Avi Snyder | Budapest

Missionary Director

Avi Snyder is a veteran missionary and director of the European work of Jews for Jesus. He pioneered Jews for Jesus’ ministry in the former Soviet Union, before launching works in both Germany and Hungary. He will share with you what is happening in Jewish evangelism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Avi received his theological training at Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children, Leah, Joel and Liz.

Why Are the Jewish People Called the “Chosen People?”
Author: Avi Snyder

When God in the Hebrew Scriptures refers to the Jewish people as chosen, he’s saying that he selected them to serve a specific purpose and to carry out a particular task. So what is it we were set apart to do?

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No Coincidences
September 22, 2015
Author: Avi Snyder

A seemingly random encounter turns out to be anything but!

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Ever Again
Author: Avi Snyder

 The Jewish people have always had opponents, because God’s plans have always had an opponent, one whom the Scriptures call the adversary. 

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The Results are Worth the Risks
June 17, 2014
Author: Avi Snyder

Modern day Nazis are among the various kinds of opposition we face when standing for Jesus publicly. But great opportunities crop up when we stand our ground.

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The Innocent Victim
Author: Avi Snyder

For Jews in some parts of the world, suffering has been an especially intimate part of life.Havurah asked three Jewish believers, from Eastern Europe, France, and Israel, to reflect on Jesus and Jewish suffering. Judit believes in the existence of sin. She’s...

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What the Holocaust proves
March 11, 2014
Author: Avi Snyder

This bonus article from our European director may be controversial, but it could also shed light on a very disturbing topic

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Son of SS officer shares platform with son of Holocaust survivor
Author: Avi Snyder

Son of SS officer shares platform with son of Holocaust survivor

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Can We Forgive?  Can We be Forgiven?
December 18, 2013
Topics: forgiveness
Author: Avi Snyder

Throughout Europe, January 27 has become a solemn day to mark the liberation of Auschwitz, one of the most notorious Nazi death camps. When we remember the crimes against my people and against all humanity that were committed in that place, two haunting questions come to mind. "Can we forgive? Can we be forgiven?"

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Life from the Dead
Author: Avi Snyder

There are a number of cities throughout Europe that need to hear the gospel from Jewish lips specifically because of what happened to us there. Three of these cities are Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest. Maybe you can already see the historical thread that connects these...

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Life from the Dead
April 4, 2012
Author: Avi Snyder

The Apostle Paul explained how Israel’s initial rejection of her Messiah led to the message of salvation being brought to the world (Romans 11:11). But Paul also looked forward to the future redemption of Israel: “if their rejection be the reconciliation...

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Variations on the Freedom Theme…
March 1, 2010
Author: Avi Snyder

Passover, the Feast of Redemption, is a great time to focus on God’s saving power.  But what does that freedom mean after we’ve been saved?  Following you will see two very different aspects of the freedom theme, as one of our missionaries passes on a...

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What Are We Chosen For, Anyway?
October 26, 2009
Author: Avi Snyder

Mordecai and I had agreed to meet in order to “exchange our points of view.” But both of us knew what we really meant by that phrase: each of us was intent on changing the other one’s mind. I wanted to tell him about my faith in Y’shua, and Mordecai wanted to tell me about the joys of living an Orthodox Jewish life.

“Avi, Avi, Avi,” Mordecai moaned. “I look at you, and I see such a tragedy. You’re like a man who went searching for treasure. But instead of looking in your own back yard, you decided to dig in the gentiles’ yards. Whatever you think you’ve found, it can’t compare with the beauty of what you’ve left behind.” He drew in a mournful breath, then let out a sigh. “”Come back, Avi. You’re one of God’s chosen. Come back…”

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HaTikvah
June 1, 2009
Author: Avi Snyder

Are you familiar with the word in the title of this article? HaTikvah is the contemporary Hebrew for the hope.” It is also the title of the Israeli national anthem. Ironically, these days don’t seem very hopeful to many Israelis, or to many others for that...

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Should I Not Have Compassion
July 28, 2008
Topics: moishes musings
Author: Avi Snyder

In times past, we have sometimes offered advice on witnessing by publishing a “What do I say when they say?” column. We’ve also invited our readers to submit their questions in that form.

As Moishe has mused over one reader’s questions, he revised the format slightly in order to give a more meaningful answer. So, instead of “What do I say . . .” we’ll look at “What should I understand when my friend says . . .”

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Not Everyone Rejoiced When Jesus was Born
December 1, 2006
Topics: moishes musings
Author: Avi Snyder

I have been exchanging e-mails with an Orthodox Jewish man named Mikhail, who regards my faith in Yeshua as blasphemous. He sees Jesus as a false prophet, and he looks upon me as one who worships other gods.” By way of contrast, I’m also e-mailing another...

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Jesus and the Shoah
August 1, 2005
Author: Avi Snyder

There has been quite a bit in the media about the Shoah (also spelled Shoa) or Holocaust in the past several months. January was the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In May, there were many news stories and programs commemorating the end of the Second...

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Operation Behold Your God
Author: Avi Snyder

Imagine this: Jewish people throughout the world hearing the gospel in terms they can understand—maybe even for the first time! Between March 2001 and October 2005, Jews for Jesus plans to launch an outreach in every city worldwide that has a Jewish population of...

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Will A Voice Be Heard?
August 1, 1997
Author: Avi Snyder

Before perestroika, the church in Russia stood firm in the face of severe persecution. While perseverance and purity were emphasized over open proclamation, a witness still went forth. Non-believers heard the gospel, repented, and joined the family of God. In fact,...

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A Passover in Russia
April 1, 1997
Author: Avi Snyder

The evening before, all of us had participated in a public Passover seder demonstration that the Moscow station of Jews For Jesus hosted in a local movie theater. Now it was the traditional second seder night,” and our family of staff and volunteers gathered in...

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Lightning Rods for Yeshua
September 1, 1996
Author: Avi Snyder

Not long ago, a pastor from an American church spent two weeks with the Moscow-based Jews for Jesus team. One afternoon while he and I rode the Moscow Metro together, I noticed that he was captivated by the expressions of some of our fellow travelers who had caught...

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Jesus Loves Felix Melstein
March 1, 1996
Author: Avi Snyder

I began the staff meeting in Moscow with a quiet announcement. I have good news. Felix Melstein won’t be opposing our efforts in Odessa any more.” I held out an article from an Odessa newspaper that carried the news of our leading opponent’s...

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My Friend, the Enemy; My Enemy, the Friend
December 1, 1993
Author: Avi Snyder

Ginny is a friend of the Jewish people. She was raised in California but now lives in Moscow. She is a Gentile for Jesus. Every week Ginny and one or two others stand near the Israeli embassy and offer evangelistic literature to Jewish people who come to inquire about...

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Impasses and Absolutes
August 1, 1993
Author: Avi Snyder

Tell me, Avi, Arnold asked, “has anyone ever threatened to kill you because of who you are?” He wasn’t asking out of morbid curiosity, nor was he inquiring about dangers I might have encountered as a missionary with Jews for Jesus. He wasn’t...

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News from the C.I.S.: Laborers for the Harvest
May 1, 1993
Author: Avi Snyder

If you’re not planning to use the information we’re giving you, then you’ve wasted your time, and you’ve wasted our time—and you know what? We Jews for Jesus don’t like to waste time!” It was not the kind of statement one might...

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Heavenly Relationships
May 1, 1991
Author: Avi Snyder

Lynn and I had decided to meet on campus during a break between her classes. I noticed something,” she said. “When you talk about God, a lot of times you use two different analogies. Either you give examples about a father and his children, or you talk...

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Don’t Ask!
Author: Avi Snyder

He shook his head slowly, sadly. How could you do that?” he asked. “How could you believe in Jesus?” The man was staring at me with remorse and bewilderment. So I stopped handing out my literature for a moment, paused and said, “He’s the...

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A Waste? Hardly!
March 1, 1990
Author: Avi Snyder

The young man stopped while I was distributing the gospel literature we call broadsides. He said that he too was a believer in Yeshua. While I am always grateful when a brother or sister in the Lord stops to exchange a word of greeting, I could tell from his look that...

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Not Pretty as a Picture
December 1, 1989
Author: Avi Snyder

I don’t object to the pictures on holiday greeting cards. There’s something very serene about the way most of the Nativity scenes are depicted. But there’s something a bit inaccurate about all that serenity. The prettier the picture of Yeshua’s...

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Why Jail?
March 1, 1989
Author: Avi Snyder

My wife Ruth called the office. Do you know if you’ll be coming home tonight for dinner, or do you think you’ll be arrested? she asked. “I don’t know,” I answered. “I hope I’ll be home. But if not, you’ll get a...

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How to Plan a Rosh Hashanah Service
September 1, 1988
Author: Avi Snyder

It’s almost Rosh Hashanah, 1988. (That’s 5749 in the Jewish calendar.) I remember last year when Rosh Hashanah was just a couple of weeks away. All of us in the Los Angeles branch of Jews for Jesus were looking ahead to the special service we were...

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Losing Through Intimidation
August 1, 1988
Author: Avi Snyder

I was supposed to be intimidated. After all, his voice had a definite note of menace to it. If you continue to hand out those pamphlets of yours on campus, then I’m going to have my people take counter measures,” he said. “What kind of counter...

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The Miracles of Passover
April 1, 1988
Author: Avi Snyder

At Passover we Jews sing a special song called Dayenu!” That’s Hebrew for “It is sufficient,” or “It is enough for us!” This joyous song recounts the miracles God performed on our behalf as he redeemed us with a mighty hand and an...

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Three Vital Words
February 1, 1988
Author: Avi Snyder

One day I saw a man jogging in the park. He was wearing a sweat shirt with a printed message on the back: Jesus died. Jesus rose.” I remember thinking at the time, “Nice, but not entirely correct.” Jesus did not only die and rise from the dead. Jesus...

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Spiritual Eating Habits
July 1, 1987
Author: Avi Snyder

We have all heard it said. Maybe we have even said it ourselves. That sermon really fed me,” or, “I. certainly got fed at that Bible study.” And how does that classic hymn go? “Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.…” Many, if not...

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Have Broadsides, Will Travel
February 1, 1987
Author: Avi Snyder

Broadsides We Jews for Jesus like airports—not merely for the purpose of travel, but also for the purpose of evangelism. Where else can you find such a cross-current of people from around the country and from around the world! That was very much the case at the Los...

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And the Walls Came A-Tumblin’ Down
October 1, 1986
Author: Avi Snyder

Almost everyone knows the story of the battle of Jericho. And with just a bit of spiritual liberty, we could say that there is much about the conquering of Jericho that relates to our lives as believers in Yeshua. For example, we could say that those walls are like...

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Keeping the Right Perspective
May 1, 1986
Author: Avi Snyder

When Messiah comes…” That phrase has been part of our Jewish culture—part of our Jewish way of thinking—for thousands of years. Sometimes it is said with sincere hope, and other times it is said tongue-in-cheek, designating a time reference just the other side...

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Brilliant Minds and Broken Hearts
September 1, 1985
Author: Avi Snyder

Look,” Eva said. “I listen to all these people on the radio-smart people. Smarter than you or me, boychik.* So if Yeshua is the Messiah, why don’t all the smart people believe in him?” I shrugged. “Maybe for the same reason that Aristotle...

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When God Asks What,” Don’t Tell Him “Why
August 1, 1985
Author: Avi Snyder

We all know the biblical account. Adam and Eve hear the sound of the Lord walking in the garden, but because they’ve sinned, they decide to hide. God finds them out—naturally! He asks, Did you eat what I told you not to eat?” Adam’s reply? First he...

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A Father’s Love
July 1, 1985
Author: Avi Snyder

God doesn’t hate!” the young man declared. We had been discussing how God could hate the sin in our lives while he still loved us, the sinners. “God doesn’t hate,” he repeated. “‘Hate’ is too strong a word. Maybe there...

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Service and Self-Interest
April 1, 1985
Topics: poetry
Author: Avi Snyder

A popular hymn capsulizes the essence of Mark 10:44 by exhorting, If you want to be great in God’s kingdom, learn to be the servant of all.” It’s a lovely song and the words are so true. So why don’t we take them more seriously? Servanthood is...

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Dayenu at Yom Kippur
Author: Avi Snyder

Dayenu” on Yom Kippur? Whoever heard of such a thing! We sing, “Dayenu” at Passover, not on the Day of Atonement. But in one sense, Dayenu is appropriate on Yom Kippur. Dayenu is a Hebrew word which means, “It is sufficient for us; it is...

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Paul: Apostle or Apostate
Author: Avi Snyder

In the past several decades, a particular program of reclamation has been undertaken by the Jewish people. It does not involve the rejuvenation of the land, nor the replanting of trees. Instead, it is the reclamation of one whom many regard as Israel’s greatest...

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From The Old To The New
November 1, 1979
Author: Avi Snyder

I caught a glimpse of the young woman as she entered the fellowship hall next to the church after our presentation had already begun . Quietly, she took a seat in the back and watched attentively as we (the New Jerusalem Players) gave our Gospel presentation. There...

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God Makes The Difference
August 1, 1979
Author: Avi Snyder

I was handing out tracts on a college campus in Virginia , when a young man approached me. “I’m the president of Hillel (a Jewish campus organization),” he said. I smiled and asked, “What’s your name?” “Michael,” he...

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