Catholic-Jewish Studies

Much of Malka’s research focuses on the Jewish universalist literature that emerged in the late Second Temple period, which was influenced by Stoic thought and in turn served as an influence for early followers of Jesus. Learn more about Malka Z. Simkovich, PhD.

Encouraging a spirit of dialogue and respect

The Catholic-Jewish Studies Program (CJSP) 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.  In addition to these events, the CJSP provides students with opportunities to experience the world of living Judaism outside of the classroom, including annual trips to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and movie nights which feature films about Jews and Jewish 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 Z. Simkovich, PhD
Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies
Phone:  773.371.5528

CJSP Courses Include:

  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Women in the Scriptures
  • Intertestamental Judaism
  • Psalms
  • Abraham’s Children: Jews, Christians and Muslims

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