CCJ works in three areas: Education, Dialogue and Social Action together with key stakeholders: branch members who represent us in every corner of the UK, future CCJ leaders (students and young adults); Christian and Jewish clergy of all denominations, and Christian and Jewish communities working together through innovative social action programmes.
CCJ hosts educational seminars and events and provides educational materials on a broad range of issues to foster respect and understanding between members of different faith communities.
CCJ’s educational work covers a wide variety of topics, but applies particular focus to the following areas:
- Antisemitism is sadly on the rise in Europe and in 2014 the Community Security Trust recorded more antisemitic incidents than ever. As a response to attacks in Europe and UK data, CCJ has started a wide ranging initiative entitled ‘Still an Issue’ : A Christian-Jewish response to antisemitism, to keep stakeholders informed on developments as well as to engage a broad group of Christian and Jewish activists to respond to events as necessary in real time.
- Holocaust At a time when there are fewer survivors, there is a greater need to find new ways of educating people about the Holocaust. CCJ leads annual seminars for parliamentarians and Christian Clergy at the Holocaust Education Institute in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem. We also work closely with the Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) Trust and produce liturgical material for the benefit of Christian clergy wishing to lead HMD services in collaboration with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). Many CCJ branches also hold HMD events and take an active role in facilitating Holocaust education in their communities. To access CCJ’s liturgical materials for Christians marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, please click here.
- Education about Israel and Israel/Palestine is an issue of paramount importance for Jewish-Christian relations. CCJ operates as a forum; to that end it we encourage encounters with as many voices as possible on the issue and from the region to broaden education. We have good links with a variety of partners, both in Israel, Palestine and the UK. We educate about Christian and Jewish concerns for the people of the region, including the rich fabric of Israeli society. We are also engaged in taking various delegations on interfaith trips to Israel and the West Bank, where we will facilitate encounters with a broad range of voices.