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





Rabbi Abraham Skorka to Speak at SJU on a "Journey of Friendship"

Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka

  • Pope's Friend Joins Philadelphia's Catholics and Jews to Mark 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate
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  • Sculpture "Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time" Also to Be Dedicated at Sept 25th Event
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  • Seats Are Limited; Reserve a Place Today!
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Saint Joseph's Delegation Meets with Pope Francis

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SJU Announces Details of Sculpture on New Catholic-Jewish Relationship

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Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time - detail

  • "Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time" Transforms Medieval Motif of Hostility to Esteem

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  • Meet the Sculptor, Joshua Koffman

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  • Sculpting a New Tradition (Follow the process of creating the sculpture)

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Video of Our Most Recent Program  

Profs. Mary C. Boys and Sara S. Lee on
"Learning in the Presence of the Other: Deepening the Dialogue between Catholics and Jews"




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"):

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

Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater PhiladephiaDonald Clifford, SJ


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 |