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This year has seen the greatest refugee crisis since WWII. Amid heated debate about the UK's response, the shameful truth is that Britain is the only country in Europe where asylum-seekers are locked up indefinitely. In another change from our usual schedule, this month we joined MitzvahDay at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue for a packed afternoon programme:
» Hearing the voices of those who have been through the system.
» Finding out how you can help end indefinite detention.
» Hearing from Mr Fritz Lustig, a Jewish refugee from Germany who was detained on the Isle of Man during WWII.
Full Programme 1.00pm: Welcome from NPLS (Rabbi Aaron Goldstein)
1.05pm: The what and why of immigration detention in the UK (Detention Action)
1.10pm: What is detention like? (Personal Testimony from Freed Voices)
1.20pm: Q and A for Freed Voices 1.35pm: What was detention like for Jews in the 1940s? (Personal Testimony from Mr Fritz Lustig)
1.50pm: The campaign to end indefinite detention and how you can get involved (René Cassin)
1.55pm: Final Q and A
2.00pm: Teas and Coffee and continue informal conversations
Thursday 29 October 2015 A speaker from Christian Aid addressed the question...
Refugee Crisis: What can we do?
This month there was a change from our usual meetings. Eastcote Methodist Church invited us to attend this very worthwhile event which members were pleased to support.
Monday 17 August 2015 Christians in the Middle East
Christine Elliott Director of World Church Programmes at Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
with special responsibility for Christians in the Middle East and China
discussed the current situation.
Tuesday 14 July 2015 Interfaith Relations in Hillingdon: are they working?
A discussion led by a panel of local faith and lay leaders:
Cllr Peter Davis, London Borough of Hillingdon
John Howard, Volunteer Chaplain at Heathrow Airport
The Revd Daniel Otieno-Ndale, Executive Committee Member of the national Inter Faith Network Duncan Struthers, Chair of Hillingdon Inter Faith Network
Wednesday 22 April 2015 Milestones in Modern Catholic Jewish Relations
Sr Margaret Shepherd NDS A Sister of Our Lady of Sion, a Congregation in the Roman Catholic Church with the unique and specific task of fostering dialogue between Christians and Jews, and former Director of CCJ.
In the 50th anniversary year of Nostra Aetate Sr Margaret spoke of how relations between Catholics and Jews have been changing and developing in recent decades.
Wednesday 10 September 2014 Blood Libel's Beginnings A sad story for a great Cathedral From the murder of William of Norwich in 1144 — the first recorded instance of blood libel against the Jewish community — we heard some echoes down the centuries and tried to learn some lessons for today.
Explained and discussed by
The Rt Revd David Gillett Hon Asst Bishop & Interfaith Adviser in the Diocese of Norwich and CCJ Trustee
It is with deep sadness that we must announce the death of Judith Kramer, Chair of CCJ Hillingdon, at 3am yesterday morning following a short illness. At the time of her death she was comfortable and peaceful and did not suffer any pain.
The funeral was held today at 3.30pm at Edgwarebury Cemetery, Edgewarebury Lane, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 8QP.
Judith became Chair of CCJ Hillingdon in 2009 and was involved in many other humanitarian and inter-faith activities, having read for the bar and worked as an employment lawyer in industry. She studied anthropology, psychology and sociology. For the last 30 years she was a group facilitator, teamwork trainer and therapist in Europe and for 20 years in India, often as a volunteer.
Tuesday 18 February 2014 The Theology of Mental Health Presented by Father Timothy Gorham, Oblate Master, Ealing Abbey.
Faith and Spiritual Support Presented by Carol Harrison-Read, Faith and Spiritual Support Co-ordinator in Mental Health, Central & North West London NHS Trust.
Held at Ruislip Manor Methodist Church, Torrington Road, Ruislip Manor, Middlesex HA4 0AS (Just off Victoria Road; two stops from Ruislip Manor Station or 10 mins walk. Free on-street parking; disabled parking in small church car park » map).
Thursday 23 January 2014 The Council of Christians and Jews in conjunction with Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue commemorated
Holocaust Memorial Day by discussing the relevance of the Holocaust to today's worldwide Inter Faith dialogue.
Inspired by the thinking of the late Ruth Weyl after more than 40 years as Secretary of the International Council of Christians and Jews...