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Old 03-16-04, 09:06 PM
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Jewish Group's survey finds the Passion may be reducing Anti-Semetism

http://www.click2houston.com/enterta...53/detail.html

A new poll suggests fears that "The Passion of the Christ" would trigger anti-Semitism were unwarranted.

A nationwide survey conducted for the Institute for Jewish and Community Research finds that 83 percent of Americans familiar with the film say it's made them neither more nor less likely to blame today's Jews for Jesus' crucifixion.

Nine percent said Mel Gibson's film actually has made them less likely to blame today's Jews, while less than 2 percent said they're more likely to fault modern Jews or Jewish institutions.

The Institute's president, Gary Tobin, added that discussion of the issue has probably been good for Christian-Jewish relations.

Film Considered Godsend For Jewish Evangelism

A leader of Jews for Jesus considers "The Passion of the Christ" a Godsend for Jewish evangelism.

Susan Perlman is associate executive director of Jews for Jesus, whose mission is "to make the messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue" for the Jewish people.

Perlman said she's confident that Jews are seeing the film for themselves rather than letting a few Jewish critics make up their minds for them.

She added that blaming Jews, or anyone else, for killing Jesus is a non-issue because "He didn't stay dead." Perlman asked, "How can you be blamed for killing someone who is alive?"

Well, what fodder will the anti-Passion crowd have left? Not that everyone needs to love the film, I've been on record stating that it's far from perfect, but those who were very vocal about the potential impact should concede to being wrong on this one. No incidents on record, and potentially fostering a greater understanding.
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Just to help you out, I'll admit that they were wrong for them.
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HAHAHA....Jesus was a freakin Jew! Oh yeah...

But, anyone who thought before or after the film that we should blame "todays" Jews or anyone else is an idiot...And that includes the Jews who complain about the film...In fact, being Romanian, I am extremely offened at the Jews claim that the Romans were responsible...you Jews are RACIST...What do you have to say to that?
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Originally posted by Verbal Gorilla
HAHAHA....Jesus was a breakin Jew! Oh yeah...


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and in an unrelated story "Researches find that smoking reduces cancer!"
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The fact of the matter is that as usual, a bunch of scholars and media personallities "determined" that this film would have a negative effect on society. There's always these pricks who think that society can't handle entertainment or ideas or controversial opinions. They treat the public like children that need to be taken care of.

The truth is that Americans are reasonable people who will not go off on some half-cocked Kristalnacht after watching a Jesus movie.
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Although I agree that the movie is hardly anti-semitic and the cause of increased anti-semitism, I dont think the Jews for Jesus crowd is the best speaker for the Jewish community on this topic.
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Originally posted by FantasticVSDoom
Although I agree that the movie is hardly anti-semitic and the cause of increased anti-semitism, I dont think the Jews for Jesus crowd is the best speaker for the Jewish community on this topic.
Reread the short article. The Jews for Jesus lady was qutoed in connection with the effect on Jewish evangelism (ie. Christian proselytizing to the Jewish community). The study and results in the first part of the article come from the Institute for Jewish and Community Research. And it is the representative of this entity which states the film has probably been of benefit to Jewish-Christian relations.... I don't know anything in particular about this group, so I cannot say if they are a good representative of the Jewish Community....
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Originally posted by wlmowery
... The study and results in the first part of the article come from the Institute for Jewish and Community Research. ...

I don't know anything about them either, but was able to find several articles related to thier research. This one, found in the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, was from when they first organized...

Friday October 30, 1998

New S.F. think tank may scope out Jewish future

LESLIE KATZ
Bulletin Staff

A new think tank focusing on American Jewish life has set up shop in the experimental Bay Area, a breeding ground for Jewish trends and ideas.

The project will focus on such topics as Jewish philanthropy, synagogue life and leadership development.

"The notion is to stay cutting edge," says Gary Tobin, a demographer and former Brandeis University professor heading up the new Institute for Jewish and Community Research. It will be national in scope with a strong local emphasis.

Previously, Tobin directed the Institute for Community and Religion, which was affiliated with Brandeis and based in the same San Francisco Richmond District office that serves as home to the new think tank.

Tobin's previous group focused on some of the same issues that will be researched by the new think tank.

Like its predecessor, the new institute will conduct studies and publish reports and books, such as "Rabbis Talk About Intermarriage," a collection of interviews with Bay Area rabbis that will come out in December.

But the new independent think tank -- which is separate from Brandeis and funded by philanthropists and foundations around the country -- will take a more active role in the community by organizing conferences and workshops.

In January, for example, the institute will sponsor a lecture series on ethnic diversity in the Jewish community. This will include a conference of black rabbis from around North America.

"We always talk about black-Jewish relationships, but what about people who are both?" Tobin asks.

Ethnic and racial diversity in the Jewish community, in fact, will be one of the institute's early areas of focus. In addition to the conference, it has already initiated a national study on black, Asian and Latino Jews, which is being partially funded by Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation.

"It will be the first national study of Jews of color, which we're already finding is a larger population than anybody would anticipate," Tobin says.

The "we" is Tobin and his staff of research associates, who include Zev Hymowitz, Elana Raider, Scott Rubin and Meryle Weinstein.

Think tanks are often perceived as ivory towers where academics reach conclusions that have little impact on the average person's life.

But Tobin insists his institute's findings will inform the community and help implement change. The study on ethnic diversity, now in its initial phases, has already yielded important insights, he says.

"We're finding that many people who are black and Jewish or Asian and Jewish or Hispanic and Jewish feel marginalized in the Jewish community."

"That needs to be on the radar screen. We expect to find that as much as 10 percent of the Jewish population in this country is part of an interracial family mix. The Jewish community is barely aware of this change."

Once awareness has been raised, the community can begin developing networks and services for interracial families, says Tobin, who as the father of an adopted black child has a particular interest in the subject.

Stephen Leavitt, director of the San Francisco-based Simcha Foundation, a funder of the project, also believes the think tank will help the community keep up with the changing times.

"One of the problems we have in the organized Jewish community is understanding these changes and what kind of institutions can best support and respond to the hopes of Jews and non-Jews who are interested in Jewish life," he says.

In addition to the Simcha Foundation, other supporters of the institute include the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

Meanwhile, Tobin will also be taking on the directorship of the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Program in Jewish Policy Research with the Center for Policy Options at Los Angeles' University of Judaism.

In that position, he will initiate public opinion research on a variety of issues. Like the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, the University of Judaism will tap into cutting-edge West Coast trends, he says.

"I don't think it's an accident that these are both California-based entities."
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Originally posted by dave-o
and in an unrelated story "Researches find that smoking reduces cancer!"
Guess somebody doesn't like what the poll has to say.
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I thought the only people who were complaining about the film being anti-Semetic were those who hadn't actually SEEN it.

Well, at least it's backed up by SCIENCE now!
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Originally posted by dave-o
and in an unrelated story "Researches find that smoking reduces cancer!"
And in an even more unrelated story, "Study applauds Dave-O's many correct predictions on the Sucess of the Passion"
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Originally posted by The Nature Boy
And in an even more unrelated story, "Study applauds Dave-O's many correct predictions on the Sucess of the Passion"
I appreciate the humor, but I must point out that I have not made any predictions about this movie, only thoughtful analysis...maybe you have me confused with someone else.

Also, I was having fun with my above referenced post. It just boggles my mind sometimes what people will claim with survey "research".

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