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 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

 

 

CCJ was founded in 1942, by Chief Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz and Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, among others, in the midst of growing awareness of the Holocaust and rising antisemitism in the UK. Since then, CCJ has established itself as the leading nationwide forum for Jewish-Christian engagement.

We are proud that Her Majesty the Queen has been the Patron of CCJ since 1952.

In October 2017 CCJ began a year of celebrations for our 75th anniversary. The anniversary theme was: “How Good It Is To Dwell Together”

This quote, derived loosely from Psalm 133 which states “behold how good and how pleasant it is that brothers dwell together”, was a natural starting point when considering how we wanted to frame celebrations for CCJ’s 75th anniversary.

For three quarters of a century, CCJ has been a leading player in interfaith engagement. It has provided an open tent for people to come together, share ideas, learn about one another and build a stronger, more tolerant society.

Dwelling together does not require assimilation, conversion or complete cohesion. Rather it demands the opposite – that we are able to live together despite our differences, open to conversation and invigorated by each other’s differing experiences and practices. It provides space to celebrate our similarities and the values that we share, while acknowledging that diversity is what makes dwelling together so rewarding, so valuable, so pleasant, so good.

As we reflect on 75 years of transforming relations between Christians and Jews, we reaffirm our commitment to these values and once again invite everyone, of all faiths and none, into our open tent to strengthen our communities through education, dialogue and social action.