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Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies

Director Fr. Philipp G. Renczes, SJ

Call for the 2017-2018 Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem To consult the document

The Centre

Rabbi David Meyer
From left to right: Prof. Yair Zakovitch, Fr. Philipp G. Renczes, sj and Dr. Maddalena Schiavo
From left to right: Prof. Yair Zakovitch, Fr. Marc Rotsaert, sj and Fr. Philipp G. Renczes, sj
The Chief Rabbi of Rome, Dr. Riccardo Di Segni and Fr. Philipp G. Renczes, sj
Rabbi Yuval Cherlow
Prof. Daniel Boyarin and Fr. Philipp G. Renczes, sj
From left to right: Rabbi Roberto Della Rocca, Rabbi Benedetto Carucci Viterbi and Fr. Philipp G. Renczes, sj
Prof. Anna Foa
Mr. Hubert and Mrs. Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn and Dr. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony
H.Em. Kurt Cardinal Koch and Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka

The Cardinal Bea Centre of the Gregorian University - taking its name and inspiration from the far-seeing vision of the Jesuit Augustin Bea, the principal architect of the very declaration Nostra Aetate - is dedicated to the promotion of a theological knowledge and understanding of Judaism - from both a Jewish and a Christian perspective - as well as the teaching, research and academic exchanges between Christians and Jews, in order to foster a mutually enriching relationship.

Notice Board of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies

International Conference

“The conjunction and in Franz Rosenzweig’s work: I and the Other, philosophy and theology, time and redemption, Judaism and Christianity”

Organized by: Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Philosophy - Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies - Franz Rosenzweig Gesellschaft


Rosenzweig and Today
Prof. Robert Gibbs, University of Toronto, President of the Franz Rosenzweig Gesellschaft


Rosenzweig’s Contribution to a Dialogical Approach of Identity and to Interreligious Theology

Prof. Ephraim Meir, Bar Ilan University, Israel


The Uniqueness of Rosenzweig’s Reception in Palestine 1936-1946

Prof. Ynon Wygoda, Tel Aviv University – Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Rosenzweig and Benjamin. Aesthetics and Politics

Prof. Jules Simon, University of Texas at El Paso


Between Unity and Chaos. “And” in Rosenzweig’s Narrative Philosophy

Prof. Agata Bielik Robson, University of Nottingham


Rosenzweig in prospettiva. Vecchia filosofia e nuovo pensiero e filosofia della differenza

Luca Bertolino, University of Turin


Click on the titles above to watch the videos of the Plenary Sessions of 20 e 23 February, 2017




Pope Francis at the Synagogue of Rome, Sunday, January 17, 2016:

“In fact, the theological dimension of Jewish-Catholic dialogue deserves to be more thorough, and I wish to encourage all those involved in this dialogue to continue in this direction, with discernment and perseverance. From a theological point of view, it is clear there is an inseparable bond between Christians and Jews.”


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Characteristics and goals of the Centre:

 proposes courses and seminars on a deeper study of Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations to train specialists of Jewish studies as well as students who desire to deepen their knowledge of Judaism coming from various faculties and institutions of the Gregorian University, e. g. the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Philosophy.

 contributes to the research on Jewish Studies, in particular to the development of a Christian theology of not only the “Old Testament”, but of Judaism and the Jewish people, using the resources of the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute.
In particular, thanks to the SIDIC Collection (Service International de Documentation Judéo-Chrétienne, founded in 1965 and donated to the Gregorian University by the Sisters of Sion in 2002), the Library of the Gregorian today has at its disposal a heritage in the field of Jewish-Christian relations which is considered one of the most important in the world.

 engages in international academic exchanges of professors and students with institutions in various countries, in particular with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and other institutions of higher learning in Israel, in the United States and Europe.

 organizes lectures and conferences, meetings with the Jewish Community in Rome and Italy, international events for specialists, students and the wider public in order to foster the growth of knowledge concerning Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations, help overcome prejudices and constitute a platform for dialogue and interaction.

2-year Postgraduate Diploma and 1-year Diploma

Students enrolled in the Centre as studenti ordinari (fully registered) can earn a 2-year Postgraduate Diploma (120 ECTS) and a 1-year Diploma (60 ECTS).