Who we are

Our Patron

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been the Patron of the Council of Christians and Jews since 1952, making us one of the first charities to which Her Majesty ever pledged her Patronage. We are very proud to have the UK’s longest reigning monarch as our Patron.

Her Majesty was the guest of honour at CCJ's 70th anniversary celebration. To watch a video from the event please click here. 

Image: Joel Rouse

Presidents

Archbishop of Canterbury

The Rt Hon and Most Rev’d Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury

The Rt Hon and Most Rev’d Justin Welby

Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain

His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas

Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain

His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

The Right Rev Dr Martin Fair

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

The Right Rev Dr Martin Fair

Moderator of the Free Churches

Rev’d Dr Hugh Osgood

Moderator of the Free Churches

Rev’d Dr Hugh Osgood

Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Spiritual Head, Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation

Rabbi Joseph Dweck

Spiritual Head, Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation

Rabbi Joseph Dweck

Chief Executive, Liberal Judaism

Rabbi Charley Baginsky

Chief Executive, Liberal Judaism

Rabbi Charley Baginsky

Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Trustees

Chair

Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE Bishop of Lichfield

Vice Chair

Maurice Ostro OBE

Vice Chair

Lord Michael Farmer

Treasurer

Andrew Mainz

Treasurer

Duncan Irvine

Zaki Cooper

Michael Hockney MBE

Lord Howard of Lympne CH QC

Honorary Secretary

The Revd Patrick Moriarty

Vivian Wineman

Honorary Secretary

Rabbi David Mason

Sister Teresa Brittain

Lord Kevin Shinkwin

Tom Daniel

Rt Revd Sarah Bullock

Team

Interim Director

Revd Dr Nathan Eddy

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Interim Director

Revd Dr Nathan Eddy

Nathan has worked as a university chaplain and as a minister in the United Reformed Church. He recently earned a PhD in Hebrew Bible from Luther King House, accredited by the University of Manchester, and is passionate about Jewish and Christian approaches to the Bible and to how Christians and Jews can work together in Britain today.  He lives with his wife Clare, an Anglican vicar, on the Lisson Green estate in West London.

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Campus Leadership Manager

Katharine Crew

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Campus Leadership Manager

Katharine Crew

Katharine Crew is CCJ’s Campus Leadership Manager, and has been running the Campus Leadership Programme since its inception in 2016. She has won a 21for21 Award in recognition of her university interfaith work. Katharine is an active member of the Methodist Church and is training as a Local Preacher.

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Christian Programme Manager

James Roberts

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Christian Programme Manager

James Roberts

Alongside his role as programme manager, James is currently finishing off his DPhil at the University of Oxford, where he works on the theological writings of Mother Maria Skobtsova (a Russian Orthodox nun who rescued Jews in the Second World War). Prior to joining CCJ he worked as an Associate at the social consultancy group, the Good Faith Partnership. James also has experience working in churches, firstly in the Diocese in Europe and then in Oxford, after studying theology at the University of St Andrews. James is passionate about interfaith dialogue, theological studies, and connecting faith communities to work for social change.

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Jewish Programme Manager

Avigail Simmonds-Rosten

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Jewish Programme Manager

Avigail Simmonds-Rosten

Avigail received an extensive Jewish textual education at Midreshet Lindenbaum, a Seminary in Jerusalem, for two years, where she studied Talmud, Bible, Jewish Law and Philosophy. Avigail recieved a first class honours in her History BA from the University of Cambridge, specialising in intellectual history and relationships between Jews and Christians in Britain in the 18th-19th centuries. Avigail lives in North London with her husband and attends Magen Avot synagogue.

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Inclusion and Diversity Project Manager

Theo Shaw

Inclusion and Diversity Project Manager

Theo Shaw

Operations Manager

Robert Wadsworth

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Operations Manager

Robert Wadsworth

Robert’s role is varied but a large part of it is ensuring CCJ and its projects run smoothly. He’s also responsible for memberships so if you have a question please just let him know! His email is cjrelations@ccj.org.uk

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Financial Controller

Jay Serrao BBM, MA IBM

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Financial Controller

Jay Serrao BBM, MA IBM

Jay joined CCJ in September 2014 as Finance Manager bringing 15 years of experience with him. He is a member of the IMA, holds a Masters in International Business (Thesis Environmental Accounting) and a Bachelors in Business Management (Distinction). 

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Scholar-In-Residence

Dr Steve Innes

Scholar-In-Residence

Dr Steve Innes

Scholar-In-Residence

Dr Lindsay Simmonds

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Scholar-In-Residence

Dr Lindsay Simmonds

Dr Lindsay Simmonds is a Research Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) where she has lectured, written and convened courses for almost 20 years, focussing on women in Biblical narrative, the Talmud and Jewish Law. She has also lectured for Kings’ College London, the United Synagogue and at Jewish communities throughout the UK. She speaks at national and international conferences on Judaism and Gender and is involved in several UK projects promoting orthodox Jewish women’s ritual participation and leadership.

Additionally, Lindsay is involved in several national and international interfaith projects, including co-chair of her local Jewish-Moslem Women’s Network Nisa-Nashim and a trustee for the Abraham Initiatives UK.

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