A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 19, 2009
JINO (Jewish In Name Only)

JINO ("Jewish In Name Only” or “Jew In Name Only") refers to a person who has a Jewish family name, but who doesn’t follow Jewish traditions or who doesn’t support Israel. “JINO” is cited in print from 1979 and 1988.

Similar terms appearing later include RINO (Republican In Name Only) and CINO (Catholic/Christian/Conservative In Name Only).


Google Books
Biblical and Judaic Acronyms
By Lawrence Marwick
New York, NY: Ktav Pub. House
1979
Pg. 105:
JINO Jews in Name Only

Google Books
The F.O.J. Syndrome in America:
Bamboozled Americans and their vile brainwashers

By Ratibor-Ray M. Jurjevich
Glenwood Springs, CO: Icthys Books
1988
Pg. 192:
To speak about this is not “anti-Jewish bigotry,” but a protest against the tiny minority of nihilistic apostates from Mosaic religion, designated as “Jews” in my writings, and called JINOs (Jews in Name Only) by Rabbi Antelman.

Google Books
Embracing Judaism: Personal Narratives of Renewed Faith
By Debra Gonsher Vinik
Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson
1999
Pg. 19:
I was raised JINO, Jewish in name only.

American Daily
A Tale Of Two Hollywoods
By Bruce Walker (10/14/03)
(...)
Those who embrace anti-theism like secular JINOs (Jews in name only) have leveraged one of the worst crimes of the Twentieth Century - that part of Nazi democide which murdered six million innocent Jews - into a voodoo hex on Christianity and into an attempted transformation of Judaism from a great faith into a Holocaust cult.

American Daily
Osama bin Sinisterist
By Bruce Walker (09/12/07)
(...)
That is why defeatist groups in America and in Israel, whether CINO (Christians in Name Only) or JINO (Jews in Name Only) actually seek the destruction of their faith and their homeland.

Atlas Shrugs
Sunday, May 10, 2009
How do JINO’s (Jews in name only) Reconcile their Betrayal?
A year ago, a Jewish writer attacked me for saying that Obama was not pro-Israel. Now that he has been president for 100 days, how has that worked out?

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Thursday, November 19, 2009 • Permalink