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

The International Christian Embassy in 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.

"This very weekend, the ICEJ is sponsoring a 'Shabbat retreat' for the 24 children who lost their fathers in that attack. They will stay in guest houses in the Galilee and receive special counseling from experts trained to deal with terror victims. They will also be offered therapeutic activities as well as Bible lessons before re-joining their families early next week."

ICEJ states that they are "determined to be a source of comfort and healing" for the traumatized families. The Jewish communities in Israel and throughout the Diaspora should know that ICEJ is equally determined to bring the "good news" of jesus to the Jews.

For example, just last month, Jewish IDF soldiers were commanded to march on stage before a Christian crowd at ICEJ's  Feast of the Tabernacles,  and were subjected to a public sermon, given by missionary Robert Stearns, about the Jewishness of Jesus.  They were told  by ICEJ's David Parsons that the prayers from churches and saints were behind them.

In addition, the Jewish community should know that ICEJ actively promotes the messianic missionary community in Israel.

It goes without saying that any well-intentioned Jewish activists who are coordinating activities and fundraising efforts with the ICEJ should be aware that such efforts empower Christian outreach to Jews in Israel.

[Note: The above alert is a joint statement of JewishIsrael and Jews for Judaism East]

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Comment by Yehoshua Friedman on November 25, 2014 at 8:24pm

In other words classic bait and switch by the people who deal in deceit. I get that.

Comment by Jewish Israel on November 25, 2014 at 4:41pm

Yehoshua,

It's the same old story. The target isn't Har Nof. They're not stupid. Follow the linked articles. The main money and efforts will go elsewhere in Israel.

Comment by Yehoshua Friedman on November 25, 2014 at 4:14pm

Pro-Israel Christian groups generally want to promote their agenda in the most subtle possible way on the strategic level in order to ultimately reach large numbers of Jews. They believe and they have patience. The donors in the sticks, OTOH, want to see instant gratification for their bucks. So the ICEJ will offer, the families will refuse, and the donors will see that the ICEJ is doing its hishtatlut. Let them have their fun. They are not going to convert kids of rabbis from Har Nof.

Comment by Jewish Israel on November 24, 2014 at 11:44pm

The last paragraph of the post, referring to "well-intentioned Jewish activists", offers a hint as to how this all transpired...  

Comment by Shannon Nuszen on November 24, 2014 at 11:43pm

If the members of the Har Nof neighborhood send their kids to these, it's likely because they don't know who's actually running it.  Now, hopefully they will.

Every missionary understands that people are most reachable during their darkest moments, when we are vulnerable.  The most popular 'testimonies' of finding Jesus are when people were at their absolute worse.

Even if there is absolutely no attendance, the missionary organization is not only doing this as an effort to reach Jews, but also as a fundraiser!  They get to show their supporters how they're helping Jews after such a heart wrenching ordeal.

Comment by Yehoshua Friedman on November 24, 2014 at 11:18pm

I don't believe that's going to happen considering the depth of Torah awareness in those families and that community. The missionaries are just blowing hot air. It's people with less awareness who are the ones we need to be concerned for in this regard. Help and support, but they aren't going to be going there for it.

Comment by Batya Medad on November 24, 2014 at 11:12pm

This is strange, because I can't imagine the frum families sending their kids away, especially during shloshim and especially since they wouldn't trust strangers. 

But if the ICEJ is raising money under false pretenses I can imagine this tarnishing their reputation among their donors. 

Comment by Menashe Walsh on November 24, 2014 at 8:52pm

 "They will stay in guest houses in the Galilee and receive special counseling from experts trained to deal with terror victims."

How can they be so sure? 

Talk about 'how you position yourself' in relation to me$$ianic bu$ine$$ activities!!!

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