by Marissa Stern
The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was profoundly shocking and, for many, horrifying. Its resulting violence sparked marches and vigils in solidarity for victims in cities across the country.
In Society Hill, it also provided an impetus for an educational opportunity.
Rabbi Avi Winokur recently started a class at Society Hill Synagogue on anti-Semitism inspired by the acts in Virginia.
From The Catholic Register (Toronto)
By Michael Swan
With people marching through downtown Charlottesville, Va., in crash helmets, carrying shields and truncheons and giving Nazi salutes, there can’t be much question of the need for everybody to review the history of Christian- Jewish relations since the world learned the horrors of Auschwitz in the Second World War, says the director of the Institute for Jewish- Catholic Relations at Philadelphia’s Saint Joseph’s University.
“Absolutely, it should be happening on all levels,” said Philip Cunningham, a professor of theology at the university.
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Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Jewish-Catholic Relations and professor of theology and religious studies, will receive an honorary doctoral degree at the Gratz College commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. According to the college, he is being honored as “a leader in the world of interfaith relations.”
Essays Analyze Latest Vatican Statement on Catholic-Jewish Relations
In December 2015, the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews issued a nuanced and sophisticated document, surveying the theological landscape after fifty years of dialogue. On February 24-25, 2016, the Institute brought several Christian and Jewish specialists to SJU to study this Vatican text and recent Jewish statements. We are pleased to announce that scholarly papers resulting from this consultation have been published in Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, the journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, published by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College.
The Hawk: “Crimes against local Jewish communities: St. Joe’s Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations issues statement of solidarity” more
Philadelphia Inquirer: “Celebrating 50 years of Jewish-Catholic dialogue at St. Joseph’s University” more
Statement on Mount Carmel Cemetery Vandalism
For fifty years, the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University has pursued the mission of “increasing knowledge and deepening understanding between the Jewish and Catholic peoples.” It has consistently sought to enact the vision of Jews and Catholics learning from each other in a relationship of friendship and mutual enrichment. Over time, those blessed with such a relationship come to learn each other’s gifts and traditions, and also what causes each other pain.
“A Genuine Gift of God”: Event Celebrates 50th Anniversary of SJU’s Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations more
L’Osservatore Romano: “The American Experiment: The ICCJ Conference in Philadelphia”