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Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding

In the first century, Judaism and Christianity split into separate and often antagonistic communities. This produced misunderstandings that have lasted for centuries. In the past 65 years, however, a new age of dialogue has dawned, and much research has been done to overcome these misunderstandings.

Muhlenberg College has established the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding as an expression of its commitment to interfaith relations. The IJCU uses the resources of the academic community to foster such research and dialogue and to build bridges of understanding between the faith traditions.


January 24, 2018, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm, @ Jordan United Church of Christ, Click here for brochure Pre-Lent Brochure

2018 Minicourse
Understanding Otherness Within Religious Communities, Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,
January 25 - February 15, 2018. Seegers Union, GQ Annex. Click IJCU 2018 Minicourse for registration form.


New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, a play by David Ives
Muhlenberg College students, directed by Charles Richter
7:00 pm, Saturday, February 3, 2018
Congregation Keneseth Israel
$18 adults; call 610-435-9074 for reservations
Faith and reason, tradition and change, individual and society, integrity and survival -- all these are part of the mix in David Ives' compelling presentation of a key moment in the history of the Jewish community and of Christian-Jewish relations.

This event is coordinated with the free Spinioza forum on Feb 6, but either one can be enjoyed individually.


A Forum on Baruch de Spinoza
Prof. Tad Robinson, Philosophy, Muhlenberg College
7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Hoffman House Dining Room

Free and open to the public

Explore the background of the story presented in New Jerusalem, and the profound transformations in thought and society that emerged in Spinoza's time and through his legacy.  This event is coordinated with the New Jerusalem play reading Feb 3 (for which tickets are necessary), but either one can be enjoyed individually.


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2013 Bronfman Family Foundation Lecture by Peter A. Pettit "From Crisis to Covenant: Rethinking a Narrative for Israel" (Pettit follows Yossi Klein Halevi at approx. 00:32 in the video)

The IJCU's program inclement weather cancellation policy:  For cancellation information pertaining to the weather, we follow the Allentown School District policy. School closings can also be heard on various local radio stations such as FM 104.1, 100.7, or WFMZ TV Channel 69 or on their website.

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