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 »

CCJ Scholar-In-Residence Dr Lindsay Simmonds on Hanukah

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Hanukah – A tool for moral education   Hanukah is the celebration of both the miracle of a small jar of purified oil lasting eight days rather than one, and the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks during the Second Temple period in Jerusalem (in approximately 200BCE). It was established by the rabbinic authorities at… Read more »

CCJ Student Leader Alumnus Sophie Mitchell on Advent

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Advent: The waiting game   Christmas day, along with Easter day, is the most important day in the Christian calendar. In Western society, it is hard to avoid Christmas… It is everywhere! Filling the shops, the adverts and every conversation possible, it is difficult to avoid Christmas… For most people, Christmas has become a season… Read more »