"Jews for Jesus" Campaign Expands and Offends in Wash.

August 17, 2004

Source: The Washington Post


On August 17, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Jews for Jesus, a San Francisco-based group, said it trained more than 600 local volunteers to evangelize the region's 220,000 Jews as part of a worldwide campaign called 'Operation Behold Your God.' The Washington outreach, at an estimated cost of $200,000, is scheduled to begin tomorrow with three days of planning... The campaign is scheduled to end Sept. 18, a few days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year -- and the timing has infuriated Jewish leaders. They have planned town hall meetings this week to warn the Jewish community about what they call the coming 'threat,' and they said they will dispatch counter-missionary teams, which will seek to discredit the group and its conversion effort... Since 2001, Jews for Jesus has brought the Behold Your God campaign to 38 other metropolitan areas worldwide with Jewish populations of 25,000 or more. So far, the effort has persuaded about 1,000 Jews and 2,900 non-Jews to put their faith in Jesus, according to Katz. Plans call for sending missionaries to 28 additional cities and eventually, he said, to Israel."