Jewish Assertiveness Training

By Richard J. Birnholz

Eugene Borowitz, September 1, 1978

The author describes a program undertaken by his synagogue to empower the congregation's youth to answer the theological claims of Christian missionaries. Students were trained to answer Christian claims with Jewish counter-claims, and drilled rapid-fire in order to practice using these arguments in confrontation with missionaries. The program seemed to be a success at stemming the tide of defections to Christianity among the congregation's youth, the author reports, but there are also issues to contend with regarding how this confrontational style of theological training relates to the congregation's commitment to pluralism and respecting others' religions.

Topic: Theology, Jewish-Christian Relations, Youth, Faith, Messianism, Pluralism, Tolerance, Leadership, Diversity, Youth Engagement, Belief, Education, Outreach, Religion

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.

Volume/Issue: Vol.8/no.156

Page Number(s): 149-152

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Birnholz, Richard J. Jewish Assertiveness Training. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 1 September 1978: 149-152.


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