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Missionaries in Israel

"Messianics" (members of Christian sects feigning Jewish identity to convert Jews) living in Israel: 20,000

Messianic churches and congregations in Israel: 150

Activism: In the field with JewishIsrael

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

Friends or Foes? You Decide

"Christians need to pray more fervently for the spread of the Gospel among the Jewish people in Israel...We also need to pray for religious liberty there." ---Jim Sibley, Director of Jewish Studies Criswall College, Dallas
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"...And the most exciting part is that I am granted an automatic permanent visa in Israel - that's right! CFI is so highly respected by the Israeli government that I am granted automatic visa renewals without any trouble on a permanent status...Now I am watching my dreams unfold before me of being a permanent missionary/volunteer in Israel...This is my highest calling to the people of Israel... that they would know Messiah." ---- from the diary of Erin - a Christian Friends of Israel (CFI) volunteer
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"Jews need to begin to cry out for their Messiah...I've met wonderful Jews... here in Jerusalem, who are all saying 'Yes, Jesus you are our Messiah,"
----Pat Robertson at the ICEJ Feast of the Tabernacles
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“There are many messianic Jews in Israel right now who are sharing the gospel, and are part of the military, serving with the Israeli Defense Force.”
---Jay Sekulow, Messianic Chief Council for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ),
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We cannot help but be missionaries and I have discovered that some Jews despise us if we pretend not to be!"
----David Pawson bible teacher and lecturer for ICEJ
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“The on-going and unpredictable violence created a climate of fear in Israel – but at the same time, this climate of fear opened the door for unbelievable evangelism opportunities for our team.” ----Messianic Christian "Rabbi " Scott Sekulow
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“ Even though many people are afraid to share the gospel here, I tell you I have never had any problem...we were giving away beautiful posters to the Israeli soldiers at checkpoints ... The Russian Jews are the most open Jewish people group to the gospel on the face of the earth at this moment. The Russians today were begging us for New Testaments … "
----Christine Darg ,Exploits Ministries, Covenant Alliances, in partnership with the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus
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"Shani and Jim 'Kobi' Ferguson also minister in Israel. This family has begun its own ministry in Jerusalem called YeshuaIsrael to help further the evangelistic thrust into Israel".
----Christ for the Nations, June 2008

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Jewish Israel takes a critical look at Israel’s alliances with Fundamentalist Christian groups, and provides a platform for ongoing monitoring and pro-active responses to evangelical missionary campaigns targeting Jews for conversion, Read more

JI Reports on the Israel-Christian Front

Elav’s “Jesus Revolution” Concert for Youth Comes to First Station in Jerusalem

Tonight, during the three week period between the fast of the 17th of Tammuz to the fast of the 9th of Av, in the shadow of Jerusalem’s Old City and the Temple Mount, throngs of Israeli teens and a good number of zealous Christian youth from abroad will be gathering at Jerusalem’s First Station for the Elav's 2015 messianic missionary rock and jesus worship concert. The organizers of the annual Elav event, Succat Hallel, have openly called for “a Jesus Revolution in Israel”...more

It's Open Fishing Season for Christian Zionist Proselytizers in Israel

JewishIsrael realizes that not everyone has the head or stomach to read in-depth reporting about the evangelical missionary incursion into Israel. For those who simply can't stomach the gravity of the situation, or fathom how "friendship evangelism" is impacting the very core of Judaism in the Jewish state, we've posted a number of new videos illustrating evangelical inroads into Israel. We've focused on three specific videos in this report and have provided brief and concise descriptions. If you can't read it, then watch it and weep   ...more

JewishIsrael Expands its Guidelines to Interfaith Relations with the Christian World 

Already back in 2008, JewishIsrael foresaw a number of problems with Israel’s burgeoning theological alliance with evangelicals. Under the guidance of our Rabbinic Director, Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, JewishIsrael formulated a suggested approach to relations with the evangelical world.

This month JewishIsrael has expanded these guidelines to include such matters as the growing messianic missionary inroads in the Jewish state, religious freedoms issues, the Temple Mount, and the current climate of persecution of Christians in a number of Arab countries in the region. JewishIsrael’s expanded guidelines can be read here.

Yehuda Glick Meets with JewishIsrael to Discuss Red Lines in Israel-Christian Relations

Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick will receive the "Lion of Zion" Moskowitz Prize for Zionism on Tuesday, May 19. While JewishIsrael has personally expressed reservations to Yehuda regarding his campaign for "equal rights" for all religions on the Temple Mount, JewishIsrael congratulates Yehuda on his award and commends him for his courage, commitment and dedication.

JewishIsrael's directors had the opportunity to meet at length with Yehuda in his home just before Pesach. It was a cordial and productive meeting...more

Heads Up, Media! The Vatican Already Recognized the "State of Palestine" a Long Time Ago…

Ha’aretz headlines have just declared, "Vatican treaty uses term 'state of Palestine' for first time", and Israeli officials are "disappointed" and awaiting "clarifications".

It is certainly not the first time. JewishIsrael noted in our June 2014 report that official Vatican mouthpieces had been using the term "State of Palestine" on a number of occasions, going as far back as January 2013. At the time, Israel’s Foreign Ministry tried to make it go away by using virtual white out...more

Rights of Christian Proselytizing Sect Trumps Jewish Sensitivities in Israeli Court:

On the Shabbat of May 3rd, Jews of all persuasions attended a prayer vigil in protest of a Jehovah's Witnesses event being held at a sports arena in Ra’anana. After attempts to stop the event failed in an Israeli court, it was reported that thousands of demonstrators, religious and secular alike, staged a mass protest to voice their opposition to the proselytizing sect's activities.

The press reports leading up to the event were a source of confusion. JewishIsrael investigated the background behind the provocative missionary group and their activities in Israel and conducted interviews with Yad L'Achim, as well as community activists and concerned citizens who were present at the protest....more

OurCrowd Boosts Messianic Christian Movement in Israel

This week from April 27th through May 1st Israeli Messianic and Arab-Christian entrepreneurs will be gathered at "the Israel Business Forum", at Hotel Yehuda in Jerusalem, with the mission of economically empowering and developing the messianic Christian movement in Israel.

A conference in Jerusalem of this nature should no longer come as a surprise. This year in particular has seen a glut of major conferences in both Israel and abroad that demonstrate an open collaboration between Christian Zionist leaders and missionary and messianic leaders, which overtly focus on evangelizing the Jews and empowering the local messianic community in Israel.

What is newly alarming is that the highly reputable venture capital firm, OurCrowd, is sponsoring and partnering with this week's messianic Christian business forum alongside messianic-run entities…more


Rabbi Riskin’s Protégé Conducts Christian Interfaith Worship Service in Orthodox Jerusalem Synagogue

Contrary to Rabbi Riskin's statements in media outlets accusing the Haredim of launching a campaign against his joint Christian-Jewish worship event in Jerusalem on Israeli Independence Day, it was rabbis and activists solidly in the Zionist national camp who questioned the endeavor and who approached Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar in a meeting held on Israel's Memorial Day.

The “Day To Praise” venture was an idea conceived by David Nekrutman while he was studying Christian theology at Oral Roberts University. The event, held at Hatzvi Yisrael Synagogue, was promoted as being affiliated with Ohr Torah Stone. It was expected to be both "controversial and revolutionary" according to the Voice of Israel radio…more

Rav Aharon Lichtenstein Z”L Upheld Rav Joseph Soloveitchik's Interfaith Directives

Prominent scholar Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein passed away this week. He was the director of Har Etzion Yeshiva, a renowned authority on Jewish law, and a recipient of the Israel Prize.

Despite being considered "modern" and "open " in his worldview, Rabbi Lichtenstein, an eminent student of the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (known as "the Rav"), upheld the Rav's traditional position on interfaith dialogue and relations with the Christian world...more

Donny Fuchs Exposes Jewish Leadership as the New Jews for Jesus

UPDATE, 2015/04/22: The Jewish Press recently deleted this article. Fortunately, Google keeps a cached copy. We have replaced the original article link with the cache copy link. If you would like to ask the Jewish Press what made them so scared that they felt the need to delete the article, submit your query via their contact page.

Last month JewishIsrael reported on Jeremy Gimpel's continued collaboration with missionary organizations and leaders. We posted disturbing video footage and promised a follow-up report to our readership. Donny Fuchs of the Jewish Press, who has written several columns on the evangelical incursion into Israel, picked up the ball.  ...more

 

Jeremy Gimpel and Hayovel Pray with Convert-the-Jew Pastor Don Finto in Nashville

On February 22nd Jeremy Gimpel was the featured speaker at an event in Nashville sponsored by HaYovel, a ministry founded by Tommy Waller. At the conclusion of the event, Don Finto, a notorious Nashville-based missionary known for his support of the messianic movement in Israel and for public campaigns praying for Jews to come to faith in jesus, was honored by Hayovel. Finto joined Gimpel and the Hayovel team on stage where he blessed them and prayed in the name of jesus...more


JewishIsrael Alerts the Jewish Media and Community to Israel’s Missionary Crisis

At the end of 2014, JewishIsrael made a strategic decision to take a more pro-active and visible stance in order to get the word out about Israel’s missionary crisis. In keeping with that commitment, JewishIsrael has spent the last several months increasing our exposure in Jewish media outlets and in social media...more

Proud Jewish Writers Confront Christian Missionary Challenge

JewishIsrael is pleased to see that a growing number of concerned columnists across the religious and political divide are covering the severity of the missionary problem in Israel. Writers such as Diane Bederman and Donny Fuchs have persevered despite the controversy and unpleasant challenges that come with exploring territory which is deemed "untouchable" in an era marked by Israel's enormous dependence on evangelical Christian support...more

Hamodia reports on JewishIsrael's Insomnia: "Worth Losing Sleep Over"

Hamodia, a popular daily newspaper in the Orthodox Yeshiva world, published a lengthy interview on February 5th with JewishIsrael's Administrative Director Avraham Leibler. The article,"Worth Losing Sleep Over", was written by Hamodia's editor, Joel Rebibo, and gives an overview of some of the serious, if not alarming, issues JewishIsrael is dealing with - from missionary activity to expanding Christian influence in many sectors of Israeli society...more

Christian Zionist Leaders Unite with Messianic Christians to Focus on Evangelizing Jews in Israel

JewishIsrael has been closely monitoring a disturbing trend which takes "religious freedom and expression" in Israel to a new level and which marks a very public and orchestrated collaboration between prominent Christian Zionist leaders and renowned missionary and messianic leaders. This in-depth report takes a look at a number of major Israel-focused Christian conferences and events scheduled for 2015, several of which are to be held in Jerusalem, featuring the participation of powerful and aggressive evangelical leaders and organizations who have dedicated major resources to converting Jews and who preach a conversionary agenda...more

Comment Confusion on The Jewish Press Article Regarding IDF Soldiers Targeted by Missionaries:

With the entangled mess of comments under yesterday's Jewish Press article, JewishIsrael thought it should try to throw some light on the situation.

It is essential and urgent that the Jewish community grasps the full picture and the repercussions of present-day Christian affiliations and cooperation with Israel and the Jewish nation.....more

Something Fishy About the Logo for the "Forum for the Enlistment of the Christian Community"?

Those Jews familiar with historic Christian symbolism may find the letterhead of the "Forum for the Enlistment of the Christian Community" to be somewhat disturbing The organization, headed by Greek Orthodox Priest Gabriel Naddaf, features as their logo the traditional "Jesus Fish" united with, or entering, a Star of David...more

JewishIsrael Well-Received in Houston

JewishIsrael's Content and Research Director, Ellen Horowitz, visited Houston last November and reported to the Jewish community on the costs evangelical love and support are exacting on Israeli society.

In addition to giving presentations, Ellen heard Rabbi Tovia Singer debate a renowned evangelical theologian, and met with the leadership of the Noahide community...more

Will the Real “Kishkush” Please Stand Up?

On December 18 2010, Kay Wilson, (also known by her nickname, “KishKush”) and her colleague and friend, Kristine Luken, were brutally attacked by Arab terrorists in a forest near Beit Shemesh in Israel. Luken was butchered to death. Wilson survived. At the time it was widely reported that both women actively worked for “The Church's Ministry among Jewish People” (CMJ), one of the most virulent and established missionary organizations in Israel. Wilson was identified as a messianic Jew and the main educator and tour leader for CMJ's sub-ministry, Shoresh Tours. Since the terror attack, Kaye Wilson has been on the speaking circuit for a number of Israeli organizations, and there remain outstanding questions about her faith and agenda…more

JewishIsrael on Voice of Israel Radio

Avraham Leibler and Ellen Horowitz of JewishIsrael appeared on  Voice of Israel Radio's "Jerusalem Diaries" show, with award-winning journalist Judy Lash Balint.

In a short period of time the show, "Throwing Light on Christian Support for Israel", managed to touch upon a number of complex issues...more

JewishIsrael’s Counter-Missionary of the Month Award Goes to Missionary Cody Archer

Cody Archer, a missionary working for Revive Ministries, inadvertently outed his boss, Asher Intrator, as a missionary targeting religious Jews.

Archer sent JewishIsrael an email requesting that we remove the word "missionary" from one of our videos which features Intrater being interviewed by the International Director of ICEJ. JewishIsrael staff responded by asking Archer, " why the panic about the word “missionary”? We received an incredible and revealing response ...more

Jewish Business News Slams Evangelical Publication Israel Today for Deceiving Israelis

Kudos to Tibi Singer, columnist for Jewish Business News, for outing the messianic missionary publication Israel Today and their toxic agenda. Singer's article, "Come To Israel For The Most Virulent, Anti-Rabbinic Videos, In Hebrew", denounces Israel Today (of no affiliation to Israeli newspaper Yisrael Hayom) for promoting "what amounts to an aggressive messianic endeavor, complete with angry attacks on the rabbinic tradition, lies about the content and purpose of Talmudic passages, and open invitations for Jews to convert to Christianity—all of it in fluent, eloquent Hebrew, delivered by two clean cut, bona fide Israeli salesmen."…more

JewishIsrael Responds to Pastor Robert Stearns' Article in the Jerusalem Post

Evangelical Pastor Robert Stearns has a lengthy opinion piece in today’s Jerusalem Post (December 9, 2014) which attributes Jewish skepticism toward Evangelicals to Jewish fears of proselytizing and historic anti-Semitism. The reality is far more complex and Stearns’ missionary agenda was evident at recent events in Jerusalem. JewishIsrael has responded with a letter to the editor.

Community Alert: Christian Evangelicals Offering Shabbat Retreat for Har Nof Orphans

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) , whose core mission is to tell the world that jesus is coming back and to spread that word from Jerusalem, has launched a widely publicized online/email campaign to comfort and support the bereaved families of the Har Nof massacre ...more

When in Jerusalem, Israel's Evangelical Pilgrims Feast, Prey and "Love"

In this Post-Feast report, which includes an extensive and disturbing video sampling, JewishIsrael covers some of the "Christian Zionist" and "interfaith" events and activities that took place in Israel over the recent Jewish holidays. 

JewishIsrael feels that the Chief Rabbinate, which issued a ban on Jewish participation in an ICEJ sponsored prayer vigil last month, was more than justified in its concerns. We ask that our readers please take the time to view the related video clips and excerpts...more

Israel's Chief Rabbis Reaffirm Halacha Prohibiting Interfaith Worship

With throngs of evangelical pilgrims and ministries assembling in Jerusalem to celebrate various Christianized versions of the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles (Sukkot), Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has issued a statement prohibiting Jews from participating in an ICEJ prayer vigil scheduled to take place at the Southern Wall of Har Habayit.

The rabbis and political leaders in the Jewish state are faced with a formidable challenge.  Will they be able to take a wise and firm stand on behalf of the Torah, and uphold the integrity – the sanctity - of Eretz Yisrael without totally alienating visitors of other faiths?...more

Christian Missionary Joel Rosenberg and Family Make Aliyah

Joel Rosenberg, a renowned "end-times" author and missionary, who promotes proselytizing the Jewish people and dedicates resources to targeting Israelis for conversion, has managed to make Aliyah with his family

Rosenberg was able to immigrate to Israel as a practicing Christian missionary via a loophole in Israel's Law of Return. 

Just five months ago JewishIsrael reported that the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Shlomo Riskin, granted legitimacy to Rosenberg by sharing the podium with him at New York’s West Side Lincoln Square Synagogue in an interfaith theological exchange sponsored by Ohr Torah Stone’s Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation...more

JewishIsrael Gives Presentation at "Cancelled" Counter-Missionary Event

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)

Financially Transparent Deception and Honorable Deceit

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

Messianic Madness: A New Twist on Anti-Semitism a la Asher Intrater

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

Q: Does the Vatican Have a Political Agenda for Israel? A: Is the Pope Catholic?!

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

Is the End Near…For Evangelical Support? Old and New Voices Weigh In

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

 

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