The Hebrew-Christian Evangelist
To the Editor:
I am surprised that there was no response at all among COMMENTARY’s readers to Harry L. Golden’s excellent article “Hebrew-Christian Evangelist: Southern Style” (December 1950). This lack of interest in the mission movement came to my mind again when Dr. Arthur Michelson of Los Angeles gave a lecture in one of the smaller churches of this city. I went out of curiosity and was probably the only Jew there—aside from Dr. Michelson. The small church was crowded with Gentiles, though. He is a forceful speaker and told his audience how a Jewish mob at Los Angeles, “led by the rabbis,” was throwing stones and rotten tomatoes at him; that a young Jew seized him by the throat, endangering his life; that the rabbis incited the crowd and encouraged violence; that, finally, thousands of Jews liked to listen to him but the rabbis did not permit it. . . . If it is true—as Harry Golden believes—that there is silence about the mission activities in Jewish circles, it is hard to understand. . . .
Syracuse, New York