Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations



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 Ignatian identity of Saint Joseph's University, the Institute's mission is to increase knowledge and deepen understanding between the Jewish and Catholic communities. In keeping with the contemporary Ignatian vision of educating "men and women for others," 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 offers 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.

This website offers information about the purposes and activities of the Institute. It also serves as a gateway to a wide range of resources in the field of Christian-Jewish relations. Click on the icons below.


Pope Francis and Rabbi Abraham Skorka

Pope Francis and
Rabbi Abraham Skorka


SJU Breaking News

University Announces Monument to Honor 50 Years of Catholic-Jewish Relations and the Institute! [More details]
Statues of "Synagogue" and "Church" to Transform Medieval Motif from Hostility to Esteem [Backgrounder]

Institute Director Elected President of the International Council of Christians and Jews

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.

Donald Clifford, SJ


Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadephia Friends-in-Faith