The Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union has been a part of CTU since the very beginning: 1968. The CJSP is designed to support scholarship in Catholic-Jewish dialogue, and promotes greater understanding of the Jewish faith. Through the quarterly Shapiro Lecture series as well as the annual Hayim Goren Perelmuter Conference and annual Holocaust Remembrance Lecture Series, the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program provides crucial context to the shared history of the Abrahamic traditions, and fosters greater cultural acceptance, particularly during this time of increased antisemitism.

Catholic-Jewish Studies Program


Shapiro Lecture Series
Hayim Perelmuter Conference
Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at CTU. She is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016), and Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (2018), which received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award. Simkovich’s articles have been published in journals such as the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well as on online forums such as The Lehrhaus, TheTorah.com, and the Times of Israel. She is involved in numerous local and international interreligious dialogue projects which help to increase understanding and friendship between Christians and Jews.
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Women in the Scriptures
  • Intertestamental Judaism
  • Psalms
Every year, the C]SP holds three Shapiro Lectures in the fall, winter, and spring. These lectures are free and open to the public.
Every spring, the Hayim Perelmuter Conference brings together a group of scholars to present papers on various topics related to Christian-Jewish dialogue, and to discuss and workshop these pieces together.

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Catholic-Jewish Studies Program

Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich
Director, Catholic-Jewish Studies Program
Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies