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
After the Eshel Hashomron Hotel in Ariel unexpectedly cancelled a counter-missionary conference scheduled to take place on September 10th 2014, the organizers of the event did their best to recoup and held the conference in Kiryat Netafim.
Despite the widely publicized cancellation and the controversy that ensued, a diverse and thoughtful audience of rabbis, professors, residents and students attended at the alternative venue...more
UPDATE: The JI presentation can now be viewed on YOUTUBE (in Hebrew)
There is something significant in the air that has not been detected by conservative Jewish leaders. It seems that the relentless rocket attacks and abominable acts by Hamas have set off a surprising firestorm of protest and activity on behalf of Israel by a number of notable liberal Jews - from Hollywood no less. And a number of those personalities are at the zenith of their careers and have gone out on a limb in voicing support for the Jewish State at this particular time.
It will be a missed opportunity if diehard Jewish conservatives do not take note of a possible awakening, and take time out from the tea party and their twisted affair with evangelicals in order to embrace a moment of commonality with their own people...more
Michael Decker is an Israeli Evangelical attorney. Decker and his partner Calev Myers of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) are in the forefront of the battle for messianic aliyah and “Judeo-Christian” rights in Israel. They are among those Evangelicals determined to change the Jewish nature of the State of Israel and the very definition of Judaism. In the name of "civil rights, freedom of religion, and social justice" they regularly offer pro bono advice to those hoping to advance a messianic Christian and missionary agenda in Israel. Most recently Michael Decker provided information in the messianic publication “Israel Today” which paves the road for those missionaries who strive to establish legal non-profit proselytizing entities in the Jewish state…more
Certain evangelizing organizations have recently taken their grotesque game of distortion and deception to new depths as they toy with and attempt to commandeer the sensitive topic of anti-Semitism. But missionary Asher Intrater of Revive Ministries may have just broken the absurd-o-meter with a recently published article in Charisma Magazine, “What is the Root of anti-Semitism?”.It goes without saying that Intrater will not win any converts or friends with his outrageous theological acrobatics and revisionism. ...more
For those Israeli activists, politicians and rabbis who were busy cozying up to Mike Huckabee in a no holds barred embrace, respect yet beware of friendly pastors and presidential hopefuls who may love Israel to death.
While JewishIsrael welcomes the friendship, warmth, and moral and political support from Mr. Huckabee, this report documents some good reasons why the order of the day should remain "respect and suspect"…more
Only one day after the Pope’s interfaith prayer for peace at the Vatican in Rome, reports appear to indicate that regular Catholic Mass has begun in the Cenacle Room above King David’s Tomb, located on the Diaspora Yeshiva campus on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. This despite a rash of Israeli government denials that came in the wake of Pope Francis’s visit to Israel two weeks ago.
There are a lot of unanswered questions, for example: Why is it that Franciscan Friar Pierbattista Pizzaballa, a man who lays claim to the Cenacle Room above the King David’s Tomb and other properties in Israel, was so visibly involved in every aspect of the Pope’s "non-political” interfaith prayer ceremony at the Vatican yesterday?...more
In this comprehensive wrap-up of the Pope’s three-day pilgrimage to the “Holy Land”, JewishIsrael explores the Vatican’s politically and theologically loaded agenda for Israel and compares the grim and alarming assessments of Jewish leaders and columnists with the heady predictions of those involved in interfaith ventures with the Catholic church. Included is an update on the Vatican’s claims of rights to, and historic ownership of, the Upper Room (Cenacle) above the Tomb of King David…more
The intensity of the reaction to the current papal visit is likely due to the mixed bag of perplexing messages. What the Vatican and international press are saying and what the government of Israel is not saying produces high anxiety in Israel.
JewishIsrael feels that it is high time to expose the sources of the provocative reports which so many Jews find upsetting. The truth is very telling, albeit not that surprising...more
In a spate of recent articles appearing in major Jewish, Christian and mainstream publications, there appears to be a consensus acknowledging a significant weakening of evangelical support for Israel. Christian Zionist leaders are writing about a new and disturbing anti-Israel trend among evangelicals, while Jewish writers across the political and religious divide are warning about the dangers of faith-based alliances with zealous Christians. Is it time for Jewish leadership to switch strategies?...more
OurCrowd, Jon Medved’s venture capital platform encouraging investment in Israel, is hosting a Passover Breakfast at the Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem. Israeli Attorney Calev Myers is scheduled as the guest speaker. Jon Medved may be unaware that Myers is a messianic Christian leader and an active advocate for messianic Christian rights in Israel.
It is important that Jewish investors and leaders carefully consider the costs involved in giving a messianic leader and activist such as Myers legitimacy, knowing that he has an agenda to establish a serious Christian foothold in Israel and is determined to change the nature of Judaism and the Jewish state...more
Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Shlomo Riskin, recently shared the podium at New York’s West Side Lincoln Square Synagogue with Christian missionary Joel Rosenberg in an interfaith theological exchange sponsored by Ohr Torah Stone’s Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC).
The event was a coup for Rosenberg who openly and enthusiastically supports the proselytizing of Jews.
Even more disturbing is the enormous promotional boost Rabbi Riskin has given to major missionary organizations such as Chosen People Ministries (CPM), which closely rivals Jews for Jesus in the race to convert Jewish souls...more
Community Alert :Israeli Grassroots Organizations and Leaders Collaborating with Missionaries Targeting Jews. Focus: Larry Huch and Daystar TV
In recent months, JewishIsrael has met with a number of Jewish community leaders in Israel in an attempt to prevent these leaders’ further collaboration with active missionaries who are operating in the Jewish state. To their credit, a number of these leaders have cut ties with such problematic missionary entities. Yet others have chosen to disregard JewishIsrael’s concerns...more
The Pope is coming to town and an historic agreement between Israel and the Vatican seems imminent. Reports and rumors are rife concerning the status of a Catholic shrine (the Cenacle) which sits directly above the traditional Tomb of King David. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Office (PMO) released a statement affirming that Israel will not, despite earlier reports, give away Mount Zion -- including King David's tomb -- to the Vatican.
JewishIsrael hopes that the government denials of relinquishing land and control do not amount to red herrings, as there remain unanswered questions regarding numerous reports that the Franciscans will be granted "administrative control" of the Cenacle including the rights to hold regular Catholic Mass above the Tomb of King David...more
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is being used as the primary figure to promote the 2014 ICEJ Feast of the Tabernacles. JewishIsrael has posted the one minute promo video.
While Rabbi Riskin speaks of the universal message of Isaiah, ICEJ's Feast homepage banner and explanation of this year's theme, "Aim for Restoration", is an exclusive message, heavily focused on jesus, christian scripture and church history.
This is not the first time Rabbi Riskin has been featured in a video presentation which has raised eyebrows and caused controversy…more
Two months ago in JewishIsrael’s report, Evangelists, Politics and Shomron PR – The Pew of It All, we outlined a number of concerns regarding the November 2013 Shomron Regional Council's Israel advocacy conference in New York.
Representatives from JewishIsrael attended the conference and this report is based on their observations...more
This Sunday (Jan 19th), Ruth Guggenheim from Jews for Judaism hosts the Shalom USA Radio Show, and talks with Ira Michaelson, former Hebrew Christian "rabbi" and Avraham Leibler, Administrative Director of JewishIsrael.com...more
This is a continuing update to JewishIsrael’s report of December 22nd, "Cast a Giant Jesus over Israel". JewishIsrael's Rabbinic Director Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold met with Tourism Minister Uzi Landau. At the meeting Landau was emphatic in his denial of having ever endorsed such a project. Landau personally told Rabbi Gold that such a project "will never happen". MK Moshe Feilgin also contacted JewishIsrael after speaking with Landau…more
Since JewishIsrael’s posting of its December 22 report, "Cast a Giant Jesus over Israel", attorneys at the Legal Forum for The Land of Israel have taken up the cause to stop such a project from happening. The Forum has already sent letters to Knesset members and to ministers, as well as to the Jewish National Fund (JNF-KKL)...more
Plans are in the works for a giant statue of jesus to be erected on Mount Precipice (also known as Har Kedumim) near Nazareth. Israeli, International and Christian news sources are reporting that the proposed monolith will be akin in scale to, or even larger than, the huge iconic statue of "christ the redeemer" which towers over the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The project involves JNF owned land and has reportedly received an endorsement and blessing from Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau.
JewishIsrael is taking a pro-active stance opposing this project and has a full report ...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