Interfaith Partners

AJC New Jersey has a long history of building bridges with interfaith partners. As early as 1968, the AJC Metro Chapter initiated and developed the first state-wide Interfaith Dialogue Conference at Seton Hall University for clergy and lay leaders--to engage Christians and Jews in meaningful dialogue. In the 1980’s, AJC Metro developed three significant programs which enhanced Catholic Jewish relations: the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue; the Catholic-Jewish Teacher-to-Teacher conferences; and the Catholic-Jewish Community wide-forum.

In the 1990’s, AJC New Jersey initiated and developed the Stamp Out Hate Coalition—comprised of 23 different ethnic, racial and religious groups, who joined together to combat bigotry in New Jersey through educational programs and a powerful media campaign. On December 7, 1992 Governor Florio signed a proclamation in support for the campaign. Over the years, this coalition has engendered a State-wide Stamp Out Hate Week, a Stamp Out Hate Sabbath weekend with over 100 churches, synagogues and mosques in participation, as well as a media blitz of 65 billboards across the state carrying the message.

Recently, AJC New Jersey reached out to its interfaith partners in the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches to engage them in a dialog regarding their plans to divest from companies doing business in Israel. AJC New Jersey works with the New Jersey Association of Jewish Federations, the MetroWest Community Relations Committee and area rabbis to build ongoing relationships with clergy from these and other churches and to partner on a range of projects.

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