Stephen Katz | Washington DC

North American Director

Stephen's grandparents immigrated to America from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, ultimately settling in the Chicago area. As a boy, Stephen enjoyed sports and excelled in school. In his high school years he began to question the values he had been raised with, and instead of focusing on academics, began to spend all his time playing guitar and harmonica. Over the next few years he searched for answers to his many questions about life, eventually becoming a follower of Yeshua. Three weeks after receiving his bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Illinois, he got married and began to work with abused and neglected youth in a residential treatment center in Chicago, which he did for 10 years (taking one year out to live on a kibbutz in Israel). He received his master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois in 1984. He and his young family attended a messianic congregation for 13 years, where Stephen served as the worship leader. In 1989, Stephen began missionary training with Jews for Jesus and now serves as North American Director. For 12 years he oversaw our work in Israel and still continues to be involved with our work there. Laura and he have four children, three of whom are married. He received a master's degree in intercultural and Jewish studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1997. Stephen is known to be a warm-hearted and engaging teacher and a good listener.

Yeshua, Yom Kippur And You
Topics: yom kippur, fasting
Author: Stephen Katz

Yom Kippur can be somewhat of a conundrum to Jewish believers in Yeshua. Do we fast and confess our sins like the rest of the Jewish community or do we rejoice in the knowledge that we’re forgiven in Messiah? I remember my first Yom Kippur as a new believer. I...

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Hinei Ma Tov
Author: Stephen Katz

Three congregations stand firmly on the solid rock of God’s Word. The first is the Spit And Be Healed Congregation.” Yeshua healed a blind man by spitting on his eyes, so they base their congregational life on that practice. The second is the “Touch...

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Tribute to the Real Hero
Topics: purim
Author: Stephen Katz

There I stood, “Super Mordechai,” in my red-dyed long underwear, sporting a cape and a big “M” emblazoned on my thermal undershirt. I’m not sure if the costume shaped my understanding of Purim or vice versa, but for most of my life I have...

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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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Two Men Who Lived Life Well Finish the Course: More Winners in Heaven—Part One
November 1, 1995
Author: Stephen Katz

When Moishe Rosen heard that Charles Feinberg was in a Bay Area nursing home, he asked me to schedule regular visits with him. I am grateful that he did, for in Dr. Charles Feinberg I found a lasting role model of faith. As we visited, I grew to love Dr. Feinberg. We...

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Mice in the Cookie Jar
November 1, 1994
Author: Stephen Katz

Almost every time I speak at a church, Christians come up and thank me for helping to clarify the Jewish roots of their faith or for giving them ideas on how to witness to their Jewish friends. But at one church I sadly found a set of different responses. It was a...

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