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Audio: Dear Missionaries, Support is Welcome, Converting Jews is Not

How to politely, and with derech eretz, let missionaries know that their support of Israel is most welcome, but converting Jews is not.
8/20/2012, 8:00 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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While missionaries are becoming more and more embedded in Israeli society, we would expect that our government officials and leaders in the Rabbinate would be in the vanguard of keeping Jews in Israel Jewish. Who if not our leaders should be expected to politely and with derech eretz let missionaries know that their unconditional support of Israel is most welcome, while their clear intent to convert Jews is not.

Derech Eretz show host Rabbi Elan Adler spoke with Ellen Horowitz, content writer for, about what is happening on the ground in Israel. Do missionaries operate openly because they feel very much at home in Israel. Ellen Horowitz says that some missionary groups are offering hundreds of millions of non-Jewish dollars are offered to build and support institutions in Israel.

Rabbi Elan Adler served as a pulpit Rabbi for 25 years in Stamford, Ct and Baltimore, Md prior to making aliyah in 2010. Rabbi Adler received his Smicha from Yeshiva University, had the privilege of being an aide to Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik for two years, was an activist Rabbi in support of Israel and aliyah, and served as the President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. During his tenure as a Rabbi, he was known for being an engaging speaker and teacher, never failing to make easy connections with Jewish people as well as the non-Jewish and African American community. While serving congregations, he was appreciated for being welcoming, embracing of all people, and bringing congregants closer to their Jewish heritage. For more information on Rabbi Adler visit
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