|Welcome to the website of the
Council of Christians and Jews WA!
The Council of Christians and Jews WA Inc.
(CCJWA) was inaugurated in 1995 as a non-profit organisation with its
Constitution (amended 2009). CCJWA forms
the Western Australian chapter of the
Australian Council of Christians
and Jews which was first launched in Victoria in 1985.
The original Council of
Christians and Jews was established in Britain in 1942 as a means of
addressing the ghastliness of Nazi anti-semitism. The Council is now
an international body, the
Council of Christians and Jews, with the centre of this network
located in Germany.
CCJWA is endorsed by
five religious communities and the religious leaders of those
communities, as detailed below, are joint and active presidents of the
The Rabbi, Perth Hebrew Congregation
The Rabbi Temple David Congregation
The Anglican Archbishop of Perth
The Catholic Archbishop of Perth
The Moderator, Synod
of Western Australia, Uniting Church in Australia
The Council is not a
missionary organisation; neither is it a political organisation. The purpose of the
Council is to promote religious openness leading to a deeper
understanding and mutual respect for the beliefs and practices of both Jews and
Christians and to promote reconciliation, relationship and cooperation
through dialogue, education, research and communication.
objectives are extremely relevant to life
in contemporary Australia, particularly now that anti-semitism is
again on the rise in our modern world, and where religious tolerance
is a necessary fundamental value in our multicultural society.
The symbols of the
CCJWA logo which represent the two groups, Christians and Jews, serve as a reminder of the terrible suffering inflicted on the
Jewish people and that it is imperative to work together to prevent it
from ever being repeated.
"Behold how good
and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"