In the Bleak Midwinter: Christmas in a time of challenge

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One of my favourite Christmas carols is In the Bleak Midwinter. As a hymn it contains none of the celebration of Joy to the World or the confidence of Hark the Herald Angels Sing or even perhaps the cultural popularity of Silent Night. It can, I think—particularly to Holst’s beautiful setting—be best described as mournful,… Read more »

CCJ Presidents reaffirm commitment to CCJ’s core mission

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At the closure of the Council of Christians and Jews’ (CCJ’s) 75th Anniversary year, the Presidents of CCJ have re-affirmed their commitment to CCJ’s core mission. Read their full affirmation statement: The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) was founded in 1942 out of the crisis of civilisation that was the Second World War. Our… Read more »

On the 80th anniversaries of Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport

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Two weeks ago I returned from Yad Vashem where every year, at the International School of Holocaust Studies, CCJ leads a seminar for Christian clergy and church leaders. I am delighted that so many participants from 12 seminars over 11 years have been able to attend our commemoration this morning. In their communities around the… Read more »

In memory of Edith Gold z’l

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As a gap year student I spent a year on Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. The kibbutz was literally built by the hands of kinder, brought first to the UK on the Kindertransport and several years later to Israel, after spending time on a farm in Essex that prepared them for farming life on a… Read more »