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September 04, 1992 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-09-04

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Ronnie and Batya Schreiber of Jews for Judaism.

Jews For Judaism Fears
Close Of National Office

Sunday, September 20
1-4 p.m.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1992

etroit's office of Jews
for Judaism would
see a loss in technical
and resource support should
its Baltimore based national
"I don't know how long we
office close its doors later
can keep the doors open
this month.
without some community
The counter-missionary
support," said Mr. Powers
organization's headquarters
from his Baltimore office.
needs to raise $100,000. In a
"It's taking a toll financially
last-ditch fund-raising
on me and my family. We're
effort, it is looking for 40
going to try to keep the doors
people to donate $2,500
open."
each.
For Ronnie and Batya
Jews for Judaism main-
Schreiber, the volunteer
tains offices with salaried
work they do from their Oak
employees in Baltimore,
Park home will continue.
New York and Los Angeles.
Mr. Schreiber estimated
It has smaller, volunteer-run
that he spends an average of
offices in Detroit, Toronto,
15 hours a week on Jews for
Washington, D.C., and Har-
Judaism.
risburg, Pa.
Mr. Schreiber added
It was the nine-year-old
that the crisis is with the
Baltimore office that served
Baltimore office exclusively,
as the heart of the organiza-
and that the other offices
tion. The Baltimore office
will continue to exist. Both
was $40,000 to $50,000 short
Mr. Powers and Mr.
of meeting its $120,000
Schreiber said that the
budget. Among the organ-
operating budget of Jews for
ization's creditors is the
Judaism is minuscule com-
Internal Revenue Service,
pared to those of the mis-
which has a judgment
sionary groups. Mr.
against the organization for
Schreiber said that at least
$15,000 owed in back taxes.
$20 million was spent last
Jews for Judaism counsels
year by these combined
Jewish individuals who have
groups to pay for missionary
become members of Hebrew-
work.
Christian organizations
"The Jewish community
such as Messianic Judaism
should realize that resources
or Jews for Jesus. Jews for
should be offered to bring
Judaism typically becomes
families back to the Jewish
involved in a person's life
community and to heal
when a family member or
families," said Mr.
rabbi has alerted the organ-
Schreiber."
ization to an individual's in-
"I work closely with Mark
volvement.
in
terms of arriving at a con-
A significant drop in fun-
sensus on how to help
ding from private donors has
families," said Mr.
led to the organization's cur-
Schreiber.
"This kind of
rent situation. Jews for
working
relationship
will
Judaism has already stopped
continue, and no matter
its national programming
what happens in Baltimore,
geared to Soviet emigres, a
the
organization as a whole
favorite target for mis-
is still viable and still com-
sionary organizations. The
mitted to the Jewish com-
Baltimore office also provid-
munity. ❑

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printing support and central
information on missionary
group activity. Its national
co-director, Mark Powers,
has gone without a pay-
check for about six months.

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