Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture


On March 23, 1995, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin delivered a lecture entitled "Anti-Semitism: The Historical Legacy and the Continuing Challenge for Christians" in the Senate Hall at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The lecture was the center piece of his visit to Israel.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture continues this dialogue between Jews and Catholics with an annual lectureship on the theological issues affecting their relationship.

Speaker and Topic For Each Year

  • 1995 – Joseph Cardinal Bernardin – "Anti-Semitism: The Historical Legacy and the Continuing Challenge for Christians"
  • 1996 – Prof. Emil Fackenheim – "Jewish-Christian Relations After The Holocaust: Toward Post-Holocaust Theological Thought"
  • 1997 – Edward Cardinal Cassidy – "Catholic-Jewish Relations: A New Agenda?"
  • 1998 – Rabbi David Hartman – "The Theological Significance of Israel"
  • 1999 – Professor Anthony J. Saldarini – "Christian Anti-Judaism: The First Century Speaks to the Twenty-First Century"
  • 2000 – Rabbi Dr. Richard A. Freund – "Bethsaida: Home of the Apostles and Rabbis"
  • 2001 – Dr. Robert Louis Wilken – "An Ancient and Venerable People"
  • 2002 – Dr. Robert Chazan –– "Medieval Christians and Jews: Divergences and Convergences"
  • 2003 – Dr. Bernard McGinn – "How Jewish and Christian Mystics Read the Bible"
  • 2004 – Rabbi Dr. Arthur Hertzberg – "Christian-Jewish Relations in the Enlightenment Period"
  • 2005 – Francis Cardinal George, OMI – "Catholics, Jews and American Culture"
  • 2006 – Fr. John Pawlikowski, OSM, Rabbi David Sandmel – "Nostra Aetate 40 Years After the Second Vatican Council: Where Catholic-Jewish Relations Have Come and Where They Need to Go"
  • 2007 – Michael J. Cook, Ph.D. – "Jewish Views of Jesus"
  • 2008 – Dr. Eugene Fisher – "Reflections on Catholic-Jewish Relations: Past, Present and Future"
  • 2009 – Professor Jon D. Levenson – "Monotheism and Choseness: The Abrahamic Foundation of Judaism and Roman Catholicism"
  • 2010 – Fr. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. – "Paul and Judaism – Ten New Perspectives" Download PDF
  • 2011 – Professor Moshe Halbertal – "On the Threshold of Forgiveness; Law and Narrative in the Talmud." Download PDF
  • 2012 – John L. Allen, Jr. – "Insights on Trends in the Global church and Why Jews Should Care." Review Mr. Allen's National Catholic Reporter - printed March 9, 2012
  • 2013 – Professor Rabbi Meir Soloveichik – "Jews, Catholics and the American Idea"
  • 2014 – Rev. John W. Crossin, OSFC – "What Changed at Vatican II: Past, Present and Future Perspectives on Catholic-Jewish Relations." Download PDF
  • 2015 – Rabbi David Sandmel – "Our Spiritual Patrimony: A Jewish Perspective on the Transformation of Jewish-Catholic Relations." Download PDF
  • 2016—Archbishop Blase J. Cupich—"The Economy and the Ecology in the Key of Pope Francis"
  • 2017—Professor David Shatz—“Judaism and Christianity in Dialogue: Reflections on the Work of a Towering Jewish Thinker” Download PDF