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February 13, 2011

Haredi Charity Meir Panim Takes Large Donations From Christian Missionaries

Rabbi Dudu Zilberschlag 2 Meir Panim, founded and run by haredi PR flack Dudu Zilberschlag, is taking donations from an overtly missionary Christian group that also funds Christian missionaries and Messianic congregations in Israel.

 

Shearim has posted a picture of what is supposed to be a Meir Panim representative dancing with a Christian missionary tour group on the Mount of Olives. Note he's holding a woman's hand:

Meir Panim Christian Group Dance Hand Hold

Here is a closeup of the alleged Meir Panim representative:

Meir Panim Mount of Olives Christian Tour group 2

And here is the German language description of what took place, posted by REA Israel, the Christian missionary charity:

MEIR PANIM, SUPPENKÜCHE

Auf dem Ölberg wurde unsere Reisegruppe von einem orthodoxen Mitarbeiter von Meir Panim empfangen. Diese jüdische Hilfsorganisation kümmert sich um Minderbemittelte und ist zur grössten israelischen Unterstützungskette im Land gewachsen. Eine Anzahl eigener Restaurants und Brockenstuben gehören dazu, und über 3000 Freiwillige helfen mit. Mehr als 19‘000 Menschen erhalten dadurch eine tägliche Mahlzeit.
Der Abgeordnete hiess uns mit den Worten willkommen: „Es ist uns eine Ehre, euch von Rea Israel zu treffen. Eure Spenden sind ein Teil unserer Arbeit. Ihr helft mit, dass die Welt besser wird. Ich danke Kurt Wenger und euch allen dafür!“
Bevor er seinen Umschlag mit einer weiteren finanziellen Unterstützung entgegennahm, bildeten wir alle einen Kreis, und gemeinsam sangen wir ein hebräisches Lied.

Here is REA Israel's list of the projects REA Israel supports. As you can see from the following Google Translate screenshot, some of these project are overtly missionary:

REA Israel Meir Panim Missionary Projects Excerpt Google Translate
Here is the entire REA Israel projects list in German as a PDF file:

Download REA Israel Christliches Hilfswerk – projects

Meir Panim founder Dudu Zilberschlag (also spelled Zilbershlag) was recently blackmailed by members of Meir Panim's staff, who sent a young actress to Zilberschlag to seduce him.

Haredi rabbis have led a very public fight against the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews – which does not support Christian missionary activity. The IFCJ is led by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who is Modern Orthodox.

Haredi rabbis and Chabad rabbis have forbidden nonprofits from taking donations from the IFCJ. (1, 2, 3)

Indeed, based on those rulings Israel's haredi Interior Minister, Eli Yishai of Shas, refused to take fire trucks the IFCJ wanted to donate. If Israel had taken those fire truck, much of the destruction and loss of life caused by the massive Carmel-area wildfire a couple months ago could have been prevented.

Yet haredi rabbis appear so far to be silent about REA Israel, its very real support for Christian missionary activity in Israel, and Meir Panim's role.

Another haredi charity supported by REA Israel is Yad Sarah, which provides crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and other medical equipment to needy Israelis.

Will these haredi charities stop taking REA Israel's money? Time will tell.

[Hat Tip: Shearim via Joel Katz.]

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no different than the saccharine smiles of rabbi yechiel eckstein that supplanted for all intents and purposes the aliya's dept of the jewish agency, (shkaranski himself is left with little else than to fly, wine & dine & jerk o-- on account of the public purse) all financed by righteous among the gentiles who pray for our demise prior to the armageddon.
no doubt r' eckstein and his cohorts also line their pockets in the process.
last week we saw him on tv in ethiopia with a group of the last jews in the country all doning uniform yarmulkes and tallises. (tefilin were too much to ask for from the generous goyim).
haredi charity my butt, wi-h mr zilbershlag's caught with the masseuse, they can skip all the niceties and head straight to the cash where it counts. the haredi attire, is a pre-run for the all male purim costume ball.

meir panim? yeah! they lighten up their face to the cash.

Translation
MEIR PANIM, Soup kithcen

On the mount of olives, an orthodox worker of Meir Panim received our group. This jewish relief organisation works with meanless people and has become the biggest support chain in Israel. They have their own restaurants and 2-hand-shops. Over 3000 volontaries help them. This allows more than 19000 persons to get a daily meal.
The delegate greeted us with those words: "It is an honour for us to meet you, the representatives of Rea Israel. Your donations are part of our work. You help make the world a better place. I thank Kurt Wenger and all of you for it.

Before he took his envelope with further financial support (i.e. a further donation), we all formed a circle and sang a hebrew song togehter.

I wasn't aware that Haredi rabbis had rejected donations offered by IFCJ. Shmarya, do you think it's entirely because they don't want to take money from Christians, or is part of it that Eckstein is Modern Orthodox?

On the one hand, I deplore the act of Jews getting into bed with evangelicals. On the other, if people are in need, and the Christians are standing there with a check, who am I to tell them not to accept it? It's a thorny problem (for me, anyway).

(Sung by Zilberschlag):
Apologies to David Bowie:

I know when to go out
I know when to stay in
Get things done

I catch a Shabbos Goy
But things don't really change
I'm spitting in the wind
But I never say oy vey

But I try, I try

There's no sign of life
It's just the power to charm
I'm lying to myself
But I never say oy vey

But I try, I try

Never gonna fall for
Money love - walks beside me
Money love - walks on by
Money love - gets me to the church on time
Church on time - terrifies me
Church on time - makes me party
Church on time - puts my trust in God and Mammon
God and Mammon - no confessions
God and Mammon - no religion
God and Mammon - don't believe in modern Ortho

It's not really work
It's just the power to charm
I'm still spitting in the wind
But I never say oy vey

But I try, I try

Never gonna fall for
Money love - walks beside me
Money love - walks on by
Money love - gets me to the church on time
Church on time - terrifies me
Church on time - makes me party
Church on time - puts my trust in God and Mammon
God and Mammon - no confessions
God and Mammon - no religion
God and Mammon - don't believe in modern Ortho
Money love - walks beside me
Money love - walks on by
Money love - gets me to the church on time
Church on time - terrifies me
Church on time - makes me party
Church on time - puts my trust in God and Mammon
God and Mammon - no confessions
God and Mammon - no religion
God and Mammon - I don't believe in modern Ortho

Money love, Money love, Money love, 4x

Money love - Money love, walks beside me
Money love -Money love, walks on by 2x
Never gonna fall for
Never gonna fall for

What's the problem, she's a shiksa! And on top of that (no double entendre intended)he doesn't give her money, she gives him money.

Perhaps the fine posters at "failedmessiah.com" will join in to pick up the slack when Christian organizations no longer contribute their money to feed Israeli Jews (of all religious persuasions).

I didn't know the Haredi supports interfaith organizations!

Holding hands too?

ROFL

Well, Meir Panim never met a dollar it didn't like!

>will join in to pick up the slack
Yes, this is worrisome.

[Haredi Charity Meir Panim Takes Large Donations From Christian Missionaries}

Never look a gift horse in the mouth!

this only shows their true face where there is no g-od but money in their fanatical life as menaqchem would say money uber ales

I suppose that like organs, the Charedim are prepared to receive donations but not give....

Gelt from a goy is glatt koosha.

No mashgiah supervision is required even during Shabos, Yom Kippur and Passover.

This way he keeps all the goy coinage and nobody gets a kickback.

I am a Christian, but when I make what little contributions I can each month, via IFCJ or Magen David Adom or Cholel Chabad, I do not do so in hopes that those give out the contributions will be aggressive in pushing Christianity. On the contrary, I give because I believe in our LORD's Holy Word and want people Israel to know they are not alone though enemies surround them and now even anti-Semitism emanating from our own U.S. leadership.
Please know, dear Jewish people, that we Christians are not like the Romans of old nor like those in the Inquisitions or the madmen of WWII. My heart is torn that so many of you still have doubts.
Please refer to our LORD's admonition that He will bless those who bless Israel and will curse those who do not.
Shalom, dear Israel. Baruch Hashem.

Who cares if the monies comes from other sources! Do you need money to feed people???? YES, so stop complaining WHERE the monies come from and stop acting like Pharisees. And I agree with Ann C. YOU are supposed to be ohr to the world, but your nefesh is corrupted with rituals, rituals, rituals. Circumcise your hearts because a Jew is one within. It is not because of your righteousness that you were chosen, remember???? You complain of anti-semitism yet you are full of racism, hatred and lack love. Shame on you

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