History and Timeline

Jews For Jesus Timeline

If you view the timeline of the Jews for Jesus ministry, you'll notice that in the 1970s, Jews for Jesus opened several branches in the United States. We also began our first secular media outreach with a full-page ad in the New York Times in 1976, started publishing ISSUES as an evangelistic publication for Jewish people, and conducted exploratory witnessing expeditions to Israel and Northern Ireland.

In the 1980s, we grew with the establishment of international branches in cities such as Toronto and Johannesburg. In this decade we also instituted a Masters in Jewish Missions Program in conjunction with an evangelical seminary. Placing a value on missionary education, we required any of our missionary staff without a higher degree to go through this program.

The 1990s saw the founding of our work in the former Soviet Union, which within the space of seven years became fully indigenized, headed and staffed by Russian and Ukrainian Jewish believers in Jesus. Additional international branches established included London, Paris, Sydney, and Tel Aviv. In May of 1996, David Brickner (a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus) was appointed executive director, having served in various leadership positions throughout his first 17 years with the ministry.

Now as a new millennium has begun, our Israel branch has received "amutah," or official status. We have developed a video department to produce new materials, opened branches in Rio de Janeiro and Essen, Germany, and completed our "Behold Your God" outreach to the 55 cities worldwide that have 25,000 or more Jewish people.

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Late 1960s The Jesus Movement in full swing and many Jewish young people are coming to believe in Jesus.
1969 Moishe Rosen, veteran missionary, develops broadside-style gospel tracts in New York City.

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Summer, 1970 Fellowship of Christian Testimonies to the Jews has Jewish executive, Sid Lawrence, speak. He tells the mission leaders they are ineffective. Moishe Rosen moves to San Francisco to be part of the Jesus movement to minister to young Jewish believers in Jesus.
1971 Jews for Jesus Presentation Group is formed (later named the Liberated Wailing Wall).
1972 New Jerusalem Players drama team is formed.
June, 1972 The slogan, "Jews for Jesus" is picked up by the national media. Jews for Jesus film with Les Crane airs on network TV.
August, 1972 Moishe speaks at Jesus Joy Rally at Madison Square Garden.
January, 1973 Volunteers at Jews for Jesus covenant to stay together for 18 months.
Summer, 1973 Liberated Wailing Wall goes on first tour.
September, 1973 Jews for Jesus is incorporated as Hineni Ministries. The staff consists of a mobile singing group, the executive director and his secretary.
Autumn, 1973 First Liberated Wailing Wall album, Hineni, is produced.
1974 Jews for Jesus book by Moishe Rosen & Bill Proctor is published.
June, 1974 Jews for Jesus attends LCWE meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Summer, 1974 First annual summer witnessing campaign in New York City.
Autumn, 1974 Los Angeles branch established.
Autumn, 1974 Approved student program instituted.
January, 1975 New Jerusalem Players go on first tour.
January, 1975 Move headquarters from Corte Madera to San Rafael, California.
January, 1975 First weekly staff report.
Spring, 1975 First Israel Witnessing Expedition.
June, 1975 Jews for Jesus Council formed.
August, 1975 New York branch established.
Autumn, 1975 Israelight singing group formed.
Autumn, 1975 First Jews for Jesus Ingathering.
1976 ISSUES publication begun.
Early 1976 Chicago branch established. Boston branch established.
April, 1976 First Northern Ireland Witnessing Campaign.
June, 1976 First full-page evangelistic ad in secular paper (New York Times).
Summer, 1977 Miami branch established.
February, 1978 Jews for Jesus Headquarters moves to San Francisco.
September, 1978 Washington, D.C. outpost established.
September, 1979 - June, 1980 Avodah Retraining Year for the missionary staff. Temporarily shut down all branches.

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Summer, 1980 First Liberated Wailing Wall traveling bus purchased.
August, 1980 Re-opened branches in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
August, 1981 Toronto branch established. First world tour of the Liberated Wailing Wall.
December, 1981 San Francisco branch re-established.
Spring, 1982 Co-Laborer in Messiah program instituted.
Summer, 1982 Probe Witnessing Campaign in England.
December, 1982 Y'shua Secular Media Ad Campaign initiated on a broad scale.
Summer, 1983 Joint London witnessing campaign with other Jewish missions.
September, 1983 Boston branch re-opened.
Early 1984 Purchased New York building. Joint World Tour—New Jerusalem Players and Liberated Wailing Wall.
Summer, 1984 Jews for Jesus Summer Olympics Campaign in Los Angeles.
1985 Still Not Ashamed documentary film released.
Spring, 1985 Mishpochah Message started (now Havurah).
May, 1985 First academic study program abroad (Israel '85).
Summer, 1985 Project Nehemiah initiated.
1986 Shalom Hospitality House opened.
Summer, 1986 Jesus for Jews book published (now called, Testimonies).
September, 1987 Jews for Jesus wins U.S. Supreme Court decision re: broadsiding at Los Angeles International Airport.
Summer, 1988 Institution of Masters in Jewish Missions program at Fuller Seminary.
Winter, 1988 Washington D.C. branch established.
April, 1989 Willowbank Declaration on the Christian Gospel & the Jewish People adopted.
August, 1989 Merge with Hope of Israel of South Africa.
November, 1989 Johannesburg, South Africa branch established.
December, 1989 First Project Joshua, Jewish believing college student trip to Israel.

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March, 1990 Argentina work established.
October, 1990 Israel Witnessing Campaign.
November, 1990 Re-opened South Florida branch.
Winter, 1990 Dallas chapter established.
Summer, 1991 First Camp Gilgal on East & West Coast of U.S.
August, 1991 Retraining Week of Missionary Staff Worldwide at Asilomar.
September, 1991 Odessa, Ukraine branch established.
January, 1992 London branch established.
January, 1992 Establishment of Purple Pomegranate Productions.
April, 1992 Paris branch established.
August, 1992 Thousand Tongues Witnessing Campaign - London and Amsterdam.
September, 1992 School of the Prophets - Odessa, Ukraine.
January, 1993 Moscow branch opened.
March, 1993 Theological Consultation on Theology & Law.
August, 1993 conducted our first street witnessing campaign in Moscow
December, 1993 Second Asilomar Missionary Retraining.
December, 1993 Liberated Wailing Wall at Urbana.
May, 1994 Israel Worker established.
Summer, 1994 Paris, Toronto, New York & Moscow witnessing campaigns.
September, 1994 Moved into our own facility in Westwood, California.
December, 1994 First Project Caleb - Israel Teen Program.
March, 1995 Jews for Jesus Website launched.
April, 1995 - June, 1995 Liberated Wailing Wall World Tour.
Summer, 1995 Paris, Moscow, New York campaigns.
May, 1996 David Brickner elected Executive Director.
Summer, 1996 New York, Toronto, London Campaigns.
Spring, 1997 Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician book published.
Summer, 1997 Paris, New York, Moscow Campaigns.
January, 1998 Argentina branch closed.
February, 1998 Witnessing to Jews book published.
Spring, 1998 Kharkov branch established.
Spring, 1998 Kiev branch established.
April, 1998 Multi-Media/Video department of Jews for Jesus established.
April, 1998 Juden für Jesus/Deutschland established.
June - October 1998 Decapolis -- ten plus 1 campaigns conducted throughout Ukraine and Russian.
Autumn, 1998 Sydney branch established.
Autumn, 1998 Dnepropetrovsk branch established.
Autumn, 1998 Messiah's Shofar music team (Ukraine) evangelizes in Germany.
December, 1998 Purchase of residence buildings in New York.
December, 1998 Walk With Y'shua, first children's book, published.
Spring, 1999 Jewish Evangelism Seminar video produced.
Spring, 1999 Skokie, Illinois property purchased.
May, 1999 First Israeli-born staff trained and deployed to Israel.
July, 1999 Future Hope book published.

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January, 2000 David Brickner on Larry King Live.
March, 2000 Following Y'shua discipleship manual published.
May, 2000 French testimonies booklet.
June, 2000 First Ethiopian staff trained.
July, 2000 Not Ashamed book by Ruth Tucker published.
July, 2000 Amutah granted to Jews for Jesus in Israel.
September, 2000 Essen, Germany branch established.
September, 2000 Sam Rotman evangelistic video produced.
November, 2000 Street Evangelism Techniques CD-ROM produced.
December, 2000 Millennial Convocation held to kick off Behold Your God five-year effort.
April, 2001 Survivor Stories video produced.
April, 2001 First Behold Your God Campaign in San Francisco.
July, 2001 Last Jew of Rotterdam book published.
April, 2002 Evangelistic CD-ROM "CD-ROM-A-RAMA" produced.
April, 2002 Rio de Janeiro branch established.
July, 2002 Between Two Fathers book published.
September, 2002 Boston branch re-opened.
September, 2002 First Spanish campaign, Mexico City.
March, 2003 "For Jews for Jesus" web site launched.
July, 2003 Behold Your God CD released
July, 2003 Jews for Jesus RealTime (monthly e-letter) launched
January, 2004 Behold Your God five-year outreach reaches the halfway point.
May, 2004 CIP video/dvd released
June, 2004 Forbidden Peace DVD/video is released.
August, 2005 The Messianic Movement: A Field Guide for Evangelical Christians published
August, 2005 Montreal outpost opens
May, 2006 Thirty new broadsides written for summer campaign
May, 2006 Mass mailing of Yiddish versions of the Jesus film sent to 20,000 Hasidim in New York
May, 2006 "Days of Moshiach" website launched in Hebrew, English and Yiddish
May, 2006 A Rose from the Ashes book published
June, 2006 The Gospel in the Feast of Tabernacles book published
July, 2006 Behold Your God concluded with grand finale in New York/New Jersey: 9 simultaneous campaigns for each significant Jewish community including Russian speaking Jews, Israelis and Hasidim.
August, 2006 Miami outpost opens
August, 2006 Phoenix outpost opens
September, 2006 Leadership of Israel work transferred to an Israeli-born Jew for Jesus
September, 2006 Launched JFJ YouTube page
December, 2006 First ever phoning campaign conducted in the Greater Tel Aviv area
January, 2007 Brooklyn Branch opens
January, 2007 Indigenous leadership put into place in Essen, Germany
February, 2007 Jews for Jesus Family Haggadah published
April, 2007 One week probe street campaign conducted in Tel Aviv
May–August, 2007 first Massah (short term outreach to Israelis in Israel, India and other trekker locales for Israelis)
November, 2007 Launched JFJ Facebook page
May, 2008 Gush Dan campaign—first Behold Your God (BYG) Israel evangelistic campaign
August, 2008 Launched MessianicRX website
September-October, 2008 Upper Galilee BYG Israel campaign
October, 2008 Launched Jewish-Gentiles couples website
November, 2008 The 23rd Psalm for the 21st Century book published
November, 2008 Jazzed for Jesus: Two Jews Meet Their Messiah booklet published
2008-2009 Produced 26 new broadsides
April-May, 2009 Shephelah and Lower Galilee BYG Israel campaign
August-December, 2009 Massah mobile outreach (extended time in various countries)
September, 2009 God, Torah, Messiah: The Messianic Jewish Theology of Dr. Louis Goldberg book published
September-October, 2009 Jezreel Valley BYG Israel campaign
October, 2009 Launched Kosher Joe website
November, 2009 Praise and Glory: The Songs of Jews for Jesus CD released
December, 2009 Jews and the Gospel at the End of History: A Tribute to Moishe Rosen book published

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2010-2011 Produced 30 new broadsides
January, 2010 Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Volume 5 book published
January, 2010 Comfortably Jewish book published
March, 2010 You are Home CD released
April, 2010 Boston branch closed
April, 2010 The Liberated Wailing Wall finished its final tour
May-June, 2010 Sharon BYG Israel campaign
May, 2010 Moishe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus, dies at age 78
May, 2010 Established Moishe Rosen tribute page on the including streaming video of memorial service
June, 2010 Stories of Jews for Jesus book published
June, 2010 Blue Mosaic, new mobile evangelistic team, launched
June-July, 2010  Jews for Jesus Light to the Nations Campaign in Essen, Dusseldorf and Bochum, Germany
July, 2010  Jews for Jesus World Cup Campaign in South Africa
August, 2010  Geneva, Switzerland, outpost established
August, 2010  Web Department releases "Witnessing to Jews" mobile app
August-September, 2010  North Shore BYG Israel Campaign
September, 2010  Stories of Jews for Jesus book published
February, 2011  Flowers of the Son DVD released
March, 2011  U.S. Board of Directors dedicates Moishe Rosen Center in Israel
June, 2011  South Florida branch reopens
July, 2011  Jews for Jesus Light of the World Campaigns in Berlin and Frankfurt
August, 2011  Long Island, New York, satellite office launched
September, 2011  Budapest, Hungary, branch opens
September, 2011  CADET, discipleship program for young Jewish believing artists, is launched
December, 2011  Revive the Heart CD released
January, 2012  CADET changes its name to Echad
January, 2012  Matched by Messiah and Tackling Tradition booklets published
February, 2012  Called to Controversy book published
February, 2012  ISSUES and Havurah publications start their own Facebook pages
April, 2012  Awakening DVD released
April-May, 2012  Lower Galilee BYG Israel Campaign
June, 2012  Haifa, Israel, branch opens
June, 2012  Jews for Jesus Warsaw, Poland, evangelistic campaign
July-August, 2012  Jews for Jesus Summer Olympics Campaign in London
August-September, 2012  Jews for Jesus Budapest, Hungary, evangelistic campaign
August-October 2012 South America Massah
September 2012 Jhan Moskowitz, a founding member of Jews for Jesus, passed away.
October 2012 Cologne, Germany, campaign
September 2013 40th anniversary of Jews for Jesus
June 2013 London branch leader Julia Pascoe shares the gospel on national television in the UK
July 2013 The Moishe Rosen Center in Tel Aviv hosts its first event, an art show, attended by 95 people, 55 of them Jews who don’t yet know Yeshua.
September 2013 Montreal campaign
August-September 2013 Israeli Massah team outreach to India
November 2013 Behold Your God Israel campaign, Negev region
November 2013 launch of ShoutOut weekly podcast of Jewish testimonies of faith in Yeshua
February 2014 How to Know God website launches
April 2014 Jerusalem Post reports that our “That Jew Died for You” video has gone viral
May 2014 Beersheva, Israel, branch opens
May 2014 Christ in the Sabbath book published by Moody Publishers
June-July 2014 World Cup evangelistic campaign in Rio de Janeiro
October 2014 Jews for Jesus publishes a survey entitled “A Profile of North American Messianic Jews”
October 2014 launch of the Jews for Jesus mobile app
December 2014 JFJ Facebook page reaches the half million “likes” mark.
December 2014 Cape Town, South Africa, evangelistic campaign


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