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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Community ALERT: Missionary "Wave Cafe" dupes Jewish Musicians

Posted by Jewish Israel

Jewish Israel was recently informed that two Jewish musicians inadvertently played a gig at the missionary Wave Cafe in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighbourhood. Jewish Israel assured the parties involved that we would investigate.

The popular entertainment spot is operated by known missionary Richard ("Ayal") Frieden of JAMM (Jerusalem Artists, Musicians and Media), JSP and (Jerusalem Street Productions) and Wave Jerusalem – which is a “church plant” affiliated with Wave Church, a multi-million dollar state of the art mega church, headquartered in Virginia Beach.

One of the unaware musicians reported that the place was packed with a clientele that included a significant number of Orthodox Jews, and what hurt him the most was to be a victim of this kind of subterfuge.

This is a must read reportfor those concerned with the missionary targeting of Israeli youth...more
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There is so much happening on the evangelical/missionary front these days that Jewish Israel has introduced a new breaking news text tickertape on the left side of our frontpage. These new stories link directly to their sources and will be updated on a regular basis.

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10 comments:

Batya said...

Ellen, will the tickertape news be available for others, like my blog?

ellen said...

I'll check with our technical person and see if this can be arranged.

Batya said...

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Every J blog should have the tickertape news on their blogs.

Tragic to think there is that much missionary activity in the holy land:(

Can't someone call the police on these missionary clubs that prey on children trying to convert them without parental permission? From a law enforcement standpoint it should be no different from bars serving alcohol to minors.

Illegal is illegal.

Personally I think plant church is the correct term. Think what plants typically do--insert themselves undercover in a community, gain their trust, gather information and then pounce.

Keliata

Shirel said...

Have you read the response letter from Richard Frieden? To be fair, you really should post his letter and let readers decide. Perhaps the facts in this post need to be investigated a bit more.

Shirel said...

Just to follow up on this thread...this is a response from Richard Frieden concerning all these comments.
Re Rome and Jerusalem interview on Arutz 7's interview with Yishai Fleisher and JewishIsrael and Shiloh.blog

I was very glad to hear that the decor, design and state-of-the art equipment at Wave Cafe, and the good attitudes of our team shined forth the excellencies and goodness of HaShem.


Re your statement on interviewee concerning Kashrut at Wave Cafe: It was mentioned on the radio interview that I said 'we have a kashrut certificate'. This is a false statement. This is the email that I sent to Ben Wallik on Oct. 6th, 2010:

"Thank you for your email. Your music is great! We have Wed. nights open throughout the month of Oct. or Motzei Shabbat is an option. Re Kashrut - we do not serve food - just soft drinks, coffee, tea and wine. Having said that we do not have a 'kosher certificate' but never had a problem with various Religious Jewish groups performing and attending our events."


Wave Cafe is a venue here in this city to promote arts and artists. Wave Jerusalem, on the other hand, is our Messianic Kehila, this is a separate entity, a place of worship and fellowship and open for all Believers or Non-Believers (Jewish or Non-Jewish) above the age of 18.


The truth is that if I wanted to share the gospel of Yeshua with our audience in Wave Cafe I could step onto our stage, picked up a mic and began preaching to the audience; but I don't this sort of thing because the artists/musicians are our honored guests and we, the folks at Wave Cafe, are their hosts. Again, the purpose of 'Wave Cafe' is promoting arts/music/culture/community, neto!


Re our Muzik Box and Community care activities and the false allegations of missionary activity: Please be informed that all our social and community service amongst youth under the age of 18 are done in conjunction with and under the supervision of local and or national social workers and therefore we fully comply with current Israeli law that states: "No one can discuss changing religion with a minor (under 18 years of age) without their parent’s permission."


To the Religious Community: We respect you for who you are no matter what your personal, political, spiritual, social and or religious beliefs may be. In a day and age of growing religious intolerance, violence and political polarization in our beloved city of Jerusalem and in our nation we probably should have let people know about our respective 'faith' on the Wave Cafe site. We understand that this news has offended some people and therefore we sincerely apologize.


To conclude, we are who we are and not ashamed of it. I am Jewish, an Israeli citizen, still serve in our nation's defense in the IDF reserves, I am a Zionist and I have a personal faith in Messiah Yeshua; and I have a wonderful family! I come from the 'Arts world' and as already mentioned, our purpose 'within the context' of Wave Cafe events is to encourage the local art/music scene in Jerusalem. I recognize that this may not be possible amongst the 'Religious 'art/music' Community'. Sadly, 'religious' attitudes towards Jewish Believers in Yeshua propagate false testimony "lashon harah' and widens the existing rift between Jews and Jews in our city instead of 'kiruv levavote' (bonding heart to heart). I trust however that the 'gesher' (the bridge) is 'ztar meod' (narrowing much).


Respectfully,
Richard Frieden

Shirel said...

Just to follow up on this thread...this is a response from Richard Frieden concerning all these comments.
Re Rome and Jerusalem interview on Arutz 7's interview with Yishai Fleisher and JewishIsrael and Shiloh.blog

I was very glad to hear that the decor, design and state-of-the art equipment at Wave Cafe, and the good attitudes of our team shined forth the excellencies and goodness of HaShem.


Re your statement on interviewee concerning Kashrut at Wave Cafe: It was mentioned on the radio interview that I said 'we have a kashrut certificate'. This is a false statement. This is the email that I sent to Ben Wallik on Oct. 6th, 2010:

"Thank you for your email. Your music is great! We have Wed. nights open throughout the month of Oct. or Motzei Shabbat is an option. Re Kashrut - we do not serve food - just soft drinks, coffee, tea and wine. Having said that we do not have a 'kosher certificate' but never had a problem with various Religious Jewish groups performing and attending our events."


Wave Cafe is a venue here in this city to promote arts and artists. Wave Jerusalem, on the other hand, is our Messianic Kehila, this is a separate entity, a place of worship and fellowship and open for all Believers or Non-Believers (Jewish or Non-Jewish) above the age of 18.


The truth is that if I wanted to share the gospel of Yeshua with our audience in Wave Cafe I could step onto our stage, picked up a mic and began preaching to the audience; but I don't this sort of thing because the artists/musicians are our honored guests and we, the folks at Wave Cafe, are their hosts. Again, the purpose of 'Wave Cafe' is promoting arts/music/culture/community, neto!


Re our Muzik Box and Community care activities and the false allegations of missionary activity: Please be informed that all our social and community service amongst youth under the age of 18 are done in conjunction with and under the supervision of local and or national social workers and therefore we fully comply with current Israeli law that states: "No one can discuss changing religion with a minor (under 18 years of age) without their parent’s permission."


To the Religious Community: We respect you for who you are no matter what your personal, political, spiritual, social and or religious beliefs may be. In a day and age of growing religious intolerance, violence and political polarization in our beloved city of Jerusalem and in our nation we probably should have let people know about our respective 'faith' on the Wave Cafe site. We understand that this news has offended some people and therefore we sincerely apologize.


To conclude, we are who we are and not ashamed of it. I am Jewish, an Israeli citizen, still serve in our nation's defense in the IDF reserves, I am a Zionist and I have a personal faith in Messiah Yeshua; and I have a wonderful family! I come from the 'Arts world' and as already mentioned, our purpose 'within the context' of Wave Cafe events is to encourage the local art/music scene in Jerusalem. I recognize that this may not be possible amongst the 'Religious 'art/music' Community'. Sadly, 'religious' attitudes towards Jewish Believers in Yeshua propagate false testimony "lashon harah' and widens the existing rift between Jews and Jews in our city instead of 'kiruv levavote' (bonding heart to heart). I trust however that the 'gesher' (the bridge) is 'ztar meod' (narrowing much).


Respectfully,
Richard Frieden

Shirel said...

Just to follow up on this thread...this is a response from Richard Frieden concerning all these comments.
Re Rome and Jerusalem interview on Arutz 7's interview with Yishai Fleisher and JewishIsrael and Shiloh.blog

I was very glad to hear that the decor, design and state-of-the art equipment at Wave Cafe, and the good attitudes of our team shined forth the excellencies and goodness of HaShem.


Re your statement on interviewee concerning Kashrut at Wave Cafe: It was mentioned on the radio interview that I said 'we have a kashrut certificate'. This is a false statement. This is the email that I sent to Ben Wallik on Oct. 6th, 2010:

"Thank you for your email. Your music is great! We have Wed. nights open throughout the month of Oct. or Motzei Shabbat is an option. Re Kashrut - we do not serve food - just soft drinks, coffee, tea and wine. Having said that we do not have a 'kosher certificate' but never had a problem with various Religious Jewish groups performing and attending our events."


Wave Cafe is a venue here in this city to promote arts and artists. Wave Jerusalem, on the other hand, is our Messianic Kehila, this is a separate entity, a place of worship and fellowship and open for all Believers or Non-Believers (Jewish or Non-Jewish) above the age of 18.


The truth is that if I wanted to share the gospel of Yeshua with our audience in Wave Cafe I could step onto our stage, picked up a mic and began preaching to the audience; but I don't this sort of thing because the artists/musicians are our honored guests and we, the folks at Wave Cafe, are their hosts. Again, the purpose of 'Wave Cafe' is promoting arts/music/culture/community, neto!


Re our Muzik Box and Community care activities and the false allegations of missionary activity: Please be informed that all our social and community service amongst youth under the age of 18 are done in conjunction with and under the supervision of local and or national social workers and therefore we fully comply with current Israeli law that states: "No one can discuss changing religion with a minor (under 18 years of age) without their parent’s permission."


To the Religious Community: We respect you for who you are no matter what your personal, political, spiritual, social and or religious beliefs may be. In a day and age of growing religious intolerance, violence and political polarization in our beloved city of Jerusalem and in our nation we probably should have let people know about our respective 'faith' on the Wave Cafe site. We understand that this news has offended some people and therefore we sincerely apologize.


To conclude, we are who we are and not ashamed of it. I am Jewish, an Israeli citizen, still serve in our nation's defense in the IDF reserves, I am a Zionist and I have a personal faith in Messiah Yeshua; and I have a wonderful family! I come from the 'Arts world' and as already mentioned, our purpose 'within the context' of Wave Cafe events is to encourage the local art/music scene in Jerusalem. I recognize that this may not be possible amongst the 'Religious 'art/music' Community'. Sadly, 'religious' attitudes towards Jewish Believers in Yeshua propagate false testimony "lashon harah' and widens the existing rift between Jews and Jews in our city instead of 'kiruv levavote' (bonding heart to heart). I trust however that the 'gesher' (the bridge) is 'ztar meod' (narrowing much).


Respectfully,
Richard Frieden

Shirel said...

Just to follow up on this thread...this is a response from Richard Frieden concerning all these comments.
Re Rome and Jerusalem interview on Arutz 7's interview with Yishai Fleisher and JewishIsrael and Shiloh.blog

I was very glad to hear that the decor, design and state-of-the art equipment at Wave Cafe, and the good attitudes of our team shined forth the excellencies and goodness of HaShem.


Re your statement on interviewee concerning Kashrut at Wave Cafe: It was mentioned on the radio interview that I said 'we have a kashrut certificate'. This is a false statement. This is the email that I sent to Ben Wallik on Oct. 6th, 2010:

"Thank you for your email. Your music is great! We have Wed. nights open throughout the month of Oct. or Motzei Shabbat is an option. Re Kashrut - we do not serve food - just soft drinks, coffee, tea and wine. Having said that we do not have a 'kosher certificate' but never had a problem with various Religious Jewish groups performing and attending our events."


Wave Cafe is a venue here in this city to promote arts and artists. Wave Jerusalem, on the other hand, is our Messianic Kehila, this is a separate entity, a place of worship and fellowship and open for all Believers or Non-Believers (Jewish or Non-Jewish) above the age of 18.


The truth is that if I wanted to share the gospel of Yeshua with our audience in Wave Cafe I could step onto our stage, picked up a mic and began preaching to the audience; but I don't this sort of thing because the artists/musicians are our honored guests and we, the folks at Wave Cafe, are their hosts. Again, the purpose of 'Wave Cafe' is promoting arts/music/culture/community, neto!


Re our Muzik Box and Community care activities and the false allegations of missionary activity: Please be informed that all our social and community service amongst youth under the age of 18 are done in conjunction with and under the supervision of local and or national social workers and therefore we fully comply with current Israeli law that states: "No one can discuss changing religion with a minor (under 18 years of age) without their parent’s permission."


To the Religious Community: We respect you for who you are no matter what your personal, political, spiritual, social and or religious beliefs may be. In a day and age of growing religious intolerance, violence and political polarization in our beloved city of Jerusalem and in our nation we probably should have let people know about our respective 'faith' on the Wave Cafe site. We understand that this news has offended some people and therefore we sincerely apologize.


To conclude, we are who we are and not ashamed of it. I am Jewish, an Israeli citizen, still serve in our nation's defense in the IDF reserves, I am a Zionist and I have a personal faith in Messiah Yeshua; and I have a wonderful family! I come from the 'Arts world' and as already mentioned, our purpose 'within the context' of Wave Cafe events is to encourage the local art/music scene in Jerusalem. I recognize that this may not be possible amongst the 'Religious 'art/music' Community'. Sadly, 'religious' attitudes towards Jewish Believers in Yeshua propagate false testimony "lashon harah' and widens the existing rift between Jews and Jews in our city instead of 'kiruv levavote' (bonding heart to heart). I trust however that the 'gesher' (the bridge) is 'ztar meod' (narrowing much).


Respectfully,
Richard Frieden

ellen said...

Jewish Israel has now posted a response to Richard Frieden's email at
http://jewishisrael.ning.com/profiles/blogs/richard-frieden-confesses-all-1