On Holocaust Remembrance

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I begin this statement on the HMDT ceremony by a recollection of my 19-year-old self. I worked in Cambodia in an office in Phnom Penh in 2014 and 2015. One thing that has changed me since is an anonymous message left in a visitor’s book at the Choeung Ek Killing Fields, about a 30-minute drive… Read more »

Tu BiShvat: a New Year for Trees

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‘Are trees of the field human?’ Deuteronomy 20:19 On 31 January, Jews will celebrate the minor festival of Tu BiShvat: the New Year for Trees. Those who have not encountered Tu BiShvat before may find the concept of a new year for trees a rather odd one. Why should we celebrate a new year for… Read more »

‘I remember sitting on my grandfather’s knee while he reminisced about the Second World War’

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Kamila Skupień, who is on an internship at the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel), offers a Polish perspective on what it means to remember the tragedies of war and European politics in the twentieth century. Picture: Kamila speaking to Eva Schloss MBE. Credit: Marc Morris At CCJ’s recent launch event… Read more »

Reflections on Chanukah

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The festival of Chanukah begins this year on 12 December and lasts for eight nights. Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. Jews around the world will gather to light candles, play traditional games, and eat festive foods. Traditionally a minor festival, Chanukah has gained more prominence in modern times, as its message… Read more »

Jewish and Christian Encounters at Magdala in the Galilee

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By Jean Smallwood, Church of England Licensed Lay Minister and participant in CCJ’s Yad Vashem seminar 2016   In November 2016 I joined the Council of Christians and Jews’ annual seminar to Yad Vashem. On a day off over the weekend we enjoyed a day trip to the Galilee. We had been delayed and we… Read more »