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Numerous books have been written on the subject, see the Antisemitism portion of the reading list. Above all else, be prepared. Support Jews for Judaism® and other counter-missionary organizations. Jews for Judaism® is a Jewish organization worldwide (with branches in Canada, South Africa, and soon-to-be branches in Australia and Israel) which opposes cults and missionary efforts directed at Jews. Jews for Judaism® is North America's only full-time educational, outreach and counseling organization dedicated to countering the multi-million dollar efforts of groups such as Jews for Jesus. Their offices serves as Crisis Intervention Centers to help those in need and promote Jewish continutity. They are not specific to a single movement in Judaism; they unite Jews of diverse backgrounds, and have earned the endorsement of a wide sectrum of Jewish community agencies, leaders, and rabbis. Their contact information can be found below:
Canada, Ontario, Toronto
Julius Ciss & Rabbi Michael Skobac
PO Box 41032
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6B 4J6
Voice: (905) 761-0040
FAX: (905) 761-0070
South Africa, Raedene
Rabbi Graeme Finkelstein
PO Box 51525
USA, California, Los Angeles
Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz & Mark Sanders [Main Office]
Los Angeles, CA
Voice: (310) 854-3381
FAX: (310) 854-3662
USA, District of Columbia, Washington D.C.
Voice: (301) 649-5494
USA, Illinois, Chicago
Voice: (630) 415-1874
USA, Maryland, Baltimore
Mark Powers & Scott Hillman
P.O. Box 15059
Baltimore, MD. 21282
Voice: (410) 602-0276
FAX: (410) 602-0578
USA, New York, New York City
Address: PO Box 117
Forest Hills, NY 11375
USA, Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
USA, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Voice: (215) 627-2272
In general, missionaries are closed-minded, obstinate, and illogical, relying upon memorization rather than reason. Debate with missionaries takes place on the alt.messianic newsgroup, not soc.culture.judaism or any s.c.j newsgroup.
There are a number of other resources available. First, consult your local federation council, and see if they have a Task Force on Missionaries and Cults. Some other organizations that have a web presence include:
Torah Life and Living (http://www.tll.org/). TLL also provides a National Anti-Cult Anti-Missionary Hotline at 1-800-572-0372 or 1-877-ANTICULT. TLL provides anti-cult, anti-missionary exit counseling that helps re-expose Jews to their Jewish Heritage, and helps to heal families shattered by messianics, missionaries, and cults.
The Jerusalem Institute of Bible Polemics (http://jibp.israel.net/index.html). This is an organization that reaches out to the Jewish Community worldwide and offers its expertise in dealing with the problems caused by missionaries who seek to win Jewish souls.
Yad L'achim (http://www.yadlachim.org/). This organization offers guidance, advice, direction, and solving problems of Israeli citizens, young and old, who have become trapped in the clutches of missionaries and mystic cults.
The Task Force on Missionaries and Cults (http://www.tforce.org/). The leading counter-missionary and cult organization in North America and is the leader in providing information and assistance to individuals and communities in the U.S., Europe, and Israel
Derech Emet (http://www.DerechEmet.org). A group working to save Jews from missionaries and cults. Support is provided in both English and Russian.
Outreach Judaism (http://www.outreachjudaism.org/). An organization dedicated to bringing Jews back from the Church.
Jews Not For Jesus. (http://communities.msn.ca/JEWSNOTFORJESUS/)
Lastly, the Being Jewish web page (http://www.beingjewish.com) maintains a list of Anti-Missionary Web Sites at http://beingjewish.com/anti-missionary-links.html. Dafna Yee also maintains a list of over 80 anti-missionary sites at http://dafnayee.home.attbi.co.
Note: Jews for Judaism® is a registered trademark of Jews for Judaism International, Inc.
The FAQ is a collection of documents that is an attempt to answer questions that are continually asked on the soc.culture.jewish family of newsgroups. It was written by cooperating laypeople from the various Judaic movements. You should not make any assumption as to accuracy and/or authoritativeness of the answers provided herein. In all cases, it is always best to consult a competent authority--your local rabbi is a good place to start.
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