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Proselytization and counter-proselytization of Jews

A number of religious groups, particularly converting to other religions, most often Christianity.[1][2]


  • Christian missions 1
  • Muslim missions 2
  • Jewish response 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7

Christian missions

A number of Christian denominations have programs to reach Jews.[3] The JTA, a Jewish news service, conducted an extensive analysis of Christian efforts to convert Jews to Christianity[4] and found that some of the largest evangelical denominations – the Southern Baptists, the Assemblies of God, and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod – have all increased their efforts to evangelize Jews in the recent past.

The article states that the Christian missionary organization Jews for Jesus completed a five-year tour called "Behold Your God" that brought its message to 53 cities worldwide, and the Christian Chosen People Ministries saw its income grow by 31% to $7.9 million between 2003 and 2006.

Orthodox Judaism outreach and counter-missionary activity. Yad L'Achim is made up of both paid staff and volunteers, and is largely supported by donations both from Israel and the diaspora.[30]

In addition to Yad L'Achim, Shomrei Emet Institute[31] works in Israel serving the English-speaking population. Shomrei Emet is run by Penina Taylor, a counter-missionary, who, although born Jewish, was a missionary herself for seventeen years before returning to Judaism.

See also


  1. ^ David Cho, "Conversion Outreach Plan Stirs Outrage: Jews for Jesus Trains 600 for Street Work", The Washington Post, August 17, 2004; Page B01 full text
  2. ^ "Aishdas Torahnet". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Evangelizing the Jews". 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  4. ^ a b Yeoman, Barry (2007-11-15). "JTA, Inc". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Jews for Judaism". 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Who are The Assemblies of God, and what do they have to do with the Jews?
  8. ^ Israel and the occupied territories, International Religious Freedom Report; BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR. US Department of State. 7 Nov 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-23
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Jews for Allah". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  11. ^ "yad leachim". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  12. ^ "New Danger: Muslim Missionaries". 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  13. ^ a b "Messiah Truth Discussion Forums". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  14. ^ Jews for Judaism
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ Proof Texts
  19. ^ "Messiah Truth". Messiah Truth. 2001-05-25. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  20. ^ "Christianity Analysis". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  21. ^ "Analysis of Islam". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  22. ^ "Counter Missionary". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  23. ^ "Reject Jesus". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  24. ^ "Isaiah 7:14 – An Accurate Grammatical Analysis [Part I & II" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  25. ^ "Isaiah 53 – Who Is the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53? [Part I". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  26. ^ "Judaism's response to Christian missionaries". Outreach Judaism. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  27. ^ "Michael Brown". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  28. ^ "Lies Damned Lies and What the Missionaries Claim the Rabbis say". 1996-02-22. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  29. ^ "Judaism's Answer". Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  30. ^ "About our Staff". 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  31. ^

Further reading

  • Evangelizing the chosen people: missions to the Jews in America, 1880–2000 by Ariel, Yaakov Shalom (The University of North Carolina Press) ISBN 0-8078-2566-2
  • Evangelizing the Chosen People: Missions to the Jews in America, by Ariel, Yaakov Shalom (the University of North Carolina Press), ISBN 0-8078-4880-8
  • Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus by Asher Norman (Black White and Read Publishing) ISBN 978-0-9771937-2-1
  • Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History by David Klinghoffer (Doubleday) ISBN 978-0-385-51021-9
  • The Jewish response to missionaries: Counter-missionary handbook by Bentzion Kravitz (Jews for Judaism) ASIN: B0006RRKJG
  • V'Da Mah SheTashiv: Know What To Answer (To Missionaries) A Thorough Jewish response To Missionaries by Ben Solomon (Outskirts Press) ISBN 978-1-59800-934-7 Available on Amazan and Barnes and Noble web sites
  • You Take Jesus, I'll Take God: How to Refute Christian Missionaries by Samuel Levine (Hamoroh Press) ISBN 978-0-9604754-1-4
  • Coming Full Circle: A Jewish Woman's Journey through Christianity and Back by Penina Taylor (Hatikva Books) ISBN 978-965-546-005-6

External links

  • Judaism's Answer
  • Sha'arei Teshuva
  • Shomrei Emet Institute for Counter-Missionary Studies
The leading counter-missionary organization in Israel is

Rabbi Moshe Shulman has responded to specific missionaries who target Jews, including Michael Brown,[27] Rachmiel Frydland, Risto Santala, and David H. Stern (author of the Complete Jewish Bible).[28] Rabbi Shulman's website offers scholarly articles on the mis-use of the Targums, Midrash and Talmud by non-Jews who quote from Jewish sources in an attempt to convert Jews.[29]

  • [18] and various "proof texts" and other arguments often used by missionaries as they evangelize Jews.[17] Jehovah's Witnesses[16] approaches by Mormons,[15] On their website, Jews for Judaism offers many articles discussing missionary tactics towards Jews,[14]
  • [13]
  • Outreach Judaism,[26] a site run by Rabbi Tovia Singer. Outreach Judaism is an international organization that responds directly to the issues raised by missionaries and cults, by exploring Judaism in contradistinction to fundamentalist Christianity. Outreach Judaism provides full-time, multi-level informational resources.
  • Yosef Mizrachi in New York for the purpose of teaching Torah to both secular and religious Jews.

Some Jewish resources are specifically aimed at countering the missionary efforts aimed at Jews.

Jewish counter-missionary organizations respond to these efforts by offering personal counseling, web sites with articles addressing common missionary tactics, and discussion forums where Jews who have questions about the differences between Judaism and other religions can be answered by observant Jews.[13]

Jewish response

[12].Kafr Manda has identified Al Dawaa, an Israeli-based Muslim group headed by Sheikh Abu Yassin of [11] Rabbi Moshe Cohen, of [10] Muslims have also targeted Jews for conversion.

Muslim missions

[9] A leading effort to convert Jews to Christianity is known as

"Proselytizing is legal in the country and missionaries of all religious groups are allowed to proselytize all citizens; however, a 1977 law prohibits any person from offering material benefits as an inducement to conversion. It was also illegal to convert persons under 18 years of age unless one parent were an adherent of the religious group seeking to convert the minor. Despite the legality of proselytism, the government has taken a number of steps that encouraged the perception that proselytizing is against government policy. For example, the MOI has detained individuals suspected of being “missionaries,” and required of such persons bail and a pledge to abstain from missionary activity, in addition to refusing them entry into the country. It maintained denunciations of such activity from antimissionary groups like Yad L'Achim in its border control databases. The MOI has also cited proselytism as a reason to deny student, work, and religious visa extensions, as well as to deny permanent residency petitions. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) promised the Knesset in 1986 to refrain from all proselytism voluntarily in conjunction with receiving a building permit for its Jerusalem Center following protests from the Orthodox community."
— A 2010 US State Department report on religious freedom in Israel[8]

Israel has more than one hundred Messianic congregations, per Yaakov Shalom Ariel, associate professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, and author of Evangelizing The Chosen People.[4]


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