At the close of Holocaust Memorial day, April 27-28, the UMJC Executive Committee issued the following statement on a controversial video:
A recent Jews for Jesus video, “That Jew Died for You,” portrays Jesus (Yeshua) appearing at Auschwitz and being sent to his death along with countless other Jewish victims. The video has gained wide exposure and notoriety, including condemnation from many sources within the Jewish community. As representatives of Messianic Jewish congregations loyal both to the wider Jewish community and to Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah, we feel compelled to express our concerns about this video.
Three generations after World War II, the Holocaust remains a uniquely agonizing and troubling presence within Jewish minds and hearts. We believe the video diverts the emotional impact of the Holocaust in an effort to convey its own message, and in so doing diminishes the uniqueness of the Holocaust. Ironically, at the same time, it diminishes the uniqueness of the sacrificial death of Yeshua. Furthermore, the release of this video during the Passover-Easter season, and shortly before Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) appears to disregard both the history and the Jewish ethos surrounding these days.
Proclaiming Yeshua as the promised Jewish Messiah can in itself create opposition, but conveying this message in a way that is needlessly offensive is counter to the spirit of Yeshua and of his redemptive work among us.
Executive Committee, Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations
Kirk Gliebe, President
Jesse Hutcher, Vice President
Jerry Feldman, Secretary
Charlie Cohen, Treasurer
Russ Resnik, Executive Director