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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If You Make Brisket, They Will Come
September 11, 2015

When you think of past High Holidays celebrations, what do you remember most? Chances are, it’s your stomach that possesses the best memory.

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More artful outreach… NYC!
May 22, 2015

People, Art, Heart: a report on artful outreach in New York City.

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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 preoccupation with Jesus as a symbol of Jewish suffering and deliverance provides much fuel for discussion from both…

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Jewish ‘Green’ Architecture

Will it Redeem Our World? “… seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7). The greatest of all architects was not Frank Lloyd Wright, but God. His creation was intended to…

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We Had Questions…Oy! So Many Good Answers!

This was the most fun article to put together, because it’s all about YOU! We recognize that not all of our Havurah readers worship at a Messianic congregation, or live so far out in Yennevelt that they don’t have the option. Many in our Messianic family have chosen to worship in local churches and have…

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Massah: a Journey in Faith
July 1, 2011

Last summer marked the fourth year of our Massah program. “Massah” means “journey” in Hebrew. Our team of twelve young adults plus four leaders gathered from all over the United States (and one from Mexico City) and journeyed to Jaffa, a city on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. We lived in a guesthouse for six…

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Recent and Recommended

Book Title: Empty Bottle Moments: Cooking With Clive Author: Clive Berkman Date Published: March 1, 2009 Publisher: Baxter Press (Cooking with Clive) Genre: Celebrities & TV Shows ISBN: 978-1888237719 Reviewer: Melissa Moskowitz Most cookbooks begin with a table of contents to whet the appetite for the recipes within. Clive Berkman’s cookbook starts with the tale…

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Mushroom Barley Soup
Topics: recipes

If you are entertaining ushpizin for Sukkot here is a tasty treat they’re sure to love. This recipe debuted in Melissa Moskowitz’s Jews for Jesus Family Cookbook and appeared with many other holiday offerings in David Brickner’s Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles.

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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, blueberry, iPod, takeout dinner world. However, at…

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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 adult raise the issues.” And so,…

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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 adults in the congregation for our ministry. Little did I…

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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, you glance to the right and to 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 were all Jewish and I’ve wondered about…

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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 strong arms Gathering…

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Products That Didn’t Make it This Holiday Season
Topics: hanukkah

Our Purple Pomegranate Productions catalog may seem to have an endless assortment of good and worthwhile products, but even our buyer has to say no to some vendors who want us to carry their products. Here are a few that didn’t make the cut this year. Maybe you can figure out why. Hat Rack Hanukkiah:…

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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. Ardent swaying, lips giving shape to…

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