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Catholic-Jewish Studies Program

The Catholic-Jewish Studies Program hosts three Shapiro Lectures each year at Catholic Theological Union (CTU). In the Fall of 2016, and as part of the annual Rabbi Hayim Perelmuter Conference, Adele Reinhartz, Ph.D. (Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa) [left] and Rev. Leo D. Lefebure, S.T.L., Ph.D. (Professor of Theology at Georgetown University) [right], spoke on the topic entitled, "The Jewish Jesus: Implications for Interreligious Dialogue."

The Catholic-Jewish Studies Program has been a part of Catholic Theological Union (CTU) since its inception in 1968.  Because of Cardinal Bernardin's profound commitment to Catholic-Jewish dialogue, this program with its array of lectures, workshops, and courses has been expanded and integrated into The Bernardin Center.

Through the Shapiro Lecture series and the annual Rabbi Hayim Goren Perelmuter Conference, world renowned scholars come to campus to speak on a range of topics related to theology, current issues, and culture.  At the heart of this distinctive program is the Professorship in Jewish studies, which enables an outstanding Jewish scholar to have a direct impact on future Christian leaders.  This professorship, the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies, is currently occupied by the Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, Dr. Malka Simkovich.

For more information about this program, please contact:

Malka Simkovich, Ph.D.
Phone:  773.371.5528