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An emergency conference in the Shomron community of Kiryat Netafim Wednesday night, highlighted the growing presence of evangelical christian missionaries in the Samaria region. The conference, which was organized by Yekutiel Ben Yaakov and Ezra Stein, featured speeches from prominent rabbonim: Rabbi Yehudah Richter of yishuv Elon Moreh, Rav Yoel Shwartz, Rav Elchanan Bin Nun, and veteran anti-missionary activist Mina Fenton. A major feature of the event was an extensive video presentation from anti-missionary organization, “Jewish Israel”, hosted by Public Relations Director, Shulamit Liebler. The free event featured refreshments and drinks, and a closing question and answer session from the audience.

The conference was originally scheduled to be held at the Eshel HaShomron Hotel in the nearby town of Ariel. Event organizer Yekutiel Ben Yaakov noted that the hotel canceled after undergoing pressure from local missionary groups in the region. Ben Yaakov, who is taking legal action against the hotel for breach of contract, noted that the cancelation ultimately benefitted them, since it exposed the extent of missionary influence in the region, and brought more public awareness to a previously unknown problem.

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Jewish Israel’s presentation highlighted the efforts, tactics, and motivations of the many different evangelical christian organizations active throughout Israel, including religious communities in the Samaria region. One such group, Hayovel, “The Jubilee,” headed by Tommy Waller, is prominent in the region for their volunteer program in assisting religious agricultural communities with their harvests. Jewish Israel cited Hayovel as one of many missionizing organizations who utilize a subtle process of assimilating themselves into Israeli society, gradually blurring the distinction between Jew and gentile, as a means of actualizing their ideological belief that they are ‘grafting themselves onto the Jewish people’s covenant, by introducing Jews to yeshua’ (missionary terminology for jesus).

Both Jewish Israel’s presentation and concluding speaker Mina Fenton, emphasized the necessity of understanding the ideological terminology of such organizations, who frequently use cryptic words like “restoration” to mask a sophisticated and well-organized missionary agenda.

The organizers of the event see this as the beginning of a new movement to expose local missionary activity and galvanize committed Jews to action. They noted that a growing number of prominent rabbonim throughout Israel are joining the effort to address this issue.

While Jewish Israel’s opponents, many of them religious Jews working hand in hand with christian evangelicals, maintain that Hayovel has no missionary agenda, Jewish Israel’s presentation included comprehensive documentation showing Hayovel’s extensive ties and relationships with overt missionary organizations and missionary leaders. Those who would like more information can visit Jewish Israels website.

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61 COMMENTS

  1. Christians up to their old tricks. They’re supportive, like on this page–until they are certain that Jews will not convert and worship their false “messiah”. A pact with Christians is like a pact with the devil–sooner or later they come for your soul.

  2. I think I understand this a little differently. The hotel does not want to be known as bigoted and prejudiced against foreign visitors who are often Christians. Christians who come to Israel not only spend money but also do more good deeds than the ugly Jews who hate Christians and the hotel wants to encourage that sort of behavior. The wonderful staff at the hotel refuses to join the haters. I’m beginning to really like this hotel.

  3. Tom Brimmer, you are a total fraud. Of course you are. You have a missionising agenda yourself, if one looks into who you are affiliated with.
    The flyer addressed missionaries and only those who are engaged in miss ionising or sympathetic to such practices would be “offended”.

  4. The owners of the hotel are profiting from such missionaries. They are people of weak character who will have to answer to The Almighty one day. They have chosen financial gain over the spiritual welfare of the Jewish people.

  5. Mr. Brimmer,

    I was just listening to a clip of Tommy Waller from HaYovel inferring that Buddhist Thai workers are not “people of faith”, when your comment about “ugly Jews” came across my desk.

    I don’t think that Jews who are trying to preserve their faith are ugly, nor do I think that they “hate Christians”.

    Your comments are doing a great disservice to Bridges for Peace and all that it claims to stand for. But then again, maybe it’s time BFP came out of the closet.

    And as I pen this comment, a good Christian friend of mine just sent me the following via Facebook : “Teach this triple truth to all:, A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” ~The Buddha

    Ellen Horowitz for JewishIsrael.com

  6. I think I understand this a little differently. The hotel does not want to be known as bigoted and prejudiced against foreign visitors who are often Christians. Christians who come to Israel not only spend money but also do more good deeds than the ugly Jews who hate Christians and the hotel wants to encourage that sort of behavior. The wonderful staff at the hotel refuses to join the haters. I'm beginning to really like this hotel.

  7. Tom Brimmer, you are a total fraud. Of course you are. You have a missionising agenda yourself, if one looks into who you are affiliated with.
    The flyer addressed missionaries and only those who are engaged in miss ionising or sympathetic to such practices would be "offended".

  8. The owners of the hotel are profiting from such missionaries. They are people of weak character who will have to answer to The Almighty one day. They have chosen financial gain over the spiritual welfare of the Jewish people.

  9. B”H – Very well written piece, thank you Donny Fuchs! If you paid me for criticizing something, I’d say that I found one error in your article, in the following phrase: “The Jubilee, headed by Tommy Waller, is prominent in the region for their volunteer program in assisting religious agricultural communities with their harvests”. The fact of the matter is that they “assist” no communities. They may assist greedy winery-owners in achieving higher profit margins, but communities? No, they do not “assist” communities. By working for free they undercut our local jobs market effectively robbing our communities, our youths and our unemployed of a whole pool of badly needed low-tech jobs. It should also be mentioned, and anyone who ever lived in wine-producing regions knows this full well, the concentrated effort needed for the harvest is a joyous community affair. Whole school classes sometimes spend many days on the fields, extended families, friends and relatives participate in the harvest, communal meals are consumed and stories are told: There is singing and dancing. Robbing these character and let me say, nation building experiences from our own youth and elderly, is something that cannot ever be exchanged for the extra profit the winery-owner can make on this modern-day and voluntary greed-galore slave-trade!

  10. Mr. Brimmer,

    I was just listening to a clip of Tommy Waller from HaYovel inferring that Buddhist Thai workers are not “people of faith”, when your comment about “ugly Jews” came across my desk.

    I don’t think that Jews who are trying to preserve their faith are ugly, nor do I think that they “hate Christians”.

    Your comments are doing a great disservice to Bridges for Peace and all that it claims to stand for. But then again, maybe it’s time BFP came out of the closet.

    And as I pen this comment, a good Christian friend of mine just sent me the following via Facebook : “Teach this triple truth to all:, A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” ~The Buddha

    Ellen Horowitz for JewishIsrael.com

  11. Jewish Israel Thank you Ellen. At least you read what I wrote I think. Please note that I addressed my comment to a bigot who happens to be Jewish. He does indeed hate Christians without exception. It is truly ugly. It isn’t about preserving the faith at all, it’s just ugly.

  12. B”H – Very well written piece, thank you Donny Fuchs! If you paid me for criticizing something, I’d say that I found one error in your article, in the following phrase: “The Jubilee, headed by Tommy Waller, is prominent in the region for their volunteer program in assisting religious agricultural communities with their harvests”. The fact of the matter is that they “assist” no communities. They may assist greedy winery-owners in achieving higher profit margins, but communities? No, they do not “assist” communities. By working for free they undercu our local jobs market effectively robbing our communities, our youths and our unemployed of a whole pool of badly needed low-tech jobs. It should also be mentioned, and anyone who ever lived in wine-producing regions knows this full well, the concentrated effort needed for the harvest is a joyous community affair. Whole school classes sometimes spend many days on the fields, extended families, friends and relatives participate in the harvest, communal meals are consumed and stories are told: There is singing and dancing. Robbing these character and let me say, nation forming experiences from our own youth and elderly, is something that cannot ever be exchanged for the extra profit the winery-owner can make on this modern-day and voluntary greed-galore slave-trade!

  13. Not really, I don’t have an agenda of hatred or lies. Besides, I know how to spell and can use proper grammar. I never did hide and I don’t need to hide. Are you going to sit with me and find out the truth about who and what I am or are you going to write lies from a distance?

  14. Tom Brimmer Sit with you? The pope has a better chance of joining me Friday night, then you have of sitting down with me. Would I would sit down with a neo-nazi? You are the spiritual equivalent. They want dead Jews. You want our souls. I know exactly who you are and what you want.

  15. And if Israel’s weakling anti-missionary laws were ever enforced, you and your ilk wouldn’t be here in Israel. That’s a sin that Israel’s leaders will have to answer for one day. But don’t get too comfortable. Keep a suitcase handy. “The times, they are a-changing…” : )

  16. Tom Brimmer For someone who claims to know how to spell and use proper grammar, you really screwed up. Your words:
    “Christians who come to Israel not only spend money but also do more good deeds than the ugly Jews who hate Christians and the hotel wants to encourage that sort of behaviour.”
    Key Phrase: THE UGLY JEWS. Your ugly must have just slipped out in the course of your jew hating zeal. Were you drinking?

  17. If the missionaries are 'helping' you harvest or whatever, most likely they are doing it to ingratiate themselves to you. I have seen this happen too many times, in different settings, over the years. After you have been 'helped' for a while, the unspoken contract, from the missionaries' side is that now, the least you can do is listen to what they have to say.

    I am 68 and I am so tired of these people asking me if I have 'Heard The Good News?" Not yet, because the only good news I want from them is that they will never again ask me if I have 'Heard The Good News." Their 'good news' has gotten millions of us killed over the last two millennia.

    If the impetus behind missionary work could be stated in one word, it would be arrogance. The very fact that they think we need to be told what to believe belies an inflated sense of superiority; what we have is inferior and they are going to convince us to accept that what they have is superior 'the truth.' Sounds kind of cultish and predatory.

    Tommy, sweetie, we don't try to convert you (most rabbis make three separate attempts to dissuade someone who wants to convert), so show some decency and respect and don't try it with us. If we want to join your club, we'll call you.

  18. Tom Brimmer Sit with you? The pope has a better chance of joining me Friday night, then you have of sitting down with me. Would I would sit down with a neo-nazi? You are the spiritual equivalent. They want dead Jews. You want our souls. I know exactly who you are and what you want.

  19. And if Israel's weakling anti-missionary laws were ever enforced, you and your ilk wouldn't be here in Israel. That's a sin that Israel's leaders will have to answer for one day. But don't get too comfortable. Keep a suitcase handy. "The times, they are a-changing…" : )

  20. Tom Brimmer For someone who claims to know how to spell and use proper grammar, you really screwed up. Your words:
    "Christians who come to Israel not only spend money but also do more good deeds than the ugly Jews who hate Christians and the hotel wants to encourage that sort of behaviour."
    Key Phrase: THE UGLY JEWS. Your ugly must have just slipped out in the course of your jew hating zeal. Were you drinking?

  21. Lauren Goldman Well said, but we must remember that they want our land now, just as much, if not more that our souls. Say what you will about these people, but they also agree with me that the U. S. will fall eventually, and they don’t want to be there when that happens. 😉

  22. Lauren Goldman Well said, but we must remember that they want our land now, just as much, if not more that our souls. Say what you will about these people, but they also agree with me that the U. S. will fall eventually, and they don't want to be there when that happens. 😉

  23. so no problem with the much bigger missionary effort of the Chabad and the posters they put in every Jerusalem street about the Schneerson Messiah?

    Thats because Yad L’achim are owned and funded by Chabad, so are many of the members of Jews for Judaism

  24. Sad to hear about the cancellation, but very pleased they are suing the hotel. People need to recognize the difference between being against Christians and being against Christian evangelization of Jews, including the destructive force of Jewish conversion to other religions. I think the hotel just doesn’t get what this is all about, so the exposure is a good thing.

  25. Sad to hear about the cancellation, but very pleased they are suing the hotel. People need to recognize the difference between being against Christians and being against Christian evangelization of Jews, including the destructive force of Jewish conversion to other religions. I think the hotel just doesn't get what this is all about, so the exposure is a good thing.

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