International Council of Christians and Jews

The International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) is an umbrella organization of 38 national groups in 32 countries worldwide engaged in the Christian-Jewish dialogue.[1]

Founded as a reaction to the Holocaust, many groups of theologians, historians and educators dedicated their efforts to seek Christian–Jewish reconciliation.


According to the Mission Statement of the ICCJ,[2] the group:


Martin Buber Haus in Heppenheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany

The international headquarters of the ICCJ are located in Heppenheim (Germany), in the house where the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber lived until Nazi persecution forced him to flee Germany.

The 10 Points of Seelisberg

In 1947 the ICCJ published a document after the Seelisberg Conference, giving 10 points in recommendation.

Main article: Seelisberg Conference

Recent activities

In 1993 ICCJ published "Jews and Christians in Search of a Common Religious Basis for Contributing Towards a Better World." This document "contains both separate Jewish perspectives and Christian perspectives concerning mutual communication and cooperation as well as a joint view of a common religious basis for Jews and Christians to work together for a better world..." [3]

The ICCJ runs a website, Jewish-Christian Relations, "which is devoted to fostering mutual respect and understanding between Christians and Jews around the world." [4]

In more recent years the ICCJ and its members increasingly engaged in the Abrahamic dialogue: the encounter between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

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