Religion: Missions to the Gentiles

Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr. and May Britt are not the only ones; what Jewish Journalist Gershon Jacobson calls a "rash of conversions" to Judaism is under way in the U.S., with more than 2,000 Christians a year trading New Testaments for Old.

Although some of the converts are girls who want to marry Jewish men, many are drawn not by romance but by the patient proselytizing of such new missionary groups as Chicago's Jewish Information Society of America and the National Jewish Information Service, in Los Angeles. This soft-sell approach reflects the historic reluctance of Jews to seek converts:...

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