In 1927 the National Conference of Christians and Jews was founded by community leaders from different faiths. The founders were committed to bringing diverse people together to address interfaith divisions, race relations, and social and economic barriers among people of different faiths, cultures, and ethnicities.
In 1934, the NCCJ came up with the idea of celebrating National Brotherhood Week during the third week of February, calling all people to embrace intergroup understanding. President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the precursor of Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week, held annually during the third week in February, as its first Honorary Chairman. NCCJ sponsored the week-long event from the 1940s through the 1980s. President John F. Kennedy commended the NCCJ in 1961 for doing more than “perhaps any other factor in our national life to provide for harmonious living among our different religious groups.”
In the 1990’s, the name was changed to the National Conference for Community and Justice to better reflect the breadth and depth of its mission, the growing diversity of our country and our need to be more inclusive.
Each January the Jewish Voice published a statement for Brotherhood Week. Many notable leaders of the Delaware Jewish community have been active in the NCCJ.
The Jewish Historical Society of Delaware is pleased to provide this peek at the past and to preserve the past issues of The Jewish Voice.