Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

Coming Events: 2016-2017
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50th Anniversary of the Institute's Very First Program!

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 7-9 p.m.  
Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite, 5th floor of McShain Hall
[Building #29 on this campus map]

Msgr. George Higgins and Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum

Msgr. George Higgins and Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum

On March 5, 1967 Saint Joseph's College held its first annual Jewish-Catholic Institute. Organized with the help of the American Jewish Committee, it was the birth of what became today's Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph's University. 

The featured speakers were Msgr. George G. Higgins of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' social action department and Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum, director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee (see left). Both had been involved in the composition of the Second Vatican Council's declaration on the Church's Relationship to Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate, which had been promulgated a year-and-a-half earlier.

Join us on Sunday, March 5, 2017, as two internationally known experts in Catholic-Jewish relations, who are the counterparts of Msgr. Higgns and Rabbi Tanenbaum, come to the SJU campus to commemorate that first Institute program exactly one half-century later. Rev. Dr. Dennis McManus serves as Consultant for Jewish Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Rabbi A. James Rudin is Senior Interreligious Advisor for the American Jewish Committee. They will survey the developments over the five decades of the Institute's existence and look ahead to future progress and challenges.

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Rev. Dr. Dennis McManusRev. Dennis McManus

Rabbi James RudinRabbi A. James Rudin



The Passover Seder at SJU


Jews and Christians Experiencing Exodus Together


 Monday, April 3, 2017, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite, 5th floor of McShain Hall
[Building #29 on this campus map]

The Passover Meal, the Seder, marks one of the major feasts on the Jewish calendar. Passover is also important for Christians since the story of Israel's Exodus from Egypt is a principal element of many Christian observances, especially during Holy Week. The Seder meal is a wonderful way for Christians to have a direct experience of Jewish spiritual life, and for both communities to rededicate themselves to a world in which slavery and injustice are no more.

 Experiencing Exodus Together

The Passover Seder at SJU is a full catered kosher meal. Participants will join in the prayers, songs, and celebration in as close to a traditionally Jewish form as possible.

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