Rabbi Dr. Margaret Jacobi talks about the significance of Tu Bishvat

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Tu Bishvat   Tu Bishvat is a festival whose time has come. Originally, it was simply a date for determining the age of trees and when their fruit could be eaten.  In 16th century Safed the ritual of the Tu Bishvat seder developed as a mystical celebration of the land and its produce.  After the… Read more »

Stand Together on Holocaust Memorial Day

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Remarks by Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, at CCJ’s Holocaust Memorial Day reception in the House of Lords, Monday 20 January 2020   Friends, I’d like to begin with a quote: “It is easier to be prejudiced towards a nameless group and to ‘other’ people you don’t know. It’s less… Read more »

A prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day

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This prayer and reflection were specially written by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, President of CCJ and Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism, for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020.   There inhabits over Birkenau seventy-five years afterwards, over the remains of electrified fences, over the wooden huts, shacks which testify to cold, disease, starvation and dying, over the cracked… Read more »

CCJ Student Leader Constantinos Rosca on Christmas

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Christmas- Being reborn The Christmas season for me as an Orthodox Christian is a new challenge every year. It is the challenge of whether I am prepared to be reborn, to experience my own renaissance together with the birth of Christ. Christmas is the second important feast day for the Orthodox Christian world, after Pascha… Read more »