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HLGU to host Israeli Rabbi to discuss Jewish/Christian relations in the Middle East

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Rabbi David Nekrutman from Israel will visit Hannibal-LaGrange University on January 29 at 7 p.m. to discuss Jewish/Christian relations in the Middle East. The public is invited.

A Bible commentator and op-ed contributor both Charisma, The Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel, David Nekrutman currently serves as the Executive Director for The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC) in Jerusalem, Israel. In this capacity, Mr. Nekrutman is breaking new ground in leading the first ever Orthodox Jewish institution to dialogue with Christians on a religious and theological basis. He also launched the Day to Praise in 2015, creating a global movement of Christians joining Jews on Israel's Independence Day to recite Psalms 113-118 (Hallel).

Prior to his work with CJCUC, Mr. Nekrutman served as the Director of Christian Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel in New York. He was instrumental in the successful 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.

Prior to his calling in the field of Jewish-Christian relations, Mr. Nekrutman's professional career ranged from working for the City Council of New York as a Legislative Analyst to e-marketing for a major high tech company in Israel. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, Mr. Nekrutman received a Masters from the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. His thesis work is in the Hebraic Roots of the Holy Spirit.

Mr. Nekrutman resides in Netanya with his wife and three sons.

In 1997, David Richard Nekrutman obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a minor in Theater. He continued the social science path from 1997-1999 by attending the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Master of Social Work. After working two years with the City Council of New York from 1998-2000, he began his calling in Jewish- Christian relations by serving as the Director of Christian Affairs at the Israeli Consulate in New York from 2000-2004. In 2005, he relocated to Israel to work as a salesman for a Jerusalem publishing company and as a writer for a high-tech company in Ranana. Later, David re-entered into his sacred calling by becoming the Executive Director for the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC). Since January of 2008, he has been leading the first Orthodox Jewish center in the world to religiously engage and actively cooperate with Christians across denominational lines. In August of 2013, he entered the Graduate School of the Oral Roberts University College of Theology and Ministry to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Literature with a Judaic-Christian Studies Concentration. His thesis work was on the Holy Spirit in Judaism entitled Hester Panim: Accessing God in a State of Divine Hiddenness.

David has appeared on Christian television, CBN, TBN, Daystar and God TV and has written op-ed pieces for Charisma, The Jerusalem Post Christian Edition as well as the Times of Israel and Breaking Israel News. Besides speaking at churches and synagogues, David has also lectured at several academic campuses such as Oral Roberts University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Oklahoma Baptist University, Ashland University, Liberty University, Roberts, and Roberts Wesleyan College.

David was instrumental in the successful 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. He also helped create Passages a"birthright" program for Christian students to visit Israel as well as co-founded Blessing Bethlehem, an organisation that provides humanitarian aid to Christian Arabs who are financially challenged living in the birthplace of Christianity

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