Dear Friends of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies:

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and healthy. Below you can find information on our upcoming programs, as well as recent activities and news at the center.

On Thursday, November 4th, we will welcome two esteemed scholars, Rabbi Dr. David Novak, the Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Vincent Lloyd, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. Dr. Novak and Dr. Lloyd will speak at a 1pm event at Saint Leo University, and a 7pm event at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa, FL. Dr. At the evening event, Dr. Novak will receive the 17th CCJS Eternal Light Award. Previous recipients are listed here.

Both events are in-person, free, and open to the public, but space is limited. Masks and registration for each event are required. These events will also be livestreamed, and links can be accessed by clicking the registration buttons below.

I hope you can join us on November 4th. To our Jewish friends, I wish you a good and sweet new year.


Dr. Matthew Tapie
Associate Professor of Theology
Director, Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies

Fall Programs

The Significance of MLK's Letter from a
Birmingham Jail Today 


Rabbi Dr. David Novak and Dr. Vincent Lloyd

Thursday, November 4th | 1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Saint Leo University, Campus Center Boardrooms
Is there a Universal Moral Law?: Natural Law in the
Catholic and Jewish Tradition

an interreligious dialogue on morality


Rabbi Dr. David Novak

Thursday, November 4th | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609

Dr. Novak's talk will be followed by a response from Dr. Vincent Lloyd. The evening will conclude with the Eternal Light Award ceremony.

Rabbi Dr. David Novak is the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto since 1997. From 1997 to 2002 he also was Director of the Jewish Studies Programme. Rabbi Novak is the author of thirteen books, including The Jewish Social Contract: A Essay in Political Theology (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Talking with Christians: Musings of a Jewish Theologian (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005). His book, Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory (Princeton University Press, 2000) won the award of the American Academy of Religion for “best book in constructive religious thought in 2000.” He has edited four books, and is the author of over 200 articles in scholarly and intellectual journals. 
Dr. Vincent W. Lloyd is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, where he also directs the Africana Studies Program and the Center for Political Theology. Lloyd’s books include Law and Transcendence (Palgrave, 2009), Black Natural Law (Oxford University Press, 2016), the co-edited Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics (Orbis Books, 2017), and Black Dignity: A Philosophy, forthcoming from Yale University PressLloyd also edits the Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion book series (published by Oxford University Press), and co-edits the journal Political Theology.

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Recent News

Bruce Marshall's lecture from the spring 2021 CCJS Symposium, The Challenge of Theological Dialogue, is now available
On May 9th, 2021, the CCJS hosted a livestreamed lecture by Dr. Bruce D. Marshall, Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine at Southern Methodist University, entitled, "The Church and the Jewish People: Thoughts on the Way Forward." The program included responses to Dr. Marshall by Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich, the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies, and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago; and Fr. Dennis McManus, Consultant for Jewish Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The video is now available on the CCJS YouTube Channel, here.

Dr. Tapie is co-editing, with Dr. Alan Brill and Dr. Matthew Levering, the essays presented at the May 9-11th symposium. The collection of essays will be published by the Catholic University of America Press.
Newly Appointed Members of the CCJS Advisory Board
Over the summer, the below scholars accepted invitations to serve on the CCJS Advisory Board:
Rabbi Dr. Shai Held is a theologian, scholar, and educator. He is President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar. Previously, he served for six years as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City, and taught both theology and Halakhah at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of Education at Harvard Hillel. Rabbi Held holds a doctorate in religion from Harvard. His main academic interests are in modern Jewish and Christian thought, in biblical theology, and in the history of Zionism. Rabbi Held is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence (Indiana University Press, 2013); and The Heart of Torah, a collection of essays on the Torah in two volumes (Jewish Publication Society, 2017).
Dr. Karma Ben Johanan holds the new chair in Jewish-Christian relations at the Faculty of Theology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She studied history at Tel Aviv University, and held research and teaching positions at the University of California, Berkeley, The Gregorian University in Rome, and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Her research focuses on institutionalized religions in the late-20th and early 21st century, Jewish-Christian polemic and dialogue, secularization and political theology. She is especially interested in conservative religious thought, and in the way in which traditions are negotiated within contemporary intellectual and cultural contexts. Dr. Johanan is the author of Jacob's Younger Brother: Christian-Jewish Relations after Vatican II (forthcoming, Belknap of Harvard University Press, 2022).
Dr. Randi Rashkover is the Nathan and Sofia Gumenick Chair of Judaic Studies at the College of William & Mary. Her areas of expertise include Jewish philosophy, Jewish-Christian Comparative Theology, Jewish Political Thought and Philosophy of Religion. She is the author of Revelation and Theopolitics: Barth, Rosenzweig and the Politics of Praise (T&T Clark, 2005); Freedom and Law: A Jewish-Christian Apologetics (Fordham University Press, 2011); and Nature and Norm: Judaism, Christianity and the Theopolitical Problem (forthcoming, Academic Studies Press). She is also editor of several volumes including Judaism, Liberalism and Political Theology, co-edited with Martin Kavka (Indiana University Press, 2014) and also co-edited with Martin Kavka, Tradition in the Public Square: A Novak Reader (Wm.B. Eerdmans, 2012). She is senior editor of Stanford University Press' series Encountering Traditions. 

Save the dates: Spring 2022 CCJS Programs

Thursday, March 3rd

Theological Perspectives on Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Racism | 1-3pm
This program will address the interrelationship between nationalism, antisemitism, and racism in the United States. For instance, in what way is the recent surge in antisemitism and racism exacerbated by nationalism? Nationalism, at least in the 19th century, was predicated on the idea of a "nation" that by definition excluded Jews. How are antisemitism and racism related to contemporary versions of nationalism? Recall that the shooter at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh explicitly named Mark Hetfield of HIAS, and blamed the Jews for bringing non-whites and Muslims into the country. A panel of esteemed scholars, including William Cavanaugh, Beverly Mitchell, and Martin Kavka, will guide Saint Leo students and members of the community in an analysis of these "isms". This program is in-person, free, and open to the public. A livestream will also be available. Registration details will be included in the January Newsletter.
Tuesday, March 29th

Understanding Jesus and Paul means Understanding Judaism: Pharisees, Prayer, Parable, Practice | 6:30 - 7:30pm
Christian clergy and religious educators are invited to join us online for a special program on how to avoid anti-Jewish teaching and preaching. The program features a lecture and Q & A session with Dr. Amy Jill Levine, the Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary, and Professor of New Testament Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Levine's numerous publications include The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2011), edited with Marc Brettler, and The Pharisees (forthcoming, Eerdmans, 2021), edited with Joseph Sievers. Dr. Levine is the first Jewish scholar to have taught New Testament at Rome's Pontifical Biblical Institute. In 2009, Dr. Levine received the CCJS Eternal Light Award. Registration details will be included in the January Newsletter.

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Dr. Ruth Langer, recipient of the 2018 Eternal Light Award, answers questions from
interfaith discussion groups at a CCJS event at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Tampa, FL.
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