Jerusalem: Missionary Center Targeting Chareidi Youth Closes

The site of the "youth center" is now for sale. (Photo: Yad L'Achim)

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After almost two years of a battle waged by Yad L’Achim against a missionary center for youth in Jerusalem, the largest of its kind in Israel, the center has finally been closed.

The story began when Yad L’Achim received information that a missionary named Yariv Goldman established a special missionary center in Jerusalem for Chareidi and religious youth, disguising it as a regular youth club.

A Yad L’Achim activist began following the youth center’s activities. The staff members began preaching Christianity after gaining the trust of several teenagers who began frequenting the center.

At that point, Yad L’Achim began openly protesting against the center. Activists maintained shifts outside the center to dissuade youths from using the center’s services; spoke to directors of other youth centers in Jerusalem and asked them to curtail any collaboration with the center; and pressured property owners to terminate rental contracts with the center’s directors.

The organization also published a list of quotes from priests in the US praising Goldman’s missionary work from an English-language website set up by Goldman to receive donations from churches and Christian donors in the US for his work with Jewish youth in Jerusalem.

Ultimately, the organization’s efforts bore fruit and Jewish youth stopped frequenting the center. Five youths who had been influenced by the center to “believe” in Christianity met with Yad L’Achim Rabbanim, who were successful in deprogramming them from the web of lies they had been told at the center.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Chasdei Hashem Yisborach. Good news from the anti-missionary war. May they be more and more successful against the likes of Elkohen, Chosen people’s ministry etc. May these reshoim be swallowed up by the Earth.

  2. KGN, there is no evidence that Yoshke was anything but an observant Jew, at least somewhat learned, whose beliefs were completely in accord with those prevalent among observant Jews at the time. He does not seem to have been either a rasha or an apikores. Nor do his talmidim appear to have been resha’im or apikursim; merely amhoratzim. The apikorsus starts after his death, with Paul; and the rish’us starts with the goyim whom Paul recruited to the group, over the protests of its leaders such as Yaacov and Shimon.

    Nor is it true that most of his worshipers today are resha’im. The vast majority of them are good people who genuinely believe that their religion is the truth. And if YOU believed that, wouldn’t you also follow it? It’s not their fault that they’ve been taught falsehood in place of truth. Boruch Hu Elokeinu, shehivdilonu min hato’im. They didn’t have that privilege, and are doing the best they can with what they know.

  3. Drugcommish, it seems silly to us, but some of the greatest philosophers and logicians in history have believed it, and they were certainly aware of our objections, but they had reason to believe in it anyway. I cannot accept that such brilliant people as Thomas Aquinas or C.S. Lewis were fools. That they nonetheless believed in falsehood proves that anybody can. Ashreinu that Hashem saved us from that by pulling us out of Mitzrayim and beating the truth into our heads and our genes.