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AJC Program Teaching Christian Leaders About Judaism Comes to a Close

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The American Jewish Committee (AJC) logo. Photo: AJC. The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Shalom Hartman Institute have partnered together on a soon-to-be-completed educational program on Judaism for 16 Christian leaders.

The partnership, known as the Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), has allowed Christian leaders of diverse denominations to engage in long-distance study of classical Jewish texts with leading Israel scholars over a 13-month period. The program began in Jerusalem in July 2012 and will finish there this year in the program’s final stage from July 17-25.

“CLI fosters a unique approach in advancing interreligious relations. It provides an open space for Christian leadership to experience and study Judaism and Israel from a Jewish perspective,” said Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s director of interreligious and intergroup relations. “We look forward to working with the CLI fellows as they apply their learning to Christian education and Jewish-Christian relations.”

“The mixture of Jewish and Christian scholars challenges all of us,” said Dr. Marcie Lenk, the Shalom Hartman Institute’s co-director of New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel. “There is an honesty and depth which comes from studying together.”

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