The Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews (PBFCJ) is dedicated to promoting fellowship, understanding and respect among all religions and cultures. It brings the community together through education, dialogue, interaction, and through addressing issues rooted in intolerance, anti-Semitism and unjust discrimination.
John “Skip” C. Randolph
ALetter from Our Chairman
Welcome back to those of you who may be returning to the Fellowship after a long absence and welcome to those of you who are new to the Fellowship.
Most of you are aware that the Fellowship was founded in 1993 by a handful of caring people, Christians and Jews, who were concerned about the presence of anti-Semitism in the Town and who sought to attack this problem by promoting fellowship, understanding and respect through education, dialogue and interaction. The Fellowship began as a grassroots effort, recruiting from various houses of worship within the community people who might have an interest in joining this effort. I was one of those early recruits and for the next ten years the Fellowship became a passion for me. I saw so much good being done. I saw bridges being built. I saw people of different faiths and beliefs sitting together at the table and coming away with a better understanding and a new appreciation for one another. I saw new light shining where once the darkness of ignorance had prevailed. And, I saw a new found respect being formed between Christians and Jews within this community.
Today people tell us the Fellowship is needed now more than ever in this new era of incivility; of noisy, hostile rhetoric in the political arena and the media; of callous and irresponsible use of the internet; of factionalism resulting from radical extremism, often in the name of religion; and of "targeting" those who do not believe as we may believe.
We have revived our mission. We wish we could have declared victory and folded up our tent. We have returned, rather, because, unfortunately, we find it once again necessary to address not only the problems we initially sought to address, but others. And, address them we will with renewed vigor, with renewed enthusiasm, with renewed efforts and with renewed resolve toward making this community a better place in which to live.
We will not tackle all the problems, but with your help we can chip away at them little by little. So, welcome back friends, and thanks for caring.
Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews 139 North County Rd. Suite.36 Palm Beach, FL 33480