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Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

"Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time" by Joshua Koffman depicts the Institute's mission as Church and Synagogue enjoying the study of their sacred texts together. Pope Francis visited the SJU campus in 2015 to bless the sculpture and that mission. [Learn More]

The Story of the Institute

Deepening understanding between Jews and Catholics through shared study since 1967

In 1965, the Second Vatican Council in its declaration Nostra Aetate ("In Our Time") called—for the first time in history—upon Catholics and Jews to join in “biblical and theological inquiry … and friendly discussions.” Believing that rapprochement between Jews and Catholics was integral to the Catholic and Jesuit identity of Saint Joseph's, the Jesuit community founded the Institute, the first such American response to the Council. They defined the Institute's mission as increasing knowledge and deepening understanding between the two communities. The Institute today is directed by a Jewish professor and a Catholic professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. They regularly team-teach and partner nationally and globally to research Jewish and Christian reconciliation and reform. They promote opportunities for Christians and Jews to be study partners, teaching and learning about themselves and each other by studying and experiencing together texts, rituals, events, and places.

 

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CJJ scholars - Sept 2022 - SJU

IJCR hosts international research on Christ Jesus the Jew

IJCR hosts international research on Christ Jesus the Jew

The IJCR recently hosted scholars from 10 nations to begin a multiyear research project, "Christ Jesus the Jew: The Importance of His Jewish Identity for Christians and for Jews Today." 

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Rabbi Abraham Skorka receives honorary doctorate from SJU

Rabbi Abraham Skorka receives honorary doctorate from SJU

Saint Joseph’s University has bestowed the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa on Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Ph.D. for his dedication to interreligious relations. 

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Podcast: Building Bridges between Jews and Catholics

Podcast: Building Bridges between Jews and Catholics

For AMDG: A Jesuit Podcast, IJCR Directors Philip Cunningham and Adam Gregerman describe the mission and plans of the Institute in the context of the history of Christian-Jewish relations. 

LATEST VIDEOS

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Institute Directors Gregerman and Cunningham

A Call to U.S. Churches to Confront Antisemitism and Stress Jesus' Jewishness

A Call to U.S. Churches to Confront Antisemitism and Stress Jesus' Jewishness

The Directors present a statement from the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations to "Shine a Light" on Antisemitism, endorsed by the Institute. 

Rabbi Dr. David Fox Sandmel

The Current State of Jewish Interreligious Relations: A Global Perspective

The Current State of Jewish Interreligious Relations: A Global Perspective

Rabbi Dr. David Sandmel, chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, describes its mission and current concerns. 

Dr. David Kertzer discusses his latest book.

Pope Pius XII: The Portrait Emerging from the Vatican (and Other) Archives

Pope Pius XII: The Portrait Emerging from the Vatican (and Other) Archives

Pulitzer Prize winning author David Kertzer describes his new book, The Pope at War. 

International Collaborations

Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations

Dr. Cunningham is an advisory board member for this project of the Berlin-based publisher DeGruyter. He and Dr. Gregerman have also authored articles in it. View an introductory video to the project, which includes an interview with the Institute directors about co-writing one of the entries.

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Enabling Dialogue about the Land

The Institute was a university sponsor of a research project of the International Council of Christians and Jews, which led to the publication of a resource book for Jews and Christians on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Paulist Press. Watch a video interview with the volume’s editors on ICCJ's YouTube channel.

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Collaborative Resources

  • The Institute is a founding member of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR), a network of centers and institutes in the United States and Canada. The Council publishes the peer-reviewed, open-access online journal Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations.

  • The Institute cosponsors with the CCJR a library of resources in Catholic-Jewish relations called Dialogika ("things of dialogue"). The library provides documents from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and interfaith bodies, educational resources and texts from the history of Catholic-Jewish relations.

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