But did you know he also leads an online synagogue through a non-profit organization he created known as Brit Braja?
This information recently intrigued folks at the Religion News Service enough that they did this story about Jacques and his work converting people in Central and South America to (or back to) Judaism.
RNS does some of the best religion journalism in the country, and I much admire its work and the RNS staff, several of whom I know personally -- though not, in this case, the author of the piece about Jacques' work.
I especially liked this quote in the RNS story from a convert: “I believe I’ve finally found my spiritual home in the Jewish faith. It is a religion that has kept the purity of its traditions over hundreds of years, and this stability and consistency draws me to it.”
As the story notes, while in rabbinical school, Jacques did a paper on crypto (or hidden) Jews in his native Brazil. His interest in finding them and reintroducing them to Judaism has not waned since then.
Check out the Brit Braja website. If this is a cause that speaks to your heart, there are ways to help. And if you want our book, you can find it on Amazon.com. Or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll arrange for you to get a copy autographed by both of us.
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THE VATICAN TAKES MORE HITS
The Vatican says it understands the sex abuse scandal and what needs to be done about it, but a United Nations group still blasted the Holy See for its handling of things in a hearing yesterday. Only a long record of right action will prove the Vatican really does get it.