Who we are

Our Patron (1952-2022)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the Patron of the Council of Christians and Jews in 1952, making us one of the first charities to which Her Majesty ever pledged her Patronage. We are very proud to have had 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.

Read the CCJ statement on the passing of HM the Queen here.

 

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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

Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Rev Fiona Smith

Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Rev Fiona Smith

Moderator of the Free Churches

Revd Helen Cameron

Moderator of the Free Churches

Revd Helen Cameron

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

CEO of the Movement of Reform Judaism

Rabbi Josh Levy

CEO of the Movement of Reform Judaism

Rabbi Josh Levy

Trustees

Chair

Rt Revd Sarah Bullock

Vice Chair

Lord Michael Farmer

Treasurer

Duncan Irvine

Treasurer

Sue Nyman

Joint Honorary Secretary

The Revd Patrick Moriarty

Joint Honorary Secretary

Susan Siegel

Trustee

Sister Teresa Brittain

Trustee

Tom Daniel

Trustee

Elliot Steinberg

Trustee

Anna Tobin

Team

Co-Director

Revd Dr Nathan Eddy

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Co-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.

Email: Nathan.Eddy@ccj.org.uk

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Co-Director

Georgina Bye

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Co-Director

Georgina Bye

Since graduating from the University of Leeds, Georgina has worked and volunteered extensively in the Jewish community. For the first half of her career, she was focused on supporting University students across a range of campuses. Following this, she worked in the Jewish humanitarian aid sector before joining Mitzvah Day as Chief Executive. She is passionate about creating spaces where all identities and denominations are not only welcomed, but celebrated, and alongside this, building bridges between different faith communities. Georgina has spent significant time in Israel and also has experience in Holocaust Education.


Email: Georgina.Bye@ccj.org.uk

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Interim Assistant Director (Maternity Cover)

Dr James Roberts

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Interim Assistant Director (Maternity Cover)

Dr James Roberts

James is Senior Programme Manager at CCJ. He holds a DPhil (PhD) in modern theology from the University of Oxford, where he wrote on the theological writings of the Orthodox monastic and Righteous Among the Nations, Mother Maria Skobtsova. He is a member of the Interfaith Theological Advisory Group at Churches Together Britain & Ireland and is an Approved Tutor at the University of Winchester through Sarum College. 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.


 Email: James.Roberts@ccj.org.uk

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Programme Manager

Avigail Simmonds-Rosten

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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 received 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 is currently completing her masters in Law and lives in North London with her husband and daughter.

 


 Email: avigail.simmonds-rosten@ccj.org.uk

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Campus Leadership Manager

Beth Henwood

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Campus Leadership Manager

Beth Henwood

Over the last 3 years I have had the privilege of working with Near Neighbours at the St Philips Centre in Leicester. Near Neighbours is about bringing people together from different faiths and backgrounds and building understanding. 

I am looking forward to encouraging students in friendship and dialogue with others from different faiths in this role. University is a great opportunity to learn and meet a wide range of people. It will be an honour to help students share their faith with others.
 

In my free time, I love playing board games and being creative through art and crafts.


Email: Beth.Henwood@ccj.org.uk

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Campus Leadership Manager

Beth Williams

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Campus Leadership Manager

Beth Williams

I’m Beth a recent graduate in; sociology, philosophy, religion, and theology, and for my masters Interdisciplinary Biblical studies. Throughout university, I worked with many students from different age groups and faith backgrounds leading me to find an interest in young people’s lived experiences.

This interest continued into my masters research which focused on young adults’ experience of purity culture in evangelical Christianity.

From this, I was drawn to campus leadership to work with and be part of the lived experience at university in a faith-based context. Currently, I’m volunteering with St Peter’s House and studying chaplaincy with Luther King Centre. When not studying, working, or volunteering you can find me in an independent coffee shop or running away with the circus in an aerial hoop.


Email: Beth.Williams@ccj.org.uk

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Operations Manager

Lazzaro Pietragnoli

Operations Manager

Lazzaro Pietragnoli

Financial Controller

Jay Serrao BBM, MA IBM

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Financial Controller

Jay Serrao BBM, MA IBM

Jay is a CMA qualified Accountant with a Masters in International Business. He brings 20 years of financial experience to CCJ.

In addition to charity finance, his previous work includes market research, shipping, marketing and media.

Outside of work, Jay records and produces music.

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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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Scholar-In-Residence

Dr Steve Innes

Scholar-In-Residence

Dr Steve Innes

Scholar-In-Residence

Dr Tamra Wright

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Scholar-In-Residence

Dr Tamra Wright

Dr Tamra Wright is a specialist in contemporary Jewish philosophy, with particular research interests in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and post-Holocaust Jewish thought. Inspired by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, she is currently working on developing a 'new Mussar' based on Jewish sources, Positive Psychology and research in Behaviour Design. She is Curriculum Development Adviser at Faith in Leadership, Senior Adjunct Professor at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies.  Tamra is a Certified Tiny Habits Coach and a Mental Fitness coach with a special interest in supporting faith-based leaders. She also hosts an online Jewish learning community  at www.2020Torah.com.

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