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“It’s striking that for thousands of years the definition of being Christian was believing in Jesus, and all of a sudden they’ve discovered, no, you can do that and be Jewish.“It is, whether they realize it or not, a marketing tool, not a discovery.” It’s not clear if Bush initially understood what an appearance at a Messianic Jewish event would signify. Bush granted Messianic Jews a brief shining moment in the spotlight last week — and then just as quickly sent them back into the shadows.The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute in Dallas had advertised Bush as the keynote speaker at its annual fundraiser on Nov.“We should be viewed as allies and not opponents.” Resnik says proselytizing should not be the determining factor for mainstream Jews in considering a relationship with Messianic Jews.The Jewish establishment also should take into account the longing for Jewish connection and community among Messianic Jews, he said.Especially irksome are bids to convert what are seen as vulnerable populations, Russian and Ethiopian Jews in particular.The Dallas group Bush addressed touts its efforts in that regard prominently on its website.
Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up The turn of events is emblematic of what Messianic Jews have faced since their emergence in the 1960s: a tantalizing taste of acceptance followed by a pronounced repudiation by the mainstream Jewish community.
Resnik estimates there are some 20,000 Jews affiliated with Messianic congregations, but he estimates the number of Jewish believers in Jesus could be much higher.
The recent Pew Research Center survey, which caused such angst among American Jewish leaders, actually was heartening to Messianic Jews with reporting that 34 percent of respondents believed it was possible to believe in Jesus and be Jewish.
Many Jews understood the finding to reflect the view that beliefs have no bearing on a person’s Jewish status.
“No one could ignore the Pew survey that came about,” said Mitch Glaser, the director of Chosen People Ministries.
“Thirty-four percent of the aggregate community believes you can be Jewish and believe in Jesus.