How I Googled My Way to God
November 30, 2018
Author: Sahar Sadlovsky

But what really made an impact was when I came across Jesus. No one on the entire spectrum of the human race, from the most spiritual to the atheist, can remain indifferent to him. You cannot help but like him – his wisdom, compassion, and love. Every time I read Jesus’ words and learned about his deeds, I wanted more. He was the Jesus I never knew.

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How a Nice Jewish Girl Escaped a Cult and Found Peace
November 13, 2018
Author: Robin Barbosa

The adrenaline coursing through my veins pulsed to the racing of my heart. I was completely caught off guard as I sat facing the enemy. Demon deprogrammers were going to try and bribe me out of the cult mindset.

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Jewish Father. Catholic Mother. Protestant Wife. My Cure for Spiritual Confusion

I had a semblance of Jewish education and a strong sense of Jewish identity. But since my home was a home without God – and since the Christians and the Jews I knew did not seem to truly believe – I assumed that God must be present elsewhere.

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I Applied the Scientific Method to the New Testament
August 13, 2018
Author: David Abramsky

I know that I am still Jewish. I don’t use the word “converted” because it implies that I’ve left something behind. I do not feel I have left anything.

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This Orthodox Jewish Psychotherapist Couldn’t Believe His Eyes…
April 26, 2018

Hans handed Rich the Bible. “In that millisecond,” Rich recalls, “my life was shattered. The name that I saw at the top of the page was Isaiah! Hans had been reading to me from MY Bible, from my Hebrew Scriptures, and I felt as though someone had taken a sword and cut me to pieces.”

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Lisa’s Story
Author: Lisa Fruchtman

I started being nagged with the idea of Jesus being the Jewish Messiah and the only way to know God. It wasn’t so much that it was a problem for me because I was Jewish and didn’t want to believe in Jesus. It was more that I didn’t want to close myself into what I thought was a narrow way of thinking.

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Jeff’s Story
Author: Jeff Fruchtman

I was happy for Lisa, and I’m certain that I already believed intellectually that Jesus was who he said he was. But I wasn’t ready to follow him.

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The Healing: Jeff and Lisa’s Story
Author: Jeff Fruchtman

The doctor had already come in that morning to tell me about the cancer. I got emotional and cried. But I was already prepared by the time Jeff came in. Then Jeff told me that he had received Jesus as his Messiah, and that God told him I was going to be okay. And I felt pretty confident that I would be.

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Spiritual Secrets? A Messianic Jew Reflects on Kabbalah
April 10, 2018
Author: Rachel Korycka

When the crowd asked Jesus one day, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” he answered, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:28–29). And who is the one God has sent? Yeshua.

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Wrong Diagnosis or Answered Prayer? The Miracle that Changed My Life
April 9, 2018
Author: Chip Himelhoch

We canceled hospice. Dad got better. Five weeks later he was in good health. To me, this was a miracle. Pain and despair brought me to the Messiah.

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What’s a Jewish Girl to Do? I Wanted God, Not Jesus
March 16, 2018
Author: Amanda Higgins

By my third year of grad school, my life, externally, was great. I had friends and a boyfriend who made a lot of money. I was in great shape, competing in a triathlon. But inside I was miserable. I found myself questioning everything: If life has no meaning, what does it matter if I live another day? And what happens after I die?

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Escaping the Occult! Finding My Way Home
March 9, 2018
Author: Alisa T.

At that very moment, I heard a still, small voice in my heart that said, “Alisa, you have a choice. You can either trust me, or you can go your way . . . to your doom!”

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Orthodox Jew finds Jesus! How God Poured out His Love to Me… in a Cup of Coffee!
March 6, 2018
Author: Aden Friedman

I grabbed the New Testament from where I had hid it in the cupboard and opened it. It happened to open to the Gospel of Matthew, chapter one. I was completely overwhelmed when I read the very first sentence: “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

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A Persian Jew’s Series of Fortunate Events
Author: Miriam Koenig

We don’t always recognize the significance of events as they happen in our lives until we look back and see how everything fits together.

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From Iran to Tehrangeles: Five Generations of Jewish Faith in Jesus

The missionary asked my great-great-grandfather, Hakim, “Did you know that the Messiah you are expecting has already arrived?” and told him that Jesus was the Messiah. Hakim was so upset that he slapped the missionary in the face and threw him out of the synagogue. But that wasn’t the end of the story…

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How a Jewish girl discovered her Messiah through Christmas
December 1, 2017
Author: Ceil Rosen

Ceil Rosen, wife of Jews for Jesus founder, Moishe, had a unique Christmas experience, leading her to consider Jesus seriously as the alternative to religious Judaism or atheism.

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If I Were to Follow Yeshua…
Author: Robyn Wilk

Following Yeshua will mean going against the flow of the values and priorities of the world. It may cost us relationships with family and friends, our reputations and opportunities. We might encounter suffering, heartache and rejection. But God will never desert us.

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Rejected by his secular Jewish family and harassed by anti-missionaries, this Israeli Jew found healing in Messiah
Author: Dan Sered

I take comfort in Jesus’ words: “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:29­–30).

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Me, My Jewish Family and Jesus
Author: Dave Lipkowitz

Although my faith made for some uncomfortable times with my parents, it also led to some thoughtful and fruitful discussions. And, much to their credit, they never allowed it to rupture our relationship.

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How a Jewish kid with an Irish name found his Messiah – Ron Mcdevitt’s story
October 1, 2017
Topics: our stories
Author: Jews for Jesus

How a Jewish kid with an Irish name found his Messiah – Ron Mcdevitt’s story Hi, my name is Ron Mcdevitt. I’m a Jewish believer in Jesus Christ. I was born in New York City. My mother and father are both Jewish. My father’s family was living in...

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Stan Meyer’s Story
August 18, 2017
Author: Stan Meyer

Stan Meyer's Story Should I admit to my Orthodox Jewish friends that I was a secret believer in Jesus? Perhaps I hoped they would challenge my belief. After all, life would be simpler if I did not believe in Jesus. But my experience with Orthodox Judaism pointed me...

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How a 30-year search for truth brought Deb to Jesus
August 1, 2017
Author: Deb Dubin

As a native New Yorker from Long Island, our Jewish identity and culture were a big part of family life. I went to synagogue, attended Hebrew school and celebrated the Jewish holidays. Around the age of 7, my best friend Chris (a gentile) invited me to church with her...

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How Dan Sered, an Israeli, Found Love and Messiah at the Same Time
July 10, 2017
Author: Dan Sered

How Dan Sered, an Israeli, Found Love and Messiah at the Same Time I was born in Israel on the holiest of Jewish festivals, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. I believe God has had His hand on me ever since, to show His grace and wonderful mercy. I grew up in a secular...

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Running from the Truth
Author: Louis Goldberg

Below the surface were the unanswered questions, “Who am I? Can I know God? What follows death? Can I have the positive assurance that my sins are forgiven?”

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The Mysterious Us and Them

He asked if I wanted to pray. I replied, “Sure, where’s the prayer book?” “You don’t need one,” he explained. “Just talk to God from your heart.” I folded my arms across my chest, looked upwards, and said, “God, I don’t know who You are. But I’m tired of doing it by myself, so You have a go.”

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The Jew for Jesus Next Door
Author: Stan Meyer

Josh Leon lives and works in the Orthodox community. One of the things he enjoys most is plowing through the rabbinic texts and discovering what he believes is more evidence that Jesus fulfilled the messianic expectations of his Jewish people.

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Why Melissa chose to believe in Jesus for herself, and not for her parents
June 1, 2017

Melissa Weinisch was born to Messianic parents. Melissa accepted Jesus as the Messiah at age five for herself and not just for her parents. This article and video share Melissa’s journey of not just being a believer in Jesus but rather being pursuer of God, seeking Him with all of her body, soul, and spirit.

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Life in Israel: I Will Fear No Evil
Author: Shimon Eitan

In these times of stress and uncertainty, many people rely on one another to feel supported, holding onto each other for strength. But it is difficult to grip the arm of your friend when the ground seems to be shaking underneath your feet. For the few of us in Israel who believe in Yeshua, we know that the only thing reliable and strong enough to hold us is the Lord.

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An Israeli Soldier and a Believer in Jesus
Author: Yoel Bernstein

Afer Yoel and his five siblings, all born in the U.S., made aliyah with their mom and dad, he and his brother Dan served in an elite unit in the IDF, where both have narrowly escaped death in combat. Yoel, a Messianic Jew, shares his story and reflects on the difficult subject of God’s protection in battle.

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Why David Started His Journey of Faith as a Young Child
April 2, 2017
Topics: our stories
Author: David Minsky

This Israeli young man grew up with all the right information, but truly discovered God’s presence after his IDF service. Watch David Minsky’s story here.

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Why Jesus - Julia Pascoe

Why Julia changed her mind about “Jesus not being for us.”
March 1, 2017
Topics: our stories
Author: Julia Pascoe

London born and bred, Julia first served with Jews For Jesus as a volunteer, playing guitar at special events such as our annual Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) service. She came on staff in 2003, serving as an outreach worker, sharing the Gospel with many Jewish...

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Why Robyn did not want to believe in Jesus.
January 1, 2017
Topics: our stories
Author: Robyn Wilk

My Mother KNOWS I’m Doing This. My mother and father are both Jewish, both from the East Coast, and both had aspirations for me, their daughter, which I am sure did not include handing out pamphlets about Yeshua (Jesus). For that matter, handing out pamphlets about...

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Set Free from the Gay Lifestyle
December 21, 2016
Topics: our stories
Author: Sam Kofsky

Set Free from the Gay Lifestyle I am Jewish by birth. But I was not raised in the traditions of Judaism. I did not attend Hebrew school or synagogue. The only time God was mentioned around the house was as a swear word. My mom and dad were atheists, though they had a...

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Why Yoel stole a New Testament from the Israeli Defense Forces, and decided to follow Jesus.
December 1, 2016
Topics: our stories
Author: Yoel Ben David

I was born in Israel and lived here for the first three years of my life. I lived in the Caribbean, England, Paris, England again, and then came back to Israel. My mother is a proud Moroccan Jew; my father is Scottish. We were a traditional Jewish family rather than...

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Why Laura’s faith stuck, and while delving deeper into her Jewish heritage, she still decided to follow Jesus.
November 1, 2016
Topics: our stories
Author: Laura Barron

Laura Barron spent her childhood years in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Rye, New York.  Her father was a doctor and her mother was a teacher.  Her parents grew up in a tight-knit Jewish community in Dayton, Ohio and had known each other from school. While this could...

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Asaph and Me
Author: Jack Sternberg

My Jewish friend told me that he had found his Judaism and the God of Judaism at that church. He was now, for the first time, truly proud and excited to be Jewish. I was shocked but curiously intrigued.

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A Brooklyn-bred Jews for Jesus co-founder looks back on her journey to faith: “Jesus People,” Larry Norman, Breast Cancer, and Hope in Yeshua
Author: Susan Perlman

When I was diagnosed with cancer, my mother said to me, “Why you, Susan?” I remember replying, “Why not me? Would it be better if it were someone else’s daughter?

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No More Religious Confusion
Author: Shimon Eitan

When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.

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The Yom Kippur I Will Never Forget
Author: Jason Meyerson

A young Jewish man who loved arguing about religion was ready to dismantle the arguments of Jews for Jesus.

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Steffi Geiser Rubin’s Story
June 15, 2015

Steffi Geiser Rubin was commissioned by Jews for Jesus to create the art for “Multitudes.” Originally from the Bronx, Steffi grew up with a strong Jewish background. In January of 1971 she encountered a man named Moishe Rosen at a Bible study on the UC Berkeley...

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Prodigals Do Come Home
April 21, 2015
Author: David Brickner

If your heart has ever been broken over a young person who wandered away from the faith and is now living as though God does not exist, we hope this encourages you!

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Meet the Highly Fashionable Rebbetzin
Author: Matt Sieger

Susan Salzman, now the rebbetzin at Beth Messiah Congregation in Livingston, New Jersey, once worked in the heart of the fashion industry in New York City.

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Why Ruth, a holocaust survivor, found hope in Jesus
April 2, 2014
Author: Ruth Horak

also by Ruth Horak: Read: "Losing All; Gaining...

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Auschwitz, Mengele, and the God Who Was With Me
Author: Ruth Gottlieb

Ruth Gottlieb escaped the roundup of Jews in France, fled by foot over the Alps – and that’s just the beginning of her adventures.

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Son of a Holocaust Survivor
Author: Barry B.

Jealous of the peace he saw in Christians, Barry B. was afraid he would be betraying his people – until he met a Jewish believer in Jesus.

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My Father the Nazi
Author: Werner Oder

The son of an SS officer, Werner Oder is now grateful to God for the privilege of standing for Israel and the Jews in a world of increasing anti-Semitism.

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Daughter of the Holocaust
Author: Andrea Zaretsky

In some cases, Holocaust survivors have not even told their children they are Jewish. I am one of those children.

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Sobibor’s Sock Knitters
Author: Heatherly Walker

Knitting is just a hobby for me. But in the Nazi death camp of Sobibor in Eastern Poland, knitting saved several Jewish women from death.

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Shout Out | Jack Sternberg | A Fellow Physician Began Attending Church – and He was Jewish
January 6, 2014
Author: Jack Sternberg

Shout Out | Jack Sternberg | A Fellow Physician Began Attending Church - and He was Jewish This is the story of Dr. Jack Sternberg. Check out more of Jack’s story! Dr. Jack Sternberg, oncologist: “Undaunted, I visited with rabbis, hoping they could show me...

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
November 8, 2013
Author: Lynn McCoy

OK, I’m just going to say it. I love Christmas. I don’t have a problem, as a Jew, proclaiming that. I admit I have a Christmas tree, I love singing Christmas carols, and if you come to my house in December, you will hear Handel’s...

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Delivered from Fear: a Jewish Thanksgiving Story
Author: Robin Blaha

Delivered from Fear: a Jewish Thanksgiving Story I know that most people don’t think of Thanksgiving as a Jewish holiday. But I always will. That’s because during Thanksgiving weekend 1973, I experienced the most wonderful, most mind-boggling—and most...

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Science & Faith: Dr. James Tour’s Story
September 12, 2013
Author: Jews for Jesus

A focus on scientist Dr. James Tour as featured in the documentary, Science & Faith: A Season for Reason Theme Week
CTS Ontario/CTS Alberta
Saturday Sept. 21/13 9:00pm as part of “The Doc Side”
Dr. James Tour-Most distinguished nanotechnology researchers in the world-Professor of Chemistry, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

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Rabbis, Skeptics and the Suffering Messiah
Author: Daniel Mann

If anyone was a skeptic about Jews believing in Jesus, I was. Born to second-generation Jewish American parents in Brooklyn, I experienced much anti-Semitism growing up in the 1950s and ’60s. Since my persecutors weren’t Jewish, I assumed they were Christian. When I was fourteen, there was talk that a certain Jewish family in my neighborhood had converted to Christianity. I was filled with disgust. How could Jews do such a thing?

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Why Aren’t Our People Told This?
Author: Matt Sieger

Many Jewish refugees from Russia settled in Omaha, Nebraska, between the 1880s and World War I. Among them were Debbie Landers’ grandparents. Landers, born Deberah Schwartz in Omaha in 1951, and her younger sister were raised Orthodox by their parents. The...

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Finding Freedom in a Prison Cell
June 27, 2013
Author: Martin Friedman

Introduction by Larry Dubin, branch leader for Jews for Jesus in Washington, D.C.

It was a hot and humid Mid-Atlantic August day when the letter from a local detention center arrived. Often I am unable to provide the kind of assistance requested in such letters. But after reading Martin Friedman’s words, I decided to meet with the chaplain of the detention center.

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Can Miracles Disappoint?
June 10, 2013
Author: Jews for Jesus

“There’s one miracle that God wants to perform in every person’s life,” I told my acquaintance in the hospital room. “He wants to forgive our sins and give us an eternal relationship with him. That’s a miracle he’ll always perform.”

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All Creatures Great and Small: Who Made Them All?
Author: Matt Sieger

A motorcycle accident at age 28 left David Farber with one functioning limb—his right arm—and one functioning eye and ear. But it didn’t deter his passion for travel and photography. He has journeyed to Alaska and Africa to photograph everything from moose to...

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Keeping It Real in Life and Art
Author: Matt Sieger

“The greatest hindrance to creativity,” says painter and photographer Will Rosenberg, “is worrying what others think. If you walk into a kindergarten class and say, ‘Who here is an artist?’ every kid will raise their hand. A couple of...

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This Burger Comes with Matzah Ball Soup
Author: Matt Sieger

This Burger Comes with Matzah Ball Soup Judy Burger - Dorothy Gish Judy Burger - Gloria Swanson Judy Burger - Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller Museum in Tuscumbia, Alabama Judy (Joseph) Burger has seen a lot of the United States – much of it by accident. At...

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Shelley Skoropinski
Author: Jews for Jesus

Shelley Skoropinski, 63, was raised in a Conservative Jewish home in Philadelphia. She grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and was bat mitzvah. Her father, Irvin Korotkin, passed away when Shelley was sixteen. Her older sister, Lana, read the New Testament and at age 21...

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Rebecca Redinger
Author: Jews for Jesus

Rebecca Redinger, 26, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, in a Messianic Jewish home in which both her Jewish mother and gentile father believed in Jesus. They raised Rebecca and her siblings to know both Yeshua (Jesus) and their Jewish background. She came to believe in...

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Heather Silverman
Author: Jews for Jesus

Heather Silverman, 24, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, grew up in a Messianic Jewish home. Her father is the leader of a Messianic congregation. She says she began to truly follow Yeshua (Jesus) when she was eighteen. “My grandfather and father always had a camera...

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Seeing Jesus through the Jewish Lens

Seeing Jesus through the Jewish Lens My parents are Jewish. I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in New York and attended Hebrew day school. When I was in the second grade, my parents realized I was falling behind other children my age in reading and math. They decided...

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David Philipson
Author: Jews for Jesus

David Philipson, 29, was born in North Carolina and currently resides in Southern California. He grew up in a home where both his Jewish mother and gentile father believed in Jesus, and David came to believe in him at a very young age. “I grew up with a ton of...

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Discovering The Nature Of Existence
Author: Jews for Jesus

I was born into a beautiful Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953. My father was a research chemist and my mother a writer. As a child, I was inquisitive about everything and asked all the impossible questions. My parents, I soon realized, did not have all the...

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Gordon Family 2010

From Kung Fu to Kabbalah … to Messiah
Author: Cyril Gordon

As in the ancient days of the Pharaoh, my mother’s family was forced to flee from Egypt in 1952, a time when Jews were hated and feared there as Israel’s statehood became a fact. The “promised land” to our family was Paris, France. There my...

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Barry and Cindie

Who Am I?
Author: Barry Gardner

My parents, Sy and Frieda Gardner, who have passed now, were both Jewish. My mother was raised in an Orthodox home and said we were descended from the priestly Levites. Her mother and father spoke Yiddish and English, kept a kosher kitchen, regularly attended...

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Sy and Cyndie

You are Precious
Author: Cyndie Warner-Gardner

I am gentile and my husband, Barry, is Jewish. Both of us believe in Jesus. Barry’s parents, Sy and Frieda, tolerated Barry’s faith but did not like to discuss it. Frieda was terminally ill with ovarian cancer, and my mother wanted Frieda and Sy to know...

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One Way Out: Mike Oppenheimer’s Story
January 2, 2013
Topics: our stories

One Way Out   I was brought up in a Jewish home, observed Shabbat faithfully and celebrated the High Holy days at the temple and with family. I attended Hebrew school twice a week and was bar mitzvah and confirmed. While attending classes I asked a lot of questions...

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Herb Opalek: The Day the Rabbi Met Yeshua
Author: Matt Sieger

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Herb Opalek was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home which boasts many rabbis in the family tree. He attended Hebrew day school and by age ten was fluent in both modern and ancient Hebrew. He had a near photographic memory and wangled quite a...

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Rebecca Gottesman: ‘A Very Happy Hebrew Christian’
Author: Jews for Jesus

Rebecca Gottesman: 'A Very Happy Hebrew Christian' Rebecca Gottesman moved to California from New York a half century ago, but her hard-boiled upbringing is still evident in her New Jersey accent and countless stories of an age gone by. “I grew up on the lower east...

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What I Thought Was Me*
Author: Sally O'Connor

I was born into a middle class, Jewish American family, which would have made me a princess except my father was a florist, not a doctor. We celebrated the traditional Jewish holidays in a superficial way. While I was taught there was a God, I never really knew him....

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Lifting the Dark Curtain
Author: Carole Cohen

Lifting the Dark Curtain I was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 23, 1949, to a Jewish mother and gentile father. When I was two, they divorced. My mother, Harriet, was very liberal and not very interested in Judaism. She cooked bacon, ham and sausage. She read...

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A Step of Faith
Author: Laurie Ornstein

I was born a normal healthy Jewish child on November 17, 1963, in Huntington, New York, the youngest of three daughters. And while my childhood memories include receiving presents on Hanukkah, enjoying shul on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and our family seder on the...

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Unlearning Christian anti-Semitism: Orthodox Jew from the Bronx breaks family tradition and goes to Bible School

I was only five years old and had no idea what was going on as our family crowded into my grandparents’ living room on the day before Yom Kippur. I can still remember how my father picked up a chicken, tied up by its feet, and swung it over our heads, the...

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Jesus was Very Cool!

As my husband, Stewart, says, we met while I was on staff with Jews for Jesus in the summer of 1984 in New York City. We were both handing out pamphlets—Stewart with another organization called Chosen People—in front of Bloomingdales on 59th Street in New York City....

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Stage Fright
Author: Susan Mendelson

How a nice, Jewish country music-singing girl from Long Island came to a crossroads. Stage fright led her to consider a huge taboo in her family and community: Jesus.

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Joel Weiskopf

Joel Weiskopf
Author: Matt Sieger

Jazz pianist Joel Weiskopf, 49, has performed with jazz greats such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day and Clark Terry. He has recorded CDs with renowned jazz musicians such as John Patitucci and Brian Blade for the highly-respected Criss Cross jazz...

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Zinaida Abramovna: A Daughter of Abraham
December 2, 2011
Topics: our stories
Author: Zinaida Abramovna

I was born in 1932 in Belarus. My parents were religious; they knew God. My father was a rabbi and was sent to prison for five years for conducting circumcision rituals. My father always took me to the synagogue, but I did not understand anything there. I only understood Yiddish. My father always prayed before meals, “Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu,” then he dipped bread into salt and then we could eat.

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Andrew Klavan
Author: Jews for Jesus

The Serious Business of Storytelling

Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by and starring Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, made into a film starring Michael Douglas. Klavan has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world.

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From Happy Days to Happier Days
Author: Jews for Jesus

by Joe Glauberg I remember my high school science teacher telling me, “You’ll never be a scientist.” When I protested, citing my excellent grades in science and math, he replied, “Joe, you’ve got show business in your blood.” I...

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Mark Friedlander: Freeing the Imagination
Author: Matt Sieger

You don’t have to be Jewish to play a part in the stage production of The Diary of Anne Frank. But it helps. Mark Friedlander played the role of Henk Gies who, with his wife Miep, hid the Frank family from the Nazis. Most of the cast was not Jewish. So when they...

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David Suchet: Looking for Something Beyond
Author: Matt Sieger

Somewhere right now someone is watching David Suchet portray Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. An estimated 600-700 million people watch the television series worldwide. The reruns get better ratings than many new programs. Suchet has...

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Hide and Seek: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Maria Weinstein

Outside, she could hear the matches scratching. As the village around them exploded in flames, the Nazis attempted to set the last house alight. Within these walls, Maria Weinstein huddled in the embrace of her newly adopted family. There, amid the chaos, Jew and gentile united as one family in fervent prayer.

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In Their Own Words: Messianic Jewish Holocaust Survivors
Author: Jews for Jesus

Vera Schlamm One of the questions I was asked frequently when I first came to this country is: Was it really as bad in the camps as they say in the news?” Now the question is: “Was it as bad as was shown in films such as ‘The Hiding Place’ or...

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Renee and Richard: A True Love Story
Author: Richard Abend

I never thought I’d get married, for the simple reason that I never thought I would ever meet someone who would love me just for who I am, faults and all. And then I met Renee Shulman…

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Full Circle
January 1, 2011

Growing up in Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, I had tremendous respect for the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community known as the Hasidim. Though they lived in a world apart from the rest of us, they had a tremendous impact on my early desire to know more about the God I prayed to...

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Why Jhan, a child of Holocaust survivors, journeyed to a place that led him to Jesus.
May 27, 2010
Topics: our stories
Author: Jhan Moskowitz

When I was about five years old, I crawled into my father’s lap and touching his arm lightly, I asked, “What is that number?” Without flinching, he explained how he had been marked in the concentration camps, where very bad men treated people like numbers, not human...

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What’s a Nice Jewish Boy Like You Doing in the Kitchen?
Author: Clive Berkman

My father was a straight-laced chemical engineer, my mother an actress. Their relationship was like vinaigrette. On the first night of their honeymoon, my mother cooked a rump roast, which she burnt to a crisp. My father glared at it and pronounced, “Maureen, you’d better learn how to cook.”

She took his criticism as a challenge, and became one of the best cooks I’ve ever known. She started a catering business and taught cooking classes. As a young boy, I was fascinated by my mother’s cooking and would sit and watch her for hours, captivated by the aromas of the kitchen. Growing up in a South African Jewish home, I loved everything that had to do with food. “

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Journeys of Faith: Michael Sischy Feature
April 28, 2010
Author: Michael Sischy

Dr. Michael Sischy qualified as a General Medical Practitioner from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1993. He joined Jews for Jesus in January 1999 after being active in the state and private health care sectors for five years. Michael comes from a traditional...

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A Hasidic Couple Encounters their Messiah
Author: Jews for Jesus

Yoel and Adel Ben David live in San Francisco. Now both aged 30, they married when they were 20 and were involved in the Hasidic Breslov movement. Here is their story. I was born in Israel and lived there for the first three years of my life,” Yoel begins....

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Amer Olson | Journey of Faith | Jewish Artist for Jesus
January 17, 2010
Author: Amer Olson

Amer Olson is the director of the Chicago branch of Jews for Jesus. He grew up in Minneapolis in a family that celebrated Hanukkah and Passover as well as Christmas and Easter — his mother is Jewish and his father is Gentile. Later, while studying at the...

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David Newhan: Nothing to Hide
Author: Matt Sieger

Maybe it wasn’t quite Lou Gehrig replacing Wally Pipp, but when David Newhan got a chance to play for the Baltimore Orioles in the summer of 2004, he made the most of it. The left-handed swinging sparkplug belted a 435-foot pinch-hit home run in his first at bat...

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You Don’t Need a PhD to Figure Out this Equation: Ziggy Rogoff’s Story
Author: Jews for Jesus

by Ziggy Rogoff, as told to Alison Barnett My life’s two passions have been mathematics and being Jewish. I viewed life as one big equation and was always looking for its solution! So how does Jewish boy + a traditional Jewish education + mathematics PhD =...

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Space Wasn’t the Final Frontier
Author: Andrew Barron

I spent the first year of my life in that bastion of Jewish civilization known as Brooklyn; then my family moved to Queens. We attended a Conservative synagogue, where I developed an early awareness of God and the fact that things pertaining to him were to be set...

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Michael Blatchford: Nothing to Lose
Author: Matt Sieger

How does a skinny kid with asthma end up competing against brawny sprint cyclers in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing? Michael Blatchford, 24, grew up in southern California in Cypress, a suburb near Disneyland. Like any other kid, he rode his bike around town. But it...

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An Orthodox Jew’s Unexpected Encounter
Author: Sharon Sommer

I was brought up in a modern Orthodox Jewish family. We went to synagogue every Shabbat and on every major Jewish holiday. My family kept kosher and I had twelve years of yeshiva education. I learned how to read and write Hebrew fluently and I learned many Jewish...

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Answering to a Higher Authority: The Life and Legacy of Harold J. Berman
Author: Matt Sieger

Berman’s main contention is that law is a foundational principle of Western society that derives its moral and religious dimension from God as the first lawgiver.

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Yartzheit for the Cardinal
Author: Joshua Turnil

Jean-Marie Lustiger walked nervously up to the dais to preside over his first mass. The church was packed and the silence palpable. Just as the young priest was about to speak, someone from the crowd yelled, “Get the Jews out!” Lustiger’s reply broke the stunned...

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MAX JACOB
Author: Jews for Jesus

Max Jacob, an important French poet of the early 20th century, was born to Jewish parents in 1876. Also a painter, he lived in extreme poverty. Jacob met Pablo Picasso in 1901. They shared a studio and later lived three doors from each other in Paris. Jacob had a...

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Marcia, Jesus was a Jew; he came for the Jewish people. He came for you.
Author: Allison S.

Those words were spoken to my mother by my friend’s mother when I was nine years old, and while they made a distinct impression on me, it wasn’t until sixteen years later that I considered them in a personal way. I grew up in an upper middle-class,...

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Sally O’Connor: My Life in Story
May 19, 2006
Topics: our stories
Author: Sally O'Connor

My Life in Story I was born into a middle class, Jewish Amercian family, which would have made me a princess” except that my father was a florist, not a doctor. We celebrated almost all the traditional Jewish holidays in a superficial way. While I was taught...

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Moishe Rosen’s Story
May 2, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

Moishe Rosen’s Story I wasn’t looking for Jesus or God or anything ontological. I kept my nose to the grindstone. My goal in life was nothing big: I wanted to earn a good living and be able to afford a middle-class lifestyle. But even if I wasn’t...

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A Jewish Psychiatrist’s Views on the Meaning of Life
Author: Irving Wiesner

What’s behind two prominent psychiatrists’ opposing viewpoints on humanity’s raison d’etre.

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From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home
Author: Steve Wertheim

From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home My name is Steven Peter Wertheim. I was born August 3, 1951 in the Bronx, New York—but our family actually lived in the upper west side of Manhattan, where it seemed like everyone was either Jewish or...

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Janie-sue’s Story

My name is Janie-sue (Arotsky) Wertheim. I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1955. Both of my parents are Jewish. My dad managed the auto parts departments of various dealerships in New Haven and Ansonia. Growing up, I knew more about cars than a lot of boys my...

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In Her Own Words
Author: Renee Abend

Renee Abend wrote the following thoughts in 1997: As a child I listened to the prayers and reading from the Torah during a bar mitzvah service and thought it sounded beautiful. But what does it all mean?” I wondered. I always wanted to know more about God, but...

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Jews in Pakistan?!
January 1, 2005
Author: Karl deSouza

Jews in Pakistan?! There are Jews in Pakistan?!?” is the common reaction I get when I tell people I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. My father, a Catholic, was of Goan origin (Goa is a western province of India), and my mother comes from the Bene-Israel Jewish...

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Jay Sekulow: How a Jewish Lawyer from Brooklyn Came to Believe in Jesus
Author: Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow: How a Jewish Lawyer from Brooklyn Came to Believe in Jesus My Big Day at the Supreme Court I came to the courtroom early, before the proceedings began. The podium was adjustable, right? I lowered it. I’m five feet, seven and a half inches tall and...

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Jack Sternberg: A Jewish Oncologist’s Story
Author: Jack Sternberg

Jack Sternberg: A Jewish Oncologist's Story   If the condition spread to my left eye, I would be blind. My medical career would be over, and life as I knew it would cease. I was afraid — afraid and angry. I cursed God, figuring if he existed, he deserved it. I...

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Rich Robinson: Coming In Through the Back Door
Author: Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson: Coming In Through the Back Door Like many Jewish people, I was raised in a home where Jewishness was more cultural than religious. Our family celebrated Passover and Hanukkah at our home in Brooklyn, we went to the Temple on the High Holy Days, and...

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Bruce Hamovitz: A New Source of Strength
Author: Bruce Hamovitz

I used to visualize the number of ways I could hurt people. As a trained Kung Fu instructor on my way to becoming a master of the martial art, I would often ponder the most effective and efficient ways of defeating my sparring opponents…or anyone who threatened me....

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Hineni: Here Am I, God, But Where Are You?
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

A despairing Jewish drug counselor finds hope in an unlikely place.

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Not For Us
Author: Ellen Zaretsky

If I had remained in the city of my birth (Buffalo, New York) my neighbors, my friends and my surroundings would have been Jewish. But when I was six, my family moved South (of Buffalo, anyway) to a town called East Aurora, where the Jewish population numbered six: my...

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Dr. Richard Ganz: The Revival of a Rebel Jew
January 1, 2004
Topics: our stories

Dr. Richard Ganz: The Revival of a Rebel Jew   I spent my youth in a way that did not produce envy in my peers. Every afternoon, for five days a week, I studied the Hebrew Scriptures at Hebrew School. What a place to spend my youth, with Mr. Katz and with Mr. Bugatch!...

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My Father’s Secret, My Story
Author: Leah Weinstein

A Jewish woman stumbles across a biblical discovery her father made before he passed on.

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A Cactus Who Lost His Spikes
Author: Shlomy A

My name is Shlomy. I am a sabra (in Hebrew tsabar”), a native-born Israeli. Sabra is also the name of the Israeli cactus. I was once very much like that prickly cactus. I was born into a Jewish family and as a boy I loved all of the traditions. But when I was...

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The Defense Rests
Author: Bruce Nahin

I was sitting in Destiny II, an L.A. nightclub just around the corner from where I lived. Though it was a hotspot at night, during the day it was quiet. I often went there during the day to study for the bar exam. There was a comfy couch, and sometimes the janitor...

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They Gave Me Six Months to Live… 1-1/2 Years Ago
Author: Alan Glickman

: A Jewish man with emphysema finds comfort and strength in his Messiah.

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Meet Aaron Abramson
April 1, 2000
Topics: our stories
Author: Aaron Abramson

My parents, who are originally from Detroit, Michigan, found the Messiah through the Jesus Movement” in the early seventy’s. They solidified their commitment to Him some years later after moving to Seattle. Being the first of six kids I was always the...

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Losing All; Gaining All
Author: Ruth Horak

Losing All; Gaining All I was born in Czechoslovakia in 1935. Our family owned one of the largest textile factories in the Czech Republic. In 1940, when the Germans occupied this area, they first took the industrialists, and my father was sent to the Warsaw Ghetto. We...

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From the Desert to the Living Water: The Odyssey of a Tunisian Jew
Author: William Raccah

A secular, Tunisian Jew becomes convinced of the messiahship of Jesus.

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The ONLY way to know if Jesus is the Messiah
Author: Stephen Katz

The ONLY way to know if Jesus is the Messiah Rhetoric was a required course at the University of Illinois at Urbana and I was not a happy camper. As a Jewish kid from Chicago who considered Bob Dylan my idol, I found it difficult to reconcile being a no-name college...

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Ethiopian Odyssey
Author: Jews for Jesus

Africa.…Slowly the beat of your heart is transformed to the rhythmic call of a tribal drum. The setting sun bathes the land in molten gold, as a herd of antelope races across a plateau. You share their sense of urgency as darkness descends around you. Suddenly through...

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The Journey
Author: Alan Shore

A young Jewish man’s spiritual quest takes him around the globe but the truth he’s seeking takes him by surprise.

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A Jewish Believer and Atonement
Author: Louis Goldberg

An Orthodox-turned-agnostic Jew finds complete forgiveness for his sins.

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Out of the Flowing Water
Author: Garrett Smith

Out of the Flowing Water A Jewish boy in a Buddhist monastery? Or a church? Sounds crazy, right? Many years ago I would have agreed. My life was on such a different path. When my mother died of brain cancer, her death released a flood of conflicting emotions in me. I...

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In this World You Will Have Trouble…
Author: Daniel Botkin

While hard times are inevitable, some reflections on how God is ready to meet us personally.

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Wine for the Passover

A young Jew finds a personal exodus from his depression.

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Piecing it Together: A New York Jew Finds Peace

Piecing it Together: A New York Jew Finds Peace When you break a tooth, you go to a dentist. When your shoes need heels, you go to a shoemaker. When your hair is too long, you go to a barber. Such small problems are conveniently remedied, easily fixed. But what do you...

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Fiddler Over Wisconsin (circa 1904)
Author: Genevieve Cowan

Jewish settlers in the middle west were of German and Russian-Lithuanian descent. Milwaukee was the nucleus of Jewish life in Wisconsin, branching into small communities all over the state. The immigrants started as peddlers by wagon, to the farmers, next opening...

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My Story: A Jew from Iran Finds Shalom
Author: Jews for Jesus

My Story: A Jew from Iran Finds Shalom In the quiet of the night, with no one but my Creator to hear, I said, “God, if, this is not the truth about you, don’t be angry with me. Change my heart and show me if I am wrong; be my protector.” It was a cold, cold night yet...

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My Search for the Messiah or, Why Did God Make Mosquitos?
Author: Leland Gamson

We will camp here,” our scoutmaster told us, “by the lake.” Eagerly we set up camp by Lake Goshen in Virginia. I was 15 then and was with other experienced scouts. We should have known the still waters of Lake Goshen would be a perfect breeding...

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For Heaven’s Sake: A Jewish Astronomer’s Odyssey
Author: David Block

The year was 1969. The event had been advertised on the radio again and again. I arose at four o’clock in the morning and watched a blazing comet with utter awe, as its tail stretched across the eastern skies. My love affair with astronomy had begun. South...

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The Man in the White Robe
Author: Rose Becker

I was born in New York City in 1901 and brought up in the Jewish faith. By faith, I mean that I believed in God, having heard many Bible stories from my father who read to us and taught us Jewish history. And yet, when I asked Papa the many questions which children...

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He Makes Me Lie Down in Green Pastures
Author: Don Baker

Green pastures don’t just happen.” If ever you’ve walked over the rolling hills of Israel, you’ve noted that the ground is rocky, barren and brown. Lack of rain between May and October means that vegetation is either withered in the heat or...

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Frieda Zuckerman’s Christmas

In our home, as in most Jewish homes, we had a mezuzah on our doorpost. I stood before it and asked God, if he really existed, to explain these things to me.

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The Sulha: Reconciliation in the Middle East
Author: Ilan Zamir

The policeman gaped at me, unable to suppress his astonishment. “Man, that’s dangerous what you want to do. You can get into serious trouble. You’re an Israeli Jew and these people you want to meet are Arabs on the West Bank.…” I knew he meant...

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My Journey: From Beatnik to Hippie to Jesus

I am a child of the ’60s, with all the images that implies. Beyond that, I am a Jew. People today want to be known for how they stand out, not how they fit in; yet, my individuality cannot be separated from the ethnic background which gave it birth. I grew up in...

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Why Are You So Angry?
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

My father was a first generation North American. He grew up in Canada in a home heavily accented with the culture and customs of Eastern Europe, and a Jewry which was quickly shedding the religious orthodoxy of the Old World. He certainly didn’t believe in...

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Remembering Ida
Author: Madeline Prato

My great-grandfatther’s name was Louis Reiner, but we always called him Zayde Leib. He was a tall, handsome man who had served as a soldier in Europe, but spent most of his life as a cobbler—a maker and designer of boots. His marriage to Becky Mendelovich,...

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It Runs in the Family
Author: Ruth Rosen

Harry, come to bed. Harry, she doesn’t want to talk about it.” My grandmother was such a good natured woman; I think that was the first time in my 11 years I had ever seen her the slightest bit annoyed. My grandfather never raised an eyebrow. He continued...

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Through Their Eyes

When I think about my family tree, my thoughts turn first to my grandmother. I was a little girl when she died, so most of what I know about her is from stories my mother told me. Bubbe was a small woman; her heavy, rimless glasses all but covered her face. Whenever I...

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Seasons of Discovery
Author: Lori Baron

I climbed into the hardwood seat, which was padded with a green velvet cushion. Then I tilted my head back ’til I could feel the strain in my neck. This was the best way to view the immense beauty of our synagogue. I was 5 years old, and fascinated by the vast...

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If You Ever Need a Savior . . .
Author: Art Bernstein

Having witnessed Jesus’ power to answer prayer and change lives, I have concluded that he is who he claims—the Jewish Messiah who provided the atoning sacrifice for sin—and that his promises to those believing him are real.

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What One Rabbi Discovered
Author: Jews for Jesus

In a small town in eastern Hungary, young Leopold Cohn lost both of his parents at the age of seven. His life became a struggle for existence, and he learned to trust in God with all of his heart. At 13 he decided to study to become a rabbi, and when he graduated from...

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Anatomy of a Conversion
December 1, 1986
Topics: our stories
Author: Larry Brandt

We Jews for Jesus often go to great lengths to bring the gospel to our Jewish brethren. We prepare diligently and offer carefully thought-out arguments for the reasonableness of our faith in Yeshua. Sometimes when we don’t see instant results we are tempted to...

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Heaven Wanted to Wait!
Author: Milton Kohut

I should have died. At 2:45 p.m. on May 25, 1979, Flight 191 lifted off the runway at O’Hare International Airport. Within minutes the jumbo DC-10, headed from Chicago to Los Angeles and crammed to capacity with 273 passengers and personnel, plunged to earth in...

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A Russian Doctor
Author: Charles Colson

No reporters have visited the prison camps of Soviet Russia, unless they have gone as prisoners. So to this day we have little information about the millions who have lived, suffered, and died there, especially during Stalin’s reign of terror. Most will remain...

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Story of Clara Rubin
Author: Clara Rubin

My parents came from Russia to the United States in 1911. My mother used to tell me stories of the atrocities and pogroms suffered by our people there at Passover time. A gentile child would be hidden, and we Jews would be accused of killing him and using his blood to...

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God Knew
March 1, 1986
Topics: our stories
Author: David Brickner

The view was breathtaking. Lush pine forests covered the mountainsides and disappeared into distant valleys below. A sheer rock face of reddish hue stretched upward toward snow-capped peaks that glistened in a sunny, cobalt-blue sky. It was a beautiful but treacherous...

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We’re Glad You Asked
November 1, 1985
Topics: our stories
Author: Jews for Jesus

QUESTION: I recently heard a speaker down here in Charlotte, North Carolina, who suggested that the Holocaust never really happened. In view of what six million Jews and other innocent people suffered at the hand of the Nazis, I find this very distressing and wonder...

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An Interview With Holocaust Survivor Dr. Vera Schlamm
Author: Jews for Jesus

An Interview With Holocaust Survivor Dr. Vera Schlamm Ed. note: Dr. Vera Schlamm spent her childhood in Nazi Germany and Holland. Her early youth—the days when most girls are beginning to date—was spent trying to survive on tiny morsels of food while in Bergen-Belsen....

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The Faith of My Fathers
Author: Loren Jacobs

Perhapss Moses Maimonides grew up in a Jewish home steeped in faith. I didn’t. In the several generations since we left Russia for America, my family had departed from any deep faith in the God of Israel and His Word. Growing up in Chicago in the 1960’s, I...

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Coming Home

Born in post-World War II Germany of Polish holocaust survivors, my longing to find an earthly place I could call home began early in life. My parents, victims of Hitler’s atrocities, had been thrust from their homes and forced to find new ones. Germany was for...

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A Song with Purpose
Author: Joel Kleinbaum

I can’t remember my exact age, but I was sitting in a synagogue service that was designed especially for children (ages four and up). It was Rosh Hashannah and the reader spoke the words, Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy...

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Rumor Control
May 1, 1985
Topics: our stories
Author: Janet Chaiet

I was handing out our gospel broadsides on Madison and La Salle Streets in the heart of the business district of the Chicago Loop.” The nickname “Windy City” was once again proving to be all too appropriate, and pedestrians were scurrying about,...

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God Has Not Rejected the Jews
March 1, 1985
Topics: our stories
Author: Loren Jacobs

Have you ever heard someone say, The Jews rejected Christ, so God has rejected the Jews”? That statement contradicts the teaching of Scripture. In the 11th chapter of Romans, starting with verse one, the Apostle Paul gives a seven-fold rebuttal of this...

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The Faith of the Second Generation
Author: Larry Rich

My parents were both Russian born Jews who emigrated to the United States during their teens. They met and were married in Chicago, and although both had been raised in Orthodox families, they spent the first twelve years of their married life in a fairly nonreligious...

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I Needed a Better Explanation

As I grew up, every Friday night my family would gather about the table. Mother lit the Sabbath candles. It was a special tradition, not for religious reasons, but because it was time we spent together. My brother and I learned of the holidays and traditions through...

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Preparing for Armageddon
Author: Jews for Jesus

The following is a true account by an Israeli woman who received a call-up order” from the army. For reasons of security her name has been withheld.   The letter, which had arrived a month in advance, was couched in military terms of “call-up order,”...

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One Coincidence Too Many
Author: Matt Sieger

It was January 1976 and I was sitting in the university clinic waiting for a doctor. Woozy from a bout of mononucleosis, I had just wobbled in from the arctic gusts and glacial snowdrifts of an upstate New York winter, and had taken my seat among the other coughing,...

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Facts Are Facts
Author: Jeff Fritz

I am by profession an electrical engineer. I was trained to rely on scientific data. I learned that facts were facts, theories were theories and all else was either unknown or hocus-pocus. There was not much room for the unexplained or the miraculous—only analytical...

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Ner Tamid

The memories of one’s childhood combine to form a picture either sweeter or perhaps more bitter than what is warranted by the real experience. Yet, except for time-worn photographs, a parent’s dusty recollections, or maybe more luckily, a diary that was...

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Through Death’s Door: and Back!
Author: Lyn Mann

Through Death’s Door—and Back! by Lyn Mann This article originally appeared in ISSUES 3:3 I was a very fortunate person. I had a loving husband, children who were a source of joy and satisfaction, a beautiful home, a profession as a teacher who loved teaching....

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The “Man” of My Dreams
Author: Rose Becker

Years ago, it must have been about 1942 or ’43, I was sleeping and I experienced what I thought was a dream. I dreamed I was being chased by a giant-sized man. I was running over hills and mountains: he was chasing me with a sickle. I ran and ran until I...

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Bas Mitzvah
Author: Sandra Gerstein

At last! The Sabbath eve of my long anticipated Bas Mitzvah! More than the culmination of months of study, it was a step toward maturity. As I waited on the bimah during the Friday evening service, I savored the exciting thought that in just a few short moments I...

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Son of Commandment
Author: Bob Mendelsohn

I remember being nervous. My mouth felt dry, and the palms of my hands were sticky with sweat. I had just completed a whole year of intensive training to prepare me for just these next few hours. Would I remember my speech, the only part I was to present in English?...

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The Chain
Author: Zhava Glaser

Seventeen pairs of eyes looked to me to teach them the Hebrew language as I continued the chain of tradition. I grew up in Argentina, but I felt that I was a member of a worldwide Jewish community. Yet I had a particular perspective of what it meant to be Jewish. I...

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If I Forget You, O Jerusalem
Author: Jhan Moskowitz

I’ll never forget the very first time I stood before the Western Wall in the ancient city of Jerusalem. I was seventeen years old and had just finished my first year in college. It was the summer of 1967. I had come to Israel as a volunteer along with thousands...

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The First Impressions of Israel, As Told By a Jewish Christian
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

The wings of the TWA jetliner lifted and dipped as we made our final approach over the coast of Israel. I could see a mixture of sand dunes, scrub oak and faded cement structures. Houses quickly gave way to massive apartment buildings, which in turn blended into the...

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Our Roots: A Question of Jewish Allegiance
Author: Avi Brickner

On occasion I have been told by some of my fellow Jews that my open profession of faith in Jesus of Nazareth as Israel’s Messiah marks me as a traitor to my people. Once I accompanied a friend who also believes in Jesus to the office of a prominent rabbi in our...

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My Jewish Family Album
Author: Leah Brickner

One of the greatest desires of my parents was that I should know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and love Him. From my earliest childhood, I remember my parents’ love for God and for His people, Israel. When I was very young they began to read to me the...

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Not Even A Minyon
Author: Ellen Zaretsky

When I was six years old, my world changed. If I had remained in the city of my birth, Buffalo, New York, my neighbors, my friends, my surroundings, my culture, most associations would have been Jewish in the way that my parents’ and their parents’...

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The Parable of the Three Rings
Author: Jews for Jesus

When I was a child growing up in New York City, some of my playmates in the neighborhood were of different religious backgrounds. Some were Protestant; some were Catholic. I wasn’t quite sure what the differences between the religions were. My friends seemed to be interested in the same sports I was, went to the same schools I did, and had the same difficulties in their studies. But, when the holidays arrived, each of us celebrated different ones. So, I approached my father and asked him what the difference was between what we believed and what my friends believed. He began to tell me the story of the three rings.

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How Big Is Your God?
Author: Ceil Rosen

From the time I was old enough to understand anything, I believed in God. He was a big omniscient Jewish Grandfather in the sky who could fix everything and make it right if He chose. I knew He was there because I often heard my mother talking to Him in Yiddish. If...

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Would God Forgive?
Author: Amy Rabinovitz

It was Yom Kippur. I was twelve, and I was fasting for the first time. I woke up early that morning, feeling especially holy and begging my parents to hurry and get dressed. I wanted to be in synagogue to spend the day praying and fasting like other Jews. We sat side...

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When the Messiah Comes…
Author: Barry Rubin

  Oftentimes, Jews who come to believe in Jesus are told by their unbelieving families, “If you’d only known more about Judaism, if you’d only studied your own religion, you never would have come to believe this way.” My parents never said that...

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What Happened When I Read a Forbidden Book

I was no longer able to discount the New Testament as “someone else’s religion,” for it spoke directly to the dry and barren areas of need in my life. My animosity toward Jesus had been replaced with respect, then love, and finally faith.

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A Yom Kippur Prayer
Author: Jews for Jesus

Synagogue is hardly the scene to begin a story about believing in Jesus, but it was there my questions started. The somber strains of Kol Nidre still lingered in my mind from the night before. Captured almost mystically in the walls and windows, they reminded me of...

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Then I Met Messiah: Ceil Rosen’s Story
January 1, 1978
Topics: our stories
Author: Ceil Rosen

Then I Met Messiah: Ceil Rosen's Story It was New Year’s Eve, 1951. As I reached for a drinking glass in the shelf-lined pantry of our cold-water flat, I glanced out of the tiny window at the midnight sky. The light of one star in the southwest dazzled me with...

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Shoutout Playlist
January 1, 1970
Topics: our stories
Author: Jews for Jesus

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