The Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations is directed by two professors in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, both with expertise in the theological and historical relationship between the Christian and Jewish communities. They teach courses on the subject in the Department, cooperate in writing and research, oversee the activities of the Institute, and coordinate its several national and international collaborations.
Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University. Interested in biblical studies, religious education, and theologies of Christian-Jewish relations, he is the author of numerous books and articles on these subjects, most recently, including the forthcoming Maxims for Mutuality: Principles for Catholic Theology, Education, and Preaching about Jews and Judaism (Paulist Press, 2022). He has served as President of the International Council of Christians and Jews and is the webmaster of Dialogika, the online resource supersite of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations. In 2017, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, by Gratz College.
Adam Gregerman, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations. With training in classical Jewish and Christian sources, he studies the complex relationship between these two traditions from antiquity to the present. He focuses on biblical interpretation and religious polemics, especially about theologies of the land of Israel and experiences of suffering and loss. He is a member of the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Vice-Chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, and reviews editor of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. He is a frequent consultant to national Jewish groups on interreligious affairs. Dr. Gregerman is the author of Building on the Ruins of the Temple: Apologetics and Polemics in Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.
Agnes Blisard is the Institute's Administrative Assistant.