Programs and Conferences

Courses Offered by CCJU Staff through Sacred Heart University

David L. Coppola, Ph.D., associate executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, has taught “The History of Christian-Jewish Relations” since the Fall semester of 1999 at Sacred Heart University. The course examines the historical and theological relationship between Judaism and Christianity beginning with a brief history of Judaism, then moving to an examination of both religions at the time of Jesus, which resulted in separation and misunderstanding through the Patristic Period, the Renaissance and the Middle Ages, until the present time.

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Past Programs and Conferences

2012 Programs and Conferences 

CCJU 2012 Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University convened its annual program for Semi­narians and Rabbinical Students on May 21-23, 2012, at the University campus in Fairfield, CT. The conference welcomed 24 students from Christian and   Jewish seminaries and theological schools from across the country.

2010 Programs and Conferences 
CCJU 2010 Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University convened its annual program for Semi¬narians and Rabbinical Students on May 24-26, 2010, at the university campus in Fairfield, CT. The conference welcomed 35 students from Christian and Jewish seminaries and theological schools from across the country.
Art Historian, Dr. Evelyn Cohen, Lectures at Sacred Heart University
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding welcomed internationally renowned art historian, Dr. Evelyn Cohen, to the Schine Auditorium on February 3, 2010, to speak on “Art as Mirror of the Jewish-Christian Encounter.’’
2010 CCJU Nostra Aetate Awards
On October 14, 2010, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) honored Rabbi Joseph H. Ehrenkranz with the prestigious Nostra Aetate Award, named for the Second Vatican Council’s groundbreaking document on the Catholic Church and its relations with Jews and religions.
Dr. Michael Higgins Lectures on Pope Benedict XVI and the Jews
Dr. Michael W. Higgins, an acknowledged authority on “saint naming” in the Catholic Church, spoke often of the dynamics leading to canonization in his analysis of Pope Benedict XVI and his relationship with the Jews. But the possible saint in question was not Benedict himself but one of his predecessors as the Bishop of Rome, Pope Pius XII..


2009 Programs and Conferences 

CCJU Lecture by Fr. Patrick Desbois: Holocaust by Bullets
2009 Colleagues in Dialogue Program Explores 'Forgiveness in the Post-Holocaust World'
Scholars Rabbi Joseph Telvshkin and Susannah Heschel, Ph.D., spoke at the CCJU Colleagues in Dialogue Program, May 2-4, 2009. The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University held its annual Col­leagues in Dialogue Program on May 2-4, 2009, at Union Theo­logical Seminary, NY.
2009 CCJU Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
Rabbi Yitz Greenberg speaks at the CCJU Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students on a “Theology of Interreligious Dialogue” at the Leir Foundation in Ridgefield, CT. The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University convened its annual session of the Institute for Semi­narians and Rabbinical Students on May 19-21, 2009, at the university campus in Fairfield, CT.


2008 Programs and Conferences

CCJU Hosts Annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University hosted the ninth annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students on May 27-29, 2008.
CCJU Participates in World Conference on Dialogue in Madrid, Spain(July 16-18, 2008)
Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz, director emeritus of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University, was invited among the representatives of the world’s major faiths to The World Conference on Dialogue. In an unprecedented historic event, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and its World Muslim League convened the conference on July 16-18 in Madrid.


2007 Programs and Conferences

2007 Colleagues in Dialogue
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University sponsored its third annual “Colleagues in Dialogue” Program on April 17–19, at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. The conference is part of the Center’s ongoing work to foster deeper theological understanding, dialogue and collaboration among Jewish and Christian religious leaders through its Institute for Religious Leaders.
Seventh Annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University held its seventh annual Seminarians and Rabbinical Students Conference on May 29-31, 2007 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. The Conference is a program of the Center's Institute for religious leaders that seeks to foster deeper theological understanding, dialogue and collaboration among Jewish and Christian clergy.
CCJU Honors Pope Benedict XVI at the Annual Nostra Aetate Awards Ceremony
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University held its 12th Annual Nostra Aetate Awards Dinner on November 29, 2007. The dinner celebrated the presentation of the Nostra Aetate Award to Pope Benedict XVI on September 5th in Rome for his leadership in promoting understanding between Catholics and Jews. CCJU also honored Federal Communications Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein with a new award, the Tikkun Olam Award, for their work to place the media and its many benefits at the service of the common good. The event was hosted by Sacred Heart University president, Dr. Anthony Cernera, CCJU executive director, Rabbi Eugene Korn and CCJU chairman of the board, Mr. Vincent Roberti at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York.


2006 Programs and Conferences

Seventh Annual 3-Day Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University hosted its seventh annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students, June 12-14, 2006. Thirty future religious leaders from Jewish and Christian communities nationwide came together for three days of study, prayer, and dialogue.
2006 Colleagues in Dialogue Conference in NYC with Rabbi Elliot Dorff
CCJU Lecture at Stamford Synagogue


2005 Programs and Conferences

CCJU Hosts 2005 Study Tour for Catholic Bishops to Auschwitz and Rome
In an effort to foster interreligious dialogue and understanding among religious leaders, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding led six American bishops and two Orthodox rabbis on a Study Tour to Krakow and Rome, September 19-23, 2005.
2005 First Annual 'Colleagues in Dialogue' Meeting
Keynote speaker Rabbi Irving ("Yitz") Greenberg presents ideas from his groundbreaking book, "For the Sake of Heaven and Earth," April 11-12, 2005, at Union Theological Seminary, New York City.
2005 Scholar in Residence, Dr. Jennifer Harris
February 21-24, 2005, Second annual Scholar-in-Residence Program, features Jennifer A. Harris, Ph.D., professor of Christianity and Culture at the University of Toronto, for a four-lecture series called “The Jewish Temple in the Medieval Christian Imagination.”
2005 Annual CCJU Lecture in Memory of Hal Lustig
On May 3, 2005, the CCJU hosted Rabbi Charles Arian of the Institute for Christian-Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Maryland, and Reverend Blair Moffett of the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut, in a discussion of the land of Israel, its history and theological meanings, and the ethical questions surrounding its future. David L. Coppola, Ph.D., associate executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, moderated the dialogue, and a question-and-answer period for the audience followed the speakers’ presentations.
2005 CCJU Nostra Aetate Awards
Now in its tenth year of honoring individuals and organizations who exemplify the leadership and commitment to mutual understanding upon which Christian-Jewish relations continue to grow, CCJU proudly recognizes Sister Rose Thering, O.P., and Mr. Barry Sternlicht.
2005 Annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
The Center hosted its sixth annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students, June 6-8, 2005. Thirty-four future religious leaders from Jewish and Christian communities nationwide came together for three days of study, prayer, and dialogue. This was the first time that the full range of Judaism and Christianity was represented at the Institute, including two Orthodox Jews and two Orthodox Christians.


2004 Programs and Conferences

2004 CCJU Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Wolfgang Krauss
October 20-25, 2003, Dr. Wolfgang Kraus gave a series of lectures and discussions on the topic: “The People of God: New Testament Ecclesiology Within its Jewish Context.”
2004 CCJU Lecture Dr. Barbara Gitenstein Lectures on the Life and Works of I.B. Singer
Dr. Barbara Gitenstein Lectures on the Life and Works of I.B. Singer
Annual CCJU Lecture: Vatican Ambassador to UN, Archbishop Migliore, Speaks at CCJU
March 31, 2004, Archbishop Migliore speaks about the progress and setbacks over the past ten years concerning the Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel.
2004 Nostra Aetate Awards
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) of Sacred Heart University honored the Knights of Columbus, Claims Conference, and ABC's Good Morning America, Joel Siegel, on December 1, 2004, at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City.
2004 Annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
For the fifth year, in June 2004, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) hosted its annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students. Thirty-two future religious leaders from seminaries across the United States convened at Sacred Heart University for the three-day event of joint study and the sharing of religious traditions.


2003 Programs and Conferences

"What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Our Ethical Traditions?" Conference
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding sponsored a symposium March 31-April 2, 2003, at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, on the topic, “What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Our Ethical Traditions?” This was the final of five conferences with Jews, Christians and Muslims focusing on the topic, “What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Us?”
"Pathways to Peace in the Abrahamic Faiths" Conference
As part of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding's ongoing work to promote peace through dialogue and understanding, the Center sponsored a timely symposium April 28-30, 2003, for Jewish, Christian and Islamic scholars and leaders, “Pathways to Peace in the Abrahamic Faiths.”
2003 Nostra Aetate Awards
CCJU Honors Dr. Georgette Bennett of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and Henry and Erna Leir.
2003 Annual CCJU Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical
The annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students commences its fourth year at Sacred Heart University, June 2-4, 2003.


2002 Programs and Conferences

"What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Our Historical Traditions?" Conference
On March 18-20, 2002, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, in cooperation with the University of Bamberg, Germany, sponsored a conference where Jews, Catholics and Lutherans participated in a dialogue at the University of Bamberg entitled "What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Our Historical Traditions?" This is the fourth conference to be conducted under a similar theme.
2002 Nostra Aetate Awards
CCJU Celebrates 10 Years and honors Ambassador R. James (Jim) Nicholson, United States Ambassador to the Holy See, with the Nostra Aetate Award held at the Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City, November 21, 2002.
"What Do We Want the Other To Teach About our Prayer and Liturgy?" Conference
On March 13-15, 2002, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding sponsored a highly successful conference of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders and scholars at the Dionesian Center at Villa Piccolomini, Rome, entitled, "What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Our Prayer and Liturgy?" It was the third of five conferences to be conducted under a similar theme.
2002 Annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
The Center sponsors its third annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students, June 3-5, 2002, at Sacred Heart University.


2001 Programs and Conferences

Academic Convocation Honoring Cardinal Walter Kasper at Sacred Heart University
At a Special Academic Convocation on December 3, 2001, at Sacred Heart University, Cardinal Walter Kasper received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his efforts at promoting unity among different religions. The story and the text of his lecture, “The Role of the Church and a Catholic University in the Contemporary World,” is included here.
2001 Nostra Aetate Awards
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding hosted its sixth annual Nostra Aetate Awards Ceremony at the Sutton Place Synagogue on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 and honored Reverend Remi E. Hoeckman, O.P, former Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews in Vatican City, and Rabbi A. James Rudin, Senior Interreligious Advisor of the American Jewish Committee in New York City with the Nostra Aetate Award. T he Center also presented TV show hosts from “The God Squad,” Rabbi Marc A. Gellman and Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman, both of Uniondale, New York, with a Media Award for their significant contribution to furthering interreligious dialogue.
2001 Annual Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
The Center sponsored its second annual institute on June 4-6, 2001 at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut. Presenters at the Institute included Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, president of Sacred Heart University; Dr. David L. Coppola, director of Conferences and Publications of the CCJU; Rabbi Joseph H. Ehrenkranz, executive director of the CCJU; Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, president of CHAverlim kol yisrael/Jewish Life Network, New York; Rabbi James Rudin, president emeritus American Jewish Committee, New York; Dr. Eugene Fisher, associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.; Reverend Nancy Cox, associate pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport, Connecticut; and Father Daniel Murphy, pastor of Blessed Kateri Parish, Sparta, New Jersey.


2000 Programs and Conferences

What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Us - Edmonton
On March 19-21, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, iin cooperation with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action, (EICEA) Alberta, Canada, sponsored a conference where Jews, Christians and Muslims participated in a dialogue at Beth Shalom Synagogue entitled "What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Our History?"
What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Us - Jerusalem Conference
On February 8-10, 2000, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, in cooperation with the Elijah School for the Study of Wisdom in World Religions, Jerusalem, sponsored a conference at the Ratisbonne Papal Institute, Jerusalem, entitled, "What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Our Theological Traditions?" More than 20 scholars from the Middle East, Europe, Canada and the United States were invited to participate at the proceedings with the additional attendance of graduate students from the Ratisbonne Papal Institute and Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, who joined as observers for each of the sessions spread over three days.
January 23-May 29, 2000: Sacred Heart Students Explore Religion and Art
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (aldrichart.org) displayed the exhibit, “Faith: The Impact of Judeo-Christian Religion on Art at the Millennium,” from January 23 to May 29, 2000.
2000 Annual CCJU Lecture: Rabbi David Novak
Rabbi David Novak delivered the annual CCJU lecture on April 13, 2000, on the topic, "Jews, Christian and Human Rights."
2000 Nostra Aetate Awards and Lecture
Most Reverend Theodore E. McCarrick, the Archbishop of Newark and newly appointed Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and Rabbi David H. Lincoln, the spiritual leader of the host Park Avenue Synagogue were honored with the Center's Nostra Aetate Award on December 5, 2000. The featured speaker was Connecticut's Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, whose quest to be the nation's next Vice President-and first Jew to hold that office-was still in question on the night of the ceremony.
2000 First Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students
The Center sponsored its first Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students on June 12-14, 2000. The event took place on the University's Fairfield campus and gathered 20 future religious leaders from the Jewish and Christian faiths to study and discuss the advances made in Christian-Jewish dialogue over the last 35 years, and to explore possibilities for future progress.


1999 Programs and Conferences

1999 Annual CCJU Lecture: Dr. Mary Boys
The annual CCJU lecture on April 29, 1999, featured Dr. Mary Boys, the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, who invited her audience to consider ways that Christians -- and Roman Catholics in particular -- have institutionalized a kind of anti-Judaism in their beliefs and public practices.
1999 Nostra Aetate Awards Ceremony and Lecture
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding honored Edward I. Cardinal Cassidy and Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg with the prestigious Nostra Aetate Award at the Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 East 87th Street, New York City, on Wednesday, November 17, 1999.


1998 Programs and Conferences

Religion and Violence, Religion and Peace Conference
On May 18, rabbis and priests, scholars and bishops, Islamic leaders and cardinals, and observers from 12 countries gathered for a three-day conference to discuss the role that religion plays in cultivating peace or promoting violence.
1998 Nostra Aetate Awards and Lecture
On October 20, 1998, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding honored His Eminence Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger and Chief Rabbi Rene-Samuel Sirat with the prestigious Nostra Aetate Award, named after the Second Vatican Council's groundbreaking document on the Catholic Church and its relations with Jews and other non-Christians. Presenting the awards were Dr. Samuel Pisar and His Eminence John Cardinal O'Connor. The event took place at the Sutton Place Synagogue, New York City, and was emceed by Mitchell Krauss, former CBS news correspondent. As part of the CCJU Awards Ceremony, Cardinal Lustiger and Chief Rabbi Sirat each delivered a paper.


1997 Programs and Conferences

CCJU co-sponsors Christian-Jewish Symposium
CCJU co-sponsors a conference February 5, 1997, at the Second Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee.
May 21, 1997 Focolare Founder Chiara Lubich Honored
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University welcomed the foundress and many members of the Focolare Movement to a ceremony conferring upon Chiara Lubich the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
1997 Nostra Aetate Awards
CCJU honors Cardinal William H. Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore; Bishop Krister Stendahl, bishop emeritus of the Lutheran Church of Stockholm, Sweden, and Rabbi Mordecai Waxman of Temple Israel in Great Neck.


1996 Programs and Conferences

Catechism Conferences
The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding co-sponsored a series of conferences on the Catholic Catechism (promulgated by Pope John Paul II in October 1992--the first revision since the Council of Trent more than 400 years ago) in New York, Dallas, San Antonio, Scottsdale, Washington, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Connecticut. The conferences were designed to learn about the extraordinary Catechism of the Catholic Church and its impact on Catholic-Jewish relations.
1996 Nostra Aetate Awards
Cardinal John O'Connor and Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut were selected as the first recipients of awards by the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University June 23, 1996.
CCJU Tribute to Mel Allen
Held at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, a memorial service for Mel Allen was sponsored by the CCJU. Allen, who died on June 16, 1996, at age 83, was known as "The Voice of the Yankees" and provided radio and television play-by-play announcing for over 25 years (1939-1964).