JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which is regularly posted to our blog. Our weekly newsletter was designed to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and with various projects we have been able to realize together with ACN benefactors.
This week again: The Holy Land
By Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada
Translated by Amanda Bridget Griffin
It was at the Latin Patriarchy of Jerusalem that we met Hanna Bendcowsky, the Program Coordinator at the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations (JCJCR), a project supported by Aid to the Church in Need. After greeting us, she gave an animated presentation followed by a question period which was no less interesting.
The JCJCR is a non-profit organization established in 2004 to respond to the challenges of the unique and complex encounter of an empowered Jewish majortiy in Israel and the Palestinian Arab Christian minority in the Holy Land. The Center promotes peace through programs that overcome ignorance and prejudice and foster understanding and empathy between Jews and the local Christians in the Holy Land.
All of the Center’s activities are planned and implemented in accordance with a two-part strategic focus:
Developing and implementing projects and programs that combat prejudices and negative stereotypes; contribute to understanding and appreciation of the other’s religious/cultural/national narrative, traditions and practices; create a spirit of cooperation by drawing on shared values to work toward common goals.
To reach wider circles of society, JCJCR strives to network with other organizations and institutions, in order to enhance awareness of the significance of Jewish-Christian relations to peace-building in the Holy Land and to ensure the welfare of religious minorities in the Holy Land.
The JCJCR consistently seeks to work with multipliers, such as school teachers and other educators, guides, facilitators, leaders in the local communities, young adults training for leadership, and governmental representatives. To date, JCJCR has collaborated with over 100 Jewish, interfaith, educational and public bodies.