Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

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The Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations is directed by two faculty members in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, both of whom have expertise in the theological and historical relationship between the Christian and Jewish communities. They teach courses on the subject in the Department, cooperate in writing and research, oversee the activities of the Institute, and coordinate its several national and international collaborations. The Steering Committee of the Board of Directors assists in these tasks.

Philip Cunningham and Adam Gregerman





Philip A. Cunningham

Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D. is Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University. Interested in biblical studies, religious education, and theologies of Christian-Jewish relations, he is the author of numerous book and articles on these subjects, most recently, Seeking Shalom: The Journey to Right Relationship between Catholics and Jews. He serves as President of the International Council of Christians and Jews and is the secretary and webmaster for the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations. He is also webmaster of the CCJR's online resource supersite called Dialogika.

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Dr. Cunningham's Webpages

Adam Gregerman

Adam Gregerman, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Assistant Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations. With training in classical Jewish and Christian sources, he studies the complex relationship between these two traditions from antiquity to the present. He focuses on biblical interpretation and religious polemics, especially about theologies of the land of Israel and experiences of suffering and loss. He is a member of the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and reviews editor of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. He is a frequent consultant to national Jewish groups on interreligious affairs. Dr. Gregerman is the author of Building on the Ruins of the Temple: Apologetics and Polemics in Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.

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Dr. Gregerman's Webpages

Dori Pappas

Dori Pappas, the Institute's Administrative Assistant, has been with Saint Joseph's University since 1986. In addition to her work with the Institute, she is the administrative assistant for the Economics Department and the Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. She enjoys traveling with her husband and two children.

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 Donald Clifford, SJ

Donald Clifford, S.J., a member of the Society of Jesus, directed the activities of the Institute since its inception in 1967 until 2008.  A pioneer in the field of Jewish-Catholic relations, Fr. Clifford always recalled a 1993 trip to Israel and Rome for 30 Jews and Catholics as a high point of his over forty years of service to the Institute.


 David P. Efroymson David P. Efroymson, Ph.D., Professor of Religion (emeritus), LaSalle University  
 Nancy Fox Nancy Ruth Fox, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, College of Arts & Sciences, SJU  
 Barton Hertzbach Barton A. Hertzbach, Esq., Past chair, Board member, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia  
 Charles Kahn Charles Kahn, Jr., Hon.Ph.D., Commercial Science; President, Kahn & Co. Real Estate  
 William Madges William Madges, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, College of Arts & Sciences, SJU