Our Vision
The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) is the leading nationwide forum for Christian-Jewish engagement:

  • celebrating the history and diversity of both communities,
  • facilitating constructive dialogue,
  • enabling meaningful learning experiences; and
  • providing opportunities for transformative change.

This engagement takes place in communities across UK through our 35 branches as well as through our programmes.

There are three tranches to CCJ’s programmatic work: Education, Dialogue and Social Action.
When facilitating Christian-Jewish engagement, CCJ ensures that the following core values remain central:

  • Promoting understanding
  • Valuing difference
  • Demonstrating empathy and respect
  • Challenging prejudices

Our Teams
Her Majesty the Queen has been the Patron of CCJ since 1943.
CCJ has 10 Presidents comprised of the heads of the Jewish Movements and Christian denominations within the UK. CCJ also has 14 Vice Presidents who play an active role in the work of CCJ.
The Chair of CCJ is the Rt Revd Nigel Ipgrave OBE and there are 14 additional Trustees.
Dr Jane Clements is the Director of CCJ and is assisted by a Deputy Director, Elisabeth Harris-Sawczenko.

Vice Presidents

Our History
CCJ was founded in 1942 by Chief Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz and Archbishop William Temple.

Information about our Branches can be found here.