Tisha B’av

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This Sunday marks one of the saddest days on the Jewish calendar Tisha B’av. The Hebrew word Tisha B’av translates as the 9th day of the Hebrew month Av, a date which throughout Jewish history has come to manifest tragedy and disaster[1]. Many observe the day by practicing customs of mourning such as fasting and… Read more »

CCJ statement on the CST’s record high Antisemitic Incidents Report

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CCJ is deeply concerned by the CST Antisemitic Incidents Report for the first half of 2019 that is the highest number on record. This is the third consecutive year that CST has recorded an increase in antisemitic incidents. CST Chief Executive David Delew stated how this problem “reflects deepening divisions in our society and…will take… Read more »

Good and Bad News: a sermon after visiting Israel-Palestine

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Based on a sermon delivered at West London Synagogue by Rabbi David Mitchell*   What do you want first, the good news of the bad news? I have good news which should reassure you and bad news which should trouble you. I’m afraid that you’re going to get both, but which would you prefer first?… Read more »

How do Christians see themselves in their new relationship with Jews?

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A keynote lecture delivered by CCJ Chair, Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, at the International Council of Christians and Jews conference 2019   I will focus in this presentation on Christian self-perception in light of our new relationship with Jews, and not on the self-perception of Jewish people; nor will I spend time mapping… Read more »