Several major African-American churches rallied in Detroit, Michigan, this week in support of Israel, evoking the historic black-Jewish alliance of the Civil Rights movement.
Reverend Dr. Edward L. Branch, a member of The Fellowship’s African American Advisory Council, reminded his congregation of the rich history of the black-Jewish relationship during a rally.
Pastor Branch, who leads the mega-church Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit urged his congregation “to stand with Israel just as the Jewish community stood with us during the Civil Rights movement, as we seek peace for all people in the Middle East.”
Leading the rally initiative was Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, also known as The Fellowship. The rabbi spoke to Reverend Branch’s congregation as well as two others on Sunday, August 16, including the Second Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) at the New St. Paul Tabernacle, led by Bishop P.A. Brooks, and Family Victory Fellowship, led by Pastors Larry and Sylvia Jordan.
Rabbi Eckstein’s outreach to the churches comes as he prepares to travel to Israel at the end of this month with top leaders from the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) for an educational leadership trip hosted by The International Fellowship for Christians and Jews and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism.