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Jews slam group for launching $1 million campaign to convert Maryland Jews to Christianity

By Mason White 5:10 PM August 20, 2013
Jews for Jesus activists illustration 

By: Sarah Weiss
A group backed by a popular businessman announced a new campaign to convert Jews in Maryland to Christianity.

Now, Jewish leaders in Baltimore, Maryland, have called the campaign “very offensive.” The campaign was launched by a businessman from California.

The campaign, which is being carried out by a group of 10 female college students conveys the message that Jews can accept Jesus as the Messiah and remain Jewish.

Arthur C. Abramson, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, criticized the annual summer campaign as “very offensive to the Jewish community.”

Tom Cantor, president of Scantibodies Laboratory Inc. in San Diego, California, is funding the campaign via the Israel Restoration Ministries, an organization he founded. The man spends about $4 million a year in Christian missionary work, including nearly $1 million to target major U.S. cities with highly populated Jewish neighborhoods.

The Christian women are wearing long skirts, and may appear to be Orthodox Jews.