Jews for Jesus spreading message in Portland area

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2002

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Area Jewish leaders have been trying to counter the message of the San Francisco missionary group Jews for Jesus, which urges Jews to accept Christ as savior.

Jews for Jesus has spent months recruiting volunteers from evangelical Christian churches across western Oregon.

The Oregon Board of Rabbis said the group's claims that one can be Jewish and believe in Christ's divinity ''are fraudulent and thereby do a grave disservice.''

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, a coalition of Protestants, Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians, sent a letter to 500 churches expressing concern about what they said was a deceptive message.

Susan Perlman, a Jews for Jesus co-founder, said members don't push their views on unwilling listeners.

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