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Reflecting on the 2019 Yad Vashem Seminar

Posted Oct 1st, 2019

The 2019 Yad Vashem Holocaust educational seminar personified participative intercultural transformation. What does that mean?  Well: jump-in and be part of the discussion, enjoy the fun and laughter, and the sheer gentle kindness of each other, whilst pausing in awed surprise at our genuine differences from each other. Read more

Rosh Hashanah

Posted Sep 26th, 2019

This Sunday evening marks the start of the two day Jewish New Year festival Rosh Hashanah. The Hebrew word Rosh Hashanah translates as “the head of the year” and commemorates the anniversary of the world’s creation and the beginning of humanity[1]. Read more

Tisha B’av

Posted Aug 8th, 2019

This Sunday marks one of the saddest days on the Jewish calendar Tisha B’av. The Hebrew word Tisha B’av translates as the 9th day of the Hebrew month Av, a date which throughout Jewish history has come to manifest tragedy and disaster[1]. Read more

Good and Bad News: a sermon after visiting Israel-Palestine

Posted Jul 17th, 2019

Based on a sermon delivered at West London Synagogue by Rabbi David Mitchell*

 

What do you want first, the good news of the bad news? I have good news which should reassure you and bad news which should trouble you. I’m afraid that you’re going to get both, but which would you prefer first?

(The congregation chose to hear the bad news first)

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How do Christians see themselves in their new relationship with Jews?

Posted Jul 17th, 2019

A keynote lecture delivered by CCJ Chair, Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, at the International Council of Christians and Jews conference 2019

 

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Interfaith Group on March of the Living

Posted May 10th, 2019

As one of a dozen senior faith leaders, I took part in a pioneering interfaith delegation to this year’s March of the Living in Poland.  The trip is an intensive 5-day tour of the sites of the Nazi Holocaust – Warsaw, Kracow and the death camps of Majdanek, Belzec and Auschwitz.  It culminates in a walk on Yom HaShoah (the Jewish day of Holocaust Remembrance) by 15,000 people from Auschwitz to Read more

Passover: how we think about the Exodus

Posted Apr 12th, 2019

The Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, begins next Friday evening. Passover commemorates the Exodus from Egypt, and the journey of the Israelites from slavery to freedom. During the festival, Jews experience both of those extremes. We recall our ancestors’ oppression in Egypt by eating matzah, unleavened bread, for the duration of the festival. Read more

How to preach during Holy Week

Posted Apr 4th, 2019

The Revd Nathan Eddy is completing a PhD in Hebrew Bible. He lives in London where he is active in Jewish-Christian dialogue and is the editor of the devotional book ‘Fresh from the Word: Bible for a Change’.

 

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St George’s College – Sharing Perspectives

Posted Mar 29th, 2019

For the past 20 years I’ve visited Israel on family holidays and special occasions, at times meeting relatives and friends or just lying in the Eilat sun. But nothing prepared me for the remarkable 9-day journey hosted by St George’s College Jerusalem called ‘Sharing Perspectives: Jews, Christians, Muslims – Three Faiths in Conversation.’

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Where is God in the Purim story?

Posted Mar 14th, 2019

It has always been puzzling that God is not mentioned once in the book of Esther – and yet it is still a fully-fledged Biblical book! Jewish tradition has a couple of different ways of resolving this issue.

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