The Catholic-Jewish Conference of Milwaukee was established in 1975 at the initiative of the the Ecumenical Commission of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in response to the documents of Vatican Council II, particularly, Nostra Aetate. The Conference is a joint committee of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Office of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis.
Throughout its history the Conference has worked to build Catholic-Jewish relations through lectures, scripture studies, dialogues, interfaith seders, community-wide events, and occasional trips to Israel.
Significant community events
2013 - The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies At Sacred Heart School of Theology welcomes Dr. Amy-Jill Levine to address SHST students on Avoiding anti-Judaism in Preaching and Teaching and to key-note fundraising dinner with Bishop Sklba. Dr. Levine speaks on Why Understanding the New Testament will make you a better Jew; Bishop Sklba speaks to Why Understanding Judasim will make you a better Christian.
2006 - Educators Forum on Learning in the Presence of the Other with Dr. Mary Boys and Sara Lee.
2005 - a year long celebration of the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate with public lectures by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Bishop Richard Skbla, and Dr. Eva Fleischner, study/film sessons, architectural tours, a community-wide interfaith seder, a musical concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, and a culminating event featuring Dr. Mary Boys and Rabbi David Sandmel.
1999 - Proclaim Jubilee featuring Rabbi Yitz Greenberg. At this event, Archbishop Rembert Weakland, retired Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, made an historic apology to the Jewish people for actions fo the church which helped make events such as the Holocaust possible.
1994 - Hartmann-Weakland Lecture
The Conference continues to offer quality programs on a variety of topics and also works in collaboration with local universities and programs such as the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies to create ongoing opportunities for education and dialogue within the greater Milwaukee community.
Please check this page as well as the events section of the Archdiocesan website for information regarding programs and events. If you would like to be added to a mailing list, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org with CJC mailing list in the subject line.
Resources - Please click on the resource link located on the left hand side of this page for materials related to:
- Avoiding anti-Judaism in Preaching and Teaching about the Passion of the Christ - resources for clergy and educators
- Holocaust Education
- Other resources for middle, high, and adult educators