Welcoming the stranger

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This piece by student rabbi Iris Ferreira marks the end of her placement with CCJ.   Throughout history and in all civilisations, strangers could be perceived either as a threat or as fellow human beings that we had to treat as equals. This tension between fear and empathy towards the stranger can be evidenced in… Read more »

Interfaith on Campus: Its necessity today

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People ask me why I’m interested in interfaith being an atheist. My family is not involved in faith or interfaith being non-practicing Anglicans. I’m from a small town with little to no diversity in faith or any matters. I don’t know is the honest answer what drew me to interfaith. I have always had an… Read more »

CCJ launches Safe Car Wash resource to tackle modern slavery

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Modern Slavery is a growing issue in the UK, with thousands of victims hidden in plain sight. Some of these people are working in hand car washes, where police raids have uncovered victims living in appalling conditions. CCJ, in partnership with the Clewer Initiative, are working to end modern slavery at hand car washes. We… Read more »

Between the Straits

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We are now in that part of the Jewish year known as the Three Weeks, or Bein HaMetzarim. The Three Weeks begin on the fast day of 17 Tammuz, the day the Romans breached Jerusalem’s city walls, and end with another fast day – Tisha B’Av, when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. Between the… Read more »

Shavuot and the Book of Ruth

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Shavuot, which falls this year on 19 May, celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It is also one of the three Pilgrimage festivals: in Temple times, people would bring offerings from the wheat harvest to the Temple in Jerusalem. The traditional reading for Shavuot is the Book of Ruth. The Book tells… Read more »