Jump directly to the content

George W. Bush Helps Messianic Jews Make Money

But former president's Jewish advisor sees 'bigger problems' than today's fundraiser.
George W. Bush Helps Messianic Jews Make MoneyScreenshot from Wayback Machine

Fundraisers hope to land headliners as speakers. But today's speaker to a Messianic Jewish group is drawing headlines.

Former President George W. Bush will speak today at a Dallas fundraiser for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, drawing $250 to $100,000 per ticket. Predictably, the decision has displeased many Jewish leaders.

But, as former Bush liaison Tevi Troy told CNN in one of the most thorough reports, "Judaism has other and bigger problems."

Pew Research recently released a massive survey of American Jews, examining changes in Jewish identity, religious practices, and intermarriage. The finding raised much debate and concern.

The survey also included interesting tidbits on how self-identified American Jews view Jesus, including the surprising statistic that 1 out of 3 today see belief in Jesus as compatible with being Jewish (including 35 percent of Ultra-Orthodox Jews).

However, the number of converts from Judaism to Christianity remains small. Only 4 percent of Americans raised Jewish by religion are now Christian by religion, according to the Pew report.

Another Jesus-related stat that surfaced recently: Approximately 1 in 4 Americans today believe that "Jews were responsible for the death of Christ," according to the Anti-Defamation League's latest report.

CT regularly reports on Messianic Jews, including a recent milestone of acceptance among academics.

Posted:November 14, 2013 at 11:05AM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.
Recent Posts
Wheaton College, Larycia Hawkins to ‘Part Ways’
Provost says he asked tenured professor for forgiveness, withdrew termination process.
What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's Top Ideas
(UPDATED) Charting how Lenten abstinence has changed over time, as 2016 data comes in.
Super Bowl Theology: How Americans See God's Role in the Big Game
Surveys suggest Christians believe much more prosperity gospel than Calvinism is at play.
Pastor of China's Largest Church Jailed for Protesting Removal of 1,500 Crosses
Christian unity growing as government-approved churches no longer immune from persecution.
Christianity Today
George W. Bush Helps Messianic Jews Make Money