Jews, Seeking Allies, Reach Out to Latino Evangelicals

September 2, 2009

Author: Lilly Fowler

Source: Religion News Service

Early on a weekday morning, dozens of Latino evangelical leaders stream into a large church on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Greeting one another in Spanish, they sip coffee and share pastries until they are informed that class is about to begin.

The first course of the day? Hebrew.

They are here as part of a program sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, a global organization that supports Jewish life and promotes pluralism, to teach Latino evangelical leaders about Judaism.

“We started this course three years ago to tear down this wall and construct a bridge,” said Randall Brown, director of interreligious and Israel affairs for AJC’s Los Angeles chapter, as a group of professionally dressed Latino leaders applauded.