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Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations


"... deepening understanding between Jews and Catholics through shared study since 1967."

The Story of the Institute

In 1965, the Second Vatican Council called for Catholics and Jews to join in “biblical and theological inquiry … and friendly discussions.” Almost at once the Jesuit community at Saint Joseph’s College founded the Institute – the first such response to the Council by an American Catholic college. They believed that rapprochement between Jews and Catholics was integral to the Catholic and Jesuit identity of Saint Joseph's and defined the mission of the Institute as increasing knowledge and deepening understanding between the two communities. Today, the Institute's professors teach courses on Christian-Jewish relations in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies 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.

Our Next Program

A 3-part spring series, "Issues that Divide Our Society: Rabbinic Perspectives"

featuring Rabbi Abraham Skorka

On three consecutive Monday evenings, Feb. 18, 25, and Mar. 4, University Professor Rabbi Abraham Skorka will draw upon the treasury of rabbinic wisdom to shed light on some of the divisive issues of our time.  [details]

Latest Video

Catholic Theology and the Promise of the Land as Part of the Jewish Covenant

Dr. Gavin D'Costa from the University of Bristol, UK on the growth of Vatican theological thought about the State of Israel with a response by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University. The program was part of the Institute's international roundtable, "Fulfilling the Promise of a New Relationship."

Institute News

Institute Concludes Its First International Conference and Roundtable 

From January 7-10, 2019, the Institute hosted 20 scholars from nine nations for a four-day conference and roundtable to study major topics in Christian-Jewish relations. Residing at the Saint Raphaela Center in Haverford, the participants, whose names and institutions can be found HERE, presented and discussed papers on the following topics: (more…)

Latest Essays by IJCR Professors

Philip A. Cunningham: "Emerging Principles of a Theology of Shalom," Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society 44/2 (December 2017): 281-305.

Adam Gregerman, "Is the Biblical Land Promise Irrevocable?: Post Nostra Aetate Catholic Theologies of the Jewish Covenant and the Land of Israel," Modern Theology 34 (2018): 137-158.

Abraham Skorka, "What my friendship with Francis taught me about interfaith dialogue," America (February 2019)

Institute Memberships

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 C-J 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 C-J relations.

Consortium of Holocaust Educators (CHE) of Greater PhiladelphiaThe Institute is a member of the Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia, which fosters communication and cooperation among regional organizations engaged in Holocaust awareness and education.

The Clifford Memorial Fund

Most of the Institute's many programs are funded by an endowment that honors the Institute's late director, the Rev. Donald G. Clifford, S.J., who directed its activities for over forty years. Please consider financially supporting our mission of deepening understanding between Jews and Catholics.

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