This history is preserved and displayed through our four Heritage Centres located around Israel. At Christ Church and the Anglican International School Jerusalem, Beit Immanuel in Jaffa/Tel Aviv and at Beit Bracha in the Galilee. We host approximately 40,000 Israelis annually through our Heritage Centres as they encounter the history, passion, and faith of CMJ through our local Messianic and Christian guides.
Without exception, no other Christian organisation has had such an influence on the Land of Israel and the Jewish people. From establishing modern medical institutions, providing the impetus for the establishment of consulates and modern architecture, introducing female education into the Middle East and pioneering Houses of Industry to teach local Jews and Arabs a variety of crafts and trades.
William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
William Wilberforce was an English politician, philanthropist and staunch evangelical. He was a member of the influential Clapham Sect that had a profound effect on 19th Century British society. He was passionate about the abolition of slavery and equally passionate for the restoration of the Jewish People. Both restoration of the People to the Land and of the People to the Messiah. Wilberforce was a founding member and vice-president of the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews, today known as CMJ. Wilberforce's wife, Barbara Ann, was personally responsible for establishing more than forty CMJ chapters throughout the UK.
Antique Glass Slide Collection
CMJ Israel owns an extraordinary antique glass slide collection. With over 4,000 slides, it chronicles the history of CMJ's work around the world. The slides are viewed using the Magic Lantern, an antique projector designed to view this historic archive. The slides are kept at the Conrad Schick Library located on the Christ Church campus and at Beit Immanuel in Jaffa.
Exile and the Restoration Movement
Following the death of Herod the Great in 4BCE, Jerusalem was ruled by a series of corrupt and brutal Roman governors provoking the Great Revolt of 66. General Vespasian and his son Titus crushed the rebellion, razing Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 CE. Another disastrous rebellion in 132 CE resulted in Jewish exile and 1800 years of Diaspora.
The seeds of the Restoration of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel began with the invention of the Printing Press. In the hands of common man, the Bible inspired many Evangelical Protestants of God’s unchanging love and plans for the Jewish nation. Bible-believing Christians, particularly in Britain, joined in the hope of the Jewish people for a homeland in Israel.
CMJ has worked tirelessly across continents and through two centuries to restore the Jewish people to the Land and to restore the Gospel of the Messiah to the Jewish People. This hope has been realised in modern times.
"The real force behind the movement for the restoration of the Jews to Palestine was the 'religious party' ... a body of devout and high-minded English Christians who, looking at the ferment in the East believed that the time was at hand for the fulfillment of prophecy by the return of the Chosen People."
Leonard Stein, Jewish Historian