Tuvya Zaretsky | Los Angeles

Tuvya Zaretsky is one of the founders of the Jews for Jesus ministry. He was the first field missionary beginning his service in February 1974. Tuvya continues to serve the Lord, now as the Director of Staff Development internationally, based out of the Los Angeles office. He also chairs the Board for the Jews for Jesus branch in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tuvya was raised in Northern California in the institutions of American Judaism. During his bar mitzvah at age thirteen, Tuvya read from Isaiah 6:1-8 and declared with the prophet, Hineni-Here I am, send me!" However, his search for God and spiritual truth didn't come into focus until ten years later, when a Christian colleague encouraged him to seek God in the pursuit of truth. Tuvya came to believe in Y'shua (Jesus) on December 7, 1970. Ever since, he has been joyfully saying to God, "Hineni-Here am I." The full story is available by that title, in a booklet form here. Tuvya has provided the leadership of Jews for Jesus branches and evangelistic campaigns in major cities of the US and in Israel. He headed up the Las Vegas Behold Your God (BYG) campaign in 2005 and co-led the 2006 BYG outreach in New Jersey. He is now also an administrator for the website www.JewishGentileCouples.com. In April, 1989, Zaretsky was present at the Willowbank Consultation on the Christian Gospel and the Jewish people, that produced the watershed Willowbank Declaration. Tuvya has presented missiology papers at the Evangelical Theological Society, the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE) and at the Global Diaspora Missiology Consultation in 2006. He currently serves as president for the International Coordinating Committee of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism, a networking body of Jewish mission agencies. He was editor of the Lausanne Occasional Paper 60, Jewish Evangelism" A Call to the Church in 2004. He was a contributing author of Israel the Land and People edited by H. Wayne House (Kregel Publishers, 1998). His doctoral dissertation, co-authored with Dr. Enoch Wan, was published as Jewish-Gentile Couples: Trends, Challenges and Hopes (William Carey Library Publishers, 2004). He authored or edited articles for the June 2006 issue of MISHKAN themed, "The Gospel and Jewish-Gentile Couples" (Jerusalem) . And in 2008 he was coordinator and contributor for the World Evangelical Alliance Consultation that produced "The Berlin Declaration on the Uniqueness of Christ and Jewish Evangelism in Europe Today". In 2013 Zaretsky was appointed to serve as the Senior Associate for Jewish Evangelism by the International Lausanne Movement. Tuvya has an M.A. in Missiology concentrating in Judaic Studies from Fuller Seminary's School of Intercultural Studies and the Doctor of Missiology degree from the Division of Intercultural Studies at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is married to Ellen, who is also a Jewish Believer in Jesus. They have three young adult children: Jesse, Abbie and Kaile.

Resolving the December Dilemma for Interfaith Couples and Families
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Every year, around Christmas and Hanukkah, or even Easter and Passover, many Jewish-Gentile couples and families are finding themselves in a tough place to navigate. Here’s a helpful way to understand the difficulties and continue to work toward spiritual harmony in your home.

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He Said then She Said: Helping Jewish-Gentile Couples Find Spiritual Harmony
September 21, 2016
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Over the last decade and a half, my ministry with Jews for Jesus has focused on working with Jewish-Gentile couples.

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Anti-Semitism Couldn’t Choke Out the Truth
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

 A young man encounters virulent anti-Semitism in college, but discovers that Christians who truly follow Jesus love the Jewish people. 

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Communicating the Gospel Across Cultures
January 27, 2015
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Do you ever feel like you’re speaking a foreign language when trying to explain the gospel to someone who isn’t a Christian? That’s how it sounded to me, before I came to faith in Jesus from a traditional Jewish background. Christians would invite me to church to hear a sermon about Jesus? I’d just respond, “I’m Jewish.”

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Lesson from a Jewish-Gentile couple
January 21, 2015
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

He’s Jewish, she’s not. She believes in Jesus, he doesn’t. Here are some insights into how to minister in similar situations.

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Finding Spiritual Harmony
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

“My Jewish husband doesn’t believe in Jesus, so how can I find spiritual harmony in our case?”

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Why bother the Jewish people with the gospel?
December 13, 2013
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Do you know people who believe it is unloving or ineffective to share the gospel of Jesus with Jewish people? Tuvya Zaretksy, one of the Jews for Jesus founders, has written a brief but compelling response that every Christian should read. Check it out at http://www.evangel-vision.com/why-bother-jewish-people-with-gospel-of.html and please share with your friends!

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Give thanks to the Lord for He is so good!
November 8, 2013
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

It was December 1970, as I sat on the large boulder next to rushing waters at Forest Falls in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area in Southern California. Only days before, I had experienced salvation in Yeshua (Jesus). Now, as I pondered the implications of that salvation, I was in that "sacred place" to talk with…

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Faith is a Gift of God
April 28, 2013
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

“How do I have faith? Am I supposed to believe in something that is unbelievable?”  Those were questions Eugene asked at the point of spiritual capitulation. Let me back up and explain. It all started more than 25 years ago. Eugene is the son of Romanian immigrants to the United States. His origins are reflected…

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No Joke!
February 1, 2011
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

When I saw the subject of the email, I actually thought it was a joke.  I had known the sender and, while we had not been in contact for years, it was unbelievable to me that he would seriously title his email, Can my Jewish son become a Christian?”  I would not want to embarrass…

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What’s the Matter with Intermarriage?
August 10, 2009
Topics: intermarriage
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Actually, don’t be misled by this title. This isn’t an article against intermarriage. It is just that there are so many issues related to Jewish-Gentile couples in the news these days.

I just got back from Israel and have been catching up on my reading. I keep a Google search on issues related to Jewish-Gentile couples. July was an interesting month…

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Never Too Old
April 1, 2009
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

I first met Chuck two years ago when I gave a Christ in the Passover presentation at the church where his daughter Judy attends. Judy was not a Christian when her children began their education at the Pilgrim Lutheran School. However, through the ministry of the church and school she, as well as her husband…

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Oscar Goodman: A Jew for Jesus?
February 4, 2009
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

you say. Think about it… Oscar isn’t afraid to break the old molds… Oscar has respect for God’s creation… Oscar says he cares about talking truth. Oscar Goodman…a Jew for Jesus? Well, stranger things have happened… Seas have parted… Donkeys have spoken… And more than one person has been raised from the dead! What would…

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On the Importance of Continuing Education
October 3, 2007
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Missionary work is a practice just as the professions of medicine and law are. We are perpetually studying our craft, hoping to learn new and better ways to fulfill the Great Commission. How do we improve the way we proclaim the gospel? How can we more effectively engage Jewish people to help them understand the…

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Jewish-Gentile Couples: becoming one flesh and one spirit
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

In 1972, the sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie,” which had at its nexus a Jewish husband and a Gentile wife, was cancelled after one season because the intermarriage theme was considered too controversial. Evidently immune to the fuss, the stars of the show, Meredith Baxter (Gentile) and David Birney (Jewish) caused quite a stir when they…

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Jewish Diaspora Missiology
March 30, 2007
Topics: moishes musings
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Last November I went to Taylor University College and Seminary in Edmonton, Canada to participate in a consultation on the subject of Diaspora Missiology. Dr. Enoch Wan, a mentor and missiologist from Western Seminary, had invited me as a specialist in Jewish missions. The conference was sponsored by the Filipino International Network, and was titled,…

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Not Much of a Witness? Not!
August 1, 2006
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

I love the little ironies of life; especially those that show how God’s been at work in our lives all along. I was not yet a follower of Yeshua while in college. At one point, I began a friendship with a coed named Gail, taking her to a couple of campus social events. Before the…

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What Difference Does it Make?
October 1, 2005
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

For over three years I’d been talking to a Russian Jewish man about Jesus. Arkady had been curious about the gospel ever since he read an evangelistic ad that Jews for Jesus published in a Russian language newspaper. We read through the Gospel of John twice, and had many discussions. Last fall, Arkady told me…

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Back to School
September 1, 2005
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Are you currently in ministry among Jewish people or thinking about applying as a mission worker? Do you work for a church or serve as a volunteer in an area with a high concentration of Jewish people? Are you hoping to gain some expertise on witnessing to Jewish people to share with your congregation? Are…

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The Doctor Is In
July 1, 2004
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Amy called our office asking Jews for Jesus for help on behalf of herself, her husband and three other intermarried couples. Her request made me realize how ill-equipped I was for ministry to intermarried Jews and their families. In that moment I decided to pursue graduate studies to acquire a better understanding of intermarried couples….

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