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Center for Christian-Jewish Learning


The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College is dedicated to the growth of new and mutually enriching relationships between Christians and Jews. The Center applies the scholarly resources of a Catholic university to the task of encouraging mutual knowledge between Christians and Jews at every level.


Rabbi Abraham Heschel and Cardinal Augustin Bea, S.J.



J.S. Bach's St. John Passion: A Performance and Discussion on Anti-Semitism
February 27-28, 2015
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston
Boston Baroque will perform J.S. Bach's well-known and controversial oratorio St. John Passion for the first-time ever. Prof. James Bernauer, S.J., Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, will be part of the pre-concert panel discussion on anti-Semitism on February 27.

Righteous Among the Nations:
A Conference Exploring the Spiritual and Ethical Witness of Holocaust Rescuers

March 12-13, 2015 
Corcoran Commons Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
The Israeli Holocaust Memorial Center, Yad Vashem, has honored over 25,000 individuals with the title "Righteous Among the Nations" for having risked or lost their own lives in rescuing Jewish lives during the Shoah. How do their activities still question us spiritually and ethically? The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College is sponsoring this conference in order to examine the implications of this extraordinary human achievement, accomplished in the midst of genocidal violence.
Conference Exhibit "Whoever Saves a Single Life...Rescuers of the Holocaust"
March 9-April 17, 2015 at the Boston College Theology & Ministry Library Atrium Gallery
Opening Reception March 16, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

This exhibit showcases some of those rare--but exceedingly important--instances where people fought to safeguard their Jewish fellow citizens during the Holocaust. 

Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine
March 19, 2015
at 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus

Protestant, Catholic, Jew...Divorcing
2015 Corcoran Chair Conference
March 22-23, 2015
Corcoran Commons Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
Fifty years ago, it was nearly impossible for Catholics to get annulments. In Orthodox Judaism, only husbands could grant divorces. In evangelical Protestantism, divorced men and women were treated as damaged goods. Today, in all three traditions, times are changing. But how much, and how fast?

Dr. Jay Michaelson Lecture
April 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall 305, Chestnut Hill Campus

Dr. Jay Michaelson, author of Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment, will be speaking to Prof. Mark Oppenheimer's "Writing About Religion" class, discussing the media's treatment of Buddhism in America. All are welcome.

The Affinity of Strangers: Kierkegaard in Jewish-Catholic Perspective
Dr. Joshua Furnal
April 8, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 334, Chestnut Hill Campus

All are welcome to this luncheon talk by Dr. Joshua Furnal. Please email if you would like to attend.

Zion and Zionism in Jewish and Christain Thought and History
Dr. Raphael Jospe
April 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Cushing Hall 333, Chestnut Hill Campus
Dr. Raphael Jospe will be speaking in Prof. Ruth Langer's "Jews and Christians: Understanding the Other" class. All are welcome but space is limited. Please email if you would like to attend

Fourth Annual John Paul II Lecture in Christian-Jewish Relations
Prof. Susannah Heschel (Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College)
October 18, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Stokes Hall S195 Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Campus




Mark Oppenheimer

2014-2015 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations
Boston College and the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Oppenheimer to the 2014-2015 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations.


New Publication
The Center is pleased to announce the publication of "The Tragic Couple": Encounters Between Jews and Jesuits (Brill, November 2013), edited by Prof. James Bernauer, S.J., Center Director, and Dr. Robert Maryks, Jesuit Institute Visiting Scholar.

Annual John Paul II Lecture in Christian-Jewish Relations
On February 16, 2014, Rev. Dr. Christian M. Rutishauser, S.J., Provincial of the Swiss Jesuits, delivered the Center's Third Annual John Paul II Lecture in Christian-Jewish Relations, The Jewishness of Jesus: Renewing Christian Appreciation. Lecture Booklet.
Previous John Paul II Lecture booklets and streaming videos are available here.

Commemoration of the Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II
On April 2, 2014, Prof. Gerald J. Beyer delivered a lecture commemorating the canonization of the two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II: "The Human Rights Popes."

Center Event Videos
Streaming videos of past Center events are available here.

Center Bulletins
Center Bulletins, including the 2011-2013 Bulletin are available here.

Jewish-Christian Lecture Series
The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning invites Boston College professors teaching a course with connections to Jewish-Christian relations to apply for a Jewish-Christian Lecture Series Sponsorship of a guest lecturer for his or her course.

Junior Scholars Research Grants
The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning invites undergraduate and graduate student applications for Junior Scholars Research Grants.

Student Travel Grants
The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning offers Student Travel Grants to support travel for academic opportunities related to the Center's mission.

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations
The Editorial Board of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations is pleased to announce the latest upload to the journal. SCJR is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal available here.