Messianic Jews Seek Rights

The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) has begun a campaign designed to pressure Israeli authorities into granting Messianic Jews automatic citizenship upon immigration to Israel. Last December, Israel’s supreme court ruled that Messianic Jews were not entitled to automatic citizenship under the state’s 1950 Law of Return (CT, Feb. 5, 1990, p. 57). MJAA’s Robert Winer said the goal of the campaign is to gather 1 million signatures on a petition, calling upon the Israeli court and the Knesset to reverse the decision.

At the same time, a separate group of Jewish-Christian leaders met recently to coordinate and promote evangelistic efforts among Soviet Jews. Calling their meeting the First Consultation on Soviet Jewish Evangelization, representatives from 11 ministries and congregations met under the sponsorship of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. The group called on Slavic Christians to affirm God’s love for the Jewish people, denounce anti-Semitism, acknowledge Jesus as Savior, and promote evangelism of the 2 million Jews in the Soviet Union.

Religion Taught In Schools

As children in Eastern Europe returned to school this fall, many found a new subject in their curriculum: religion. The subject has prompted vigorous debate in several countries, but as classes began, the once-banned topic took its place in classrooms.

In Romania, the National Salvation Front government said it was including optional classes that would introduce moral and religious education, yet maintain a neutral perspective toward the country’s dozen or more different faiths (about 80 percent of the population belong to the Romanian Orthodox Church). In Hungary, attempts by some Roman Catholics ...

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