Rabbis Dov Lior and Sholom Gold address evangelical missionary crisis at JewishIsrael event in Hebron …more
JewishIsrael gives presentation at the Israel Center...more
JewishIsrael gives presentation at Jerusalem Rabbinic Conference...more
JewishIsrael gives presentation to AFSI...more
JewishIsrael provides Knesset MKs with significant information on missionaries... more
Christian worship service plans for Orthodox synagogue stopped... more
OU withdraws Evangelical resolution...more
Moshe Feiglin and Manhigut Yehidut break ties with Joel Bell...more
In addition to its offices and numerous shops, Mercaz Clal on Jerusalem's Jaffa Street serves as a sort of "messianic central" with a very active, top to bottom Christian missionary presence under the auspices of King Of Kings Community (KKCJ). But the location recently became somewhat like "comedy central" when a member of the staff of the KKCJ affiliated Café Forte, allegedly tried to missionize the restaurant’s kashrut supervisor. This activity reportedly resulted in the withdrawal of the Rabbinate's kashrut certification from the premises.
Café Forte may be a new venture but new testaments and proselytizing over coffee at the Clal Center are an old story. JewishIsrael has an update that takes some very intriguing twists and turns...more
Former President George W. Bush was the featured keynote speaker at this year's Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) Banquet in Dallas. That organization, headed by "Rabbi"/Pastor Jonathan Bernis, clearly proclaims their vision and mission to convert Jews to Christianity.
While the Bush appearance at the 2013 MJBI Banquet made a lot of waves, what is not widely known is that in recent years some of Israel's "best friends" have been the stars at these very same annual MJBI banquets...more
The Shomron Regional Council's Israel Advocacy Conference and Wine Tasting Reception will take place in New York on November 17th. Everybody knows that Israel is in need of good hasbara. JewishIsrael understands that nobody needs or deserves it more than the farmers and residents living in Yehuda and Shomron. BUT the evangelical personalities featured on the flyers and in PR reports, and their agendas, raise serious concerns.
JewishIsrael outlines some of the pitfalls and offers some suggestions…more
Indicative of the misreading of the situation was Rabbi Melamed's and the Shomron Regional Council's hosting and promoting of a Mega-Church leader who teaches Replacement Theology to millions of evangelical followers (it becomes downright embarrassing).
As this full report unfolds, it will draw attention to practical, spiritual and ethical problems, as well as to a lack of appropriate caution being exercised among those who are advising Rabbi Melamed on Jewish-Christian relations. Part 2 of this report will challenge Rabbi Melamed's view of Tommy Waller and Hayovel Ministries, and will expose Hayovel's past and present missionary agenda...more
David Nekrutman, executive director of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin's Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC), located in Efrat, has made an urgent appeal for funding to establish a church in Jerusalem.
The obvious question which comes to mind to Torah observant Jews is why in the world would an organization founded and directed by the Chief Rabbi of Efrat and staffed by Orthodox Jews enter into the church-building business?...more
Evangelical Texas Governor Rick Perry and Pastor John Hagee have joined forces to bring a branch of Texas A&M University to Nazareth. The "Peace Campus" will offer "Muslims and Jews and Christians the opportunity to study together” and foster better relations between Jews and Arabs. Yet Israel’s institutions of higher learning have always been open to Arabs, Christians and international students of all creeds.
A number of media sources are making the point that no other American university has opened a branch campus in Israel until now. However that is not exactly true. Mormons, Evangelical missionaries and Catholics are all striving to have an educational impact and "presence in Israel". JewishIsrael covers some angles that the press missed…more
Journalist Judy Lash Balint Cuts Through the Fluff on Evangelist Mike Evans
When evangelist Mike Evans' Jerusalem Prayer Team Weekly Update proclaimed, "Bomb Shelter at Righteous Gentile Heritage Center Gets National Recognition", he surely didn't expect journalist Judy Lash Balint's account of the grand opening of the shelter, which was published in the Times of Israel, under the headline "Christian love: Buying their way into Jerusalem". In addition to an accurate account, and photos of the event, Balint did the unexpected – she penned the truth about missionary Mike Evans...more
A JewishIsrael Statement of Concern: Regarding Rav Melamed's Position in Support of Messianic Christian Volunteers
On Thursday, October 10th, 2013, JewishIsrael board members met in Har Bracha with a representative, whom Rabbi Melamed assigned the task of meeting with JewishIsrael and listening to what we had to say. The meeting lasted for over an hour, during which time JewishIsrael gave a presentation of what we viewed as the problems caused by the deployment of Hayovel Ministries’ volunteers in Israel...more
JewishIsrael’s Rabbinic Director, Rabbi Sholom Gold, responds to Rabbi Eliezer Melamed's article, "Christians Fulfilling the Prophecy of Isaiah":
"It is crucial at this time that such rabbis stop hosting and promoting those messianic driven Christian ministries and individuals who are determined to destroy the theological boundaries between Judaism and Christianity. The rabbis involved are accomplishing nothing less than contributing to, inspiring, and establishing a first century type Christian Restoration cult in Eretz Yisrael."..more
Literally within a minute of each other, on this past Erev Sukkot, September 18th, The Times of Israel published two articles about Christian love for the Jewish people that are worlds apart in every sense.The prophetic hopes of Israel's Rabbi Eliezer Melamed and his post, "Christians Fulfilling the Prophecy of Isaiah" met the harsh reality of the streets of Brooklyn in the news feature "New Brooklyn Messianic center set to missionize Orthodox neighbors."
While Christian missionary "outreach" efforts targeting the Jewish community in the Diaspora are deemed an existential threat, resulting in a zero-tolerance consensus among American Jewish leaders of all sectors, things are ironically very different in the Jewish state....more
Official fundraising bodies for the Shomron Regional Council, such as Shuva Israel, as well as private charitable endeavors, like the Shiloh Children's Fund, regularly solicit and encourage some of the very same evangelical organizations which are actively engaged in missionary activities in Israel and involved in efforts to proselytize Israel's most vulnerable sectors.
Under the circumstances, "shmad" would not be an incorrect term to use for what is being allowed to occur in Israel. It is most tragic that Torah observant leadership in Israel has unabashedly chosen to partner with and embrace those who are determined to draw Jews away from their faith…more
The International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem’s annual Feast of the Tabernacles is a christ-centered pilgrimage and worship event intended to inspire and challenge Christians in their "walk with christ". The event frequently features, as speakers, missionaries who have targeted Jews for conversion. Jewishisrael is at a loss as to why the World Jewish Congress and the Knesset Christian and Israel Allies Caucuses have once again announced their participation in ICEJ's Feast...more
Anne Ayalon, founder and president of the Galilean Resort project, and of ICC-Galilee Properties Management Ltd, continues to use Christian television to promote her Christian worship center, discuss jesus, and encourage a Christian attachment to the land of Israel through property acquisition...more
Arutz 7 has reported that Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin knows of no such deal involving the transfer of King David's Tomb on Mount Zion to the Vatican, as was recently reported in the Orthodox/Hareidi paper Hamodia. However, additional clarification is needed because official Vatican sources, as well as the mainstream press, are claiming that the Vatican will receive "administrative control" (rather than ownership) of the Cenacle (Last Supper Room), opening it up for Catholic church services directly above King David's Tomb. Who is telling the truth and why such "undiplomatic" pressure from the Vatican over nonnegotiable property? …more
U.S. Christian leader "rabbi" Jamie Cowen establishes messianic law firm in Israel
Infamous U.S. Christian leader "rabbi "Jamie Cowen, who managed to make aliyah, has changed his name to Cohen and established the messianic law firm Cohen, Pex and Brosh. The firm is the latest of a growing number of legal organizations meeting the demands of evangelizing Christians who are looking to establish a foothold in the Jewish state. JewishIsrael contacted professionals working in the counter-missionary field who are familiar with Jamie Cowen and his activities. We received a concerned and immediate response. On the eve of Tisha b'Av 5773, Cowen's messianic deception and ability to breach Israel's gates as a "friend and lover" should jar the Jewish soul…more
In an official press release, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has announced that it has gained administrative control of the Cenacle shrine (Upper Room) on Mt. Zion, which is located above the traditional Tomb of King David, and will be opening up the site for Catholic worship. Jewishisrael has been consistently issuing alerts and reports on the possibility of such a disturbing development...more
The U.S. State Department has released its annual International Religious Freedom Report. The Jewish state fell short of the standards that have been set by America, an overwhelmingly Christian nation. Israel didn't make the grade when it came to accepting "messianic Jews", welcoming missionaries and embracing proselytizing.
According to the report, the population of "Messianic Jews" in Israel has apparently taken a quantum leap over the past three years – growing from 10,000 adherents in 2009 to 20,000 in 2012. JewishIsrael reviews this State Department report and takes a look at those intriguing demographics...more
(Part 2 of report on Chosen People Ministries)
Chosen People Ministries (CPM) has literally painted the town(s) red across North America with their Isaiah 53 missionary blitz. Now with their book, materials and billboards translated into Hebrew and Russian, they are coming to Israel to launch a massive campaign targeting the Jewish people for conversion. How should Israelis respond to aggressive proselytizing?...more
MISSIONARY ALERT: Chosen People Ministries targets Israelis for conversion (Part1)
Chosen People Ministries (CPM) is a large, international Christian missionary organization whose stated purpose is to evangelize Jews. CPM has a growing network of missionary centers in Israel and currently runs evangelistic activities in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ariel, Netanya and Sderot. In recent years CPM's missionary teams have been reaching out to very young Jewish children in Israeli orphanages - taking them to messianic venues and attempting to establish long-term relationships with them. more…
Jewishisrael is no friend of Jimmy Carter. Yet in the aftermath of this month's brouhaha over the incongruous decision by the editors of Cardoza Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution to honor the former president, JewishIsrael felt it timely to recount an episode also plagued with absurdity which still has serious repercussions for both Israeli and Diaspora Jewry.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter, under pressure from the American Jewish community, intervened to save countless numbers of Jewish youth from Christian missionary Mike Evans, who was effectively working to "save" [sic] as many young Jewish souls as possible.
This report is no parody, but it is a terrible paradox, as both Evans and Carter have caused irreparable damage to Am Yisrael, but now find themselves being acclaimed by leading American Jewish and Israeli institutions. How the Jewish community got to this absurd juncture is worth exploration…more
Reflections on Michael Freund's article on Christians and Repentance
"When Christians Repent", is an article by Michael Freund, currently featured on Aish HaTorah’s website. The article also appeared in the Jerusalem Post. With all due respect to Mr. Freund and the extraordinary work that he does, Jewishisrael has repeatedly taken issue with his unreserved approach to embracing evangelical Christians. We again feel Mr. Freund has missed the mark, as it is neither anti -Semitism, replacement theology, or missionary activity which is the primary reason for Jews maintaining a respectful and necessary distance from zealous Christians. JewishIsrael takes a profound look at the issue …more
Eckstein's IFCJ continues to be a source of controversy for Jewish Charities : focus on Netanya
Conflicting reports have appeared in the Jewish Press as to whether or not Netanya's largest charity, Kupat Tzedaka Merkazit, has rejected a 100,000 shekel donation from Yechiel Eckstein's organization, IFCJ (Keren L’Yedidut -The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews). Jewishisrael investigated to get the real the story. In addition, we explore why Eckstein's approach to fundraising and his methods continue to cause discomfort among Jews across the religious and political spectrum.
And yes, it seems rabbis and community leaders in Netanya have good reason to be suspect of Christian generosity….more
Rabbinic Committee Formulates Policy Regarding the Acceptance of Assistance from Christian Sources
A document of principles regarding the acceptance of monetary and manpower assistance from Christian organizations or individuals has been formulated by the Committee of Binyamin Region Rabbis. The halachic document which can be read here in Hebrew should be reviewed by any Jew in Israel who is involved in any way with Christian sources. It is very thorough, clear, and addresses many of the concerns which JewishIsrael has brought to the attention of the public over the years. The document enjoys the endorsement of an impressive list of prominent rabbinic leaders in Israel…more
JewishIsrael feels Rabbi Riskin's feature article in Makor Rishon inverted the inherent intent of Rabbi Joseph Dov Ber Soloveitchik’s (the Rav) major essay on the subject, "Confrontation", and JewishIsrael has responded with a comprehensive report.
In the report, JewishIsrael takes a very in-depth look at Rabbi Riskin's article and his reinterpretation of the Rav’s directives. Our report explores the activities and aspirations of some of the major personalities and "friends" mentioned in Rabbi Riskin's article, who almost without exception are not only partnering with and supporting the Christian messianic movement and missionaries in Israel, but are actively engaged in advancing a theological unification of the Judaic and the Christian, something the Rav was adamantly against...more
Hospital History in the Holy Land: a Proactive Jewish Response to Christian Missionary Activity
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating their centennial anniversary. Hadassah and other Jewish medical foundations were founded, in part, as a proactive response to Christian missionary hospitals which were fiercely dedicated to converting Jews in pre-state Israel. Jewish Israel feels it is especially timely to review some hospital history because today's modern state of Israel is embracing evangelizing entities and becoming progressively more dependent on donations from those sources. The reaction to missionary activity among today's Jewish leadership stands in startling contrast to the historic norm. …more
Reverend Dr. Jonathan Hansen of World Ministries International is an end-times "prophet" and an in-your-face missionary. Hansen has been actively proselytizing in Sderot, Israel. He hopes to set up a missionary dental clinic in cooperation with the Sderot municipality. Hansen's website proudly displays his numerous connections with Israeli political, rabbinic and community leaders and activists. He sells interviews with these personalities in order to support and promote his missionary efforts...more
Israel's Ministry of Education provides license for Christian missionary camp
Israel's Ministry of Education recently granted a business license to known missionaries to operate a summer camp in Northern Israel. It seems that a number of government bodies in Israel are recklessly churning out permits and authorizations to our "Christian friends", while turning a collective blind eye to youth-oriented missionary activity in the Jewish state. Jewish Israel offers a disturbing sampling of recent developments and activities designed to fuel a jesus revolution among Israeli youth. And it's been a very hot summer…more
Jewish Israel is still here and working hard to keep our readership informed of some very disturbing developments on the Israel-Evangelical front. We are in the midst of preparing Hebrew and English publications and video materials, as we continue to meet with rabbinic and community leaders. Because of the length of the new reports and gravity of the situation, all documentation is undergoing a thorough review before being released to the online public. We ask that our readership please have patience. We continue to regularly update our video library with footage that is relevant to future reports. But here is a preview of what's to come...more
Jewish Israel takes an in-depth look at very recent developments in Israel's relationship with evangelicals and how the pursuit of "a common future and destiny" with Christianity is eroding Jewish foundations and blurring the distinction between faiths. Is Jewish leadership inadvertently leading us down the road to spiritual assimilation, and is it time for a lesson in basic Judaism? ...more
Last week, Pastor John Hagee used the rooftop of the Aish HaTorah World Center, which overlooks the Western Wall and Temple Mount, to declare that jesus is lord and king and to assert that "every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess"that belief.
Jewish Israel contacted the administration of the Aish Center at the Kotel to ask some questions. In this report we also ask, how is it that Pastor Hagee felt so emboldened to take such liberties at the site of a renowned Torah institution in Eretz Yisrael?…more
Last month a video of popular Christian messianic missionary and Hebraic roots teacher "Rabbi" Ralph Messer, wrapping mega-church leader Eddie Long in a Torah scroll, became a viral punch in the gut for Jews of all persuasions, and caused members of various evangelical sects to shift into damage-control mode. Jewish Israel promised our readership a full investigation. We have just released that report.
Messer is not marginal. Some of Israel's best friends and Christian Zionist leaders have joined him and actively participated in the desecration of Torah scrolls and the warping of Jewish symbolism. Jewish Israel lifts the mask on this charade and covers all of the angles in an in-depth report which exposes the Jewish and Christian parties directly and indirectly responsible for this growing trend and travesty…more
UPDATE (March 20): Mention of the Davidson Center and the Old City as the venue for the play has now been removed from the passionjerusalem.com website
Jewish Israel has just learned that a Passion Play produced by JBS Theatricals, a production company under the auspices of Stivale Ministries, is scheduled to be performed at the Kotel’s Davidson Center in the spring of 2012. Titled "The Kingdom", and billed as "the Passion in the Heart of Jerusalem", this production puts the nature and dignity of Jewish Jerusalem to shame. Jewish Israel has interviewed one of the producers and posted the promotional video clip as it appeared at the time of the interview...more
UPDATE: Rabbi Boteach has taken an interest in Jewish Israel's report and graphic presentation (see correspondence)
Last August Jewish Israel reported on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's plans to launch his book "Kosher Jesus". In this newest report we ask, "how far and low will a Jewish man go in order to ensure and secure that loving embrace from evangelical Christians?" It seems we're about to find out as "Rabbi Shmuley" attempts to theologically reconcile Judaism with Christianity.
In this extensive report Jewish Israel explores Boteach's high risk venture from a number of angles and takes a look at the reactions coming in from rabbis, counter-missionaries, and Christians…more