The full-time staff listed below does not take into account the talented part-time staff,
including summer students, freelance talent, the many selfless volunteers and
the Board of Directors who all help to make the work of JEWS FOR JUDAISM (Canada) possible.
Together, with the support of our kind donors, JEWS FOR JUDAISM is KEEPING JEWS JEWISH and SAVING JEWISH LIVES.
From 1975 to 1981 Julius was deeply involved in Toronto’s Hebrew-Christian community. He was an original member of the city’s first “Messianic Synagogue” and assisted many other missionary groups across North America to convert Jews.
This extensive experience provided him with a uniquely critical insight into the emotional, spiritual and psycho-logical make-up of the many Jews who have fallen victim to deceptive missionaries.
After discovering numerous incon-sistencies between missionary teachings and the Hebrew Scriptures, Julius abandoned Christianity, and since 1983 has devoted himself to countering the growing threat of Christian missionary groups that target Jews. Click here to read Julius's story.
Julius has enthralled audiences with his dramatic presentations throughout Canada, the United States and Israel and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs discussing today’s growing missionary threat. Click here to listen to him tell his story.
Through Jews for Judaism Julius has produced and distributed counter-missionary educational materials world-wide. He has engaged in one-on-one counselling with Jews involved in Christianity; many of these individuals are now reintegrated in the Jewish community.
Julius’ accomplishments as an effective counter-missionary force come highly recommended by community workers, educators and rabbis.
Click to Email Julius Ciss.
SIDEBAR: For three decades, from 1975, Julius was one of the top Editorial and Advertising Illustrators in Canada and was also a much sought after Professor of Illustration at The Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto.
Julius retired from his illustration and teaching careers in 2004 in order to devote himself full-time to the vital counter-missionary work of JEWS FOR JUDAISM, where he is able to use his creative talents to help keep Jews Jewish and save Jewish lives.
Illustration for cover of book entitled
"If Only I Were Wealthy"
© 1980 Julius Ciss.
To see a few more of the hundreds of Award-Winning Illustrations that Julius created over the course of his "illustrious" 30-year career, please Click here.
Rabbi Michael Skobac – one of the world's foremost authorities on Missionaries and Cults – is the Director of Education and Counselling of Jews for Judaism (Canada). He was educated at Northwestern University and Yeshiva University and has been involved in Jewish education and outreach work since 1975.
He has specialized in counter-missionary work since 1983, establishing the New York branch of JEWS FOR JUDAISM and serving as a consultant to the New York Jewish Community Relations Council Task Force on Missionaries and Cults.
Rabbi Skobac has lectured extensively throughout the world on missionaries, cults, and issues of Jewish continuity and spirituality. His entertaining, inspiring and informative lectures have been enthusiastically received by all denominations of Judaism.
As a highly respected authority on Jewish continuity, he has acted as a consultant to many Jewish communities worldwide in developing responses to missionary and cult activity and advising on issues of Jewish survival.
He maintains a seat on The Community Relations Committee Of Canadian Jewish Congress, The Community Engagement Committee of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and The Toronto Board of Rabbis, an inter-denominational group of rabbis serving congregations and community organizations in southern Ontario.
He has developed and taught numerous courses on Jewish-Christian polemics and has produced the highly acclaimed counter-missionary audio series The Counter-Missionary Survival Seminar. Counter-missionary activists, educators and rabbis worldwide now use techniques and curriculum that were pioneered by Rabbi Skobac.
Rabbi Skobac has authored many educational booklets including Missionary Impossible: Counter-Missionary Survival Guide and The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspective and has written extensively for many Jewish publications. He has also made numerous audio recordings including How to Answer a Christian Missionary and Scripture Twisting: How Missionaries Distort the Jewish Bible.
In addition, he has appeared internationally on many radio and television programs to discuss his vital work fighting the missionary problem and assimilation.
Rabbi Skobac has had extensive experience working with and helping numerous affected families and in counselling hundreds of Jews who have embraced Christianity and other faiths. He is personally responsible for rescuing countless Jewish souls and helping to bring them back from the clutches of missionaries to the Jewish fold and reuniting them with their families.
Click to Email Rabbi Michael Skobac.
With over 100,000 copies in print, Missionary Impossible: The Counter-Missionary Survival Guide is one of the many popular educational materials that Rabbi Michael Skobac has authored over his career.
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Carol Spodek is the Administrator for Jews for Judaism’s Canadian operations.
She brings to the counter-missionary cause over 35 years of experience in Jewish community involvement, both as a volunteer and professional in helping make life better and more meaningful for other Jews.
While raising her family, she was an active member of Emunah Women; Co-President of Eitz Chaim Parent’s Association and was a longtime member of the Women’s Chevra Kadisha of Toronto.
Carol is a dynamic speaker and has addressed various women’s groups.
She is the first personal contact and the gateway to JEWS FOR JUDAISM, comforting and consoling many people in crisis over a family member, friend or loved one who has become involved with a missionary or cult group, as well as showing care, concern and attentiveness to all inquiries.
Deeply committed to Judaism and Jewish continuity, coupled with her genuine love for her fellow Jew worldwide, Carol makes each person she encounters feel so unique and special.
Her administrative duties include Fundraising, Volunteer Co-ordination, Program Co-ordination, Database Development and Client Intake.
Carol has been a valued team member of Jews for Judaism’s vital counter-missionary work in Canada since 1997.
Click to Email Carol Spodek
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