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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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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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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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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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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