The Commonwealth Jewish Council was created by the unanimous agreement of Jewish leaders from 16 Commonwealth countries, meeting in London from 29th November to 1st December 1982. It now includes the Jewish communities of 37 countries, Hong Kong having observer status.
In April 2018, the CJC became fully accredited to the Commonwealth as one of only 75 organisations worldwide to receive that recognition.
We are devoted to helping Jewish communities throughout the Commonwealth to enhance the Jewish life of their members, live in safety and respect, and help them in their efforts to contribute to the wider society in which they live. Working through four regional hubs, we share decision making with the communities to connect and network, to share understanding, resources, programmes and ideas, and to celebrate each community's unique and individual culture.
Our objectives are:
To provide links between Commonwealth Jewish communities.
To create a network of Commonwealth Jewish communities through which shared interests and mutual support can be nurtured.
To support the interests of Commonwealth Jewish communities, and Commonwealth communities in which Jewish communities live and work.
To make representations on behalf of Commonwealth Jewish communities to governments and other relevant bodies and people as and when seems suitable.
To cultivate constructive relationships to help further the goals of CJC.
The work of the Council and Trust is funded by donations and subscriptions. The Commonwealth Jewish Trust was registered on 27th July 1983 (No. 287564) and pays for those aspects of educational, religious and relief of poverty, which themselves are charitable.
Not for profit Commonwealth and World Jewish Congress accredited organisation.