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 »