I invite you to check out the ministry of CMJ, (Church's Ministry to the Jews) and their historical heritage centers in Jaffa, Galilee, and Jerusalem. Thousands of Israelis visit these heritage centers every month. Here is an excerpt from their website:
"Bet Nicolayson (the name of the Heritage center ministry) illustrates the nearly 200 years of history associated with a society that started as the Church's Ministry to the Jews (CMJ) and has since established the Israel Trust of the Anglican Church (ITAC) which works strictly in Israel. CMJ was established in England in 1809, by leading Christians including, Joseph Frey and William Wilberforce, and Lewis Way, who pleaded before the European heads of State on behalf of the Jewish people. CMJ first came to the land of Israel in the 1820’s via Joseph Wolfe, George Dalton, William Lewis and others who worked with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
These men helped to introduce modernity to the Land. They sought to have a British Consulate in Israel, which was subsequently established in 1838 by Lord Palmerston. Christ Church, the first Protestant church in the region, and the attached Consulate were the first modern buildings in Jerusalem, built in 1849. Michael Solomon Alexander, a former rabbi, was the first Protestant bishop in Jerusalem and pastor of Christ Church. This Bishopric was a combined effort of Britain and Prussia and marked the beginning of German involvement in the city. In addition to these achievements, CMJ opened the first modern hospital in Jerusalem (1844) and sent the first Western doctors to the Land.
Many of Jerusalem’s most notable 19th century inhabitants were associated with CMJ and Christ Church. Among others, they included:
James Finn and his wife Elizabeth, the second British consul and pioneers of Jewish agriculture in the Land,
Bishop Samuel Gobat, second Bishop of Christ Church and a pioneer of educational and social work amongst the Arab population and,
Conrad Schick, who began in the House of Industry, and became known as Jerusalem’s foremost scholar, archaeologist and model maker.
Finn and Gobat also established the first buildings outside the walls of the Old City.
It was also during the 1830’s and 1840’s that political and social development occurred. During this period, British evangelical Christians (both Anglican and non-Anglican) who were dedicated to restoration, strongly influenced the British government to officially propose to the Turkish Government the restoration of Israel to her land. This laid the foundation for the Balfour Declaration.
Throughout its history, CMJ has had contact with such notables as Lord Shaftesbury, King Frederick William IV of Prussia, General Allenby and General Montgomery. There is no other organization whose work amongst Jewish people has such a rich heritage. "