Supporting the Mission of the Institute

The Institute's mission to increase knowledge and deepen understanding between Jews and Catholics through shared study takes many forms. These include:

  • Public programs are offered on nearly a monthly basis during the academic year, providing educational and dialogical opportunities for the Jewish and Christian communities in the Greater Philadelphia region. See the Institute's archives for a list of the subjects studied together in the past several years.
  • Regional collaborations with other organizations in the Delaware Valley dedicated to interreligious understanding. These include congregationally-based interactions between churches and synagogues, customized programs for specific needs, and high-school level dialogues.
  • Consultations and conferences are regularly organized at SJU by the Institute, which bring together experts on Jewish-Christian relations from around the nation and the world. For example, the Institute has hosted the annual conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews and a consultation on "Fulfilling the Promise of a New Relationship."
  • Team-taught courses in Christian-Jewish relations in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, exploring the history of relations between Jews and Christians, comparing Jewish and Christian theologies, and interpreting the Jewish and Christian Bibles

Please consider financially supporting our work in these two ways:

1. The Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations Fund

Gifts to enable the Institute's ongoing programming and activities throughout the year can be made by credit card by clicking HERE.

2. The Rev. Donald G. Clifford, S.J., '51 Endowment

Rev. Donald G. Clifford, S.J. '51

When he died in 2009, Fr. Donald Clifford bequeathed a more than 40-year legacy of leadership, generous spirit, and religious sensitivity to the Institute and to the Philadelphia region.  To honor his memory and to provide a secure, financial foundation for the Institute that he so passionately directed, Saint Joseph's University has established a memorial endowment to provide financial support for the Institute, thus permanently securing its future. The Memorial Fund has a goal of $1 million. Please contact Becky Hemphill in the SJU Advancement Office for further information at

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