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April 04, 1986 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-04-04

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Who Is A Jew?

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and families -- the children have
Jewish identities. Patrilineal
descent does not automatically
make them Jewish," but they
can be Jewish through Jewish
identity and Jewish actions. "It.
is a response to a specific need."
Quoting Rabbi Alexander
Schindler, president of the
Union of American Hebrew
Congregations (Reform), Rabbi
Roman said, "Mixed marriage is
the problem we have after eat-
ing the sweetness of emancipa-
tion. If emancipation is no
good," Rabbi Roman commented,
"than we should pick up and
move to Israel."
He said American Jewry has
reached great heights, but it is
also very young in terms of
Jewish history "and we are still
trying to find our history and
our solutions to our problems."
Alex Blumenberg, co-
chairman of the planning com-
mittee for the Midrasha series
and moderator for Mondays'
event, called for questions from
the audience. Many of the ini-
tial statements from the floor
were in the form of opinions or
examples of mixed marriages.
Rabbi Roman responded to a

questioner who asked about
follow-up studies of persons who
were converted or partners in
mixed marriages. He said many
studies were now being con-
ducted "but I can't quote the
figures yet."
Rabbi Kirshner agreed with
Rabbi Schindler that the Jewish
community should be au-
gmented after the Holocaust.
"But we can't just do it any old
way," he said.
Referring to patrilineal des-
cent, he added, "Do we now give
up a 2,000-year tradition (mat-
rilineal descent) for something
that may have a . negative re-
sult? We don't know how it will
work,. or what it will accom-
Rabbi Roman repeated that
patrilineal descent is not an
automatic bestowal of Jewish
status. "It must be earned
through actions." He said he
would be happy to see his con-
gregation keep kosher, which
brought jokes and smiles from
the audience. "But why just
apply standards to converts?" he
asked. "Why not to our board
members, to our congregants?"

Jews For Jesus Reveal
Anti-Semitic Stance

Baltimore — Internal docu-
ments recently obtained from
the "Jews for Jesus" missionary
organization reveal a pattern of
media manipulation and anti-
Jewish hostility which has been
skillfully hidden from public
view, according to Jews for
Judaism, a national countermis-
sionary organization with offices
in Baltimore and Los Angeles.
"Jews for Jesus" is a
California-based Christian
evangelical group whose aggres-
sive techniques and utlization of
Jewish symbols have provoked
the ire of both Jewish and
Christian leaders and laity. In a
confidential report bearing the
notation, "Not to be Distributed
to Non-Christians," Jews for
Jesus defines itself as "evangeli-
cal fundamentalists ... an arm
of the local Church."
"The documents we have re-
ceived, including extensive min-
utes from meetings of the Jews
for Jesus National Council,
make clear that this group is far
more sophisticated, cult-like,
and anti-Semitic than anyone
had imagined," asserted. Lawr-
ence Levey, east coast director
of Jews for Judaism. In support
of this claim, Levey cited the
following statements by Jews for
Jesus founder Martin "Moishe,"
Rosen, statements which Levey
alleges were made to Jews for
Jesus Council and staff mem-
bers in "closed door" sessions::
• On Judaism: "We have
waited too long to teach that
Judaism is a false religion.
"To be Jewish, to be really
Jewish, is to feel guilty."
• On Jewish Orthodoxy: "Or-
thodox Judaism is darkness and

• On "Hebrew Christianity":
"The fact is that we are not
practicing any form of Judaism.
We are practicing Christianity.
That is our religion.
• .0n Ecumenical Dialogue:
"Dialogue with unbelievers is
neither necessary nor possible."
• On Memorializing the
Holocaust: "The general Gentile
public is tired of hearing about
the Holocaust. Yet the Jewish
establihsment persists in keep-
ing this before the public."
• On Media Manipulation:
"When participating in a call-in
radio program, do your
homework. Set things up care-
fully by having people call in
with a question that you want
to answer ... They should not
call in too early or the people
who screen calls may suspect
that it is set up and they won't
let the call through."
"Before an interview, go over
the Jews for Jesus answers.
Have it memorized Get in
our current party line."
"Moishe, asked the Council to
let him handle the level and in-
tensity of propaganda. Ire knows
who to raise and lower the level
of propaganda in an uncanny
"The current party line is
'Judaism is a false religion.'
After making such a statement,
keep ameliorating it by saying
how much you love the Jewish
• On Intentional Provocation:
"We are trying to provoke the
Jewish community into interac-
tion. We cannot 'woo' them with
our pro-Israel stance or our
,Jewishness. Instead, we accuse
them of something to get them
to. interact."

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