The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies

About Us


"The work of building upon the declaration Nostra Aetate is not merely an exercise in Christian-Jewish relations, laudable as that is. It is an act of service – to God and to divine truth."

–Rev. Lawrence E. Frizzell, D.Phil.
Director, Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies
Director and Associate Professor, Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program

Who We Are

jcs-logo--001Established in 1953 at Seton Hall University by Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher, the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies is the oldest institution in the world dedicated to Catholic-Jewish relations and is the founder of the only Jewish-Christian studies graduate program in the United States. In partnership with Seton Hall University, we make a significant local, regional and global impact through three program areas:

What We Do

The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies is a leading center of expertise committed to the mission of developing, encouraging and increasing the collaborative peace-building efforts of Jewish and Christian scholars, theologians, educators and students.

Our mission flows from God’s call to serve and be a blessing to the world and is guided by the underlying principles of the constitutions and decrees of the Second Vatican Council, especially Nostra Aetate and the Holy See’s documents to implement the Church’s relationship with the Jewish people.

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Contact Us

The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies
(973) 761-9751
Fahy Hall


Lawrence E. Frizzell, D.Phil.
Director & Associate Professor

Jay Wolferman
Assistant to Director

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