Webinar on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7 p.m. (EDT)
By special arrangement with the producers, Abramorama, the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations invites you to view this new documentary and then to join in a panel discussion of it.
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In this provocative look at strange political bedfellows, Israeli filmmaker Maya Zinshtein investigates the political alliance between American evangelicals and Israel’s right wing, and their influence on United States foreign policy. Why do American church leaders encourage parishioners to make donations to Israel, even from poor communities? Millions of American Evangelicals are praying for the State of Israel. Among them are the Binghams, a dynasty of Kentucky pastors, and their Evangelical congregants in an impoverished coal mining town. They donate sacrificially to Israel’s foremost philanthropic organization, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, because they fervently believe the Jews are crucial to Jesus’ return. This film traces this unusual relationship, from rural Kentucky to the halls of government in Washington, through the moving of the American Embassy in Jerusalem and to the (shelved) annexation plan of the West-Bank. View the documentary’s trailer HERE.
About the Webinar Panelists:
Dr. Yaakov Ariel is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research has focused on Protestantism, especially Evangelical Christianity, and its attitudes towards the Jewish people and the Holy Land; on Christian-Jewish relations in the late modern era; and on the Jewish reaction to modernity and postmodernity. The author of numerous books and articles on these topics, his book, Evangelizing the Chosen People, was awarded the Albert C. Outler prize by the American Society of Church History.
Dr. Caitlen Carenen is Professor of History and department chair at Eastern Connecticut State University. Her areas of expertise include the relationship between American religious history and foreign policy, and particularly American Religious History, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and the history of the United States in the Middle East. Among her many publications is the book, The Fervent Embrace: Liberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel.