US Christian leaders in Israel to study Judaism

Shalom Hartman Institute VP says initiative aimed at ‘deepening American Christian leaders’ understanding of Jewish people.’ Reverend: Studies making me a better thinker, teacher, preacher, and pastor

ed note–what can be said, except that the stupidity of Christians when it comes to understanding who their enemy is and what makes him do what he does will one day go down in history as the most serious mental defect ever recorded, after Judaism itself, of course.


The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI), co-sponsors of the 13-month Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), welcomed this week a cohort of prominent American Christian leaders to the Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel for an opportunity to gain a more profound understanding of Judaism and the Jewish people.

The Israel portion of the Christian Leadership Initiative, developed together by SHI and AJC and taught by leading Shalom Hartman faculty, focuses on the central ideas of Jewish ethics and faith, the diverse ideologies and practices of contemporary world Jewry, and the foundations of religious pluralism.

“CLI is an essential and unique program advancing interreligious relations,” said Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. “It provides an open space for Christian leadership to experience and study Judaism and Israel from a Jewish perspective.”

The 16 American Christian leaders currently participating in CLI have begun their studies in Israel on this summer’s theme, “God and Judaism.” After returning to the US next week they will engage in monthly distance-learning sessions, studying classical Jewish texts with leading Israeli scholars. Finally, back in Israel in July 2013 for the concluding segment, they will spend an additional 10 days with Hartman Institute and AJC experts studying Jewish texts, focusing on Jewish concepts of community.

“Most Christian leaders rarely if ever have the opportunity to engage in sustained, intensive sacred text study taught by Jewish scholars with the goal of deepening their understanding of the Jewish people and the State of Israel,” said Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, vice president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and director of Rabbinic Leadership Programs.

Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall, president of the Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, said “CLI gives me the opportunity to study with high-level scholars. I was attracted to the program because of my interest in deepening interfaith relationships.”

Rev. Dr. Radu Bordeianu, a professor of theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, said he was taking part in the project to gain a better understanding of his own Christian roots and character.

Rev. Bill Borror, senior pastor at Media Presbyterian Church in Media, PA added: “This learning gives me a breadth of understanding and a connection to place and geopolitical realities. CLI is making me a better thinker, teacher, preacher, and pastor.”

  1. #1 by Sam.r on 07/27/2012 - 9:34

    When someone ask;s me are you a christion? I have to pause and then ask What is a christion? And we eventually get around to the israel situation, I then say I try to be a follower of Jesus, It;s not easy,I then smile and leave them with a bewildered look on their face.

  2. #2 by Vickie Jacobs on 07/27/2012 - 9:34

    Apparently, they need to study Jewish doctrine since they don’t know their own. God hated Esau for this(Romans 9:13). They have given away their own birthright in Christ back to the Jews. They have no idea how hated they have become in God’s eyes.

    Israel (physical) now is the anti-christ. John Hagee is the false prophet.

    Malachi 1:4; “Whereas Edom (Esau) saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; (physical Israeli wants back status) They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever.”

    Man is attempting to build his own kingdom. Satan keeps man looking through his earthly eyes.

    Watch out for this British Israel doctrine fable come into focus with the London Olympics…a freemasonic nation state of flesh Israel and the increasing Mormon, (believe they are the lost tribe of Ephraim and Manasses,….that America is New Jerusalem) influence come in.

    You’re going to see a flood of deception come out of Satan’s mouth now and will sweep away the masses with this deception. Rev. 12:15

  3. #3 by Gary on 07/27/2012 - 9:34

    Any Christian “leader” who sleeps with the Christ killers is no longer a Christian.

  4. #4 by on 07/27/2012 - 9:34

    The tour should come with a dvd of Rev. Pike’s “the other israel”.

  5. #5 by Gabreal Jones on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    vid counter 33.00 : this woman in the bus in Israel tells it all. Serve the Jews or die.

  6. #6 by Naeem on 07/28/2012 - 9:34

    HMM how do you know they were Christians in the first place?

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