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N.J. and You: Lowering Barriers to Jewish Involvement

I recently had the pleasure of joining my colleagues Kerry Olitzky and Ruth Decalo in offering a workshop to communal professionals hosted at the Middlesex County, NJ, Federation and sponsored by the Karma Foundation and the Middlesex County Federation. Our daylong training focused on transforming one-time contacts into deeper engagement in the Jewish community, and reaching out to newcomers through our Public Space Judaism model. Last week’s New Jersey Jewish News reported on this training:

Ruth Decalo, senior director of programs and training at the institute, said the key to connecting with the unaffiliated is not to make them feel like “second-rate Jews.” Both she and the local professionals spoke of instances when rather than bonding with the community and its institutions, people looking to find their place in the community were actually turned off.

As part of our session on maximizing contacts with newcomers, we focused on techniques to lower barriers to participation in Jewish life. In fact, one of the central take-away messages of the workshop was how wonderful it is to identify barriers, because it enables us to lower them! JOI would like to offer Jewish communal professionals a free one-time consultation on lowering barriers to Jewish engagement in their community. Please email me at estern@joi.org if you’re interested!



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  1. To know that hell await sinners and keep silent on the matter would be injustice to mankind.To know that JESUS CHRIST IS ONLY SON OF GOD and keep silent on the matter is a sin,injustice,wickedness ,you are a servent of satan by keep silent.To know that salvation is found only in JESUS CHRIST and you keep silent is wickedness to mankind they want peoples to go to hell.satan certainly has stratagey,and it is multifaceted,multipronged,and bent on miltiplication “DENYJESUS CHRIST AS THE SON OF GOD AND THE ONLY WAY TO HOLY GOD OF ISRAEL John-14-6″.one satan-touched life quickly touches another! just consider the many different ways in which he attacks the human race and in this way attacks the Lord.satan inspires counterfeit religions and cults,confusing multitudes about the truth.The counterfeit and cults know that JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD,the saviour and they keep silent on the matter they are satan’s inspires religions.eternal punishment is not a pleasant subject for discussion, but you must know it.hell the destiny of all sinner who reject to gospel of CHRIST JESUS.Math-25-41-46.Rev-20-13-15,21-8.repent to day.

    The ancient world had many different devices for determining the future,known as divination,but not in the entire gamut of greek and latin literature,even though they used the words prophet and prophecy,can we find any real specific prophecy of a saviour to arrive in human race….Mohammedanism cannot point to any prophecies of the coming of Mohammed uttered hundreds of year before his birth.neither can the founders of any satan’s inspires religions or cults in the world rightly identify any ancient text specifically foretelling their FOUNDERS appearance.

    Yet in case of LOVER,SAVIOUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, He fulfilled over three hundred prophecies spoken by dfferent prophet voices over five hundred years,including twenty-nine major prophecies fulfilled in a single day-the day He died.the physical resurrection from the died of JESUS CHRIST is the cornerstone of christianity. but what is the evidence thet it really happened? JESUS CHRISTsaid here I am! I stand at the door of your heart and knock.If anyone hears my voice and opend the door I will come in and eat with him and he with me.PLS,let Him.Rev-3-20.

    DEAR FRIEND,

    The world mojor faiths.agree the in times of deep uncertainty and change,a great spiritual teacher may be expected.(what bible says about it the day is unknown matt-24-36-42.) buddhist refer to the coming of Lord maitreya,hindus refer to the kalki avatar,and christians to second coming of JESUS CHRIST.muslims SURAT PART-3-55.behold allah said O’Jesus I will take thee and raise thee to myself and clear thee of the falsehoods of those who blaspheme thee. I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject thee in the day of resurrection.many cults know this.

    Buddhist know they keep silent wickedness to mankind.Hindus know they keep silent sin to mankind and GOD.Muslims know they keep silent injustice to mankind.there silent made them look like satan’s inspires counterfeit religions and cults,confusing multitudes about the truth JESUS CHRIST.Anyone then who know the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it sins.Jam-4-17 The wages of sin is death,but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus Rom-6-23.There is only lewgiver JESUS CHRIST and judge JESUS.THE ONE WHO IS ABLE TO SAVE and to destroy.JM-4-12.The counterfeit religions knows JESUS will come back the second to judge the world and to destroy the evil work of satan. and the keep silent they don’t want people to come to JESUS and save their life is wickedness to mankind.the want people to go to hell.drop out of your self-pitying,self-excusing mode the hour has come.can you say no TO JESUS CHRIST TO DAY? God benished satan and the angels that followed him because of sin,example to his followers on earth we met the same thing.There is no restrictions,God offers salvation to all even you! 1-john-1-7.

    In recent times there has been a rising interest in occult.people play with ouija boards,see occult films,have their fortunes told,and read horoscopes. They want to get in touch with the supernatral power.The tragedy is that they are seeking to communicate with supernatural evil forces,whereas with JESUS CHRIST HE give us Holy Spirit.to have JESUS CHRIST as LORD is an opportunity to meet with the supernatural powers of HOLY GOD.to meet with the living GOD is only through HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, is so much more thrilling,more satisfying,and you have eternal life.read the Holy Bible is high explosive.It work in strange ways and no living man can tell or know how that book,in its journey through the world,has startled the individual soul in ten thousand different places into a new life,a new world ,a new belief,a new conception, a new faith in JESUS CHRIST,and to have eternal life in heaven with CHRIST JESUS.satan can tell you anything,but JESUS CHRIST said,the message which appears to be foolish is God’s power to save sinners.1-cor-1-18.don’t waste your life gathering earthly things that won’t last Long,don’t let your social position or friends keep you from accepting God’s only way of Salvation.salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given to man by Which we most be save,only JESUS CHRIST can save.Acts-4-12.John-3-16-18.read it.

    satan has different deception prepared to reach different minds,and some who look with horror upon one deception will readily receive another.among the most successful agencies of the great deception are the delusive doctrines and lying wonders of spiritualism.The position that it is of no consequance what man believe is one of satan’s most successful deceptions.

    Where people do know the truth JESUS CHRIST,he brings inlegalism and licence,discouragement and doubt.he tells one mane there is no God while telling another man there are many gods. he pushes one person to total self-denial while pushing another person to total gratification.he lures people into sinful pleasures and then plagues them with guilt and condemnation.he turns neutral things into obsessions and bad things into addictions. he helps some people get rich through exploiting the poor and then urges the poor to fight back against the rich. he pushes a woman to give herself to a stranger,and then when she learns she’s pregnant,he provokes her to abort her baby,then he calls her a murderer.he drives another man into beating up gays.

    satan inspires every kind of sinful emotion and desire like hatred,liying,violencen lust greed and envy.he devises new forms of sinful pleasure like more potent drugs and wild new highs and pornography via internet and “internet fraud which I myself was one of the internet fraud stars”.satan uses music,sex , food,sports,money,art movies ,media, war,books, tapes,philosophy and education and technology to many,scintific research has become a curse, their finite minds are so weak that the lose their Balance.they cannot hermonize their views of science with scripture statement,and the think that The Bible is to be tested by their standard of science.they are seduced by the devil.another Dangerous heresy is denies the divinty of CHRIST JESUS .satan stands at the head of the great Army of doubters,and he work to the utmost of his power to beguils souls into his rank.as it Becoming fashionable to doubt.To accomplish his diabolical purposes.just the ways he assaults the human race. what do we do?satan tell peopels that things really aren’t so bad,that we shouldn’t got so workup and repent about sin and flesh,that compromise is far better then conflict.don’t listen to the gospel of JESUS CHRIST those fanatcal Bible-thumpers satan says.why get so upset about human nature? what’s so bad about sex between consenting adults who really love each other,even if they are not married? what’s so evil about calming your nerves with a hot drinks? what’s wrong with a man being intimate with another man? woman intimate with another woman? why not just enyoy life? many people are doomed to hell by the satan’s psycholoical warfare and many version more acceptable to many people goes like this because of sin.

    Sin is from satan is our enemy.the flesh is our enemy.satan is our enemy opposing everthing that is good the gospel of JESUS CHRIST,fair,lovely-anything that reflects the image of GOD.satan is a perverter,a destroyer,a deceiver,and sin is the means by which he accomplishes his evil works.This world system marches to his beat-throbbing with lust and unclean desires,pounding with greed,injustice,violence,idolatry,witchcraft,drunkness,murder, the list goes on and on.the world is in a mess because of sin.!

    Why are there broken homes? sin.Why are there drug addicts and alcoholics?sin.Why are there jails and prisons?sin.Why are there suicides and murders?sin.Why are there unwanted pregnancies and abortions?sin. Why are there abused children and battered wives?sin.Why are there thefts and rapes?sin.Why are there adulterers fornicators,homosexuals and lesbians?sin.Why are there false religions and cults?sin.WHY DID JESUS CHRIST COME INTO THE WORLD? to save us from our sin,to take away our sin,to destroy the power of sin,to deliver (YOU AND I) from the clutches of sin.so it is written in the word of GOD the Bible. John-3-16-20, John-10-10.

    Holiness is the beauty of JESUS CHRIST made manifest in Christians and through Christians. A holy person is a blessed person. A holy family is a blessed family. A holy society is a blessed society. A holy generation is a blessed generation.The gospel is message of love from GOD,message of repentance,of holiness,and of turning from your sins,of getting right with HOLY GOD OF Israel.is not a message for the cowardly or the compromised.but it is a message for the serious and sold-out,a message that restores and transforms life.a message that has been lifted high in every generation where the Holy Spirit has moved.

    When someone becomes a christian.God’s Holy Spirit comes to live within that person.there are many aspects one particular of the many activities of the Holy Spirit that help us to be sure of our salvation and faith in JESUS CHRIST.frist HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMS US FROM WITHIN.He produces the character of JESUS CHRIST in our lives.One singer was interviewed she said,”As a race we feel empty.This is because our spirituality has been wiped out and we don’t know how to express ourselves.As a result we are encouraged to fill that gap with alcohol,drugs,sex,or money.people out there are screaming for the truth. “see the satan’s encouragment alcohol,drugs,sex,or money”.JESUS is calling you to day.God transferred our wrongdoing onto JESUS CHRIS HE IS THE TRUTH,He will fill the gap with Holy Spirit.

    The human heart has a deep hunger,people are hungry for love,people are hungry for security,hungry for signifcance.JESUS CHRIST said I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE.(Jn-6-35) many people are walking in darkness,depression,disilusionment,and despair.they are looking for directions.JESUS said I AM the light of the world. whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,but will have the light of life.(Jn-8-12) so many are burdened by worries of life,anxieties,fears,and guilt.JESUS CHRIST said”come to me,all you who are weary and burdened,and I will give you rest”Mtt-11-28. why not come to JESUS CHRIST to day? PLS,pass the message to others you will be bless.when you became a christian,God’s HolySpirit come to live in you.Glats-5-22-23.

    When JESUS CHRIST want to a party,He turned water into win. (John-2-1-11) He received one person’s picnic and multiplied it so that it could feed thousands.(Mark-6-30-44).He had control over the elements and could speak to the wind and the waves and thereby stop a storm.(Mark-4-35-41) He carried out the most remarkable healings,opening blind eyes,causing the deaf and dumb to hear and speak and enabling the paralyzed to walk again.a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eighty years walk.(John-5-1-9) He set people free from evil forces that had dominated their life.(John-11-38-44) do you have any need? just call Him with faith.Yet it was not just JESUS CHRIST miracles that made His work so impressive it His love,especially for the loveless ,the lepers and prostitutes,that seemed to motivate all that He did.supremely it was His love shown on the cross for all to come back to God.JESUS CHRIST was a man in whom even His enemies could find no fault and were friends who know Him will said He was without sin.He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit to the churches.

    Have you ever asked Jesus to come in to you life?or you are not sure you are save, if your answer is no.Pray this prayer with sincerity and confidence.LORD JESUS,I come to you today.I am a sinner,I can NOT help myself,forgive me my sins.cleanse me with your blood,deliver me From sin and satan,to serve the living GOD.today,LORD I accept you as my LORD, And my personal saviour.thank you JESUS,for saving me.

    My preaching is not with wise and persuasive words,but a demonstration of the spirit power.so that Your faith might not rest on man’s wisdom but on God power.JESUS CHRIST pray for all belivers,He Said my prayer is not for them alone.I pray also for those who will belive in me through their Message.john-16-20

    BE BLESS IN NAME OF THE FATHER THE SON AND HOLY SPIRIT AMAN.

    BY missionary ,OKECHUKWU ALILI. (JESUS CHRIST IS LORD)

    Christianity is one institution besieging other institutions,one arsenal of ideas seeking to outgun other arsenals of ideas.JESUS CHRIST militant love is life attacking death,light coming against darkness,truth against lies.example islam militant may call for the death of the “infidel” and may issue death warrants against its enemies,useing bombs as a love gift, but JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth will not allow his followers to call down the fire on the enemies of the gospel or use bombs.Luk-9-55-56.JESUS CHRIST and his militant love will minister healing,deliverance and hope.”read Rom-10-13 by join to extend GOD’s kingdom”.pray for us.for more information,call.00228-914-40-75.or reply by this e-mail. be bless .

    Militant love of JESUS CHRIST wins just look at how paul waged his war Paul in Ephesus,Riot in Ephesus.read Acts-19-1-41.shouting “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!.like one of satan’s inspires religions Riot in the world to day.

    JESUS CHRIST shows that militant love does not inflict suffering on others, but is willing to receive it on itself fo the sake of others.militant love of CHRIST does not nail its enemies to the cross,but goes to the cross on behalf of the enemy.
    As militant of CHRIST we commend ourselves in every way in great endurance,in trouble,hardship and distresses,in beatings,imprisonments and riots,in hard work,sleepless nights and in hunger,in the Holy Spirit and in sincere,bad report and good report geuuine,yet regarded as impostors,known yet regarded as unknown,dying,and yet we live on beaten and yet not killed sorrowful,yet rejoicing,poor,yet making rich having nothing,and yet possessing everything.2-cor-6-4-10. Blessed are those who wash their robes with the blood of JESUS CHRIST,that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates in to the city of heaven.without holiness you cannot see GOD.outside are dogs,those who reject CHRIST in there life time .they are dogs,those who practice magic arts,the sexually immoral,themurderers,the idolaters,and everyone who love and practices falsehood(false religions and cults) Rev-22-14-15.only the redeemed will walk in heaven,and the ransomed of the LORD will enter Zion with singing everlasting joy will crown their heads.Isa-35-8-10.

    Comment by JESUS CHRIST IS LORD. — February 11, 2007 @ 8:26 am

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