Howard Berger Lecture Series is the first step in establishing an endowed chair in Judaic Studies at The College of Idaho which would be the first of its kind in the Intermountain West. The chair will support a permanent faculty position at the college and provide courses on Jewish history and texts, public seminars and lectures, and study abroad opportunities.

Additional information on Dr. Freund's work can be found at