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Divinity’s James Hudnut-Beumler Reflects on 13 Years as Dean

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in News

Aladine Elsamadicy Wants To Bridge Cultural Divides

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in News

Benton Chapel – A Vanderbilt Tradition

Benton Chapel stands conjoined to the Divinity School as a mark of where Vanderbilt has come from and still takes center stage in the special moments for students and alumni alike. As a part of the past of Vanderbilt, the chapel has seen commencements, performances, religious services, guest speakers, holidays, memorials and weddings through the…

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in News

University Organist Position Description

Vanderbilt University Organist Position Description The University Organist is responsible for playing for any University service in Benton Chapel, such as occasional University-wide services offered by the University Chaplain’s office, memorial services, etc. Remuneration is a stipend paid once each semester. This does not include playing for services offered by the affiliated chaplaincies, but only…

Posted by on April 30, 2013 in News

Interfaith Vigil to Honor Victims in Boston and Texas

The Office of religious Life held a Interfaith Memorial Vigil for the victims of the Boston and Texas explosions, as well as the earthquake in Asia on Monday, April 22nd outside of Benton Chapel. The service was about 15 minutes and featured readings and reflection from various faith traditions. Welcomed by University Chaplain Rev. Mark…

Posted by on April 19, 2013 in News

Hillel Welcomes former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak

On Sunday, April 7th, Vanderbilt Hillel, together with Vanderbilt and Nashville community members, gathered to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.  In attendance was former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, with his wife Nili, preceding his appearance at the IMPACT Symposium  The ceremony included the lighting 7 candles, 6 for each of the 6 million Jews murdered…

Posted by on April 19, 2013 in News

Tennessee Day of Holocaust Rememberance

On Monday, April 8th, the annual Tennessee Holocaust Day of Remembrance, was commemorated at Legislative Plaza. Hosted by the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, a packed room of guests listened to readings, remembrance and recognition of Tennessee teachers who strive to make the Holocaust a part of their curriculum for students. This year’s theme, Never Again: Heeding The…

Posted by on April 17, 2013 in News

Interfaith Council’s Aladine Elsamadicy

Aladine Elsamadicy Vanderbilt Interfaith Council President   As the year comes to a close, we sat down with the outgoing Vanderbilt Interfaith Council President Aladine Elsamadicy to talk about religious life and role of Interfaith Council on campus. Aladine has been the President of Interfaith Council for the past two years and has overseen the…

Posted by on April 16, 2013 in News

New Chaplain’s Speaker Series

This Spring, the Office of Religious Life was give the charge to begin a new Chaplain’s Speaker Series that would being to Vanderbilt dynamic speakers once per semester to focus on Religious Life and spiritual identity on campus. With this goal in mind, The Office of Religious Life welcomed Pastor Rob Bell to campus as…

Posted by on April 15, 2013 in News


Meeting our Affiliated Chaplains – Rabbi Joshua Barton

Rabbi Joshua Barton   Rabbi Joshua Barton is the Assistant Director and Campus Rabbi for Vanderbilt Hillel. As an undergrad here at Vanderbilt, Joshua earned his BA, magna cum laude, in Religious Studies and Political Science. From there, he would study at University of Haifa, The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and finally The Jewish…

Posted by on April 15, 2013 in News