In 1993, following the success of Councils of Christians and Jews both overseas and in other parts of Australia, local church bodies and Jewish communities were approached seeking their support in establishing a Western Australian branch of the Council of Christians and Jews.
Both the Orthodox and
Liberal Jewish communities and three Churches
Anglican, Roman Catholic and Uniting
responded in the affirmative.
Accordingly, in November 1993, a Working Group of representatives from all five communities was established. Its initial task was to develop a constitution and this was unanimously accepted by all five communities late in 1994.
The Council of Christians and Jews Western Australia
Inc. was officially inaugurated on Monday, 4 September 1995.
It was formally launched by the then Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency Major General Jeffrey, at the Jewish Centre. The Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Hon. David Malcolm, gave the keynote address before a large audience, including the five presidents, the Anglican Archbishop of Perth, the Catholic Archbishop of Perth, the Moderator of the Western Australian Synod of the Uniting Church, the Rabbi of Perth Hebrew Congregation, and the Rabbi of Temple David. Since that launch, the Council has endeavoured to run at least four events every year to facilitate its objectives.