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Join us for an evening of stimulating conversation, and refreshments, as we celebrate the publication of Welcoming the Stranger. Abrahamic Traditions and Contemporary Implications. Advance copies of the book are available for purchase.

This book is a collection of thought-provoking essays exploring the theme of hospitality as a means of building bridges between different cultures and communities. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in interfaith dialogue, social justice, and creating a more inclusive society.

Its contents could hardly be more relevant today. Beginning with the story of Abraham’s hospitality to the three strangers described in Genesis18, the narrative explores both the theological evolution in and beyond the Abrahamic traditions of the principle of “welcoming the stranger,” and its on-the-ground application from India to Germany in the past to America in the present.

Considered from a range of theological, cultural, legal, and political angles, the handsomely illustrated volume will be discussed by its editors Ori Z Soltes, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and Rachel Stern, The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, New York.

This book launch is organized by the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art and the Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work at Fordham University School of Law. We thank Fordham University’s Center for Jewish Studies and Theology Department, and Peace Islands Institute New York for publicizing the event. 

The event is generously sponsored by 1014. 

Image above: David Stern, Snow Crash (Lost Agency), 2018-19. Acrylics and pigments on paper, 27 x 35 inches. © David Stern / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Monday, March 18, 6:00pm

With Editors Ori Z Soltes, Georgetown University, and
Rachel Stern, Fritz Ascher Society
Introduced by Endy Moraes, Fordham University

Fordham University School of Law
Conference Room 7-119

150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Endy Moraes, LLM

Ori Z Soltes, PhD

Rachel Stern

This timely book offers theoretical and practical reflections on ‘welcoming the stranger.’ From the theological analysis of Abraham to the legal and political discussion of immigration and refugees, the volume explores how hospitality—welcoming the ‘other’ into our tents—leads to peace and improving the world.—Mehnaz Afridi, Director, Holocaust, Genocide & Interfaith Education Center and Professor, Religious Studies, Manhattan College


Edited by Ori Z Soltes and Rachel Stern
Foreword by Endy Moraes
Publication Date: April 2, 2024
ISBN: 9781531507329
224 pages, 30 color illustrations
Paperback, $35.00 (SDT), £29.99
Simultaneous electronic edition available
Published by The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art
and the Fordham University Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work
Distributed by Fordham University Press

Book Contributors:

Lindsay Balfour, PhD, Assistant Professor, Coventry University, London (UK)
Thomas Massaro, S.J., Professor of Moral Theology at Fordham University in New York
Endy Moraes, LLM, Director of the Institute on Religion, Law, and Lawyer’s Work at Fordham Law School
Rev Craig B. Mousin,
DePaul University; Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Grace School of Applied Diplomacy
Carol Prendergast, Senior Advisor to Alfanar Venture Philanthropy
Zeki Saritoprak, PhD, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies and a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio
Ori Z Soltes, PhD,
Teaching Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC
Rachel Stern,
Director of the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art in New York
Mohsin Mohi Ud Din,
artist, activist, and founder of the global nonprofit #MeWe International Inc. (#MeWeIntl)


Endy Moraes, LLM, Director, Institute on Religion, Law, and Lawyer’s Work at Fordham Law School, is a Brazilian lawyer with extensive experience in interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Endy has an LLM, cum laude, from Fordham Law School, and is admitted to practice in New York. She is a member of the Focolare Movement of the Catholic Church, living in community.

Rachel Stern is the founding and executive director of the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art in New York. Born and educated in Germany, she immigrated to the United States in 1994. She wrote for the AUFBAU and worked for ten years in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Stern curates exhibitions, publishes books and organizes events and conferences about the fate of artists who were persecuted under German National Socialism. In 2017, she received the Hans and Lea Grundig Prize for this work. Stern serves on the board of the Fritz Ascher Stiftung at Stadtmuseum Berlin and is a member of Aktives Museum Berlin. Stern completed MAs in Art History and Economics at Georg August University in Göttingen.

Ori Z Soltes, PhD, teaches at Georgetown University across a range of disciplines, from art history and theology to philosophy and political history. He is the former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, and has curated more than 90 exhibitions across the country and overseas. He has authored or edited 25 books and several hundred articles and essays. Recent volumes include Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Arts and the Holocaust; and Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art & Architecture; and Growing Up Jewish in India: Synagogues, Ceremonies, and Customs from the Bene Israel to the art of Siona Benjamin

The Fritz Ascher Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is fully tax deductible.