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700 Christian students join DC rally to stand with Israel

“This is what I believe Passages was created for—to stand by the Jewish community and the State of Israel during such moments,” said Rivka Kidron, co-founder and board member of Passages.

A total of 700 Christian students from across the United States joined the “March for Israel” in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14, 2023. Credit: Passages.
A total of 700 Christian students from across the United States joined the “March for Israel” in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14, 2023. Credit: Passages.

Some 700 Christian students from across the United States joined the “March for Israel” in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14, calling for the release of as many as 240 hostages taken by Hamas to the Gaza Strip and against growing antisemitism at home and abroad. They attended as part of Passages, a Christian organization that brings students to Israel to experience the roots of their faith and to build bridges of friendship with the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

“This day, evil is revealed, emanating from Gaza and provoking Israel into defending herself,” said Paul Weber, chief advancement officer for Passages, during an address to the students before joining the rally. “Evil is also revealed here at home, provoking its adherents against our Jewish family and threatening God’s entire family.”

“We’re called as Christians to stand for Israel and her people worldwide, beginning—not ending—right here in our capital, Washington, D.C. And from Washington to New York and New York to Los Angeles, from UCLA to Georgetown and Georgetown to Harvard, and to the University of Illinois, and to Arizona State, to Louisiana State and to every campus in the United States of America.”

Scott Phillips, chief executive officer for Passages, spoke about how he was compelled to visit and show solidarity with Israel immediately after the massacre of 1,200 people in southern Israel on Oct. 7.

“I had the opportunity to go to Israel just two weeks afterwards on a solidarity mission with Jewish friends and leaders who support the Jewish community in North America,” he said. “I was so honored to represent the Christian community in the United States and show my love and support for the people there. There’s so much trauma. I heard stories from people who had lost friends, neighbors. We talked to moms, dads, sisters and brothers whose loved ones have been killed or who are awaiting word about their family members taken hostage by Hamas.”

“While there, I experienced a siren for the first time—and that includes my time living in Israel and traveling there more than 50 times. In a way, I was honored to share that experience with Israelis,” acknowledged Phillips. “You don’t know what it’s like until you experience it yourself, and it gives you so much more empathy for the reality of living under those conditions. It was an awakening experience. As we gather today, my prayer for you is that you all have an awakening experience, too—that stirs your heart for Israel and the Jewish people like never before.”

In the weeks leading up to the rally, the Passages team has worked to mobilize their alumni across the United States. Hundreds of alumni have attended solidarity events, delivered white roses and messages of solidarity to Jewish synagogues in their hometowns, hosted prayer vigils for the hostages on college campuses and posted on social media to combat the rampant misinformation propaganda perpetuated by Hamas and their supporters. 

“This is what I believe Passages was created for—to stand by the Jewish community and the State of Israel during such moments,” said Rivka Kidron, co-founder and board member of Passages. “The Jewish people do not feel alone because we have dedicated and deeply committed Christian students who will stand shoulder to shoulder with us and join our cries of ‘Never Again’, ‘Bring Them Home’ and ‘Am Yisrael Chai.’ ”

Passages has also written an open letter signed by a coalition of administrators, professors, campus partners and students on campuses across the United States—standing united against the egregious attack on Israel and the antisemitism that has followed in its wake, in addition calling for the immediate release of all those abducted on Oct. 7.

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The future of Christian faith and leadership in America, as well as positive engagement with Israel, depends on the next generation of Christian leaders being deeply rooted in their biblical faith and values, as well as being exposed to modern Israel firsthand. As such, Passages aims to offer Christian students a life-changing experience that strengthens their identity in Christ; exposes them to the complex realities of modern Israel and the Middle East; and provides them with opportunities to develop their leadership abilities. For more information, visit: www.passagesisrael.org.
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