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 has been a part of Catholic Theological Union since its inception in 1968.


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 Catholic-Jewish Studies Program 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 occupied by the Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich.


Click here to view a full calendar of the 2021-2022 Catholic-Jewish Studies Program events.


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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