Australia

Australian Council of Christians and Jews (ACCJ)

History

Country:
Australia

Organization name:
The Council of Christians and Jews, Western Australia Inc.

Year of establishment or foundation of the organization: 
1995

Brief history of the organization:
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 Western Australian 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, and the Council of Christians and Jews, Western Australia Inc. 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. Since that launch, the Council has endeavoured to run at least four events every year to facilitate its objectives.

Number of members (approx.):
75

Where is your organization based?
Perth, Western Australia.

Activities

Main focuses/areas of your work:
Education about the Jewish and Christian faiths and respecting the differences between beliefs; providing opportunities for discussion and learning, about issues or events that are relevant to Jews and Christians, e.g. seminars, lectures, commemoration of Kristallnacht, film screenings.

Which audiences do you work towards?
Academics; Young professionals; Retired professionals; Clergy; Students

How often does your organization meet?
Events usually held five times p.a.; Executive Committee meets 6 – 10 times p.a.

Events regularly sponsored by your organization:
•    AGM with occasional address;
•    Film afternoons
•    Collaborative event with university choir, involving evening worship with choral works, table fellowship, and guest speaker  (this involves tertiary college students who may have any or no religious background);
•    Seminars
•    Commemoration of Kristallnacht.

Does your organization have any regular publications (in print or online)?
Annual Newsletter published in hard copy in January, and online on our website.

Organization

Main working/publishing language of your organization:
English

Officers of your organization:    
Honorary Presidents:
•    The Rabbi, Perth Hebrew Congregation
•    The Rabbi, Temple David Congregation
•    The Moderator, Synod of Western Australia, Uniting Church in Australia
•    The Anglican Archbishop of Perth
•    The Catholic Archbishop of Perth
Officers:
•    Chairperson: Revd Marie E. Wilson
•    Vice-Chairperson: Dr Judith Schneider
•    Honorary Treasurer: Mrs Ann Smith
•    Honorary Secretary: Dr Mary J. Marshall

Briefly describe your organization’s relationship to the ICCJ:
CCJWA is a state branch of the Australian Council of Christians and Jews, which is a member organization of ICCJ.

What is the greatest challenge your organization faces at the moment?
A general trend in western society for younger people not willing to commit to an organization or religion means the general membership is aging and less able to take responsibility in the central organizing body.

Has your organization figured in any published material such as newspapers, books or blogs?
Our newsletter, see our homepage.

E-mail address to contact your organization:
ccjwa(at)aol.com

Website of your organization:
http://www.ccjwa.org