On first official visit to US, Rivlin addresses black Christian leaders in Brooklyn

Presidents says Jews and blacks have a shared history of struggle, and warns against Holocaust denial.

January 27, 2015 16:46
1 minute read.
Reuven Rivlin

Reuven Rivlin. (photo credit: HAIM ZACH/GPO)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

President Reuven Rivlin launched his first official visit to the United States on Sunday at Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center, a predominately black megachurch and the largest church in New York City.

Speaking to the some 2,500 black congregants, including Senior Pastor Reverand Dr. A.R. Bernard and Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., Rivlin invoked the famous civil rights leader.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

“I also have a dream—I have a dream that once again God will knock on our door,” Rivlin said. “I dream that Jerusalem, which is a microcosm for the world, will serve as a model for coexistence between different communities and religions. We, the Jews and Muslims, are the children of Abraham; We are all the children of God.”

Rivlin also mentioned that Jews and blacks have a shared history of struggle, and warned against Holocaust denial. 

“Those who say the Holocaust never happened, the day will come when some will say the transportation and enslavement of 10 million Africans to the Americas never happened,” Rivlin said.

“We must celebrate the past. We must rehearse it in the ears of our children and the world, from generation to generation. So that history does not become myth,” he added.

Rivlin was scheduled to take part in a number of events in New York to commemorate International Holocaust Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. This included launching a Yad Vashem exhibition at the UN headquarters and a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

sign up to our newsletter

Related Content

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein visiting an IFCJ-sponsored medical clinic in Amman that treats Christian refu
August 15, 2018
Protecting the persecuted