National Conference for Community and Justice

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National Conference for Community and Justice
Formation1927; 96 years ago (1927)
HeadquartersMiddletown, CT
United States
AffiliationsNational Federation for Just Communities
Formerly called
National Conference of Christians and Jews

The National Conference for Community and Justice is an American social justice organization focused on fighting biases and promoting understanding between people of different races and cultures. The organization was founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews in response to anti-Semitism and anti-Catholic sentiment surrounding Al Smith's run for President.


The NCCJ was established in 1927 by social activists, including Jane Addams and US Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes,[1] to bring diverse people together to address interfaith divisions.[2][3] Over the course of its history, the organization expanded its purview to all issues of social justice; in 1998 its name changed from "National Conference of Christians and Jews" to "National Conference for Community and Justice".[4] A number of regional offices exist under the auspices of the National Federation for Just Communities.[1]

Programs and events[edit]

The NCCJ promoted inclusivity through various events and programs. One of the first was the "Tolerance Trio", a traveling roadshow which toured the country with a priest, a rabbi, and a clergyman, all making jokes and providing entertainment.[2] Throughout its tenure, the NCCJ offered interfaith events, school-age programs, and youth leadership programs aimed at promoting values such as understanding, respect, and community building.


The "Anytown" program began in the 1950s and was designed for youth ages 14–18. It was intended to educate and empower its participants through multi-day intensive retreats.

Remarks reading: "We are fighting for the right of men to live together as members of one family rather than as masters and slaves. We are fighting that the spirit of brotherhood which we prize in this country may be practice here and by free men everywhere. It is our promise to extend such brotherhood earthwide which gives hope to all the world. The war makes the appeal of Brotherhood Week stronger than ever."
Remarks of Franklin D. Roosevelt for Brotherhood Week 1943

Brotherhood Week[edit]

The NCCJ promoted a "National Brotherhood Day" in the 1930s, expanding to Brotherhood Week starting in 1936 with President Franklin D. Roosevelt named honorary chairman.[2] In 1944 the week included extensive radio programming, military and USO participation, and an "education program of nationwide scope" aimed at "extending good will and understanding among religious groups".[5] By the early 2000s the event had lost relevancy and was eventually canceled.[2]

Tom Lehrer satirized National Brotherhood Week in a 1965 song of the same name, recorded on his album That Was the Year That Was.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Our Story – NCCJ". Retrieved October 1, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e Goren, Jennifer (February 21, 2018). "Whatever became of National Brotherhood Week?". The World. Public Radio International. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Conference Outlines a Wide Campaign of Good-Will Among All Classes". The New York Times. December 11, 1927. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "National Conference of Christians and Jews Changes Its Name to Better Reflect Its Work and Inclusivity". The Boston Globe. June 14, 1998 – via Pluralism Project.
  5. ^ "National Conference of Christians and Jews Announces Measures Against Racial Bias" (Press release). February 18, 1944. Retrieved October 22, 2019 – via Jewish Telegraphic Agency.