Category: Jews for Jesus

Breaking the Jews for Jesus code

Marcello Araujo, 59, is not just a living, breathing paradox of faith. He is the only person who knows the identity of a traitor inside the Canadian wing of the evangelical group Jews for Jesus, a person described by a judge as more of a “mole” than a “whistle-blower.” This mole, according to court records, emailed Mr. Araujo a valuable list of donors after Mr. Araujo was fired for violating Jews for Jesus’ fundamentalist code of employee conduct, by getting married without permission.

Mr. Araujo’s secret, and JFJ’s effort to pry it out of him, is at the heart of a five-year legal saga unfolding in Ontario Superior Court, in which he has sued for wrongful dismissal, and JFJ countersued for poaching the donors, alleging he contacted them on behalf of his new employer, JFJ’s main “competitor” in Jewish evangelism, Chosen People Ministries.

Even though he was fired for getting married without his employer’s permission, it is not clear from the law that this was wrong, or that Mr. Araujo deserves the six-figure settlement he is seeking for lost wages and benefits, plus punitive damages.

Based in San Francisco, with Canadian headquarters in Toronto, Jews for Jesus believe “that Jesus the Messiah was eternally pre-existent and is co-equal with God the Father,” and that the Bible, both New and Old Testaments, is “divinely inspired, verbally and completely inerrant in the original writings.” Employees are required to live by “biblical morality and accountability,” to dress “modestly” and to “avoid questionable forms of amusement.”

Comedian sues Jews for Jesus

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jews for Jesus thought it was amusing to put comedian Jackie Mason’s image on a pamphlet aimed at converting Jews to Christianity, but Mason found it no laughing matter and has sued the group for $4 million (2.1 million pounds). “I found it disgusting and obnoxious, and I find it even more disgusting and obnoxious that the spokesman for that organisation says, ‘Why doesn’t he have a sense of humour about it?’” Mason, 75 and famously Jewish, told Reuters on Friday. “It’s like if they kidnap my children and say, ‘So what, you never saw a

Jews for Jesus spread spiritual message in region

If you’ve been through downtown White Plains lately at midday, you’ve seen them. If you’ve gone through any number of train stations here or subways in the city, they seem to be everywhere. If you live in Rockland County and have a Jewish surname, you’ve probably received mail from them. They may even knock on your door. Chat you up. Ask you if you’ve thought about Jesus. Then they tell you they’re Jewish, and you know whom you’re talking to. The summer campaign of Jews for Jesus is under way all right, and the reactions are the same as anytime

New York: Missionaries storming Israelis

Messianic organization launches campaign to convert New York Jews, including immigrants from Israel; Federation of Jewish Communities ask Consulate for aid The Jews for Jesus Evangelical organization declared the largest campaign in its history in a bid to convince Jews to convert and join the sect. The campaign targets five Jewish communities in New York: Israeli immigrants, Jews who speak Russian, Jews who vote, single Jews, and hassidic Jews. In the framework of the campaign, organization members issued thousands of leaflets and DVDs. The campaign involves calling people by phone and visiting them at home. Campaigners use three languages: English,

Jews for Jesus stir up community

Evangelical group takes shot at Goodman Oscar Goodman, a Jew for Jesus? A religious tract recently distributed in Las Vegas by the controversial evangelical organization Jews for Jesus had fun with the mayor’s promotion of Bombay Sapphire Gin to fourth graders and his celebrity photography work for Playboy. It then explained how Goodman, or anyone else, could become a follower of Jesus. The San Francisco-based international organization passed out the tracts, and seven other variations, to both gentiles and Jews as part of a three-week campaign in the valley that wrapped up earlier this month. The campaign included mailings, cold

‘Jews For Jesus’ Sues Google Over Blog

Christian evangelical group Jews for Jesus is suing Google Inc, saying a Web log hosted through the Internet search leader’s Blogspot service infringes its trademark. The suit, filed in US District Court in New York on Wednesday, seeks to force Google to give Jews for Jesus control of the site as well as unspecified monetary damages. “We have a right to our own name and Google has allowed the use of our name on Blogspot without our permission,” said Susan Perlman, associate executive director with Jews for Jesus. “Our reputation is at stake,” Perlman told Reuters. Google’s Blogspot and Blogger

“Jews for Jesus” begins Denver campaign

Ruth Rosen of San Francisco shows Jeremy Bevins a detail in a flier that explains Messianic Jews’ beliefs on the 16th Street Mall last week. The Jews for Jesus group is in Denver for two weeks as part of a 66-city tour. They straddle two worlds, keeping kosher like the most observant Jews and following the teachings of the New Testament like good Christians. In their brief but controversial history, self-proclaimed Messianic Jews have fashioned a faith that says one can retain a Jewish identity while accepting Jesus as Messiah, thus becoming a “completed Jew.” That’s heretical to mainstream Jewish

Conversion Outreach Plan Stirs Outrage

Jews for Jesus Trains 600 for Street Work The ancient debate over Jesus‘s claim to be the Jewish Messiah is being renewed in Washington this week as hundreds of evangelists seeking to convert Jews take to Metro stops, parks and college campuses — along with protesters from the Jewish community. Jews for Jesus, a San Francisco-based group, said it trained more than 600 local volunteers to evangelize the region’s 220,000 Jews as part of a worldwide campaign called “Operation Behold Your God.” The Washington outreach, at an estimated cost of $200,000, is scheduled to begin tomorrow with three days of