The 2022 CCJR Annual Conference is planned to be held on 

Sunday, October 23 and Monday, October 24, 2022 

at Gratz College near Philadelphia. 

[click here for information about registration, fees, and the conference hotel



12:45 PM-1:45 Registration (Gratz Lobby)

2:00 PM:  Welcome (Location)

            Rev. Dr. Kevin P. Spicer, CSC, CCJR Chair (Stonehill College)

2:10 PM-3:40 PM: Session 1:  Contemporary Trends in Episcopalian-Jewish Relations: Liturgy and Israel (Gratz Lobby) 

In the last few decades, American Jews and Episcopalians have largely had positive and constructive relations. In particular, the Episcopalian Church has tried to reform theology and teaching in light of the contemporary shift away from a critical, traditional stance toward Jews and Judaism. Recently, there have been trends in the Church that impact the relationship, especially regarding liturgy and the state of Israel. We will consider these developments and situate them in the larger context of Jewish-Christian relations.

Moderator: Dr. Adam Gregerman, CCJR Vice Chair (Saint Joseph's University)

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, (Boston College)

3:40 PM-4:00 PM   Coffee Break

4:15 PM-5:30 PM: Public Keynote Address and Shevet Achim Award (Library Reading Room)

Honoree and Keynoter: Rabbi Dr. Burton Visotzky (Jewish Theological Seminary)

Presenter of Award to Rabbi Dr. Burton Visotzky: Kevin P. Spicer, C.S.C.

           Testimonials: Dr. Mary Boys, S.N.J.M. (Union Theological Seminary) and Adam Gregerman

 Keynote: The Mitzvah of Interreligious Dialogue

6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Reception: (CCJR Members) (Library Reading Room)

7:00 PM-8:30 PM Shevet Achim Awards Dinner (CCJR Members) (Gratz Lobby)



7:30-8:30 AM: CCJR Board Meeting (at hotel)

8:00 AM-8:45 AM:  Breakfast (at hotel)

9:00 AM-10:30 AM: SESSION 2: The Oberammergau Passion Play Journey away from Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism: Are We There Yet?

Even in the first decades after the Shoah and Nostra Aetate, the world’s most (in)famous Passion Play could still be described as “unmistakably antisemitic.” Now under the directorship of Christian Stuckl, a transformed vision for the play has removed nearly all vestiges of anti-Jewish tropes and images. How did the transformation happen? What is left to be done? What obstacles are inherent in the genre?

Moderator:  Kevin P. Spicer, CSC

Presenters: Rabbi Noam E. Marans (AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations) and Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit (Teaching Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA), (Marans and Pettit are both founding members of the AJC Oberammergau Academic Advisory Group)

10:30 AM-10:45 AM:  Coffee Break

10:45 AM-12:00 PM: CCJR Business Meeting (Classroom 112)

12:00 PM-1:00 PM:  Lunch

 1:00 PM-2:30 PM  SESSION 3: New Voices in Jewish-Christian Relations: A Discussion with and Review of Research by Early Career Scholars (Library Reading Room)

Moderator:  Dr. Ruth Sandberg, CCJR Board Member (Gratz College)

Presenters: Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier (Research Associate, Institute for Advanced Study); Rabbi David Maayan (Cohen Visiting Chair, Saint Leo University); Shannon Quigley (Ph.D candidate, University of Haifa)

2:30 PM-3:00 PM Coffee Break

3:00 PM-4:15 PM  SESSION 4: Jews and Evangelicals: Prophecies, Proselytism, and Advocacy (Gratz Lobby)

This session will look at Evangelicals—both past and present—and their views of Judaism and relations with Jews. Topics to be considered include prophecy, missions to Jews, advocacy (especially about Israel), and current challenges.

Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Carter Chand, CCJR Board Member (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Presenter:  Rev. Dr. John E. Phelan, Jr. (North Park Theological Seminary)

4:15 PM  Concluding Remarks by Kevin P. Spicer, C.S.C.