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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-08-27

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Supporting the missionary campaign,
according to Jacobs, is Ward Presbyteri-
an Church of Northville Township β€”
oren Jacobs, co-leader of the Jews which is affiliated with the Livonia-
based Evangelical Presbyterian Church,
for Jesus' Behold Your God
not the larger Presbyterian Church
(BYG) Detroit campaign, heads
Congregation Shema Yisrael, which
The scheduling of the campaign dur-
recently moved from Southfield to
ing the High Holidays was "part of our
Bloomfield Township, where it rents
planning," says Jacobs. The group hopes
space in the Cross of Christ Lutheran
to attract Jews to their holiday services '
Church at Lone Pine and Telegraph
at the church. He plans to tell his
roads. According to Jacobs, his congre-
congregation "there is not atonement or
gation has 175-200 members; a signifi-
salvation apart from any-
cant percentage are non Jews
one personally placing
and intermarried couples.
their faith in the Messiah
"We'll be out on the
Jesus. Without him,
streets," Jacobs says of the
Judaism is inadequate."
BYG campaign, identifying
Jacobs claims his mes-
downtown Detroit and the
sage is one of love for his
University of Michigan in
fellow Jew. He decries
Ann Arbor as definite cam-
the intolerance that he
paign sites, and downtown
says individual Jews and
Birmingham and Wayne State
Jewish organizations
University in Detroit as possi-
show towards "Messianic
bilities. They plan to hand out
Jews." But speaking
some pamphlets written by
slowly and calmly meas-
Jacobs, including the stories of Loren Ja cobs
uring every word in a
how he, and Shema Yisrael's
Jewish News interview this past Monday,
other "rabbi" and BYG co-leader Glenn
Jacobs likened his message to those of
Harris, came to accept Jesus. The cam-
biblical prophecy and is not troubled
paign leader is Shaun Buchhalter, a mis-
that it is unpopular.
sionary with Jews for Jesus in San
"The majority of the Jewish commu-
did not want to listen to Isaiah or
The local organizers hope to reach
or Moses when he told them
50,000 Jewish homes by phone to offer
to advance to the Holy Land," insists
a free book. They also plan to knock on
Jacobs. "The opinion of the majority
doors, though Jacobs says the "area is
doesn't matter," he insists, saying
not yet determined."
"Messiah Jesus is intolerant when it
Jacobs declined to say how many mis-
comes to the issue of salvation and being
sionaries would arrive from around the
reconciled to God."
country to help out, but Jews for
Jacobs hopes Jews and non-Jews will
Judaism, a counter-missionary group
engage in conversation with his mission-
based in Baltimore, estimates most cities
aries and be won over to their way of
have seen about two dozen arrive from
thinking. He says Jews have nothing to
other states. Ongoing efforts to reach
fear and anyone who doesn't want to
Jews by mail will continue, and there
will be screenings of a new Jews for Jesus talk should just politely say so and move
on, and they won't be pursued. He says
film called Forbidden Peace that Jacobs
will be no effort to continue a
says contains "stories of Israelis and
conversation once the person says
Arabs who have developed a good rela-
tionship and peace through their faith in no, and they will keep a "no call" list.
"Our goal is not to make the Jewish
the Messiah."
community less Jewish," says Jacobs,
The film, which is different from
trying to reassure the Jewish community.
what is being shown in other cities, is
"We want to bring true Jewishness and
hoped to reach Muslims as well as Jews;
spirituality to the Jewish com-
metro Detroit has one of the largest
I tell people that Jesus made
Muslim populations outside the
me kosher." ❑
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