As per recent article in Haaretz, there is a trend among Israeli intellectuals to gravitate towards all things Chistian like attending churches on Xmas, etc. It's not that I am implying that there are many/any intellectuals in Ashdod, but I would bet that many of the people attending these churches are Jews according to Halacha.
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