Blessing Bethlehem is a charity fundraising initiative with the purpose of helping the persecuted Christians living in the city of Bethlehem and its surrounding areas. It was launched in September 2016 by Rabbi Pesach Wolicki, of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC), at the LifeLight Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Official logo of Blessing Bethlehem
Rabbi Pesach Wolicki
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In 2015, Rabbi Pesach Wolicki traveled to Sioux Falls, as part of an educational effort on behalf of CJCUC, where he heard about a local food drive at Faith Temple. Later, upon meeting Pastor Naim Khory of Jerusalem, a decision was made to extend the group's efforts in the direction of feeding Bethlehem’s poor.
In a September 2016 piece for the Argus Leader, Wolicki stated that in the Book of Moses, Jews are commanded by God to “care for the stranger in their midst” explaining that the Christian population of Bethlehem is "not in a country like Syria or Iraq where we don’t have access to them and can’t help them - We can help them". He also stated that the Jewish people are mainly concerned about the persecution of Christians throughout the world due to the history of persecution experienced by the Jews themselves.
In a September 2018 interview, Wolicki further elaborated on the importance of establishing "Blessing Bethlehem" stating that "Covenant land requires covenantal responsibility."
- ELI POLLAK, YISRAEL MEDAD (28 September 2018). "MEDIA COMMENT: THE POSITIVE SIDE". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Hult, John (2 September 2016). "Food giveaway inspires outreach to Israel". Argus Leader. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu (17 September 2018). "Rabbi Helping Christian Arabs: "Covenant Land, Covenantal Responsibility"". Breaking Israel News. Retrieved 26 September 2018.