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Evangelical Group's Attempt To Convert Dominique Strauss-Kahn Misfires

By Nathan Burstein

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If he’s getting bored under house arrest, accused sex offender Dominique Strauss-Kahn can at least look forward to receiving some Hebrew-language reading material.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund, who pleaded not guilty yesterday to sexually assaulting a maid in a New York City hotel, was the intended recipient of a package of “Hebrew books” sent by a group targeting Jews for conversion to Christianity.

The International Board of Jewish Missions, an evangelical group that seeks to “[reach] out to God’s chosen people, the Jews, with the Good News of Messiah,” has attempted to mail Strauss-Kahn a package of educational material — part of its efforts to “see the Jewish people come to Christ.”

Unfortunately for the Tennessee-based organization, New York City addresses can be tricky, and the package ended up at the Wine store Dandelion on Franklin Street in Brooklyn, not at Strauss-Kahn’s new $14 million pad on Franklin Street in Manhattan, where he’ll await trial.

It’s unclear whether IBJM will try again in its outreach efforts; the way the legal battle is shaping up, Strauss-Kahn will still be on Franklin Street by the time the organization resends its books.


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