The CCJ works with Christians, Jews and members of other faith communities who are approaching inter-faith dialogue. The idea was orginally conceived at a lunch in Manchester in November 1941 and the inaugural meeting took place, without publicity, under the auspices of Chief Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz and Archbishop William Temple, the Council's co-founders, in March 1942. The CCJ is the United Kingdom's oldest national inter-faith organisation, celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2012.

Since CCJ was founded and, in particular, since the end of the Second World War, Christians have sought ways in which they can reach out to their Jewish brothers and sisters. Today, CCJ works to create constructive dialogue between Jews and Christians on a wide variety of topics, including the Israel-Palestine situation and the global economic crisis. CCJ continues to work tirelessly to combat anti-semitism and intolerance, working with a variety of Christian, Jewish and secular community groups.


CCJ Manchester is co-chaired by the Revd. Canon Steve Williams, Parish Priest of St Gabriel's Prestwich and the Bishop of Manchester's Interfaith Adviser, and Mr. David Arnold, Holocaust educator and former President of the Jewish Representative Council.

We have a very strong and devoted committee who meet regularly to discuss interfaith issues and to plan a variety of events which aim to strengthen existing dialogue and encourage it afresh. 

Among our many events, we regularly organise group visits to churches and synagogues, so let us know if this is something you'd be interested in. We want to hear from you, so tell us what kind of events you would like us to organise and contact us if you would like to be involved. 

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Website created and maintained by Francesca Frazer, CCJ committee member and ICCJ International Abrahamic Forum Project Coordinator: https://twitter.com/abrahamicforum