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14/04/2014 12:00am
Pesach (Passover) is the annual festival of the liberation of the People of Israel from slavery in Egypt, as recorded in Exodus. The 'seder' - the ordered ritual meal on 1st and 2nd nights - is laden with meaning of practical and spiritual liberation. Pesach requires a lot of preparation as homes must be free of all 'chametz' - yeast and yeast-containing produce. Pesach lasts for 8 days, although work can be performed on days 3-7 (2-7 in Israel).
28/04/2014 7:30pm
CCJ Oxford and Oxford Jewish Congregation join together in this solemn remembrance of the Holocaust. Testimony, music and Hebrew prayers are woven together in this moving ceremony. Post event refreshments.
30/04/2014 8:00pm
Jacob Vince of Christian Friends of Israel will give an overview of varying views and the information they draw upon. This will also be CCJ Staines AGM.
07/05/2014 2:30pm
Speaker: Robert Feather. A talk about the spear that pierced the side of Jesus.
 

Prime Minister Congratulates CCJ on 70th anniversary

The Prime Minister has stressed the importance of interfaith work in helping to ensure that Britain’s diverse society is healthy and charitable in preventing conflict and promoting collaboration.
CCJ 70th Anniversary Reception at Downing Street
Speaking at a reception to mark the end of the 70th anniversary year of the Council of Christians and Jews at No 10 Downing Street, David Cameron acknowledged the CCJ’s role as a leading faith organisation which has inspired other similar organisations working for interfaith and community understanding and tolerance – one replicated in more than 30 countries worldwide.

The Prime Minister said: “There is hope for the future, particularly if people can follow the example of charities like your own.  This government is trying to put charities, charitable groups, and charitable giving on a whole different footing. Right across the board you can see that we are saying you’re not the third sector - we believe charities have a huge role in delivering great public services.

“It’s what I call the Big Society – the idea that there’s a huge space between government and the individual that can be filled by organisations, faith-based organisations perhaps in particular, that can deliver great public services, that can do great things in terms of tackling some of the problems of our time.” 

CCJ Vice-Chairman, Maurice Ostro, whose father, Max, survived the Holocaust with the help of individual acts of kindness from Christians who risked their lives to do so, explained how the CCJ was established during the darkest days of the Second World War. In October 1942 the then Chief Rabbi and Archbishop of Canterbury came together to form the organisation and it quickly mushroomed as a popular movement that proved to be both innovative and creative.

He presented the Prime Minister with a pair of cufflinks with stones that he discovered in Max’s personal collection after he passed away. The stones represent Max’s work in developing his business from humble beginnings in London many decades ago. None of this would have been possible if not for the help of Christians during the war who enabled him to escape the Nazi destruction and the atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance in the UK engendered by the governments and leaders of this country towards not just the Jewish faith, but all minority faiths in the UK.

He said: “This celebration has come at the end of a year of commemorative events – starting with a reception attended by Her Majesty The Queen who has been our Patron since 1952, and Prince Philip, and culminating today with the Prime Minister. It is gratifying to see the fantastic support for our vision from supporters around the country and around the world.”

After the reception, guests attended a celebratory dinner at St James’ Palace and enjoyed a performance by cellist, Julian Lloyd-Webber. Earlier a number of CCJ supporters enjoyed a private tour of the Palace of Westminster.
 
Photo: (L-R) Rt Revd Albert Bogle, Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira & Great Britain, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, Rabbi Danny Rich, Prime Minister David Cameron, CCJ Trustee, Christopher Moran, Archbishop Vincent of Westminster, Rt Revd Michael Heaney, Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield at Downing Street reception to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Council of Christians and Jews
 
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