Our Services

CJCUC offers the following services:
Hebraic Bible Study for Christians

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 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

Blessing Bethlehem

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.

Day to Praise

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.

 Our Story

Our Story

In January of 2008, a historical moment took place between the Synagogue and Church, when Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and David Nekrutman established the first Orthodox Jewish institution, the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC), to religiously dialogue and actively cooperate with Christians. In less than a decade, CJCUC has moved to the forefront of theological advancements in Jewish-Christian relations. CJCUC has changed the paradigm by interfacing with tens of thousands of Christians through bible studies, faith based events that bring Jews and Christians together, and providing humanitarian aid.

Over the years, the CJCUC staff has educated many within the Orthodox Jewish movement regarding the importance of a Jewish-Christian alliance that is rooted in our common Judeo-Christian ethics. In 2015, CJCUC facilitated the first positive Orthodox Rabbinical Statement on Christianity, which included over 60 rabbinical signatories. Members of CJCUC’s staff officially "Members of CJCUC's staff officially represent the State of Israel on the International Jewish Coalition on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) which is the official Jewish partner for interfaith dialogue with the Vatican, Orthodox Churches and European Protestant Churches. CJCUC is also the leader of the Israel Jewish Council on Interfaith Relations (IJCIR).

With the publications of Covenant & Hope, Plowshares into Swords?, and Returning to Zion, CJCUC broke new ground in Jewish theology. These academic works explored how traditional Jews can understand Christians in religious and covenantal terms as well as how Jews and Christians can be partners to spread the knowledge of the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the covenant of Abraham, and the biblical values of righteousness and justice for all human beings who are created in the Image of God, to humanity.

Executive Staff

Members of CJCUC's Executive Staff
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin
Founder & Chancellor
David Nekrutman
David Nekrutman
Executive Director
Rabbi Pesach Wolicki
Rabbi Pesach Wolicki
Associate Director
Rabbi Eugene Korn, PhD.
Rabbi Eugene Korn, PhD.
Academic Director

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