Annual Report by President of NSW CCJ, Jenny van Proctor

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Distinguished guests, religious leaders, ladies and gentlemen and friends, it is with great pleasure that I take the opportunity to speak to you about the highlights of our last year in the NSW CCJ and my first year as President. • We are delighted to see some younger members join and take on an active […]

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Jewish community condemns incident at Muslim school

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies condemns the incident at Al-Faisal College which saw young children take cover beneath their desks while a knife-wielding intruder allegedly threatened staff and students on the College campus. It is unconscionable that any children should be terrorised for any reason, least of all because of the faith or culture […]

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Reach out to the Muslim community, we’re all Aussies together

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Denis Hart, The Australian September 26, 2014 Denis Hart is Archbishop of Melbourne and president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. BRUTAL attacks by the forces of Islamic State on Christian, Yazidi, Muslim and other religious and ethnic minorities in northern Iraq continue to be a deep concern. We can feel so remote from the […]

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Christians and Jews warn democracy and its values under threat

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The Australian Council of Christians and Jews (ACCJ), the oldest established interfaith organisation in Australia, says that despite the real possibility of a return to the state of fear that led to the Cronulla riots, legislators should not consider even the possibility of torture in response. ACCJ President William Szekely said lessons learned in religious […]

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Prayers for Peace in the Middle East, A Pastoral Letter from Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney President of the Uniting Church Assembly

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ I ask you join me in prayer for a lasting peace in the Middle East in the face of continuing violence there in recent weeks. Please pray with me for an end to hostilities in Gaza, an end to the loss of innocent civilian lives, and an end to […]

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ACCJ STATEMENT ON THE CURRENT HOSTILITIES IN ISRAEL AND GAZA

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The Australian Council of Christians and Jews (ACCJ) is an organisation which seeks to foster dialogue, diversity, respect and understanding of the other between the Jewish and Christian traditions, within each of the Jewish and Christian communities and the community at large. In the face of the tragic loss of innocent civilian lives in Gaza […]

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Peres to Pope Francis: Extremists are the cause of suffering in Gaza

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Pope Francis telephoned President Shimon Peres on Friday to ask him to deliver a message of peace to the people of Israel and the region as a whole. The pope called on everyone to exercise restraint and to strive for peace in the face of the Gazan crisis. He said he was particularly concerned that […]

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Terror in Paris: ACCJ Condemns Attack on Synagogue Perpetrated by Pro-Hamas Demonstrators

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

On Sunday July 13, clashes erupted in Paris as thousands of people protested against Israel’s Operation Protective Edge and in support of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Rioters surrounded the Don Yitzchak Abarbanel Synagogue and threw rocks into the house of worship. Media reports said that hundreds of Jews were trapped inside the synagogue and […]

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Pope Francis demands justice for Jewish centre attack victims

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Pope Francis has demanded justice for the victims of a bomb attack against a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires exactly 20 years ago. In a recorded video to mark the anniversary, the Pope described the attack as an “act of madness”. Eighty-five people were killed in the attack, which was masterminded by Iran, according to […]

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Christian and Jewish Relations: A Progress Report

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Christian and Jewish relations entered a significant new phase after World War II, in recognition of the unprecedented tragedy of the Holocaust (Shoah). Among the influential documents of this new phase are the founding Statement of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), The Ten Points of Seelisburg (1947), reproduced as Appendix 1, and […]

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