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« on: March 29, 2011, 05:02:44 PM »

I've heard that, while the majority of Arab Orthodox are fleeing the Holy Land, they are being replaced by the conversion of Russian Jews to Orthodoxy?  

Is this true?  If so, then what is spearheading the conversion of so many Russian Jews to the Orthodox Church?  Is there some movement which is connected to this, or is it just a spontaneous thing?

Also what jurisdiction do the Russian converts go to, the JP parishes, or the ROC-MP and ROCOR mission ones?

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 05:08:53 PM »

I've heard that, while the majority of Arab Orthodox are fleeing the Holy Land, they are being replaced by the conversion of Russian Jews to Orthodoxy?  

Is this true?  If so, then what is spearheading the conversion of so many Russian Jews to the Orthodox Church?  Is there some movement which is connected to this, or is it just a spontaneous thing?

Also what jurisdiction do the Russian converts go to, the JP parishes, or the ROC-MP and ROCOR mission ones?


A spontaneious thing.  And there isn't much distinction, as all the ROC-MP and ROCOR are under the Patriarch of Jerusalem in Palestine.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 05:28:36 PM »

The holy Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/print.php?act=news&id=5819

Summary of article:

Russian-speaking Jewish Orthodox believers today outnumber Orthodox Arabs in the Jerusalem Patriarchate -- according to Metropolitan Timothy, the Jerusalem patriarchate's Secretary General. Some statistics indicate 300,000 Russian Orthodox while others state no more than 150,000. In either case, they outnumber the Arab Orthodox faithful.

This will have some impact on the future of the Patriarchate.

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011, 05:38:56 PM »

Ialmisry's right. Except that the Israeli government claims that the number of conversions from and to Christianity and Judaism is relatively similar. So what seems to be happening with the phenomenon you mention is that a big number of those Israeli Christians are actually already Christian before they immigrated. They immigrated based on the fact that they have partial Jewish ancestry, Israeli law gives an easy opportunity for people with partial ancestry to immigrate, and there are a significant number of Eastern Europeans with partial Jewish ancestry due to the fact that Jews are one of the significant ethnic minorities in Eastern Europe, next to eg. Rusyns, Tatars, Gypsies, Russians outside Russia, and Germany's Slavs.

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