O R I G I N S
When? Founded in Jerusalem in February 1966.
Who? A group of clergy and theologians living in Israel.
Why? They shared the feeling that recent history demanded a fundamental consideration of Christian attitudes towards the Jewish faith and people, and that the State of Israel offered a unique setting for facing this task together.
O B J E C T I V E S
· To deepen the Christian relationship with Jews, Judaism and Israel.
· To draw together the different Christian traditions into a theological fraternity.
· To be a catalyst in Christian-Jewish dialogue and reconciliation world-wide.
Today, ETRFI is the recognized roof-organization for Christians engaged in Christian-Jewish dialogue in Israel. It is also the ecumenical group containing the widest range of members from all the historic churches.
A C T I V I T I E S
Every year, a new theme is pursued in monthly lectures, in occasional one-day conferences and at the concluding annual retreat. Themes have included: "Designation and meaning of the term Israel from its usage in the Old Testament to and including the present day" (1966/67), "Christian and Jewish responses to ethical challenges of today" (1999/2000), "Sacred Time(s): Time of Crisis. Time of Grace"
Through its membership and broad range of local contacts, ETRFI is able to organize seminars and lectures for visiting groups from all over the world, including Europe, America, Africa, Asia. A wide range of academic and spiritual issues are examined in a Jewish and Christian setting.
Student Christian Forum
In response to the various needs of Christian students from abroad studying in Israel in Christian institutions or at the Hebrew University, ETRFI offers activities and guidance to help them to integrate their studies and experiences.
Starting with a Cardinal Bea Prize, ETRFI has collected references to literature on the Jewish-Christian encounter throughout history. The thousands of entries in our computer permit the compilation of bibliographies by author, keyword or any of some 300 main topics and sub-categories; in more than ten languages, principally English, French and German.
M E M B E R S H I P
Members are representatives of the Protestant, Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches in approximately equal numbers, totalling more than one hundred, both locally and abroad.
L E A D E R S H I P
- Dr. Maas Boertien (1966-67)
- Dr. Hans Kosmala (1967-70)
- Prof. Marcel Dubois (1970-72)
- Abbot Laurentius Klein (1972-74)
- Dr. Michael Krupp (1974-77)
- Prof. Laurentius Volken (1977-79)
- Dr. Wesley Brown (1979-81)
- Rev. Josef Stiassny (1981-83)
- Prof. Robert Craig (1983-85)
- Sr. Lucy Thorson (1985-88)
- Dr. Geert Cohen-Stuart (1988-91)
- Prof. Marcel Dubois (1991-93)
- Canon William Broughton (1993-95)
- Abbot Nikolas Egender (1995-97)
- Rev. Ermanno Garbi (1997-99)
- Prof. Marcel Dubois (1999-2001)
- Dr. Kirsten Stoffregen Pedersen (2001-05)
- Fr. Dr. Thomas Maier, WF (2005-2012)
- Canon Dr. William Broughton (2012-present, Acting President)
- Rev. Canon Peter Schneider (1966-71)
- Rev. Dr. Coos Schoneveld (1971-80)
- Rev. Åke Skoog (1980-87)
- Rev. Dr. Petra Heldt (1987-present)