Statement on Christians in Gaza

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CCJ notes with concern that Christians in Gaza will not be permitted to visit Bethlehem for worship this Christmas for the first time. We recognise the importance of Israeli security concerns.  At the same time, freedom of worship is essential for faith communities and it is particularly important for Christians to pray and visit the… Read more »

CCJ Statement on antisemitism concerns at the University of Warwick

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CCJ is disturbed by the recent comments made during a lecture at Warwick University. It is troubling that concerns about antisemitism were dismissed as being part of an “Israeli lobby”. This conspiracy theory seeks to whitewash incidents of antisemitism and prevent them from being taken seriously. It is appalling that such an antisemitic trope was… Read more »

CCJ statement on the passing of Archbishop Gregorios

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Archbishop Gregorios (1928-2019)   The Council of Christians and Jews wishes to share its condolences with the family of Archbishop Gregorios, former Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, and with the entire Greek Orthodox community in the United Kingdom.   His Eminence Gregorios greatly enriched interfaith relations through his 30-year-long career as Archbishop. He was… Read more »

CCJ SE London Branch Meeting 5th November 2019 – ‘Growing Up in the Country of Anne Frank’ A  Talk  by Rabbi Chava Koster

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On Tuesday 5th November, Rabbi Chava Koster told us the extraordinarily rich story of Dutch Jewry at a different level.   The Amsterdam community grew to be significant from the remnants of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities (the Sephardi Jews, the Jews from Spain) and the Jewish converts (“conversos”), who were welcomed to Amsterdam… Read more »

Rabbi Mason’s Sermon on Yom Kippur Day

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Yom Kippur Day 5780 A few years ago in one of my Yom Kippur sermons, I told you the story of the rabbi who said he didn’t fast on Yom Kippur and the 9th of Av – you remember don’t you! Here it is: His closest disciples once approached a great Chassidic Rebbe, known to… Read more »