Purim outreach in NYC
|Hamantaschen are three-cornered cookies
with a yummy fruit or poppy seed filling.
JFJ’s New York team delivers Purim cheer to three Manhattan neighborhoods. Costumes, cookies, and a special postcard let folks know that we’re Jewish, we love Jesus, and we’re ready to chat with anyone who’s interested.
On Tuesday our staff headed to Washington Square Park. Unfortunately it was too windy to set up our comic book photo booth (complete with a trunk of capes, masks, signs, and other superhero souvenirs for passersby to use to have their photos taken), but of course everyone loves cookies, so the homemade hamantaschen were a hit.
Rachel Friedlander reports, “Before we even finished setting up, several Jewish people had already congregated to discuss how one could be Jewish and believe in Jesus. Over the course of the next couple of hours, many stopped to grab a cookie, reminisce about their mother’s hamantaschen, and discuss Purim and the Jewish Messiah.
“Several uploaded pictures of the event to Twitter and Instagram, hashtagging #jewsforjesus. I snapped a few photos, but was soon engaged in conversation with at least 5 different Jewish people, so I didn’t get too many photographs. Priorities!
“We were happy to bless NYC with a little homemade baking, and we hope that those who saw us/talked with us will truly consider: could Yeshua (Jesus) be the Jewish Messiah?”
The branch planned similar outreaches for Union Square and Soho Friday and Saturday, using the postcard below at all three outreaches.