So what kind of state of affairs is it when you have Gentile Christians converting themselves to something they claim is Judaism, or Messianic Judaism, or claiming Jewishness by virtue of some distant relative and then offering to convert other Gentiles, to what they claim is Judaism!?
The Union of British Messianic Synagogues, consisting of three groups in England, have concluded that they should offer conversions to ‘Judaism’ to all their Gentile members, which, according to those close to the group, is pretty much everyone. They falsely claim to offer conversion to Judaism here. Another false claim made is “After circumcision for males, and immersion for both men and women, you will join the Jewish community.” The last thing Gentiles converted by Gentiles to something they claim is ‘Judaism’ will find is acceptance by the Jewish community.
One group claims to be “Serving the Jewish Community throughout East Anglia” Really, is that so, but do they really mean all these Gentiles they have converted to their own construct which they chose to call Judaism?
Another group claims to be “The Midlands’ only Messianic Synagogue” in a seeming attempt to claim superiority over a Messianic Jewish Fellowship in the Midlands that has actual Messianic Jews rather than pretend Jews converted by pretend rabbis.
I’ve nothing against Messianic Jewish Rabbis, Messianic Jewish Torah services or Messianic Synagogues as authentic Jewish expressions of faith in Moshiach Yeshua. I don’t even mind Gentiles who love the Messianic Jewish culture so much that they start to identify as ‘Messianic Gentiles, but… I really have to say that I have lots of sympathy for the anti-missionary accusation which used to sound so ridiculous when they claimed Gentiles dressed up as Jews to trick real Jews into belief in Jesus.
The UBMS may still be reeling from the scandal that ended in the group’s current leaders ousting its founder Ruth Fleischer. The UBMS had employed a known convicted paedophile, despite this they appointed him as a rabbi, but continued problems caused a rift. Full details can be read in this post here and UBMS response here.
The UBMS have now changed their website to read ‘Conversion to Messianic Judaism’ rather than to Judaism, but still claim that their converts will be part of the Jewish community.
The testimony section still states:
“as a result of research by the Rabbis in our movement, it became clear that the way ahead for those of us who were not born Jewish was conversion.”