The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies

Engagement and Collaboration


The Institute of Judaeo-Christian studies forwards its mission through engagement and collaborative programs that inform scholars and theologians and instruct educators, students and the general public about various facets of Jewish-Christian studies and relations, especially those that address complex religious, ethical and social issues and help to promote justice and peace.

Institute Programs and Initiatives

A partial list of the engagement and collaborative programs and initiatives the Institute sponsors and supports includes:

  • The Annual John M. Oesterreicher Memorial Lecture
    an event that brings scholars from all over the world to the Seton Hall University campus to examine the most relevant issues in Jewish-Christian studies and relations

  • The Lehrhaus (German for Study Hall)
    a weekly reflection on the Torah portion for the previous Sabbath that introduces students and the general public to a Massoretic approach to sacred text

  • The Kinship of Catholics and Jews
    a weekly radio program broadcast on WSOU that promotes the shared values of Christians and Jews and is moderated by the Institute’s Director every Sunday morning at 8:30 am on WSOU 89.5 FM

  • Art exhibits at Seton Hall’s Walsh Gallery
    that educate the public on the Biblical heritage and beauty in Jewish and Christian art

Director’s Initiatives

In addition to the above-listed engagement and collaborative initiatives, the Institute’s Director, Lawrence E. Frizzell, also forwards our mission regionally, nationally and globally by:

  • providing counsel to the Holy See
    in fostering close relations to the Jewish people through his capacity as Consultor to the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, a position to which Father Frizzell was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and which Pope Francis renewed in 2014

  • promoting fruitful dialogue between the Holy See and the Jewish people
    at International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee meetings (Czech Republic, France, Spain, United States)

  • encouraging interfaith understanding through the international presentation of scholarly research and papers
    at annual meetings such as the International Conference of Christians and Jews (Austria, Poland), the International Congress on Medieval Studies (United States) and the Catholic Biblical Association (United States)

  • advancing interreligious dialogue at regional meetings
    such as the semi-annual Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs Committee of the National Catholic Bishops with the Orthodox Union (New York City) and the National Council of Synagogues (Baltimore, New York City); and the Interreligious Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark (Rutherford, NJ)

  • calling for peace and denouncing all forms of religious intolerance and bigotry
    through timely public statements that seek to stimulate greater understanding and goodwill

Read our director’s public statements and selected scholarly works »

Our Impact

The Institute has developed, encouraged and increased the collaborative peace-building efforts among an immeasurable number of Jewish and Christian scholars, theologians, educators, students and the general public our engagement and collaboration programs.

Highlights of the most notable impacts we make through our engagement and collaboration programs include:

  • forging strong and fruitful partnerships with the Holy See for more than 60 years
    through the Institute’s directors, Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher (1953-1993) and The Reverend Dr. Lawrence E. Frizzell (1993-Present)

  • educating almost 2,000 attendees for 20 years
    about current and multifaceted issues in Jewish-Christian studies and relations at annual John M. Oesterreicher Memorial Lectures at Seton Hall University

  • introducing countless students and the general public for more than 15 years
    about the Massoretic approach to the sacred biblical text and a deeper appreciation of rabbinic Judaism through the Lehrhaus

  • promoting the shared values of Christians and Jews for 24 years
    through our weekly radio show, The Kinship of Catholics and Jews, which is broadcast every Sunday at 8:30am on WSOU 89.5, the number one college radio station in the New York metro area that reaches an estimated 120,000 listeners per week

     Listen to The Kinship of Catholics and Jews anytime for free on iTunes» 

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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