On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

30 June 1999 Malvern Jacobs, well known and much loved Messianic Jew, refused burial in Jewish cemetery #otdimjh

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The Jewish Telegraph Agency reported on the unfortunate and embarrassing refusal of burial for Malvern Jacobs, a well-known and much loved Messianic Jewish leader in Canada. I met him several times in the 1980s and 1990s.

TORONTO (Jun. 29)

Forty years after Malvern Jacobs spurned his Jewish roots by adopting a belief in Jesus as the Messiah, a hearse carrying the body of the 71-year-old Christian minister and a procession of 400 of his mourners were barred from entering a Toronto-area Jewish cemetery.

After waiting two hours outside the locked gates of Pardes Shalom, a large cemetery several miles north of Toronto, Jacobs’ son told the procession to return to the funeral parlor.

“This should not happen to anyone,” Les Jacobs said. “This is a violation of the freedom of rights. My father…

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