Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

Coming Events: 2016-2017

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The Other Peace Process:

Interreligious Dialogue in the Service of Peace in Israel

Rabbi Ron Kronish and Mayor Issa Jabber
Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.  
Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite, 5th floor of McShain Hall
[Building #29 on this campus map]

Rabbi Ron Kronish is the Founding Director and currently Senior Advisor of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, now the Interreligious department of Rabbis for Human Rights. An internationally acclaimed speaker and author , he has edited a book of essays on Coexistence and Reconciliation in Israel: Voices for Interreligious Dialogue (Paulist Press, 2015), he blogs for The Huffington Post and The Times of Israel and he is writing a book about Interreligious Dialogue in Israel.
Rabbi Ron Kornish
Mayor Issa Jabber is a veteran educator who now serves as the mayor of the Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, just west of Jerusalem. He is a former co-chairperson for many years of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel and he has lectured widely about Arab-Jewish Coexistence and Interreligious Dialogue in Israel and abroad.
Mayor Issa Jabber
Rabbi Kronish and Mayor Jabber will share their insights and experiences from the last 25 years of working together in Israel.

Quarantine in the Prague Ghetto

Jewish-Christian Relations in a Time of Plague

Dr. Joshua Teplitsky
Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m.  
Large Lapsley Room, Haub Executive Suite, 5th floor of McShain Hall
[Building #29 on this campus map]

When plague ravaged the city of Prague in 1713, claiming the lives of a third of its inhabitants, Christian authorities designed drastic measures to limit its spread, many of which targeted the Jewish population as particularly suspect. This lecture will explore how natural disaster heightened existing concerns about difference, and how neighbors of different faiths still found ways of cooperating despite official disapproval—points that are as salient as ever in our age of interreligious strife and new threats of global contagion.

Dr. Joshua Teplitsky is a fellow this fall at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, visiting from his position as assistant professor at Stony Brook University. He previously held the Albert and Rachel Lehmann Junior Research Fellowship in Jewish History and Culture at Oxford University. His research focuses on Jewish life in German-speaking lands from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century, with particular interest in relationships and exchanges across religious and geographical boundaries.
Dr. Joshua Teplitsky

Mark your calendars!

50th Anniversary of the Institute's Very First Program!

Sunday, March 5, 2017. Time in the afternoon or evening to be announced.   
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

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.



Rev. Dr. Dennis McManus

Rev. Dennis McManus

Rabbi James Rudin

Rabbi 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.

Further details to follow, but mark your calendars now!