JFC Isreality: A Cross and a Star in the Holy Land

  • Mayerson JCC 8485 Ridge Road Cincinnati, OH, 45236 United States

A Cross and a Star in the Holy Land: Jews and Christians in Israel

For the first time in history, after two thousand years of Jewish minorities living in Christian lands, Israel creates the unique situation of a Christian minority in a Jewish country.  Hana Bendcowsky, Program Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, will explore challenges and everyday realities both groups face in creating a shared Israeli society.

It was only after she moved to Jerusalem that Hana Bendcowsky was exposed to the Christian communities who live in Israel. Since then, she has worked to promote awareness of those communities’ heritage, culture, and traditions among Jewish Israelis. In her job as Program Director of The Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, Bendcowsky creates opportunities for Arab Christians and Jews in Israel to meet and work together. She holds a master’s in comparative religions from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has two decades of practical experience in interfaith activities in Israel and abroad.

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