Hundreds of Christians Gather to Oppose Antisemitism on Broadway

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Mitch Glaser, Ph.D. and president of Chosen People Ministries

NEW YORK CITY — On the same day that New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg dropped charges against many of the antisemitic protestors who ransacked Columbia University, more than 1,000 participants gathered inside the Palladium Theater in Times Square On June 20th to rally against the global scourge of antisemitism. Chosen People Ministries alongside the Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem hosted the event to confront and combat this dangerous rising tide of bigoted hatred through education, solidarity, and prayer.

The rally featured insightful speakers, worship, and teaching designed to raise awareness about the dangers of antisemitism and empower attendees to take meaningful action in their communities. From exploring the historical roots of antisemitism to examining its modern manifestations, participants gained valuable insights into combatting this age-old hatred.

Standing against antisemitism

Master of ceremonies Mitch Glaser, Ph.D. and president of Chosen People Ministries, set the tone for the evening, reminding attendees of the Oct. 7 massacre in Israel, but also of many other antisemitic attacks and acts of violence in recent years. “It is imperative for us as believers to take a stand against antisemitism in all its forms both here in the U.S. and worldwide,” he said. “The God of Israel has promised to preserve His people and we are here tonight to celebrate that promise and His faithfulness to Jewish people and to all of us. We serve a great God who is faithful to keep His promises, and we can work together to stop the hate.”

antisemitismLocal pastor Dr. A.R. Bernard, senior pastor of Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center, shared about the history of antisemitism and other forms of racism as stemming from an ideologically driven misinterpretation of Scripture. “This distorted hermeneutic has often been employed to justify and perpetuate systems of oppression. We need a modern biblical reassessment, a theological reflection that challenges the status quo,” he said. 

Michael Brown, PhD, a Jewish believer and prolific author, motivational speaker, adjunct professor and host of The Line of Fire radio program, spoke to the satanic roots of antisemitism. “However, the purposes of God will stand and Satan will be defeated in Yeshua’s name!” he concluded.

antisemitismAnglican pastor Mark Leach and his daughter Freya, who have launched the “Never Again is Now” movement, reminded attendees of the post-Holocaust era when people pledged to never again allow such evil. Mark said Many Christian churches are reminding him of 1930s German Christians looking the other way. He’s calling believers to stand with Jews and say, “If they are going to come for you, they have to come through us first.”

Israeli musicians Joshua Aaron and Yaron Cherniak, alongside American worship leader Aaron Shust, led the crowd in songs of praise and consecration, including in Hebrew. 

 

A call to action

Glaser listed specific ways people can say and do something:

  • Pray for the Jewish people and encourage churches and congregations to pray at a main service
  • Speak out against local acts of antisemitism (and don’t expect anyone else to do it)
  • Take action through public demonstrations, rallies, lectures and social media in support of the Jewish community (respond digitally when you see antisemitism expressed online)
  • Demonstrate support for Jewish students on local college campuses (talk to administrators if you have students there)
  • Support Jewish friends and visit a local synagogue to let them know “I am praying for your safety.” (make it personal)

He also announced the launch of an Israel Benevolence Fund to help those in need, with 100 % of the funds going to those who are suffering in Israel. Chosen People Ministries will also be working with Moody Bible Institute to host the Courage Conference in August to equip college students for opposing antisemitism on campus. See more at www.chosenpeople.com.

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