Woman sues Jews for Jesus for wrongly claiming she converted

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2003

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) A Delray Beach woman has sued the religious movement Jews for Jesus, claiming its members fraudulently reported that she converted to the organization's beliefs.

Edith Rapp said that her stepson, Bruce Rapp, wrote in a 2002 Jews for Jesus newsletter that he watched as she tearfully and spontaneously converted at her husband's bedside. She said the account is ''completely fictitious'' and invented to bolster Bruce Rapp's credentials among Jews for Jesus.

''She is humiliated, shocked, appalled,'' said her attorney, Barry Silver. The suit was filed Dec. 11.

Bruce Rapp said from the organization's office in New York that he was stunned that his stepmother was upset by the article.

The suit comes as the organization begins a two-week campaign in Palm Beach County seeking to inform Jews of its belief about the divinity of Jesus Christ.

Susan Perlman, a spokeswoman for Jews for Jesus international office in San Francisco, said the lawsuit follows a ''threatening letter'' from Silver demanding $1 million and an apology.

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