What We Do
• Local Communities: At our centres in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the Galilee we host thousands of locals and multi-national guests, who come for our coffee and bed and breakfast in peaceful locations. These hosting opportunities provide open doors to share our unique story and heritage here in the Land.
• Social Outreach: Since our foundation, we have been committed to alleviating the suffering of the poor and marginalized in the Land of Israel, regardless of ethnic background. From our centres, we reach out to local communities providing financial aid, education opportunities and emergency food relief. Our Mercy Fund, which carries out this work, is staffed by a combination of local Jewish and Arab believers. By working together in a politically complex region, our teams demonstrate the power of reconciliation in Christ.
• Education: We engage the worldwide believing community with relevant teachings and resources, to equip them to better understand the Hebraic Roots of their faith. Online, we offer weekly Bible studies and sermons, Biblical teaching tools and educational videos. For an in-depth study of the Hebraic Roots, we bring groups of laymen and clergy to Israel for two weeks. These tours, led by experienced believing guides, not only explore the Biblical sites but provide detailed teaching on the First Century context of the Gospel and of the Old Testament Jewish foundation of the Christian faith.
• Worship and Reconciliation: Active worshiping communities are integral to our identity here at CMJ Israel. We believe that worship is not restricted to church services but is a continual and daily act. Our lifestyle as a community is a lifestyle of reconciliation, which is one of the main tenets of Jesus' teachings. Our staff comprises Jewish, Arab and international believers who, as one body, worship together at our centres in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Founded in London in 1809, the Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People (CMJ) has been active in the Land of Israel since the 1820s. Moved by an awareness of God’s love for His covenant people, Jewish and Gentile Christians recognized that God had promised to restore the people of Israel to their land, and to their Messiah. Further, CMJ wanted to see the Church restored to its Jewish roots.
Moved by compassion for the plight of the impoverished Jews in Palestine, CMJ established modern clinics, state-of-the-art hospitals, farms, workshops, vocational training, schools for boys and for girls (which was non-existent in 19th century Palestine). CMJ also brought modern architecture, archeology, a library and more into the region. These efforts benefited all the people in the land – Arabs, Druze, Armenians and others. CMJ actively opposed anti-Semitism in the region and many of its supporters were key in promoting the establishment of a home for the Jewish people in the Holy Land.
In 1841 CMJ appointed Michael Solomon Alexander (the first Jewish bishop in Jerusalem since 135 A.D.) as the Anglican bishop in Jerusalem, and together with the Prussians, CMJ built Christ Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East.
Although life in Israel is vastly different today, CMJ remains as committed, and its work as varied, as in the past. And CMJ is still motivated by the call of Isaiah to comfort His people so that “the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.” (Isaiah 40: 1-5).