MembersOverstated Figures Regarding Israeli Jewish Yeshua-Believers

Many Messianic “Jewish” congregations are filled with foreign Christian tourists and volunteers

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS
Photo: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Numerous publications and reports originating mostly from Israel give exaggerated numbers about how many Israeli Jewish Yeshua-Believers (IJYB) there are in the Land. Estimates often range from around 10,000 to more than 35,000 Jewish believers living in Israel. Sadly, these intentionally overestimated and fabricated accounts create fake news and are misleading, causing confusion.     

How to explain this disturbing phenomenon? In most cases, behind the unrealistic numbers lurk wishful and ambitious aspirations of fundraisers to “impress” supporters and potential donors. Frequently, the guesstimated figures are accompanied by fundraising campaigns during international “Messianic” conferences organized in Israel. At other times, so-called leaders who are invited to speak overseas in conferences and churches pump up the numbers to make it look like many Jews are coming to faith in Jesus. Often these “leaders” are not themselves Messianic Jews, but expatriates or temporary directors of foreign and various denominational entities missionizing in the Land who have no way of knowing the actual numbers of IJYB’s in Israel.

In order to avoid these erroneous perceptions of how many Jews in Israel really...

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