I have had a wonderful time as an intern at the CCJ office during August. The work I have done has been varied, including updating areas of the website and social media, writing articles and commentaries and compiling resources for Student Training, Holocaust Memorial Day and the social action project for refugees.
Having previously been a CCJ Student Leader, I had some prior knowledge of CCJ’s work, but this internship has given me greater insight into the range of CCJ’s projects. The team have been very considerate in allowing me to work on several aspects of their work, despite the short length of the internship. The time span of interning for 10 days spread over the course of a month has been a valuable feature of this internship, giving me time to reflect and do relevant reading in the intervening days.
One of the most challenging tasks I undertook was writing a commentary on the set readings for churches on Holocaust Memorial Day, for inclusion within a wider resource. With one passage historically used to claim the Jewish people’s rejection of Jesus (Luke 4), contributing to 2000 years of Christian anti-Semitism, I was tasked with writing a commentary that articulated the role Christians can play in commemorating the Holocaust and tackling anti-Semitism. This exercise developed my ability to write about complex and emotive matters to deadlines, and I valued the opportunity to provide reflection on New Testament passages in light of Holocaust Memorial Day and the importance of interfaith dialogue.
In addition to being based in the CCJ office, I was based at the CCJ library at Southwark Cathedral for two days of my internship, where I assisted the team in unpacking, sorting and shelving books. Once the majority of books were unpacked and categorised, my work focused on the Israel-Palestine section of the library; through reading blurbs and flicking through books and journals on the conflict from a range of perspectives, I absorbed greater awareness of key issues and events within the conflict’s history. I was struck by the depth of the library as a resource into both Christian and Jewish history, theology and culture, as well as Christian-Jewish relations, and I am looking forward to furthering my knowledge and interest in these areas after my internship.
The friendly welcome and encouragement I have received from the CCJ staff has made my internship all the more enjoyable. I am very grateful for this opportunity to have worked as an Intern with the CCJ staff team, and wish them all the best for the coming year.