Christian Tour Leaders in Holy Land Go On Air

June- July 2015

In a initiative targeting Christian visitors to Israel theCenter for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC) and Voice of Israel, global radio broadcasting at, have launched the Israel Encounter program in order to enjoy programming with local Israelis and to grow in their undertanding of Israeli culture and life.

“The only time Christians interact with an Israeli is when they are ordering falafel or shawarma and that is a sad state of affairs,” remarked David Nekrutman, CJCUC’s Executive Director. While a trip to Israel should enhance one’s faith, Nekrutman added that there is a “huge opportunity for people to relate to modern day Israel as the miracle in our lifetime.”

Rabbis Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel areco-hosts of Israel Inspired radio program on Voice of Israel, and they believe that this by working together they will be able to communicate how Judaism expresses itself. The idea is that Christian leaders and pastors can now lend their voice to radio here in Israel and go on air with their testimonials and will be able to discuss their relationships with the Jewish people. 

The Israel Encounter program primary focus is how Israelis are building their future in a region that is always changing and in tension with democracy and religion not on past differences.

For more information in booking your tour group with Israel Encounter, please email David Nekrutman at

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Elisa L. Moed is the Founder and CEO of, the leading Christian travel network focused on Holy Land tours. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences.