This March we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Council of Christians and Jews, the oldest national interfaith organization in the UK. The organization has had a profound effect on Jewish-Christian relations, both in the UK and internationally.

While CCJ may be a relatively small organization, its anniversary was recognized by Her Majesty The Queen, its patron, who recently attended a function in London to celebrate the occasion. The organization seeks to develop understanding and mutual respect between the Christian and Jewish communities. Key challenges addressed include anti-Semitism, proselytizing, the politics of Israel and the Middle East and advocating a shared ethical agenda. The phrase “Judeo-Christian heritage” is commonly used and it was no surprise to me, at the launch of National Marriage Week at the British Parliament recently, to find myself in the company of leading, committed Christians.

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