Melissa Moskowitz | Los Angeles

Young Adult Ministry

Melissa Moskowitz has been a part of Jews for Jesus since 1976. She was born and raised in the Bronx and came to believe in Jesus while in college. Throughout her 40 years of service with the ministry, she's had the opportunity to use her giftings in youth and young adult work; in publications; through photography; and for the past 16 years in young adult ministry. Currently living on the west side of Los Angeles (to be closer to her grandson), Melissa maintains a monthly Shabbat fellowship for young adults and other events for the LA young adult community. A new initiative for the LA branch that Melissa is spearheading is ArtShareCollective/LA, a visionary community of Jewish believing artists who desire to use their creativity for the Gospel.

What Is a Cult?
March 14, 2018
Topics: false teachers

Is there a difference between a cult and a religious sect of Christianity, for example? Where do Messianic Judaism and Jews for Jesus fit in? Read on here.

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Authentic Jewish Bubba’s Honey Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook)
May 22, 2017

Authentic Jewish Bubba’s Honey Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook) 3 eggs 2 C sugar 1 C brown sugar, packed 1 16 oz honey, slightly warmed (clover honey is good) ½ C cold, strong coffee 1 C peanut oil 1 tsp vanilla 5 ½ C flour, sifted 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp...

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Apple Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook)
May 18, 2017

Apple Cake (from the Jews for Jesus Cookbook) 3 eggs 1 ¼ C vegetable oil (safflower or corn—no canola, it’s fake) 1 ¾ C sugar 3 C sifted flour 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp vanilla ¾ tsp salt 3 C diced apples (Granny Smith & Gravenstein are the best) 1 C chopped...

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Marc Chagall and Jesus

Marc Chagall’s extensive repertoire of artwork, in which Jesus and the crucifixion is the central subject, assuredly begs the question: “What’s a nice Jewish boy like you doing painting a nice Jewish boy like him?” The artist’s...

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Jewish ‘Green’ Architecture

The world is meant to decay, or perhaps, is destined for it. Even the best and most qualified efforts to sustain our environment must be tempered by the realization that sustainability will not bring permanence.

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If You Feed Them, They Will Come

When we think about serving God we often imagine going here or there to meet people, or to do projects. It is easy to overlook one of the best resources that many of us have for serving Him: our homes. Hospitality is becoming rare in our fast-tracked, Blackberry,...

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Food and Jewish Life

All people eat, but for Jewish people eating is an event! What holiday would be complete without food? Even Yom Kippur ends with a break fast. Food provides sustenance, strength and a sense of nurture, and even helps bring meaning and sanctity to Jewish life and...

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Young Jewish Adult Ministry: Is it all Greek to You?

Shortly before this edition of Havurah went to press, a co-worker read the copy, including the lead article I’d written and said to me, You know, Melissa, your article and advice on young adult ministry are good, but for the lead, it might be good to let a young...

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Keeper of Israel: Reflections on Psalm 121

Imagine that early this morning you and some of your friends left the comfort of your homes to begin a long and often arduous journey. Underfoot, stones invade your sandals; you and your friends must watch for larger ones that could threaten your balance. As you walk,...

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God’s Appointments
June 1, 2004

I was fighting disappointment, having realized my Christ in the Passover presentation was not to be for the entire congregation, but only for the children in the confirmation class. I like teaching children, but I also wanted to win the friendship of some of the...

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You Never Know!
January 1, 2004

In the midst of all of life’s difficulties lately, I have had the most amazing reminder of how much God orders the days of our lives. For years I have wondered about my childhood friends. I have completely lost track of everyone from high school or before. They...

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Zayde
Topics: poetry

Zayde You used to call me Shayna maidele, your pretty one As you bounced me on your knee. Oh, your grey beard scared me so! Zayde Did you know I looked In your dresser drawer and found the cherry drops. They were for me, weren’t they? Zayde I can still feel Your...

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Two Walls
Topics: poetry

In his hands, he folds the note, Smaller and smaller The words he’d found so hard to write The question he’d found so hard to ask His feet move slowly Towards the stones touched by holy men Black coats, black hats, gray beards these begin to fill his eyes....

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A Sidebar from September

I’m putting together this edition of Havurah in late October with the images and impact of September 11, the war in Afghanistan and bio-terrorism at home fresh on my mind. Our very own Jews for Jesus office in Toronto was the recipient of a letter with some...

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Meet the Parent: Paul

As we take a closer look at the issue of discipleship in this edition of Havurah, we can gain insight from reading about the Apostle Paul’s relationship with those whom he mentored. Expressions revealing the heart of a spiritual parent are scattered throughout...

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Ethiopia

  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, the daughter of My dispersed ones, shall bring My offering” Zephaniah 3:10 It is best to have no expectations when visiting Ethiopia and it is vital to arrive there with a very open mind. Ethiopia is a...

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Something Keeps Me Wanting to Hear
Topics: family issues

I asked David*, an unsaved Jewish man we’ve befriended through our Skokie office, to meet with me. David’s sister Susan* is a believer. I told him that this issue of Havurah was about encouraging Jewish believers to keep sharing their faith with their...

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A Holy Appointment

Worship is like the wind. Sometimes it appears as a gentle breeze. Other times it appears with great power and might. The wind can lift us up, propel us forward and refresh us. We can approach the wind with wonder and awe or as something that is an everyday part of...

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On Faith and Creativity

Although this is only the second issue of Havurah, we’ve already begun a tradition: Each edition will feature an article about what’s happening in the Messianic Jewish art world. At this rate—if the Lord tarries—Havurah will need to be published well into...

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