A CCJ study day in Leicester, led by Rabbi Mark Solomon and CCJ Programme Manager Fiona Hulbert, was part of CCJ's contribution to Interfaith Week 2013. It was attended by 27 Christian clergy and other leaders from the Leicester area. Sessions on the history of Christian-Jewish relations and the development of Rabbinic Judaism stimulated active discussion, while many were touched by Rabbi Mark's talk on 'Christ through Jewish eyes'.
Eight of the group went on to attend the evening Shabbat Service at Leicester Progressive Synagogue, where they were made to feel very welcome. Rabbi Mark led the service, and everyone was very pleased to have the opportunity to worship with the congregation. Several commented afterwards that it had been a most memorable time of worship.
Fiona Hulbert said 'We were very pleased to return to Leicester to run a second study day, and to have so many local clergy engage with issues in Christian-Jewish relations. It is so important that we are aware of our mutual history as we work together for greater harmony in the future'.
The study day was run in partnership with the St Philip's Centre, Leicester, as part of CCJ's Near Neighbours programme.