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Maryland Jews Battle $1 Million ‘Jewish Christian’ Crusade

The Jews’ worst enemies are Jews. Tom Cantor says he was born into a Jewish family. He is trying to convince Maryland Jews they can be Jews and Christians. Even worse, he says “I love my people.”
Beware of this man, His name is Tom Cantor, He is rich, And He spends his money to try to tell Jews they can be 'Jewish Christians'

Beware of this man, His name is Tom Cantor, He is rich, And He spends his money to try to tell Jews they can be 'Jewish Christians'
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The war to assimilate has gone for the “soft sell,” with a Christian missionary blitz trying to convince Jews in Maryland and other states that it is okay to have a double identity as a Jew and a Christian.

Ten young women from a Baptist college in California have fanned out in Greater Baltimore’s highly concentrated Jewish community to try to convince them to accept Jesus while remaining Jews.

Unlike the Jews for Jesus movement, the new missionary program carries an even more dangerously tempting message for wavering Jews.

Arthur C. Abramson, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, told the Baltimore Sun that even the most liberal rabbi would reject the notion of a “Jewish Christian.”

The proselytizing program is particularly offensive to the area’s Jewish community because it replaces the clearer and less acceptable notion of outright conversion to Christianity.

The missionary effort is being financed by Tom Cantor, who was born into a Jewish family and who is the president of a medical products company in southern California. He said he spends more than $4 million a year to push his concept in the United States and elsewhere. The $1 million summer blitz focuses on Jewish areas in Baltimore as well as in other major East Coast cities.

The Jewish community in Baltimore is highly cohesive and includes one of the highest percentages of orthodox Jews in the country. It also suffers from the same crisis of assimilation that threatens every other Jewish community in the Diaspora.

The Baptist girls approach them in modest clothing, giving the impression that they may be Orthodox Jews, although Lou Rossi, a pastor of  church helping the campaign  told the Sun he does not think the women are trying to deceive anyone.

Abramson last week decided to meet with Rossi, pastor of the Granite Baptist Church, which furnishes a van for the missionaries.

“Our goal has never been to disrupt or violate the Jewish community, or any community,” said Rossi, but he admitted that touring Jewish neighborhoods with a van marked “Granite Baptist Church”  is a cause of complaints from Jewish residents.

“This is not talking to Jews,” Ruth Guggenheim, executive director of Jews for Judaism in Baltimore, told the Baltimore newspaper. “This is no different than the Jehovah’s Witnesses coming to your door.”

The women often try to open a conversation by telling people in their homes that they want to talk about Israel, and they go into their sales talk on Jewish Christianity.

Cantor insists he is a Jew. “I love my people. … I don’t want any of them going to hell” for not having accepted Jesus.

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of the Beth Tfiloh  Congregation, the largest modern Orthodox synagogue in Greater Baltimore, told the Sun that if Cantor really cares about Jews, he can contribute his money to Jewish causes.

Here is one suggestion:  Organizations that fight missionaries.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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41 Responses to “Maryland Jews Battle $1 Million ‘Jewish Christian’ Crusade”

  1. Shirley Gruenhut says:

    Yet another confused putz – ya just cain’t be a Jewish Christian, you’re either Jewish, or you ain’t. It’s kinda like being a “little bit pregnant” – impossible.

  2. Menachem Rephun says:

    We got a package from this meshumad.

  3. Menachem Rephun says:

    We got a package from this meshumad.

  4. Eileen Gindin Spiegel says:

    repulsive scary especially because so many Jews are not aware of their deceptive practices.

  5. Roger Cerdas says:

    I am not a Jew, but I understand Judaism and I understand that such concepts as a saving messiah who died for your sins in order for people not to go to "hell" is not found anywhere in the Tanach, the real Bible. I could tell this millionaire to stop believing in christian paganism and let Jews and Israel alone!

  6. David Blatt says:

    He's been working over Chicago for years. No one takes him seriously. He's actually a riot.

  7. Alan Perlman says:

    we have had the same thing where I live for years, I have had lots of DISCUSSIONS with folks like this.

  8. Lance Crowe says:

    Maybe it is time the Baptists read 1st Maccabees chapter One!

  9. Karen Renea says:

    Yes you can be Jewish and a Christian. Being Jewish is not just a religion…it is a group of people, a heritage…those that have accepted Christ, are Jewish-Christians. By the way…being a Jewish Christian…is finally being COMPLETE, because you realize that the Christ did indeed and has already come. He indeed was THE Christ…the son of the living God, Jesus….Yeshua HaMashiach

  10. Jeff Sanders says:

    Can you be a Jew and an atheist or agnostic at the same time? If so, then being a Jew and a believer in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah is certainly not worse than being a Jewish-atheist or Jewish agnostic. A Jewish Christian (all the early disciples in the New Testament were Jews) is simply one who believes that the Tenak was fulfilled in Jesus as the Messiah. Funny thing. . .the question in the early church was never “Can a Jew become a Christian?” (since all the early believers were Jewish). The question was “Can a Gentile become a believer in Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel?”

  11. I hate those people. Sometimes I worry that they'll never give up.

  12. Rachel Chana says:

    Nutcases. Take your religion to someone who needs it. We’re just fine thanks.

  13. Ben II says:

    yet another Democrat makes the news.

  14. Menachem Rephun says:

    You cannot believe that the Torah’s commandments are eternal and that they have been annulled. You cannot believe that G-d is both One and three. These are mutually incompatible belief systems

  15. Sarah Rosenblum says:

    Interesting that Christians ALWAYS have to defend their religion by adding the same advertising spiel at the end of their comments. If the religion is true… It doesn’t need defending!!

  16. SoniaUSA says:

    Well, here, in the U.S., I don’t know how to tell people that I love Judaism and that I am Muslim. In sura 87 the last two ayads ( basically, stanzas) always bring a smile to my face and a warm regard toward the Jewish faith. The love and reverence given to G-D, as the One and Only, is what stands out, to me, as the most impressive quality of Judaism; it resonates with my belief.

  17. SoniaUSA says:

    Maybe people should approach Cantor and let him know that he’s going to Hell for idolatry/worshipping a false god, instead of paying heed to the First Commandment.

  18. SoniaUSA says:

    Didn’t the Rabbi Maimonides write about the spirit of idolatry being dangerously contagious and therefore must be avoided (places of pagan, idol, polytheist worship) at all costs?

  19. Maybe someone knowledgeable in the ways of missionaries should finally go to see MR Cantor and speak to him about the God of ISrael and not some Pagan man-god idea?

  20. David Blatt says:

    Tom is an interesting fellow and more of an annpoyance than a witness.

  21. Lisa Michelle says:

    Eleanor Poulter, where did you get the idea that it's acceptable for Jews to be Buddhist? And yes, he was a Jew, and he never strayed. He lived and died as a Jew, which means he knew of and only worshiped the One Eternal G-d, Hashem, and followed the Torah that was received by the only witnesses in the only national revelation. You obviously don't know much about Judaism.

  22. Gloria Hernandez Hate? Be careful . Do not get sucked in by an inconsequential man. We must not react like the typical Islamist.

  23. This is an inconsequential man with boring old ideas. I wish my Jewish people would not give him the pleasure of sounding like Shiah Muslims when he makes comments.

  24. Lisa Michelle What Eleanor is saying is that to many in the broader jewish community you can still be considered a jew even if you are buddhist, etc, but when it comes to accepting Jesus this same broader jewish community tends to say your jewish soul is dead.
    The general exception may be the Reform Movement.

  25. Actually, a messiah who delivers us from our greatest enemy … sin, is found in the Tanach. The atoning figure of Isaiah 53 must be sinless and therefore can not be applied to the nation of Israel as a whole.

  26. Aaron Trank says:

    I've met Tom Cantor and found him to be kind, well-meaning and rather eccentric.

  27. Roger Cerdas says:

    If you read two chapters before and two chapters after you'll understand that Isaiah is speaking about Israel as the Suffering Servant and the last 28 chapters have to do with the glory of Israel in the Messianic Era. And besides, that would be the only chapter suppossedly showing a suffering messiah who dies for mankind, something that is now found anywhere else in the Tanach. Besides Messiah is not half man half god as Christianity proposes, that is pure paganism.

  28. Cathy Sherman says:

    All Jews should be taught the Jewish concept of hell, which is different from the Christian version. Then they would have a way to stop the missionaries right from the start. I never learned this growing up.

  29. Yaw Anane says:

    Gloria Hernandez they are more hardened than hardened criminals.

  30. Yaw Anane says:

    Wolfgang A Barreto why don't they go to Saudi Arabia, Iran or Kuwait to tell the muslims you can be muslim christian.

  31. Yaw Anane says:

    Lisa Michelle very good reply, yes he lived a Jew and died a Jew.

  32. Lisa Berenson says:

    See the problem with Christians (even those who were born Jews) is this line that this guy Cantor said, “I love my people. … I don’t want any of them going to hell” for not having accepted Jesus. First, Jews do not believe that they will go to hell for not accepting Jesus…Jews do not believe in the man/god concept that Christians do. And lastly, if Christians really love Israel and the Jewish people….stop trying to convert us! We have been acquired by God for a specific mission and role in this world….stop trying to get in God's way of that mission…..better go and try to convert the Muslims… Love Israel, support Israel, and respect Israel and our beliefs.

  33. Judaism has traditionally interpreted Isaiah 53 as a messianic passage. The recently deceased Chabad Rabbi J. Immanuel Schochet, a counter-missionary himself, wrote,

    "A typical example would be the Jewish responses about “the suffering servant” of Isaiah 53. The polemicists follow the majority opinion of mediaeval Jewish exegetes that it speaks of the Jewish people, as opposed to the Christian claim that it speaks of the messiah. This view is found also among some Talmudic rabbis. It does not negate, however, the validity of the pervasive Talmudic-Midrashic-Zoharic interpretation that the subject of that chapter is indeed Mashiach."

    Secondly, Christians don't believe Messiah is half man or half god. The Messiah of Israel was the image of God in the flesh; just as God appeared to Avraham avinu in the flesh.

  34. You said it Lisa, a hard lesson for Christians to accept.

  35. Lisa Berenson says:

    Mary Bromwell it is a hard lesson but if they would just try to understand that trying to convert Jews to believe that Jesus is God incarnate, to us is breaking the first commandment….akin to idol worship, for we cannot worship what we believe is a man. Judaism's belief of who the Moshiach is far different than Christianity's and the idea that someone offering themselves as a human sacrifice to atone for their sins is not only abhorrent to God but also not possible…for as the Torah says each person is responsible for seeking atonement from God for his own sins. No one can atone for someone else's sins. God has no semblance of a body nor is He corporeal. Christians would do well to study what Judaism really is and what the role of Israel is in the world. Millions of Jews throughout our history have rather died than convert because they would not break the first commandment.

  36. Roger Cerdas says:

    The idea of "god" incarnated is pure Greek paganism…sorry but there are christian scholars who understand that Isaiash was speaking about Israel as the Servant, it is not a messianic passage. There is nothing written about a god being born of a virgin, such ideas only minght come from paganism and christianity is full of it.

  37. Yechiel Baum says:

    another paid member of the vaticans under the Jews for jesus banner.

  38. Dennis McClendon says:

    EVERY knee shall bow to Jesus as Lord whether you receive Him as your Messiah or not! Very soon your eyes will be opened I hope.

  39. recuerdo que un 3 de noviembre me desmaye en un desfile y uno de los cerda me brin do u te con leche para recujperazrme n o me olvido nunca

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