Since 2008, the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) has been involved in advancing the rapprochement between the two faith communities. During this time, we have had the honor of working with the local Christian Arab community in creating opportunities of dialogue and helping those whose are financially challenged by providing food packages and clothing.
Chief among the issues facing 30,000 Christians living in east Jerusalem and around Efrat are unemployment and poverty. This year, in partnership with Pastor Steven Khoury of the Bethlehem Ministry and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, CJCUC created a food voucher assistance program for the local Christian Arab community. Together, we are striving to assist those who find themselves in need of basic food necessities. We are beginning to raise the spirits of Christian Arab families and letting them know that Jews and Christians care about them.