Rivkah Weber, 29, and 37-year-old David Costello had been at a synagogue in West Ridge, Chicago in a few months after moving to a nearby neighborhood
A couple in Chicago claiming to be part of the Orthodox Jewish community were accused of proselytizing after being exposed to being "Christian missionaries".
Rivkah Weber, 29, and 37-year-old David Costello had attended a synagogue in West Ridge, Chicago, for a few months after moving to a nearby neighborhood.
But their cover was quickly blown, when on May 1
Rabbi Levi Notik, spiritual director of the free center in Chicago, confronted the fraudsters after receiving the news from Brooklynite.
& # 39; They have faith in Kefira and Christianity, & # 39; explained Notik to COL LIVE. "He does not refuse any of it; on the contrary, he insists that he is right in the way and does not have any regret."
But their cover was soon blown off when May 14, a Brooklyn man serving, recognized Costello at the free center in Chicago
The next day, the Jewish community in Chicago began to write about the couple on social media. Many began to express their dissatisfaction by being fooled.
[T] o replies to rumors, it is true that a couple moved into our community for the purpose of proliferating … They are confirmed missionaries, "a read, according to the Jewish telegraphic agency.
" They have faith in Kefira and Christianity, "Rabbi Levi Notik explained after confronting the couple." He denies none of it, on the contrary, insists he is right in his way and has no regrets. "
Included in the post were pictures of the couple – Weber is dressed conservatively, while covering her hair as her husband wears a yarmack and has her hair in the sidelines.
The couple admitted that their goal was to try to make the Jewish community more comfortable with Jesus.
& # 39; We want Jewish people to recognize Yeshua as Moshiach and as Jewish messiah, & # 39; said Costello in an interview with JTA. He used the Hebrew words for both Jesus and the Messiah as he spoke, especially mixing Hebrew and Yiddish.
He added: "We actually keep the Torah and the Mitzvah. We actually have an orthodox life in our house and every single day of our lives, and they say it's just deceiving and bringing Jewish people to believe in Jesus .
The father told him he was raised in a Christian family in New Jersey, but described that his grandmother's bed system was Jewish, and his wife – whose real name is Rebekah – was born in a Christian household in the North. Carolina. She can have Jewish ancestors on her father's side.
The father of two shared that he was raised in a Christian family in New Jersey, but described that his grandmother's bed system was Jewish. His wife – whose real name is Rebekah – was born in a Christian household in North Carolina. She may have Jewish ancestors on her father's side
The couple were told they were not welcomed in the Chicago community and Costello lost his job at a Kosher shop
Documents from 2016 showed that Costello had been employed by Global Gates, whose purpose is to see the transformation of the gospel of the world's most un-evangelical communities (sic) into global gateway cities, and through them reach their communities around the world. "
But the company was firmly convinced that the couple were no longer involved in them.
& # 39; They were formerly employed by Global Gates for less than a year. Their relationship with Global Gates ended in July 2017, "They said.
A Johnson County Newsletter for Israel, an evangelical group based in Texas, suggested that the couple had done missionary work in Brooklyn in 2016.
David and Rivkah have taken a very expensive but bold stand for the Lord in Brooklyn, when they live kosher among Hasidim while serving Jesus as their Savior, "read the newsletter." Today I hope you may learn a little more about their ministry, commit to pray for them and even pay attention to how to support their efforts. "
Costello admitted that the post was about them, but mischaracterized their mission.
Rabbis in Chicago expressed their disgust at the news and highlighter moments when they knew something was away from the couple
A newsletter from Johnson County for Israel, an evangelical group based in Texas, suggested that the couple had done missionary work in Brooklyn in 2016
& # 39 "They came to Chicago, they moved into their neighborhood, dressed, and behaved outwardly as Jewish Jews," a leader said. "They were welcomed to society and friends with everyone."
People feel betrayed. If you want to believe in something and sell it, it's your business. But getting into a community and portraying something you are not, exchanging people, unsuspecting, is unacceptable. & # 39;
Another rabbi shared that Costello knew much of the Bible, but fought with Hebrew words.
Weber, the rabbi said, still had too much color in her wardrobe and also had difficulty with Hebrew and Yiddish words.
The couple were told that they were not welcomed back into society, and Costello lost his job at a kosher store.