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Our Story

In the autumn of 2016, Ohr Torah Stone's Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) launched “Blessing Bethlehem”, an initiative with a simple and urgent purpose: feeding the struggling and impoverished Christian Arabs of Bethlehem and the surrounding communities. This new campaign has been successful in raising support to provide weekly food deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables to Christian families for this neglected community.

The historic nature of this program cannot be overstated: an Orthodox Jewish organization in Israel now spearheads a program to feed Christian Arabs who live under the difficult circumstances of rampant unemployment and frequent persecution from radical Muslims in the area. Both the biblical mandate to care for the other in your midst as well as the real-life call for peace in the Holy Land underpins this groundbreaking charitable effort.

Meet the Team

The Blessing Bethlehem staff is comprised of Orthodox Jews and committed Christians who have a heart to improve the lives of Christian Arabs living in the Holy Land.

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David Nekrutman

Executive Director of Ohr Torah Stone's Center for Jewish–Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) & Founder of Blessing Bethlehem

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Janet Cain

U.S. Coordinator for Ohr Torah Stone's Center for Jewish–Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) & Assistant Director for Blessing Bethlehem

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Amidst a poor economy and an inadequate social welfare system within Palestinian controlled territories, thousands of Christian families struggle to find employment, and worse, to simply put food on their tables. It is time for us to rise up and remember them as if they were neighbors next door.