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David Nekrutman

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Full Name  דוד נקרוטמן
Denomination  Religious Zionism
Religion  Jewish

Organization  CJCUC Day to Praise
Nationality  American & Israeli
Name  David Nekrutman
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Born  28 November 1973 (age 42) (1973-11-28) Brooklyn, New York
Occupation  Writer Director Public Speaker columnist
Parent(s)  Natalie Bell Allen Nekrutman

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David Nekrutman (Hebrew: דוד נקרוטמן‎; born 28 November 1973) is an American–Israeli writer, director, columnist, theologian, public speaker, and pro-Israel activist. He is a prominent figure and pioneer in the world of Jewish–Christian relations and is the executive director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC), co-founder of the Day to Praise global interfaith initiative and founder of the Blessing Bethlehem aid organization. In addition, Nekrutman is a columnist who has written for The Jerusalem Post, Charisma Magazine and The Times of Israel.

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Early life

David Nekrutman was born on 28 November 1973 in Brooklyn, New York to Natalie (née Bell) and Allen Nekrutman. He is the younger brother of Joseph Nekrutman. Throughout his elementary and high-school years, Nekrutman attended a Yeshiva, where he adorned in his words "a black hat," which is significant of the Hassidic Orthodox Jewish denomination.

Education

Nekrutman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2013, Nekrutman was accepted into Oral Roberts University's theology program, taking a Master of Arts in Biblical Literature with a concentration in Judaic–Christian Studies.

Jewish–Christian relations

In the early 2000s, prior to his work with CJCUC, Nekrutman served initially as Director of Political Affairs and later on as Director of Christian Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel in New York, a position he acquired after attending a Christian "Night to Celebrate Israel" event at a local community church in Brooklyn. Initially, it was Nekrutman's boss at the consulate, Alon Pinkas, who was intended to take part in the event but an emergency situation in Israel at the time prevented him from going, and he asked Nekrutman to take his place. After placing a call to his rabbi, Gerald Meister, Nekrutman received the necessary dispensation to attend the event at the church. After attending the event, Nekrutman was later approached by Pinkas and his director of media affairs, Ido Aharoni, and informed that they are changing his portfolio from Director of Political Affairs to Director of Christian Affairs. After hesitation in regards to whether or not he wanted to accept the position, Nekrutman turned once again to Rabbi Meister who told him that he had been entrusted with a sacred responsibility and that he could go by way of two paths; "Covenant Theology," in which both Jewish and Christian communities believe they are covenanted, or by way of a "Kodak Moment" and get his picture taken in the paper. Meister told Nekrutman that he preferred he go by way of the first option. Nekrutman eventually accepted the position. While serving as Director of Christian Affairs, he was instrumental in the launching of The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, The Israel Experience, The Christian Jerusalem Day Banquet, and The Watchman on the Wall program with Reverend Robert Stearns of Eagles' Wings, resulting in millions of Christians praying & supporting Israel and the Jewish people.

CJCUC

Since 2008, Nekrutman under the auspice of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, heads The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation or CJCUC, an educational institution at which Christians who tour Israel can study the Hebrew Bible with Orthodox rabbis and learn about the Hebraic roots of Christianity. The center was established in Efrat in 2008 by Riskin, who has developed a reputation as "the most prominent rabbinic spokesperson to Christian Zionists." CJCUC partners with major Christian interfaith organizations such as Christians United for Israel and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. Its mission is rooted in Isaiah 1:18: "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord."

In 2011 Nekrutman spoke to Korean Christians at a pro-Israel rally held in Seoul. Nekrutman was the first Orthodox Jew to speak at the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) conference and discuss the importance of visiting Israel. In April 2012, he was the main speaker at CUFI's first international event in Nairobi where over 1,500 Africans attended to support Israel.

In 2013, Nekrutman, was accepted into the Oral Roberts University online Graduate Theology program.

In October 2013 Nekrutman published a controversial appeal for funds from Jews to support the purchase of a permanent site for the Christian-Arab church of Pastor Steven Khoury.

In a September 2015 piece for The Times of Israel, Nekrutman appealed to the Israeli Ministry of Education in regards to budget cuts and equal funding for Christian schools in Israel citing these budget cuts as "collateral damage" of internal political issues and stating that these issues "should never oppress minority populations." Later, together with The Pave the Way Foundation (PTWF) and the Galilee Center for Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations (CSJCR), CJCUC initiated an international campaign urging the Israeli Prime Minister and Education Ministry to Save Christian Education.

Day to Praise

In April 2015, Nekrutman along with CJCUC Chancellor & Founder, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin launched the Day to Praise global initiative. The initiative takes to form in an annual event on Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day) in which Christians world-wide are called on and invited by Rabbi Riskin to recite Hallel (Psalms 113–118) with the Jewish People in a celebration to praise God for the State of Israel.

Blessing Bethlehem

In the autumn of 2016, Nekrutman along with CJCUC associate director, Rabbi Pesach Wolicki, founded Blessing Bethlehem, an initiative with the purpose of providing humanitarian aid to the persecuted and impoverished Christian Arabs of Bethlehem and the surrounding communities.

Personal life

From 2006 to 2013, Nekrutman worked in e-marketing for a major high-tech company in Israel.

References

David Nekrutman Wikipedia


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