Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

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Beginning with the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), relations between the Catholic and Jewish communities have developed in new and positive ways that are unprecedented in the previous two thousand years. Founded in 1967, the first at a Catholic university in the United States in reponse to the Council's call for Catholic-Jewish dialogue, the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations has been a steady participant in this unfolding interfaith rapprochement.

Flowing from the Catholic and Jesuit identity of Saint Joseph's University, the Institute's mission is to increase knowledge and deepen understanding between the Jewish and Catholic communities. The Institute pursues a vision of shalom (or "right relationship") between Catholics and Jews in partnership with scholars and religious leaders around the nation and the world. Institute personnel offer courses on Christian-Jewish relations to Saint Joseph's University students through the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and also partner nationally and internationally in research dedicated to furthering the process of Jewish and Catholic reform and reconciliation.

... increasing knowledge and deepening understanding between the Jewish and Catholic peoples since 1967


 

 

News  

"SYNAGOGA AND ECCLESIA IN OUR TIME" DEDICATED BY PHILADELPHIA JEWS AND CATHOLICS AND BLESSED BY POPE FRANCIS! 

Rabbi Skorka, Drs. Cunningham and Gregerman, Ms. Adler, Mr. Koffman and Ruby, Dr. Reed

(L to R:) Rabbi Skorka, Drs. Cunningham and Gregerman, Ms. Adler, Mr. Koffman and Ruby, Dr. Reed at the dedication on September 25, 2015 of Koffman's sculpture  

 

Video courtesy of Bella Tierce

  • Pope's Friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka delivers keynote address at dedication.  

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  • Texts from the dedication ceremony
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  • Slide show and press release on the visit of Pope Francis
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  • Sculpture transforms medieval motif of hostility to esteem

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  • Meet the sculptor Joshua Koffman
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  • Sculpting a new tradition
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Saint Joseph's Delegation Meets with Pope Francis

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Video of Philadelphia's Celebration of Nostra Aetate  

"50 Years of a Journey of Friendship: A Celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Nostra Aetate and
the Mission of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of SJU"

           

 

 


Videos of Recent Programs  

  • "Jewish-Christian Relations for the Present Time"
    (Peter Pettit, Elena Procario-Foley, Ruth Sandberg) [more>>]
  • "Learning in the Presence of the Other: Deepening the Dialogue between Catholics and Jews"
    (Mary C. Boys and Sara Lee) [more>>]

 

The Institute is a founding member of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations:

 

 

Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations

The Institute cosponsors with the CCJR a major online library of resources in Christian-Jewish Relations called Dialogika ("items of dialogue"):

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A memorial endowment has been established in memory of the Institute's longtime director, Rev. Donald Clifford, S.J.  Details available HERE.

Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater PhiladephiaDonald Clifford, SJ

 

Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph's University
Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., Director 610-660-1863 | pcunning@sju.edu
Adam Gregerman, Ph.D., Assistant Director 610-660-1878 | agregerm@sju.edu
Dori Pappas, Administrative Assistant 610-660-1593 | dpappas@sju.edu