Christian, Jewish groups combat antisemitism with new song

“Our prayer is that this project can raise awareness of the threat of antisemitism and strengthen the ties between Christians and Jews," said Scott Phillips, executive director of Passages.

Israeli singer Avraham Tal performs in Caesaria, May 31, 2018 (photo credit: SHLOMI PINTO)
Israeli singer Avraham Tal performs in Caesaria, May 31, 2018
(photo credit: SHLOMI PINTO)

Passages, an organization that brings American Christian students to Israel, along with StandWithUs, a non-partisan Israel advocacy group, organized a show of solidarity against the increase in global antisemitism by bringing  Grammy-award winning US Christian stars together with some of the biggest names in Israeli music to record “The Blessing Israel." 

The collaboration features Israeli pop stars Avraham Tal, Dudu Aharon, Narkis, Eden Meiri and Gali Atari, along with African singers Rahel Getu, T.Y. Bello, Mynah Rams and Grammy-winning country and gospel vocalists Jacky Clark-Chisholm and Ricky Skaggs. It also spotlights the voices of Passages students. 

“I’ve watched the video twice and I love it," said Skaggs. "It’s beautiful in every way. Just to see the smiles on the faces of the artists pouring their hearts out in song is so wonderful.”

Scott Phillips, executive director of Passages, known as "Christian Birthright," said that music can transcend the boundaries of cultures. 

“Our prayer at Passages is that this project can raise awareness of the threat of antisemitism, strengthen the ties between Christians and Jews, and promote a deeper understanding of both Biblical and modern Israel," he said. 

American Christian college students in Israel as part of a program aimed at Christian students, called Passages, visit the holy site of the Mount Precipice in the Galilee town of Nazareth.PASSAGESAmerican Christian college students in Israel as part of a program aimed at Christian students, called Passages, visit the holy site of the Mount Precipice in the Galilee town of Nazareth.PASSAGES

The song, based on well-known biblical verses and sung in Hebrew and English, has drawn comparisons to "We are the world," a song released in the 80's featuring some of the biggest names in music, joining together to raise awareness for a noble cause.