For Immediate Release
Contact person: Susan Perlman
The findings of a Pew Research Center survey of 3,475 Jews, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” just released focused on issues of Jewish identity, culture and practice. Among the questions asked was “What is Compatible With Being Jewish?” The researchers concluded that a “sizable minority (34%)” indicated that a person can be Jewish even if he or she believes Jesus was the messiah.
David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, commented,
“We are encouraged to see more openness in the Jewish community to the fact that one can believe in Jesus and still be considered Jewish. After all, the early followers of Jesus were all Jews who continued to live as Jews while believing that Jesus was the promised Messiah.”
According to Pew Research, the survey was conducted on landlines and cell phones from Feb. 20-June 13, 2013, with a statistical margin of error for the full Jewish sample of plus or minus 3.0 percentage points.
The Jews for Jesus organization was established forty years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have centers in 14 countries and 26 cities around the world.