Day to Praise
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.
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.
Hebraic Bible Study for Christians
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.