Jewish–Christian relations & Bible study center
Scripture is the cornerstone for the spiritual relationship between Jews and Christians. Both Judaism and Christianity revere and consider the Hebrew Bible (The Old Testament) as authoritative text, and agree that understanding the Hebrew of the Bible is important to its tradition’s exegesis. In addition, both Jews and Christians view these canonized texts as the bedrock on how to live a Godly life.Since inception in 2008, CJCUC developed an unprecedented Hebraic Bible text study. Each year, we host thousands of Christians in Israel and the CJCUC staff are invited to teach in churches worldwide. Our Bible studies serve as bridge-builder on how Jews and Christians have much in common with one another.
Blessing Bethlehem is an initiative designed to help the persecuted Christian community living in Bethlehem and the surrounding areas. Our mandate is based upon Isaiah 58:6, where God asks of us to "share your bread with the hungry." Assistance is provided in the form of weekly food deliveries.Covenant Land comes with covenant responsibility. The cooperation between Jews and Christians in helping to put food on the table to Christian Arabs living in the birthplace of Christianity demonstrates to them that they are not alone. Each week, there is a reminder that people love and care for them.
The Book of Psalms has both served as the liturgies for both Jewish and Christian worship as well as expressing a wide range of personal and collective emotions, circumstances, and requests. Rarely has the Psalter been utilized as a way to bring both communities together in prayer.In 2015, the Day to Praise was launched inviting Christians to join the Jewish people in reciting Psalms 113-118, known as the Hallel, on Israel's Independence Day. CJCUC conducts a local Hallel service in Israel, where hundreds gather to praise the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In addition, the Day to Praise produces Hallel worship songs to make Psalms 113-118 relevant in congregational prayer life.
Ohr Torah Stone’s educational institutions, social projects, outreach programs and leadership development initiatives for men and women are dedicated to illuminating the beauty and relevance of authentic Torah Judaism in Israel and the Diaspora. OTS is energized by new President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, who is building upon the unique vision of OTS founder, Chancellor Emeritus and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin. Part of this vision is advancing Jewish-Christian relations.
Besides publishing an organizational statement on a Jewish Understanding of Christians and Christianity in 2011, CJCUC facilitated the first Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity in December of 2015, which more than 75 Orthodox Rabbis have signed.
Cognizant of how both Jews and Christians interpret the Bible, the CJCUC staff began to develop an unprecedented Hebrew Bible text study that maintained the integrity of Jewish interpretative tradition without making a Christian feel like they are compromising on their hermeneutic principles. Our Bible studies have served as bridge-builder on how Jews and Christians have much in common with one another.
When the three Coptic churches were bombed on Easter Sunday 2017, CJCUC put together a team of people to help the victims of terror by providing them with food packages. We also raised monies to purchase a metal detector for one of the churches. In addition, Blessing Bethlehem annually sponsors a Christmas dinner and gifts to the children for 120 Christian Arab families living in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
To help Christians understand the significance of Hallel, CJCUC published a devotional on these psalms in 2017 entitled Cup of Salvation. We also created a bi-weekly podcast produced by JewishCoffeHouse.com. Some churches are now using the devotional as part of their weekly Bible study.
HERZLIYA, Israel, July 25, 2019 — While touring Israel this week, Grammy nominated artist Dr. Judith McAllister and Reverend Dr. Michael Stevens of University Church in Huntersville, North Carolina along with David Nekrutman, Executive Director for Ohr Torah Stone’s Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) in Jerusalem visited Watergen in Herzliya today, to thank […]
Ohr Torah Stone’s Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) in Jerusalem wishes to express our sincerest condolences to the families of Sri Lanka who lost their loved ones in today’s terrorist attacks that took the lives of more than 200 people and injured hundreds. Three Catholic churches were part of the targeted attacks while […]