Elaine Nekritz

Citizens for Elaine Nekritz

For Immediate release                                                                                                                                         

 October 23, 2012

Jonathan Greenberg Misleads Voters About His Controversial Day Job

Northwest Suburbs – Illinois voters in the 57th House District deserve to know the truth about their candidates’ backgrounds and positions. But Republican Jonathan Greenberg is deliberately concealing one small fact from voters—his day job.

Republican Greenberg doesn’t want voters to know about his current employer, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), a controversial group with ties to the extreme right and a group that the leader of the Anti-Defamation League has called “perverse.”[1]

Here is some background on Greenberg’s current employer:

  • The IFCJ was founded in 1983 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein to build support for Israel by working with evangelical Christian organizations. [2]
  • In 2008 the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Chabad Rabbinical Court, and other prominent religious rabbis issued a ruling banning Jews from taking funds from the IFCJ because of allegations of secret missionary work.[3]
  • The IFCJ held their 25th anniversary celebration in 2009 where they honored their co-founder Ralph Reed and conservative Republican leaders Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Gary Bauer. [4]
  • The National Director of the Anti-Defamation League accused Eckstein of “selling the dignity of the Jewish people.”[5]

Greenberg’s campaign website biography fails to accurately identify IFCJ as his current employer, carefully obscuring the truth. The reference to his current employer states:

“More recently, he works as Director of Advocacy at The Fellowship, an organization that funds anti-poverty and security projects in communities across the globe.”[6]

“This is part of a pattern for Greenberg. He doesn’t want voters to know that he’s getting his money from anti-choice extremists in Springfield and he doesn’t want them to know about his day job working for a group working hand-in-glove with the religious right,” said Joseph Randol, campaign manager for Citizens for Elaine Nekritz.

Randol continued, “Greenberg has barely lived in this district for two years and there is a lot that voters don’t know about him. We just can’t trust this seat to someone who doesn’t tell us the truth.”

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/24/magazine/24RABBI.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
[2] http://www.ifcj.org/site/PageNavigator/eng/about
[3] http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=158364
[4] http://www.ifcj.org/site/PageNavigator/eng/25th_anniversary/banquet/banquet_speakers/
[5] http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/24/magazine/24RABBI.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
[6] http://www.greenbergforstaterep.com/meet-jonathan/


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