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Is the former president aware of the disdain his Jewish friends in Israel and the world feel for the "messianic Jews" for whom he'll be raising funds at $100,000 a pop?

Former President George W. Bush will headline a fundraiser in Texas for a group that seeks to convert Jews to Christianity, JTA reported.

Dubya follows in the footsteps of Glenn Beck, who was the star of the group’s fundraiser last year at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


Bush is scheduled to appear Nov. 14 in suburban Dallas to raise funds for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a Texas-based group that says its mission is “to bring Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua the Messiah, knowing their acceptance will eventually mean life from the dead.”

Tickets for the event at the Irving Convention Center start at $250 and rise to as high as $100,000.

According to Mother Jones, which first reported the fundraiser, the $100,000 tickets include a VIP reception with Bush and a tour of Israel guided by the institute’s president, Wayne Wilks.

The MJBI mission is “to boldly proclaim Yeshua as Messiah, train leaders for Jewish ministry around the world, and educate the Church on God’s heart for the Jewish people, as it eagerly awaits the promise of Romans 11:15 that the acceptance of the Jewish people will mean ‘life from the dead.’”

The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) was formed in 1995 and launched in 1996, through the cooperative efforts of both Messianic Jewish and Gentile Christian leaders, according to the group’s website. After initially targeting Jews in Russia and eastern Europe, in 2002 the MJBI began to sponsor banquets, events, and training sessions in the United States for the purpose of proselytizing Jews there and in Israel.

In 2006, the group’s co-founder Dan Juster immigrated to Israel, where he oversees the MJBI programs directed at Israeli Jews. Their major emphases are producing teaching materials in Hebrew, a two-year bible school program intended to establish a Christian Ethiopian Israeli “leadership,” and seminars for messianic leaders.

Mother Jones reminded its readers that “last year, Abraham Foxman, president of the Anti-Defamation League, told Politico that former Sen. Rick Santorum’s appearance at an event hosted by another Messianic Jewish organization, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, was ‘insensitive and offensive.'”

Reform Rabbi (nebech) David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, told Mother Jones about the Bush appearance: “It’s disappointing that he would give his stamp of approval to a group whose program is an express effort to convert Jews and not to accept the validity of the Jewish covenant.”

At last year’s MJBI fundraiser, Glenn Beck received a “Defender of Israel” award. On his now defunct FOX News show, Beck once said: “One of the reasons why I love Israel so much is I’m a guy who’s for the underdog. I’m a Mormon, which is kind of the Jew of the Christian world.”

Now, that’s a disheartening thought…

According to Mother Jones, Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, which Beck attends, introduced Beck as a “prophet” at the event. Morris told the crowd that his church has supported MJBI because “when we do this, the Bible tells us, it’s going to change the whole world. That it’s going to hasten the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it’s going to bring about worldwide revival.”

A spokesman for Bush and a spokeswoman for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum did not respond to requests for comment.


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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth,,, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


  1. Guess what? Christians, including George Bush, and the hordes of Christians that overrun Jewish internet sites and Israel itself, all believe in something called the ‘great commission’ where Jesus of Nazareth told his cult members to preach to the whole world (especially Jews-?) that is, when they found time in between murdering them. Christians as well as the apostate Jews who have joined this cult are a threat to Jews, and the sooner that is recognized the better. They are not our friends, allies, or partners.

  2. Messianic judaism does not "deny the validity of the jewish covenant," it confirms it. There is no forgiveness through tzedaka or trying to keep mitzvot. Forgiveness only comes through atonement of blood, Kapora, period. We believe the principles of Torah are eternal. Now who is changing the Torah?

  3. Y'shuah is the perfect lamb of G-d who atoned for our sins, once and for all. He is the final sacrifice and that is why the veil was rent in the Holy of Holies upon His death and the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, so that we would know that all sacrifices had ceased. That day the scapegoat was a thief called Barabbas while the spotless, sinless, sacrificial lamb was sacrificed, as per Isaiah 53 (which you are not allowed to read). Yshuah will return as the conquering King of Israel soon and all Israel will see Him and believe. In Zach, 12:10 it says: "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son." Continue to be Jewish, don't change, but believe in the Jewish Messiah and be complete!!!! AMEN

  4. Wow! Such bitterness. I'm glad I know the love of the Jewish Messiah, and I pray the same for you. "Murdering Jews" is a factual part of history, but nothing to do with me or my forebears. All the Hebrew Scriptures promise a savior. Messianic Jews know His name, Yeshua HaMashiach. Are so so very angry about that? Don't be angry. You can know Him too.


  6. Christanity is IDOL worship! Chazal declared Esav Sohneh Es Yaakov, "Gentiles hat Jews!" As for the Reform- deFormed, they are honest, by stating they do not believe in the Divinity of the Torah and Chazal(Talmud,Shulchan Aruch) unlike the other sects (conservative,reconstructionist etc,)that broke off from authentic Judaism. To the reform- de Formed not only is intermarriage permissable,they march side by side with the PLO etc. They sent a letter to Bush to force Israel to give up our religious,historical,ancestral and security lands. The Reform movement suggested Bush to take USA political,military and economic aid as tools to force Israel to give up its religious and historical lands! The messianics are idol worshippers! WATCH! JUDAISM! every Wednesday Scroll down to 'Community Media" then click on "Brooklyn Public Network "Click on arrow in channel 2. Wednesday 10;00Am & 6:00PM NEW YORK Shabbat Shalom Gutt Shabbous

  7. Well the Jewish people can proselytize the gentiles and since they are better talkers there will be wholesale conversions. Oh wait…. the Jews don't care. They have God, the gentiles don't, too bad. Hmmm, something seems wrong with this?

  8. If these people believe that they have found the Messiah, they must try to bring the Jews, and not just the Gentiles to Him. Otherwise they would be devoid of the love they claim for the Jews.

  9. Gentile Christians also believe in our living GOD, the GOD of our Forefathers and Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob / Israel; in the Decalogue; in the Law of Moshe Rabbeinu – Moses our Lawgiver and Teacher and in Yeshua ha Natzeret – Jesus of Nazareth as the 'Son of the living GOD' and 'Sacrificial Passover Lamb of GOD' whose blood from the 'Cross of Calvary' at Jerusalem was shed as an atoning sacrifice for the remission of sins, two thousand years ago.

    Jews state emphatically that Isaiah, Chapter 53, refers to the suffering 'House of Israel' as 'Servants of the most HIGH GOD'. A growing number of Messianic Jews in Israel, the USA and around the world and Gentile Christians state, according to their religious beliefs and Biblical interpretations, that Isaiah, Chapter 53 refers prophetically and directly to Yeshua – Jesus as the long-awaited promised 'Mashiach Ben David' – 'Messiah Son of David' and suffering 'Servant of the most HIGH GOD'. In Zachariah, Chapter 12 Verse 10 it says: "And I will pour out upon the 'House of David' and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a Spirit of Grace and supplication. They will look upon me, the one whom they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son."

    How do the Rabbanim interpret these passages from Isaiah, Chapter 53 and Zachariah, Chapter 12 ? Which are the correct Biblical interpretations of these profound passages based upon infallible spiritual truths ?

  10. I do not think that Christian Missionaries are attempting to cause and to perpetrate another Holocaust, albeit a spiritual one, against the Jewish People per se. They say that it is primarily out of genuine concern and unconditional love for Jews whom they believe to have gone astray that has made them so anxious to bring the Jewish Nation of Israel back to GOD for their full redemption and salvation. If we are to be honest and truthful, the Jewish People have drifted and strayed away from the GOD of our Forefathers and Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, many times throughout their long and chequered history.

    Today, there are large numbers of Jews, both Orthodox and reform throughout the world, who never attend religious Shabbat and High Holy Day Services in their shuls and temples. Why, you may ask? Because they either cannot read nor understand the Hebrew language of the prayers or they do not find Jewish religious services beautiful, elevating, meaningful and inspirational.

  11. Dan Silagi I earnestly plead with you and implore you, your family and many other Jews to return to the spiritually rich and ennobling legacy of Judaism and our remarkable, enduring Jewish Heritage and History concerning our Biblical Holy Land of Israel, Samaria and Judea !

  12. Both religious, observant and practising Jews and Christians adhere to their respective monotheistic Abrahamic Faiths of Judaism and Christianity and believe in the living GOD of our Forefathers and Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In this supposedly enlightened day and age, we need to be more tolerant and less bigoted.

  13. Both monotheistic Abrahamic Faiths of Judaism and Christianity are based upon profound spiritual truths, each with its unique path of spiritual salvation. Can a daughter who has sprung forth from her mother's womb presume to lecture and preach righteousness and truth to her mother?

  14. Thank you for your thought-provoking comments, David Brownfield.
    The atonement of blood, 'Kapora' is an essential prerequisite for GOD'S forgiveness, salvation, redemption and remission of sins. The giving of 'Tzedaka' – Charity as alms for the poor and the performance of the 'Mitzvot' – Commandments are also very important redemptive qualities, which also leads to greater forgiveness and blessings. – Shabbat Shalom lecha!

  15. If the Jews have GOD, the GOD of our Forefathers and Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, then they should care about the redemption and salvation of Gentiles by going forth and proselytising among them and preaching the faith of 'Aish haTorah' – 'Fire of Torah' such as the Jewish Apostle Sha'ul – Saul – Paul of Tarsus did in the 1st Century Anno Domini.

  16. Well, To start. It is TORAH OHR, TORAH LIGHT, not FIRE! Yes, we do not seek out converts because Hashem (G-d ) has already stated," That if all other Faiths follow the Noach Hide Laws (7 of them) then they to would be considered Righteous." What better authority could one ask for to let others search their own lives and see what they really believe. By the way, there is an path to conversion to Judaism. it is long ,hard and filled with Learning truths. Ask an Rabbi about, apparently you have not

  17. Nothing wrong with this. Jewish organizations do the same thing all the time to raise money. You should be for religious tolerance, especially in light of the persecution your people have gone through. They don't force anyone to accept Jesus Christ. It's done by free will, unlike the muslims.

  18. In a world of increased anti Semitism, anti Israel, and anti Zionism sentiment, I have no problem with Christian leaders and organizations working with Jewish entities to support their cause. But, we must always be mindful that there is a fine line between doing this and using these issues as a means to convert Jews into Christians. There are pastors such as John Hagee who has been working hard to support Jews and Israel but don’t seek to convert Jews into Christians. There are also organizations like the fellowship for Christians and Jews who have the same motivation. We need all the legitimate support we can get. But, it must always be remembered that Judaism and Christianity are separate religions, with separate beliefs, separate histories, and separate foundations. Judaism was always a small religion. It was made even smaller by historical atrocities like the Holocaust, Pogroms, Spanish Inquisition, and in more recent times inter faith marriages, and anti Semitic Jews who hate themselves, hate Israel, and hate Judaism. Yes, I believe there could be a basis for Jews and Christians to form an alliance on furthering a partnership between Christians and Jews. But, the motivation must be based out of a common cause of creating justice and freedom in the world and not attempts to convert Jews into Christians or any other religion. One of the reasons why Christianity became a large religion is that they sent missionaries all over the world and converted people of other faiths into Christians, Judaism never did that. We should learn from history, the perils of accepting friendship under the false bravado of conversion, just look at what happened with Martin Luther. The best way to ward off attempts to try to attempt to convert Jews is to raise Jewish families that see being Jewish as something to be proud of, an honor rather than a deficit.

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