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February 7, 2013 2:09 pm

Christian Leaders Gathering in LA to Learn About Judaism

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The American Jewish Committee's Rabbi Noam Marans, director of interreligious and intergroup relations. Photo: AJC.

Prominent Christian leaders from across the denominational spectrum are gathering in Los Angeles from Feb. 8-10 for the inaugural Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI) Alumni Study Retreat.

The CLI was launched in 2008 as a partnership between the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) with the goal of providing Christian leaders the opportunity to gain a more profound understanding of Judaism and the Jewish people, according to its website.

“CLI gathers a unique core group of Christian scholars and introduces them to classical Jewish text study in the context of modern Israel,” Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s director of interreligious and intergroup relations, said in a statement.

The Alumni Study Retreat is covering advanced topics, including themes of God, ethics and community in Judaism. It is also introducing a new curriculum on Israel called “New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel.” More than 28 Christian leaders were expected to attend.

“The Alumni Study Retreat is another step toward realizing our dream of a multi-cohort CLI community that will have an indelible positive impact on Christian-Jewish relations,” Marans added.

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