Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations (SJU) archives

Synagoga et Ecclesia

This remarkable sculpture, which can be found outside of the Chapel of Saint Joseph’s, was created by Philadelphia-based sculptor Joshua Koffman and blessed by Pope Francis.

Source: Saint Joseph's University, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

This page lists past Institute programs and directors' presentations. Some event recordings can be streamed by selecting the "Video Recording of Event" button at the end of the event description.


  • Special Podcast: Jews, Catholics and Holy Week <<<
  • Getting Away From Anti-Jewish Ideas About the Death of Jesus <<<
  • Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front, 1939-1945 <<<


  • The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously <<<
  • Maxims for Mutuality: Principles for Catholic Theology, Education, and Preaching about Jews and Judaism <<<
  • Sacred Scripture and the Threat of History: Jews, Christians, and the Origins of Modern Biblical Scholarship <<<
  • Antisemitism, Christianity and the Holocaust: Reckoning with the Past and Working in the Present <<<
  • Profits and Prophets: Public Economic Policies in the Light of Jewish and Catholic Social Ethics <<<
  • “Til Kingdom Come”: A Film about Christian Evangelicals and Israel <<<
  • SPIRITUAL AUDACITY: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story <<<
  • Interreligious Dialogue about the Land: Development and Diversity <<<
  • “The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently” with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler <<<


  • Questions about the Holocaust the Vatican’s World War II Archives Could Help Answer <<<
  • American Antisemitism in Historical Perspective <<<
  • Dialogue as an ‘Exchange of Gifts:’ How the Catholic-Jewish Rapprochement Can Enrich American Society <<<
  • Catholics, Jews, and the Issues of Our Time: A Conversation between Archbishop Nelson Pérez and Rabbi Abraham Skorka <<<
  • Webinar: Moving toward Mutuality: Five Plus Decades on the Catholic-Jewish “Journey of Friendship” <<<
  • Remembering a Momentous Moment: The Meeting of Pope John XXIII and Prof. Jules Isaac <<<
  • “The Two Popes”: A webinar from the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK({.target_blank}
  • From Contempt to Comrades: Tracing the Amazing Transformation of Catholic-Jewish Relations <<<
  • Special Philadelphia Screening: “Holy Silence” — Reconsidering the Catholic Church and the Holocaust <<<
  • Jewish Views of the Religious “Other”
    A Two-Part Spring Series Featuring Rabbi Abraham Skorka
    Co-author with Pope Francis of On Heaven and Earth
    Forum Theater, Campion Student Center
    1. Christianity. Monday, January 27, 2020
      Dr. Philip A. Cunningham is Co-Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations
    2. Islam and the Religions of Asia
      Monday, February 10, 2020
      Dr. Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
      Dr. David Carpenter is Associate Professor of Asian Religions


  • Did the Bible Sanction Slavery? How the Churches Used the Bible to Justify Slaveholding <<<
  • The Intersection of “Race” and “Religion” in the USA: African Americans, Jewish Americans, and Trauma <<<
  • Suffering Citizens: Past Traumas in Jewish and African American Youth Literature <<<]({.target_blank}
  • Longing for Mayberry: Cultural Ideals as Weapons of Exclusion <<<
  • Jews and Pharisees: Reality vs. Portrayal in Christian Preaching <<<
  • The Next Steps in Catholic Jewish Relations: Two Perspectives <<<
  • The Passover Seder at SJU: Jews and Christians Experiencing Exodus Together <<<
  • Fulfilling the Promise of a New Relationship: A Public Roundtable on Covenant and the Land <<<
  • The Pharisees as Seen by Medieval Rabbis <<<
  • The Pharisees as a Textbook Case: How the Pharisees Are Presented in Catholic Religion Textbooks <<<
  • The Challenges of Post-Supersessionism in Contemporary Christianity <<<
  • Who Were the Pharisees and Why Is That Important in 2019? <<<