A Brief History of Jews for Jesus

Plaque

The plaque at Jews for Jesus Headquarters in San Francisco reads "Jews for Jesus: EST. 32 A.D. Give or Take a Year."

Our name tells who we are, who we stand for and what we do. Everything is right up front! While we might have chosen a less controversial name, Jews for Jesus is the one that most quickly, easily and accurately lets people know who we are and what we are about.

Sometimes people ask us, "How long has Jews for Jesus been around?" We love that question because it gives us the chance to grin and say: "Since 32 A.D., give or take a year." The joke reminds people that a minority of Jewish people have always believed and proclaimed the gospel, and that we follow in that same tradition.

Actually, "Jews for Jesus" began as a slogan. In the late 1960s a moving of the Holy Spirit brought thousands of cause-oriented young people to faith in Jesus, many of whom were Jewish. As for our organization, Moishe Rosen officially founded Jews for Jesus in September of 1973. Rosen, a veteran missionary to the Jewish people, was the executive director of the mission for 23 years. He revolutionized evangelistic methods and materials with his creative approach to communicating the gospel, and we believe he was the foremost strategist and tactician in the field of Jewish evangelism.

Jews for Jesus Timeline

For more details about the history of Jews for Jesus click here to see the full Jews for Jesus timeline.

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John

I think it is awesome that Jews for Jesus exists and I pray that your ministry goes beyond the 100,000 estimated Jews for Jesus currently in existence. Perhaps Jews for Jesus is the precursor for the 144,000 that Revelations speaks of. Now that is an exciting thought. I have Jewish friends who are extremely wonderful and kind people but would not dream of approaching them about Christ because of their strong beliefs in Judaism.
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M. Rojas

I've been studying the Tanakh (called "old testament" by most of the world) and the prophecy about the Messiah impressed me. Pretty much in every book of the scriptures I found many details about him. I just had to wonder why I was never taught about this, but now it´s obvious to me that David and the prophets were talking about Jesus.
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samantha

well im not a jew but i am doing a proget on you in one of my classes
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MichaEL

I LOVE IT!! *** "Established in 32 AD" *** I am a Jew and a Believer in Yeshua Ha Messiach. I have applied for a position with JFJ praying for the perfect will of HaShem! I daven for the staff whenever G-d brings you all to mind, knowing that G-d is IN your work. Recently a friend used the info. contained in your tracts at a business mtg. and 12 TWELVE Jewish men gave their lives to Yeshua!!!! BARUCH HASHEM shalom Michael
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John

Why did Moishe Rosen change his birth name?

Rich

His mother called him Moishe.
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Stephanie Delaney

I am 50 and have been saved just over 7 years, better late than never! Although I was rasied more or less (mostly less) a Catholic my Dad was Greek Othodox. His Mothers maiden name was Stillman Her first name was Bessie. Unfortunatly when asked about possible Jewish heritage they denied it LOUDLY. I know we are all one in Christ but it makes me very happy to think I may have Jewish blood in my veins. I also wonder about the 144,000, could we be that close, only 44 thousand to go!

christa

jfj is the continuation of the original work of the apostles. may you be blessed in you ministry on earth.
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Samuel

How can Moishe Rosen be part of Christian organisation that sets out to deceive his fellow Jews? For example in your document 'How to be saved' you quote the words of Psalm 14:2-3 from The Tanakh and seek to equate those same words with the lies of the false apostle Paul in Romans 3:23. Why do you do this? You clearly and no doubt DELIBERATELY did not include the words of Psalm 14:1 which make it plain that verses 2-3 are written ONLY concerning "the fool...who eat up My people (The Jews)" (Psalm 14:1,4) and were not written concerning "MY PEOPLE...the RIGHTEOUS GENERATION" (Psalm 14:4,5). Why do you use such deceitful tactics? Unlike 'Jews for jesus', I do "Believe that Yeshuwa' is HaMashiyach the Only begotten son of The Mighty One of Yisrael (The Only True Elohiym)". Samuel Eben
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richard davidson

I know that this post is 10 years old but I am visiting this site for the first time. I must comment that this person is greatly confused about what he is reading. We must all be willing to admit that all mankind descended from Adam who committed the first sin. We inherited a sinful nature from him and were born corrupt. Jews and Gentiles alike. None are righteous. But if we submit to Jesus the Lord, He will clothe us in His righteousness.

royse

i am really over joyed to know that JFJ exist. Though i am not surprised for God has always left a remnant and promised the final salvation of his chosen. I ask simply if JFJ is legit and believes in faith,grace, baptism and the full principles of Christ to petition him daily for me and my family that we me serve him together in heaven
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Mark Ryan

The false apostle Paul FOUNDED christianity in Antioch in Syria where the disciples of Paul "were FIRST called christians" (Acts 11:26). "Moishe Rosen officially FOUNDED Jews for Jesus in September of 1973" (Extract from "Brief History of Jews for Jesus") Both of these FOUNDERS and their PROMOTERS have made MUCH MONEY from their evil endeavours and are ripe for "The lake of fire" (Revelation). Mar k Ryan

Stephen

I thought Y-shua founded Christianity.
How do you know that Paul is a false apostle?
How do you know that Moishe Rosen made a lot of money and was thrown into the lake of fire for making money?
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Jennifer

It is wonderful that Jews For Jesus exists. We all have always been united under one GOD since the beginning of time. May we all remind others in our daily lives of this reality.
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zee land

I'm an Asian Christian. I totally support Jews for Jesus noble mission. Please continue to honor Jesus and make disciples. God be with you all !!!
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Stanley Ginn

Is the original founder of J4J, Moishe Rosen, still actively engaged in the work?
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Ruth

Moishe passed away May 19, 2010. He was involved for as long as health permitted.
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Susan daneker

Thank you, I feel Jews for Jesus is a continuation of Jesus's message. His Holy Spirit is alive and well.
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Richard Oliver McRae

The FATHER bless you and keep you.
LORD JESUS look upon you with tender mercy.
The SPIRIT MOST HOLY watch over and imbue you with that peace that surpasses all understanding.
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Linnie Draper

Thank God for you! Be more vocal & let the world know you exists, a lot of people think the Jews that don't believe in Jesus speak for all Jews. A Mexican lady that is a 7 Day Adventist told me about you. I am glad to have out about you.
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miky selasie

l love this platform may the heavenly father energized each and every members on this platform.Jesus Christ is the higher authority and he is bigger than what's people says
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