Report on the Sixteenth Annual Meeting

Jewish Theological Seminary (the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue)
and Union Theological Seminary

New York City

Sunday, September 10 - Monday, September 11, 2017

JTS main webUTS NYwebThe Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations was hosted by the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at Jewish Theological Seminary (left) in collaboration with Union Theological Seminary (right) on Sunday, September 10 and Monday, September 11, 2017.

The schedule for the meeting was as follows:

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Report on the Fifteenth Annual Meeting

Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunday, July 10 - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 Shevet Achim EP SandersThe CCJR annual meeting this year was held concurrently with that of the International Council of Christians and Jews. Therefore, it occurred in the month of July instead of the usual October or November. The CCJR supported certain panels and sessions in the ICCJ meeting, most notably a panel on "The Understanding of Paul´s Theology and Christian Anti-Judaism" at which Prof. E. P. Sanders was awarded the CCJR's Shevet Achim award for outstanding contributions to Christian-Jewish Relations.

For full details of the combined ICCJ/CCJR conference, click HERE for the program booklet.

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Report on the Fourteenth Annual Meeting

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Sunday, November 1 - Monday, November 2, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015  

The meeting opened with the first panel discussion moderated by Kevin Spicer (Stonehill College) and entitled: "Understanding Interreligious 'Fault Lines': Insights from Post-Holocaust Conversations." The principal remarks were delivered by Victoria Barnett (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum) with responses by Timothy Crain (Seton Hill University) and Ben Barer (Hebrew College).

This was followed by the public programs organized by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra Aetate. The keynote address was delivered by James O'Toole (Boston College) on "Boston and Nostra Aetate," the session was moderated by James Bernauer (Boston College). A complementary panel then discussed "Relations with Jews and the Diverse Christian Communities of Boston," featuring Or Rose (Hebrew College), Michael McGarry (Paulist Center), Jennifer Howe Peace (Andover-Newton Theological School), and Demetrios Tonias (Annunciation Cathedral of Boston), and moderated by Ruth Langer (Boston College).

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Report on the Thirteenth Annual Meeting

Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue and Spring Hill College

Mobile, Alabama

Friday, October 24 - Monday, October 27, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014  

This was a special CCJR meeting because participants shared Shabbat together, thanks to the kindness of Rabbi Steven Silberman and the Ahavas Chesed Congregation (Conservative) of Mobile. The conference honored the 40th anniversary of the Mobile Christian-Jewish Dialogue, with special tributes to paid to the late Paul and Mary Filben, who led the Dialogue for over thirty years. 

Shabbat began at the synagogue at Friday evening services, led by Rabbi Silberman with cantorial assistance from Bethany Slater (Boston College). A joint D'var Torah entitled, "Prayers about the Other in Our Worship," was offered by CCJR Chair Ruth Langer (Boston College) and CCJR Secretary-Treasurer and ICCJ President Philip A. Cunningham (Saint Joseph's University). Ahavas Chesed Congregation members offered home hospitality to CCJR participants who walk on Shabbat.

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Report on the Twelfth Annual Meeting

Manhattan College
Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center

Riverdale, New York

Sunday, October 20 - Monday, October 21, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013  

The public event this year was a keynote address by John Connelly (University of California, Berkeley) and author of the important recent book, From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1945. The title of his remarks was, "The Question of a Christian Mission to Jews as a Key Factor in the Birth of the New Catholic-Jewish Relationship."  Responses to the keynote address were given by Thomas Ferguson (Manhattan College) and Adam Gregerman (Saint Joseph's University).  The printed texts of the keynote and responses will be published in the Council's e-journal, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. The keynote session was moderated by our host, Mehnaz Afridi (Manhattan College) and the keynoter introduced by vice-chair Kevin Spicer (Stonehill College).

2013 CCJR 2(L to R:) Host Mehanz Afridi, Keynoter John Connelly, Respondents Thomas Ferguson and Adam Gregerman

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Report on the Eleventh Annual Meeting

Xavier University and
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Cincinnati, Ohio

Sunday, October 14 - Monday, October 15, 2012


Sunday, October 14, 2012   

The meeting began with a public program at Xavier University: "Why the Jewishness of Jesus is Important.”  Speakers Arthur Dewey (Xavier University) and Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University) addressed the topic from different perspectives. A lively discussion period followed.  The panel was moderated by Anne Heekin (Iona College).John Pawlikowski and Ruth Langer

At the dinner following the public program, the Council presented its Shevet Achim Award for Outstanding Contributions to Christian-Jewish Understanding to John Pawlikowski, Professor of Social Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he also directs the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program in the school's Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Center. Testimonials were given by David Sandmel (CTU ), Victoria Barnett (United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum), Judith Banki (Tanenbaum Center), and Gemma del Duca (Seton Hill University).

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Report on the Tenth Annual Meeting

Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - Tuesday, Novermber 1, 2011


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kurt Koch thumbTo mark the tenth annual meeting of the Council, an extra day was added to the typical schedule.

The meeting opened with a keynote address by His Eminence Kurt Cardinal Koch entitled, "Theological Questions and Perspectives in Jewish-Catholic Dialogue." The occasion was also the 18th Annual Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher Memorial Lecture.

The final text of the cardinal's wide-ranging address is available HERE.

[As of May 1, 2012, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations has devoted some of its Vol. 7 to a symposium on the cardinal's address with reflections from Philip A. Cunningham, Adam Gregerman, Eugene Korn, Peter C. Phan, Karla Suomala, and Jesper Svartvik.  Click HERE.]

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Report on the Ninth Annual Meeting

Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Wednesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 28, 2010


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Terrence TilleyThe annual meeting began with a keynote address delivered by Dr. Terrence Tilley, the Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology and Chair of the Theology Department at Fordham University in New York. His presentation was entitled, "Doing Theology in the Context of the Gift and the Promise of Nostra Aetate, and will be published online in a future issue of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. Responses were offered by Philip A. Cunningham (Saint Joseph's University), Edward Kessler (Cambridge University), and Barbara Meyer (Hebrew University and Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem). A question and answer period followed.

Report on the Eighth Annual Meeting

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

Sunday, November 1 – Monday, November 2, 2009


Sunday, November 1, 2009

The annual meeting began with a public event moderated by our host Alan Berger. Kevin Madigan of Harvard Divinity School delivered a keynote address, entitled, ""The Vatican and the 'Final Solution': Have Recent Popes 'Owned' Catholic Guilt?" Responses were offered by Alan Brill (Seton Hall University ) and Kevin Spicer (Stonehill College) and a question and answer period followed.


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Report on the Seventh Annual Meeting

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

Sunday, December 7 - Monday, December 8, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The annual meeting began with a public event: presentations on the subject of "Conversion and Proselytism in a Pluralistic Society" delivered by Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Prof of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, NY and Gershon Greenberg, American University, Washington, D.C., with a response from John Pawlikowski, Prof of Ethics, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.

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Report on the Sixth Annual Meeting

October 21-22, 2007- Iona College, New Rochelle, NY

The View from Here


This meeting began with the traditional "The View from Here" panel in which members from different places report on their local experiences of a current topic. This year's theme was "How Events in the Middle-East Affect Local Jewish-Christian Relations." The panelists were Ronald Simkins from the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University in Omaha , Nebraska; James Rudin from the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at St. Leo University in Florida; and Mary Babic of the Sisters of Sion Relation and Encounter in Toronto, Ontario.

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Report on the Fifth Annual Meeting

October 6, 2006 - Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA

Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 9:05 a.m. by the chair, Peter Pettit.

Present : Judy Banki (Tanenbaum), Tim Braun (Aurora), Phil Cunningham, Audrey Doetzel, Ruth Langer (BC), Gemma DelDuca and Lois Sculco (Seton Hill), Ann Heekin (Sacred Heart), William Madges (St. Joseph), John Pawlikowski (CTU), Elena Procario-Foley (Iona), Gil Rosenthal (NCS), Ron Simkins (Creighton), Peter Zaas (Siena). Guest: Carl Choper from the Religion and Society Center in Harrisburg.

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Report on the Fourth Annual Meeting

Held in Conjunction with the Meeting of the International Council of Christians and Jews
Chicago, Illinois, July 24, 2005

Since this year's gathering occurred within the context of the meeting of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), the Council did not sponsor its own workshops or panels and simply conducted the annual business meeting.

Business Meeting

The CCJR chair, Peter Pettit, convened the business meeting at 12:35 p.m. The following members were present: Judy Banki (Tanenbaum Center), Charles Brooks (Muhlenberg), James Buchanan (Xavier), Philip Cunningham (B.C.), Audrey Doetzel (B.C.), Lawrence Frizzell (Seton Hall), Wilda Kaylor (Seton Hill), Edward Kessler (Cambridge), Ruth Langer (B.C.), Padraic O'Hare (Merrimack), John Pawlikowski (Bernardin Center), Peter Pettit (Muhlenberg), Elena Procario-Foley (Iona), Donna Purdy (Relation & Encounter), Gabriel Rossetti (Sacred Heart), Michael Signer (Notre Dame), Lois Sculco (Seton Hill), Franklin Sherman (Muhlenberg), Kevin Spicer (Stonehill), Racelle Weiman (H.U.C.), and Peter Zaas (Siena), representing 14 of the 25 regular member centers or institutes. Present later for the ICCJ meeting were Gary Bretton-Granatoor (ADL), Donald Clifford (St. Joseph), David Elcott (AJC), Eugene Fisher (USCCB), Martin Forward (Aurora), Gilbert Rosenthal (NCS), and David Sandmel (Bernardin Center).

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Report on the Third Annual Meeting

Hosted by the Hayyim Kieval Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies
Siena College, Loudonville, New York, October 24-25, 2004

Sunday, October 24

The meeting began with the Annual Colloquium of the Hayyim Kieval Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies. Invited keynoters Paul Mendes-Flohr and William McConville each spoke on the current state of the Christian-Jewish dialogue (papers to be posted). The Bishop of Albany, Most Rev. Howard Hubbard concluded the colloquium by stressing the importance of Christian-Jewish relations and praising the work of the Kieval Institute.

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Report on the Second Annual Meeting

Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts, October 26-27, 2003

Sunday, October 26
The practice of the annual meeting being hosted by a member center or institute began at this meeting. The Board expresses its thanks to Prof. Kevin Spicer, CSC and the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee of Stonehill College for its efficient organization and sponsorship of the second annual meeting. As the CCJR Board had voted at its February 2003 meeting, a public event in connection with the annual meeting was arranged by the CCJR as a way of thanking the host institution. This year this occurred on Sunday evening as a public panel discussion.

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