Havurah

No one said it’s always easy being Jewish and for Jesus. Havurah, or “fellowship,” addresses the special concerns and interests of Jewish believers in Jesus.

Explain yourself! How should we talk about our faith as Messianic Jews?
August 21, 2018
Author: Arielle Adler

Explain yourself! How should we talk about our faith as Messianic Jews? “What’s your religious background?” We’ve all been there – the awkward dinner party you are obliged to attend where you get drilled by a friendly guest. Or perhaps it’s in the middle seat, stuck...

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You Just Found Out You’re Jewish – 3 Things You Need to Consider
May 8, 2018
Topics: jewish identity
Author: Arielle Randle

You Just Found Out You’re Jewish – 3 Things You Need to Consider In an unexpected plot twist to your life, you just found out you are Jewish. You may or may not already realize that in the twenty-first century this has become quite common. For several reasons, more...

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Jewish Identity in America: A History
April 9, 2018
Author: Stan Meyer

Jewish Identity in America: A History On July 11, 1883, 200 guests strolled into the luxurious banquet hall of the Highland House, atop Mt. Adams in downtown Cincinnati, towering above the Ohio River. An elegant orchestra played as lavishly dressed Jewish dignitaries...

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Is a Messianic Jewish Family an Interfaith Family?
March 21, 2018
Author: Arielle Randle

What is interfaith? Does it describe Messianic Jewish life at all? Is an intermarried family automatically an interfaith family? Read about one mother’s experience, and her research and conclusions here.

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The Diaspora Dilemma: How Do You Create a Jewish Home in the Middle of Nowhere?
February 2, 2018
Author: Rosie Richards

How do you survive and thrive living far away from a Jewish cultural center, like my family does in Southern Indiana? In our town, there is a very small Jewish population, and we are the only Messianic Jews that I know of. But nurturing my own identity—and building up...

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Raised Messianic: An Interview with Robert Goldschmidt
January 3, 2018
Author: Arielle Randle

Raised Messianic: An Interview with Robert Goldschmidt When I first heard the name Robert Goldschmidt, I was not picturing the tall lanky black guy I was introduced to. But Robert perfectly captures the experience of young Jewish people today: we defy stereotypes of...

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Jewish Identity: A Game of Hide and Seek
November 17, 2017
Topics: jewish identity

Jewish Identity: A Game of Hide and Seek A certain man walks into a Messianic congregation on Shabbat morning. He’s a total stranger, looks a little lost and, frankly, seems uninterested in what’s going on around him. The rest of us look askance at him, and, finally,...

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Still Life Meets Real Life
August 15, 2017
Author: Arielle Randle

Abigail Olson opens up about what it’s like to be a Messianic Jewish student at one of the most prestigious art high schools in the country

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5 Surprising Tips for Surviving Passover with Young Kids
April 7, 2017
Topics: passover
Author: Heather Walker

Five tips on surviving the Passover seder with young children!

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Has Hanukkah Passed Its Expiration Date? A Slightly Contrarian—But Not Really—Reflection
Author: Rich Robinson

Quick, when I say “Hanukkah,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I admit that I thought of latkes before anything else. I light a menorah each year, but it’s an electric one (a safety matter, plus I got a really nice one at Bed Bath & Beyond), so there’s...

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“Strange” International Facts About Hanukkah and Christmas
Author: Rich Robinson

Jews might be surprised to learn about some Hanukkah and Christmas customs that take place in countries other than their own. For example: In nineteenth-century Alsace (a region of France), two-tiered menorahs holding sixteen candles were used: one tier for the...

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Recipe: Award-Winning Potato Pancakes (Latkes)
Topics: recipes, jewish food
Author: Melissa Moskowitz

I don’t like to brag, but I did win first place for this recipe at a Hanukkah party held by the Chicagoland-area Messianic community. What won the judges over? “We loved the onions,” they said. Latkes are traditionally eaten with homemade applesauce or sour cream, but...

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Death: How Do We Respond?
Author: Rich Robinson

This article is adapted from the original which appeared in the Winter 2012 print edition of Havurah. We are republishing it in this Tisha B’Av season. Tisha B’Av memorializes tragedies that befell the Jewish people as a nation. It is also an appropriate season to...

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Nothing New Under the Sun
Author: Arielle Randle

What Jewish Young Adults Today Have in Common with Their Parents’ Generation, and Why They Are Just as Open to The Gospel by Arielle Randle “How do we reach Millennials?” This is an important question to raise at a time when many people are analyzing the spiritual...

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A Portrait of Messianic Jews
Author: Rich Robinson

Someone once perceptively said, “Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off.”

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A Profile of North American Messianic Jews
Author: Jews for Jesus

A Profile of North American Messianic Jews
A study conducted by Jews for Jesus
by Andrew Barron and Beverly Jamison
10/11/2014

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Missouri, Math, and Messiah: A Jewish Statistician’s Story
Author: Beverly Jamison

Beverly Jamison was the lead statistical researcher for our survey. She is 100% the mathematician, and since behind every statistic there lies a story, she agreed to tell hers for Havurah.

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English Translation of hodu.co.il Article
Topics: architecture
Author: Jews for Jesus

Media coverage of “India Night,” an exhibition by Jews for Jesus staff in Tel Aviv, Israel, about their travels in India.

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Movie Review: Flipping Out
Author: Gefen Skvortsov

Review of a 2008 documentary about Israelis who travel to India, get involved with the drug scene, and “flip out.”

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Havurah Round Table
Author: Jews for Jesus

Interviews with people who minister to Israeli trekkers in South/Central America and elsewhere.

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