These pages list past Institute programs and its directors' presentations elsewhere. Streaming videos are available for many recent events.

Israel at 60: ‘Promised Land’ for Jews and Christians

March 5, 2008

Dr. Eugene Fisher and Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn


Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 7:30 p.m. in the Haub Conference Center in McShain Hall.

For many, the State of Israel stands at the center of how the Jewish people perceive themselves – both as individuals and as a collective group. Saint Joseph’s University’s Jewish-Catholic Institute will host an interfaith dialogue to explore Jewish identity with the Biblical promised land. The evening’s speakers are Rabbi Eugene Korn, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University, and Eugene J. Fisher, Ph.D., associate director emeritus of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in charge of Catholic-Jewish relations.

The idea for the programming came from the Israeli Consulate General’s Office in Philadelphia, who contacted Donald Clifford, S.J., director of the Jewish-Catholic Institute, to suggest cooperating in a program that would commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. “The issues raised by this interreligious dialogue take on special resonance this year, which is the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel,” said Fr. Clifford. “Both of our speakers possess a unique understanding of the common spiritual heritage between Christianity and Judaism. The discussion will focus on how the existence of the State of Israel and the return of the Jewish people to their homeland can be viewed as a strengthening of Christian sacred history and the Jewish covenant on which the Christian faith rests.

Dr. Fisher


Dr. Fisher is considered the dean of Catholic scholars now active in the field of Jewish-Christian relations. In 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed him consultor to the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. He has represented the Holy See at numerous international conferences over the last 30 years.


Eugene Korn

Rabbi Korn has written widely on Israel, Jewish thought and interfaith relations. Most recently, he is the author of The Jewish Connection to Israel, the Promised Land – A Brief Introduction for Christians. He was previously director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress.



Traveling Together Down an Unfamiliar Road: Catholic-Jewish Relations in the United States Today

October 14, 2007

Dr. Philip A. Cunningham

Dr. Cunningham is the Executive Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at Boston College.

Ancient Manuscripts, Modern Discoveries, and the Quest for Religious Truth

March 5, 2007

Dr. Lawrence Schiffman

Dr. Schiffman is the Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.


How God is One: Recent Research on God in the Biblical World and Its Implications for Jewish-Christian Relations

October 13, 2006

Dr. Mark Smith

Dr. Smith is Professor of Hebrew Bible at New York University.

The Meaning of ‘Israel’ for Jews and Christians

March 20, 2006

Rev. Msgr. Joseph Devlin, J.c.d.

Msgr. Devlin is Professor of Theology at LaSalle University.

Forty Years after Nostra Aetate

March 12, 2005

Rabbi A. James Rudin

Rabbi Rudin is Senior Interreligious Advisor for the American Jewish Committee.

Religion in a Time of Crisis: Obstacle or Solution?

October 22, 2004

Dr. Sanaullah Kimani, Rabbi David Straus, Dr. Leonard Swidler

  • Dr. Kimani is an adjunct professor in history and peace studies at Goucher College.
  • Rabbi Straus is Senior Rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple – Beth Elohim.
  • Dr. Swidler is Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University.

Mission, Covenant, and Religious Pluralism

March 18, 2004

Rev. Dr. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M.

Fr. Pawlikowski is Professor of Social Ethics and Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Pius XII, the Nazis, and the Holocaust: New Light on the Controversy

October 28, 2003

Dr. Gerald Fogarty, S.J. and Dr. Michael Marrus

  • Dr. Fogarty is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.
  • Dr. Marrus is Professor of History and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto.

Hallowed be whose Name? – Jewish and Catholic Understandings of God

October 19, 2002

Rabbi Dr. Howard Avruhm Addison and Dr. David Efroymson

  • Rabbi Addison is Assistant Professor for Instruction at Temple University.
  • Dr. Efroymson is Professor Emeritus in Theology and Religious Studies at LaSalle University.