Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations


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Beginning with the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), relations between the Catholic and Jewish communities have developed in new and positive ways that are unprecedented in the previous two thousand years. Founded in 1967, the first at a Catholic university in the United States in reponse to the Council's call for Catholic-Jewish dialogue, the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations has been a steady participant in this unfolding interfaith rapprochement.

Flowing from the Catholic and Jesuit identity of Saint Joseph's University, the Institute's mission is to increase knowledge and deepen understanding between the Jewish and Catholic communities. The Institute pursues a vision of shalom (or "right relationship") between Catholics and Jews in partnership with scholars and religious leaders around the nation and the world. Institute personnel offer courses on Christian-Jewish relations to Saint Joseph's University students through the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and also partner nationally and internationally in research dedicated to furthering the process of Jewish and Catholic reform and reconciliation.

... increasing knowledge and deepening understanding between the Jewish and Catholic peoples since 1967



Sculpture to Honor 50 Years of Catholic-Jewish Relations and Institute

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Statue of "Synagogue" and "Church" to Transform Medieval Motif from Hostility to Esteem


Institute Director Elected President of Int'l Council of Christians and Jews

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Video of Our Most Recent Program  

Prof. Susannah Heschel on
"The Vision of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel for Jewish-Christian Relations Today"




The Institute is a founding member of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations:



Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations


The Institute cosponsors with the CCJR a major online library of resources in Christian-Jewish Relations called Dialogika ("items of dialogue"):



A memorial endowment has been established in memory of the Institute's longtime director, Rev. Donald Clifford, S.J.  Details available HERE.

Donald Clifford, SJ


 Friends-in-Faith Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadephia


Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph's University
Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., Director 610-660-1863 |
Adam Gregerman, Ph.D., Assistant Director 610-660-1878 |
Dori Pappas, Administrative Assistant 610-660-1593 |