To strengthen the living relationship between the Jewish and the Catholic people.
The Lux Center works to strengthen the living relationship between the Jewish and Catholic people by equipping seminarians with the tools and knowledge that they will need in order to present an accurate understanding of Judaism and a positive understanding of Catholic-Jewish relations and to engage in interreligious activities in their congregations after ordination. The Lux center also benefits the larger community by offering programs, lectures and study materials that promote Catholic-Jewish understanding and dialogue among scholars and the general public.
What We Do
The Lux Center — as a program within a seminary — is uniquely positioned to improve interreligious understanding:
– Dedicated faculty position in Jewish studies
– Seminarian study trips in Israel
– Public lectures, seminars and discussions with renowned scholars
– Annual seminary-hosted symposium on Catholic-Jewish relations
– Seminary events recognizing Jewish holidays, liturgy and history
– Speakers’ bureau for churches and synagogues
– Provide specialty classes on topics of interest
– Opportunities for interreligious dialogue
– Library with extensive Judaica and interreligious studies collection
– Holocaust resources and commemoration events
2021 Winter Jewish Studies Seminar for Christians: The Jewish People and the Church
Rabbi Scott Shafrin is the Associate Rabbi and Religious School Director at Congregation Kol Rinah, a Conservative Jewish synagogue in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Philip A. Cunningham is Professor of Theology (specializing in Christian-Jewish Relations) and director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. and the past president of the International Council of Christians and Jews.
Dr. Ruth Langer is Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Boston College in Boston, MA., interim director of its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, and past chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations.
Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand is the Acting Director, Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
This program is supported with a grant from the Harri Hoffmann Family Foundation.