Letter: Evangelism by Jewish Christians

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Sir: I refer to the letter from the Rev Robert Weissman (12 August). He writes on behalf of those movements seeking justification in their campaign of evangelism of the Jews. He objects to the accusation that he 'deliberately' offends those Jews he is seeking to convert. The point is that his efforts are very definitely offensive to us Jews who merely seek to follow our own culture and traditions.

We want no part of any Christian efforts to change our beliefs, our values and our heritage. The missionary campaign with which he is involved shows an insensitivity to Jewish concerns and fails to come to terms with those of us seeking a non-Christian path to our religious belief. Surely his time would be better spent convincing his fellow Christians to return to the church, which they appear to have abandoned in large numbers.

Yours faithfully,

MICHAEL L. PHILLIPS

London, W1

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