The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies

In-Depth Study and Education


Because education is one of the most effective ways to instill understanding and mutual collaboration, the Institute’s commitment to this area has always been a hallmark of our work, which is why our founder, Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher, made it a priority to develop the world’s first Graduate Program in Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University in 1975. This graduate program was incorporated into Seton Hall University’s Department of Religion in 2010 and continues to serve as a model for eliminating prejudice through understanding.

Master of Arts in Jewish-Christian Studies

The Institute allocates the majority its educational resources to scholarships and grants to matriculated graduate students in the M.A. in Jewish-Christian Studies program and the M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Judaeo-Christian Studies program. Our scholarship recipients compose an international body of students from diverse faith backgrounds from around the world and come from various walks of life. Many have continued their graduate studies and/or have earned their doctoral degrees in various scholarly fields at schools such as Fordham University, UC Berkeley, Jewish Theological Seminary, McGill University and The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Our Impact

We have awarded more than $1 million in scholarship aid to students from all over the world who are matriculated in the M.A. program in Jewish-Christian Studies and the M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Judaeo-Christian Studies program.

Our scholarship recipients learn to examine and strengthen shared fundamental values, practices, traditions and principles that guide their moral decisions and the ways in which they address complex religious, ethical and social issues that promote peace and justice. These students have applied the knowledge and skills they have gained across a broad spectrum of professions, vocations and specialties such as primary and secondary education, diplomacy, social welfare, humanitarian relief, Catholic and Protestant ministries, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Through our scholarship and grants program we are helping to unite and empower a new, globally diverse generation of Jewish and Christian scholars, educators and students who are dedicated to exploring and promoting their shared values, practices, traditions and peaceful pursuits.

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Our scholarship recipients have come from 21 countries across five continents.

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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