Date: June 28, 2002 10:58PM
In 1973, I got involved with a church on Hicksville, Long Island called St. John's Lutheran church. It had a sister church, Christ Lutheran, in East Meadow.
At first, there was a minimally Jewish orientation. A number of Jews belonged to this church including some people who went to my synagogue's Hebrew school.
About a year after I joined it, the leader, Jack Hickman, decided to reform the church. It's a very long story and I plan on putting a document about it up on my site at
This church went so far as to keep orthodox Jewish laws like Nidah, Negiyah, Kashrus, etc. It built a mikveh, a bimah and an Aron Hakodesh, and bought a Sefer Torah.
Today, "Messianic Jewish" congregations are all over the place but I belonged to one of the first. I found that it simply led me to more trouble than I already had.
My father enlisted the aid of the Lubavitch to get me out, but it backfired and I got more entrenched as I left my parent's house the day before my 18th birthday to live with members of the church which was now a full blown cult.