A Healing Relationship in Interfaith Dialogue

November 13, 2017

SJU hosted expert panelists in discussion of Orthodox Jews and the Catholic Church.

Monday, November 13, 2017

by Katie Smith ’15

On Thursday, Nov. 9, faculty, students, local faith leaders and community members gathered at Saint Joseph’s University for a panel discussion sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Catholic Relations (IJCR). Panelists Rabbi Mark Dratch and Rabbi Eugene Korn, Ph.D., spoke on two statements recently issued by Orthodox Jews on their relationship to the Catholic Church. Dratch and Korn were principal authors on each statement respectively.

“A talk like this would be unimaginable to my grandfather,” began Korn, a scholar from Jerusalem and the academic director for the Center for Jewish-Christian Cooperation and Understanding in Israel.


Call for Papers: “Fulfilling the Promise of a New Relationship”

October 18, 2017

An Academic Roundtable on Christian-Jewish Relations

Monday, January 7 to
Thursday, January 10, 2019

St. Raphaela Center, 616 Coopertown Rd, Haverford, PA 19041



The Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia was founded in 1967 to increase knowledge and deepen understanding between Jews and Catholics through shared study. As part of this mission, the Institute is issuing a call for papers for an academic conference entitled “Fulfilling the Promise of a New Relationship” to occur January 7-10, 2019. The conference will include both scholarly presentations of papers and roundtable discussions.


Rally Provides Impetus for Synagogue Course on Changing Anti-Semitism

October 18, 2017

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.


Teaching resource examines Christian-Jewish relations

September 22, 2017

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.


Video: Pope Francis and Rabbi Abraham Skorka on the Importance of Interreligious Dialogue

June 14, 2017

This video was created by the Elijah Interfaith Institute as part of its project “Make Friends,” in which some of the world’s most prominent religious leaders encourage people everywhere to make friends across religious lines. For all of the videos produced for this project, see: https://www.youtube.com/MakeFriends. Our thanks to Executive Director Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein for his permission to post this edited video here, which focuses on how much their own dialogues have personally meant to Rabbi Skorka and Pope Francis.


Director of Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations to be Honored at Gratz College Commencement

May 8, 2017

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.”


Papers from Institute Academic Consultation Published

April 13, 2017

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”

March 8, 2017

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”

March 3, 2017

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Celebrating 50 years of Jewish-Catholic dialogue at St. Joseph’s University”    more

Institute Issues Statement on Mount Carmel Cemetery Vandalism

February 27, 2017

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.