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Jewish Assertiveness Training
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.
Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas
Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.
Page Number(s): 149-152
Coverage: United States
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Birnholz, Richard J. Jewish Assertiveness Training. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 1 September 1978: 149-152. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8913
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