Christian Leadership Seminar At Yad Vashem

Christian Friends of Yad Vashem

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25 Feb 2015
Christian Leadership Seminar At Yad Vashem

The Christian Friends of Yad Vashem was established in 2006 in cooperation with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). As the Yad Vashem partner, the ICEJ sponsors selected educational activitiesat Yad Vashem, including the Christian Leadership Seminars.

Twenty-seven Christian pastors and leaders of organizations from across the United States attended the seventh Christian Leadership Seminar at Yad Vashem from November 29 to December 7, 2015. The seminar was organized jointly by The International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem and the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem with the financial support of The Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.  The seminar's focus was on the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Israel today.

Aimed at equipping Christian leaders – both formal and informal - to speak about the history and facts of the Shoah and anti-Semitism, the seminar included in-depth tours of the Yad Vashem museums and campus as well as meetings with Holocaust survivors, leading historians and experts in the field of Holocaust education.  Topics included: The Bible (including a tour of the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem), anti-Semitism and its different manifestations throughout history, literary responses to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem's educational philosophy, the Allies and Nazi Germany, the Righteous Among the Nations, and other related issues.

Among the participants was Pastor Chris Edmonds, whose father the late Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds has just been recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations. Pastor Edmonds shared the story of his father with the participants and staff of Yad Vashem. His presence added a very tangible dimension of history to the seminar.

Many participants were profoundly moved and challenged throughout the week. As one leader said: "We came to Jerusalem seeking a revelation of the Divine—only to be immersed by God in a revelation of what it means to be truly human. Seeking Him, finding us."

Please support the vital work of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem. Give generously now at www.icej.org/yadvashem

 

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