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The Council of Christians and Jews Western Australia Inc. is part of the Australian Council of Christians and Jews. It has its own website with more information about its work:

www.ccjwa.org

The Genesis of the Council

In 1993, following the success of Councils of Christians and Jews both overseas and in other parts of Australia, local church bodies and Jewish communities were approached seeking their support in establishing a WA branch of the Council of Christians and Jews. Both the Orthodox and Liberal Jewish communities and three Churches - Anglican, Roman Catholic and Uniting - responded in the affirmative. Accordingly, in November 1993, a Working Group of representatives from all five communities was established. Its initial task was to develop a constitution and this was unanimously accepted by all five communities late in 1994. The Council of Christians and Jews, Western Australia was officially inaugurated on Monday, 4 September 1995. It was formally launched by the then Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency Major General Jeffreys, at the Jewish Centre. The Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Hon. David Malcolm, gave the keynote address before a large audience, including the five presidents, the Anglican Archbishop of Perth, the Catholic Archbishop of Perth, the Moderator of the Western Australian Synod of the Uniting Church, the Rabbi of Perth Hebrew Congregation, and the Rabbi of Temple David. Since that launch, the Council has endeavoured to run at least four events every year to facilitate its objectives.

The Council's Objectives are:

  • to promote the education of Christians and Jews so as to appreciate each other's distinctive beliefs and practices and their common ground
  • to promote the study of and research into historical, political, economic, social, religious and racial causes of conflicts between Christians and Jews;
  • to promote, for the benefit of the community, education in those fundamental ethical teachings common to Christianity and Judaism;
  • to provide a forum for the discussion of issues of common interest or concern between Christians and Jews;
  • and to act in Western Australia as the spokesbody on all matters that come within the purview and purpose of such a Council.

The Council is not a missionary organization neither is it a political organization; the aim is to promote dialogue.

 


  
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