American Jewish-Evangelical Interfaith Relations and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Date: Jul 22, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Sponsor: Online Lecture Series

Location: Online

Category: JTS Alumni in the World

American Jewish-Evangelical Interfaith Relations and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Part of our summer learning series JTS Alumni in the World: Scholarship and Impact 

Monday, July 22
1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

With Dr. Amy Weiss (Kekst Graduate School ’07), Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies and History, University of Hartford  

In 1977, the American Jewish Committee awarded Billy Graham its first National Interreligious Award in recognition of the evangelist’s support of Israel and endorsement of interfaith relations. While bestowing the award upon an evangelical—and not a mainline Protestant or Catholic—made sense to the AJC, not all Jewish communal organizations or American Jews understood this decision. This talk examines the shifting relations between American Jews and evangelicals in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, revealing how support for Israel has transformed American interreligious affairs.

The Zoom link for all sessions in the JTS Alumni in the World: Scholarship and Impact series will be in the confirmation email that you receive after you register. 

Dr. Amy Weiss holds the Maurice Greenberg Chair of Judaic Studies and is an assistant professor of Judaic studies and history at the University of Hartford. She received a 2024 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend to complete her book, Interfaith Friends and Ideological Foes: American Jews, Evangelicals, and Israel, 1963–2018, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. In addition to receiving a PhD from New York University, Dr. Weiss received her MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary. 

About the Series

Our esteemed JTS alumni are making important contributions through their work as scholars and thought leaders in their fields. Join them this summer for nine outstanding learning sessions. Through their engagement with Jewish text, history, and thought, they are enhancing the spiritual and personal lives of individuals, building more inclusive communities, and preparing the leaders of tomorrow, ensuring a stronger Jewish future.