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.
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.
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.
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/M
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.
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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.