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Programs

The Board of The Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto (CJDT) delegates the responsibility of creating programming to two working committees.

While the chairs of each committee are appointed by the Board, each standing committee co-opts its own members, the majority of whom are not Board members.

These volunteer-driven committees are the Program and Projects Committee and the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. These committees are the heart of the CJDT.

It is through the hard work and dedication of these volunteers who are committed to eliminating prejudice and bigotry that the CJDT hopes to achieve these goals.

Past Events

October 24, 2016
Basic Income Initiative - Symposium

April 6th, 2016
Building Bridges - Continuing the Journey
Christians, Jews, and Muslims working for a better world

March 6, 2016
Rabbi Erwin and Mrs. Laura Schild receive Apostolic Blessing
Toronto Star GTA News - Sunday, March 6, 2016

March 2, 2016
Catholics and Jews: more good news
Reflections on Catholic Jewish relations on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate.

January 17, 2016
Difficult texts
A discussion of difficult texts in the Abrahamic faiths. Speakers: Fr. Elias Mallon, Imam Hamid Slimi, Rabbi David Seed.

October 28, 2015
Abraham the Oratorio

October 8, 2015
The Global Village: R2E
Responsibility to Engage Blog

March 26, 2015
The Annual Toronto School of Theology/Synagogue Supper

January 20, 2015
Building Bridges: Reflecting on the United Churches' Report on Israel/Palestine

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Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto Hosts Program to Strengthen Ties

Toronto, ON – On January 20th, the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto (CJDT) hosted a successful meeting of members from both communities, entitled "Building Bridges: Reflecting on the United Church’s Report on Israel/Palestine".

"This initiative was borne out of a recognition that the United Church of Canada's 41st General Council policy on Israel/Palestine caused immense hurt to Canada's Jewish community. The CJDT's position is not one of boycott, but rather positive initiatives that help build the foundation for mutual trust and peace," said Rev. John Joseph Mastandrea, Chair, CJDT and Minister at Metropolitan United Church. "In addition to exploring the historic roots of Christian antisemitism, the purpose of this conference was to explore those positive investments and alternatives to boycott, and to find practical ways to validate and support the legitimate aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians. This was a wonderful opportunity for thoughtful individuals from both communities to come together in the spirit of unity, and to reaffirm our common ground and shared commitment to peace."

Speakers included Rev. Dr. Rob Oliphant, Rabbi Michael Satz, Rev. Barbara White, Bishop John Spong, and theologian John Dominic Crossan.

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Info@cjdt.org

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March 10, 2014
The Annual Toronto School of Theology/Synagogue Supper

March 3-6, 2014
Interfaith Sedars held with participation by: Adath Israel Congregation, Metropolitan United Church, St. Johnís Anglican Church, St. Ansgar Lutheran Church.

November 18, 2013
Rabbi Erwin Schild, a Holocaust Survivor, speaking on the anniversary of Krystallnacht.

November 10, 2013
Sara Pechanec speaking during Holocaust Education Week. Sara’s mother, a Bosnian Muslim, risked her life to save Jews during the Holocaust.

June 2, 2013
Justus Weiner, College Street United Church and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

April 9, 2013
Human Rights, Human Wrongs. Ryerson Image Centre

March 12, 2013
Interfaith Seder. St. Ansgar Lutheran Church together with Adath Israel

March 7, 2013
Annual Toronto School of Theology/Synagogue Supper. First Narayever Synagogue

March 3, 2013
Rabbi David Rosen: Christians and the Holy Land Ė Part of the Problem or the Solution? College St. United Church

November 26. 2012
Annual CJDT Dinner honouring those who contribute to interfaith understanding and education. Event honoured Mary Siklos and Fr. Damian MacPherson. Keynote speaker: His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins. Held at Adath Israel Congregation.

Other Recent Events

  • Scenes from Passover and Easter, 6 mini-plays which took a lighthearted but serious look at issues which can create misunderstanding between Christians and Jews
  • Vatican-Israeli Relations
  • Storytelling by Christians and Jews
  • Walking Godís Path: Different Path, Same Goal?
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Then and Now: Their Significance for Jews and Christians
  • Father Patrick Desbois: A Priestís Journey to Uncover the Truth behind the Murder of 1.5 million Jews
  • The Annual Christian Service in Memory of the Holocaust
  • Holocaust Remembrance Week
  • 45 Anniversary of the Catholic document: Nostra Aetate
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