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Baptists Pray for Jews to Convert

FORT WORTH Sep 04 -- Southern Baptists are asking members to pray that Jews will convert to Christianity this month during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah is next Saturday and Yom Kippur on Sept. 20, with both celebrations beginning at sundown the day before.

A "prayer guide" published and distributed by the Southern Baptist International Mission Board in Richmond, Va., explains the Jewish high holy days, gives sketches of Jewish people in different parts of the world and offers suggestions on how to pray for Jewish people.

The guide urges Baptists to "to pray for Jewish individuals you know by name."

Some Jewish leaders described the action as arrogant and offensive.

"Baptists have a right to believe what they believe," said Mark Briskman, Southwest regional director for the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. "But we find this offensive. It shows an element of arrogance because they are specifically targeting Jews during this holy season."

Reporter: The Associated Press
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