The CJC works to enhance links between Commonwealth Jewish communities, advocate on their behalf and to give voice to their concerns, commitments, principles and positions on the wider international stage.
CJC provide direct support to thirty-eight existing Jewish communities across the Commonwealth. Over thirty are across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean holding our most small and vulnerable communities often operating in extremely dangerous environments. Some carry out Jewish practices without a synagogue building or a Rabbi to offer any leadership and guidance.
Jewish communities are able to maintain their religion and culture, and offer a way for Jewish life even in hostile environments from direct support from CJC. Small grants are allocated to build capacity, and we help to ensure delivery and the development of skills and knowledge within the communities.
The CJC would not exist without our 38 communities, across the Commonwealth and from five continents. Together with our communities and on their behalf we work hard to ensure all are able to celebrate the Jewish religion, culture and maintain Jewish life safely. We do this through a number of ways, from funding Jewish programming, diplomatic engagement and campaigning.
The Inter-religious Commonwealth Youth Alliance brings together exceptional young people, aged 18-29, coming from different religious groups across the Commonwealth.
The Alliance are passionate about inter-religious activities and are committed to exploring the issues and challenges facing young people today, and the role of religion, religious communities and religious identity can play in tackling these challenges.
The Commonwealth Jewish Women’s Network is tapping into a diverse pool of talented women across the Commonwealth to form a vibrant international community for Jewish women to connect, contribute and grow.
The Network’s exceptional women are confronting the issues and challenges facing women and our communities today in areas including Women in Leadership, Social Action, Inter-faith Action, Women in the Workforce, the Environmental Challenge and Jewish Education in Small Communities.
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CJC works to protect and preserve Jewish life across the Commonwealth through advocacy.
Our priorities are combating antisemitism, strengthening ties between Jewish communities, and ensuring that Jewish voices are present in the discussions on a range of issues that impact our global community.
We have adopted as our primary advocacy focus areas the championing of small islands states in their challenges posed by climate change and as well as leading efforts to have the IHRA definition of antisemitism adopted by governments and non-governmental organisations throughout the commonwealth.
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