United States of America

The Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR)


North America - United States

Organization name:
The Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR)

Year of establishment or foundation of the organization: 

Brief history of the organization:
The Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations was founded in response to the growth of relevant centers located in academic contexts or providing serious teaching and research in the area of Christian-Jewish relations. Such North American centers constitute its “regular members,” but organizations doing substantive work in the field participate as well as liaison members, and centers elsewhere in the world can join as affiliate members. Individuals, including students, are also welcome to join. Only “regular members” vote on council business. 

Number of members (approx.):
37 regular member centers
6 liaison representative organizations
6 affiliate member centers
33 individual or student members.

Where is your organization based?
This is best answered by the locations of current officers:
Dr. Ruth Langer, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Dr. Ronald Simkins, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Dr. Philip A. Cunningham, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
At-large members:
Dr. Adam Gregerman, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Heather Miller-Rubens, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Baltimore, MD.  


(Left picture: Cardinal Kurt Koch; right above: CCJR at work; right bottom: 2010 audience)


Main focuses/areas of your work:
Development of the dialogue through academic-level discussion, sharing information, and promoting research.

Which audiences do you work towards?
Academics; Grassroots; Young professionals (to a certain extent); Students

How often does your organization meet?
Annually. E-mails for sharing information and discussion are often sent on a daily basis.

Events regularly sponsored by your organization:
Annual conference – one-two days.

Does your organization have any regular publications (in print or online)?
Dialogika: The English Language Supersite for Resources and Research in Christian-Jewish Relations – an online library that chronicles the evolving conversation and relationship between the Christian and Jewish communities. Maintained through the collaboration of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR) and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, it provides a comprehensive cyber-archive of official statements, historic documents, educational resources, and current information.

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations: (http://www.bc.edu/scjr) is the open-access electronic journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, published by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. It publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realities of Jewish-Christian relations and reviews new materials in the field. The Journal also provides a vehicle for exchange of information, cooperation, and mutual enrichment in the field of Christian-Jewish studies and relations.

SCJR is included in the following indexes: ATLA Religion Database; EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (ASC), Historical Abstracts, America: History and Life, and Humanities International Index; Index to Jewish Periodicals; and RAMBI (Index of Articles on Jewish Studies).

Conference picture with CCJR members and ICCJ ExBo members


Main working/publishing language of your organization:

Officers of your organization:
Ruth Langer (langerr(at)bc.edu)
Vice Chair:
Ronald Simkins (rsmkns(at)creighton.edu)
Philip Cunningham (pcunning(at)sju.edu)
At Large:
Adam Gregerman (agregerm(at)sju.edu)
Heather Miller-Rubens (rubens(at)icjs.org)

Briefly describe your organization’s relationship to the ICCJ:
We are the United States’ national member organization of the ICCJ.

What is the greatest challenge your organization faces at the moment?
Preparing to host the 2016 ICCJ meeting in Philadelphia!

Has your organization figured in any published material such as newspapers, books or blogs?

E-mail address to contact your organization:
Ruth Langer: langerr(at)bc.edu
Philip Cunningham: pcunning(at)sju.edu

Website of your organization: