Goals

JCJCR is concerned with all aspects of the encounter of Jews and Christians in the Holy Land today. For the first time in two millennia, an empowered Jewish majority comes face-to-face with vulnerable Christian communities with a long history as minorities. The encounter is complicated by the fact that the national identity of the majority of local Christians is locked in conflict with the national identity of the majority of Israeli Jews. Palestinian Arab Christians and Israeli Jews are both engaged in a search for a meaningful communal identity that takes into account a mixture of historical, political, social, cultural, and religious factors that are difficult to disentangle.
The Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations was established to respond to the challenges of this unique and complex encounter. The Strategic Program Plan for JCJCR completed in the spring of 2004 established a two-part strategic focus for the work of the Center:
 
1.  Developing and implementing programs that:
a. combat prejudices and negative stereotypes
b. contribute to understanding and appreciation of the other’s, and of ones own,
    history, traditions and composite identity
c. create a spirit of cooperation by drawing on shared values to work toward
    common goals
 
2.  Networking with other organizations to:
a. enhance awareness of the significance of Jewish-Christian relations to
    peacemaking in the Holy Land
b. ensure the welfare of religious minorities in the Holy Land
 
JCJCR works with all segments of Israeli-Jewish society and the full range of indigenous Christian communities in the Holy Land. It seeks to influence five spheres of society: the general public and media; formal and informal educational systems; political and civil service echelons; security, military and police forces; and academia.  JCJCR currently concentrates on four core activities:educational programs; encounter groups; information services; research and report on Jewish-Christian relations in the Holy Land.