The Leeds branch of the Council of Christians and Jews was formed in 1946. It was one of the earliest provincial branches to be created and it is the oldest interfaith organisation in Leeds, whose Jewish population is the third largest in the United Kingdom.
Its principal yearly event is the Annual Public Lecture (“APL”), usually held in the Autumn after the Jewish High Holy Days. The function generally takes place in in the presence of the Lord Mayor at the Leeds Civic Hall demonstrating the strong support of the Local Authority for the aims of CCJ.
Recent Speakers at the APL have included Lord Dyson (former Master of the Rolls), Sir Malcolm Rifkind (former Foreign Secretary), and Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor (formerly John Mann MP), who is the government’s Independent Advisor on antisemitism.
There are other events throughout the year. Interesting and varied speakers and subjects together with the best attended function, a Concert involving the pupils of three local primary schools. The last Concert took place just before lockdown in front of a packed appreciative audience, largely consisting of proud parents and grandparents!
Since the onset of the pandemic, meetings have been held by Zoom which have thus been available to members of CCJ wherever they live in the UK.
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Wednesday 17th March 2021, 8.00 p.m. Talk by Carl Evans, entitled “Passover Experiences Around the World”
Wednesday 14th April 2021, 8.00 p.m. Talk by Rev George Lane and Alan Benstock entitled “Looking for God….No, just the car park” - the work of the Airport Chaplains
Registration details are on application and can be found in the weekly CCJ newsletters. Sign up to the CCJ newsletter list by clicking here.