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At the Israel Center for Jewish Christian Relations, we are committed to connecting intellectual work and grassroots activism. Conferences offer the opportunity to gather international academics to share their reflections on cutting-edge issues in Jewish-Christian relations.   

"Come now, and let us reason together" Isaiah 1:18 


The goal of this conference was to encourage Catholic theological and scholarly engagement with one of the most challenging topics yet to be addressed in the Jewish-Catholic conversation, that is, Catholic approaches to the land and state of Israel. The conference explored three main issues in order to help advance the ongoing conversation in Catholic-Jewish relations and build upon Vatican II and later teachings about the Jewish people (a) the significance of Jerusalem in Catholic thought; (b) Catholic thinking about the theological significance of the land and state of Israel; (c) the situation of local Catholic communities in Israel, Palestine and the disputed territories and how they bear upon these issues. The conference included scholarly papers, a keynote address by Professor Gavin d'Costa (University of Bristol), and both local Palestinian Christians and local Jewish Israelis as respondents. The conference took place in June 2019, in partnership with the Philos Project. The papers will be published as a collected volume, edited by Gavin d'Costa and Faydra Shapiro. 


Our Deepest Thanks


The Philos Project

The Philos Project is a dynamic leadership community dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. Without their support this conference could not have happened.


The Latin Patriarche

Very special thanks is due to The Notre Dame Jerusalem Center, and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, who all so warmly welcomed  and hosted this conference. 

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Our Speakers

All of our speakers, experts in Catholic Theology, prepared and presented important and ground-breaking papers in their field. We are grateful for all of their work and willingness to engage with these issues with us here in Israel.

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