Bob Mendelsohn | Sydney

Branch Leader

Bob Mendelsohn is the leader of Jews for Jesus' work in Sydney, Australia. He grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Kansas City, but became a college drop-out when he decided to look for the meaning of life in the counterculture of the '60s. He found meaning and relevance in Jesus which caused him much trouble at home. But he says, "it was worth the cost." Bob has worked for Jews for Jesus since 1979, and served as the leader of our work in Washington DC and New York City before moving to Sydney in 1998. Bob and his wife Patty both graduated from the University of Kansas and Fuller Seminary. The Mendelsohns live in Sydney near their son. Their two daughters and two grandsons live in the US. Their son has a son and is expecting another in 2019.

Christmas and the Jewish People
December 21, 2015
Author: Bob Mendelsohn

The Jews and Jesus… Christmas concerns. Jews and Jesus seem to live in two different worlds. They appear to be representing two different religions.

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Passover: The Season of Our Redemption
Topics: passover, yom kippur
Author: Bob Mendelsohn

We have just celebrated Pesach. Melodies such as “Chad gadya, chad gadya” and the smells of bubbe’s matzo ball soup reminded us that once again the calendar pages had arrived at the 14th of Nisan: a time to remember our deliverance—a time to recall...

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The Bad Samaritan
August 1, 1987
Author: Bob Mendelsohn

Once upon a time there was a woman of Samaria. (In the land of the Bible of Jesus’ day, Samaritans were second-class citizens, and a Samaritan who was also a woman was not exactly a person of honor.) This particular woman was an especially bad Samaritan. In...

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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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