Working in coalition with other groups/communities to achieve common purposes and establishing dialogues as a means of education and as a possible first step to cooperative efforts are core community relations’ strategies.  In a variety of settings and with diverse points of view, American Jews are today exploring how these strategies apply to Evangelical Christians. This difficult subject takes on special importance as Evangelical Christians are often among the few significant non-Jewish communities routinely expressing support for an embattled Israel.  This valued support is prompting many Jews to revisit the question of relationships with Evangelical Christians on both Israel and other issues.  

 

Evangelical Christians – estimated to number as many as 60 million Americans – do not constitute a monolithic community.  Accordingly, their support for Israel derives from diverse theological, political and sociological perspectives.  Some evangelical leaders explain that on the whole this support is based more on America and Israel’s shared democratic values, abhorrence of terrorism and the belief that Jewish sovereignty over Israel fulfils a biblical covenant, than it is based on what many Jews view to be problematic notions of biblical prophecy.   .  

 

Among the most significant topics that can be addressed in the context of ongoing relationships and dialogue is the support of some Evangelical Christians for aggressive and misleading tactics to convert Jews to Christianity. 

 

The JCPA:

  

The community relations field should, taking local and other dynamics into account:

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