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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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Hineni: Here Am I, God, But Where Are You?
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

A despairing Jewish drug counselor finds hope in an unlikely place.

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The Persecuted Church
March 1, 2000
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

In July of 1995, a Jewish journalist, Michael Horowitz, sent a shock wave into the consciences of American business, political and religious thinkers with his article in The Wall Street Journal titled: New Intolerance Between Crescent And Cross.” He spoke...

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Choose Life
April 1, 1999
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

A pastor friend of mine once wrote a sermon titled, Just Because You’re Breathing, Doesn’t Mean You’re Alive.” In other words, sin yields death, and real life doesn’t happen until people know Jesus. Scott T. was one of the walking dead....

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It Started in Israel…
April 1, 1998
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

I began my missionary service with Jews for Jesus on February 1, 1974. I was twenty-seven years old at the time. The ministry was little more than a year old, so people kept asking me What will you be doing five years from now?” The question seemed to imply that...

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Time to Invest
May 1, 1996
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Bret is a financial analyst for an established brokerage house in Los Angeles. He spends much of his day on the telephone with company representatives, assessing the value of their stocks or bonds. Bret is accustomed to asking questions about market issues; in his...

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Walk About Zion
June 1, 1995
Topics: discipleship
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Walk about Zion, and go all around her. Count her towers; mark well her bulwarks; consider her palaces; that you may tell it to the generation following. For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” (Psalm 48:12-14) Recently it...

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You Never Know…
November 1, 1988
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Our Jews for Jesus staff and volunteers hand out millions of broadsides each year. We stop and talk with thousands of strangers. Some become our friends, and a few even become our brothers and sisters in Christ. In tangential ways we also touch literally thousands of...

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Why Are You So Angry?
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

My father was a first generation North American. He grew up in Canada in a home heavily accented with the culture and customs of Eastern Europe, and a Jewry which was quickly shedding the religious orthodoxy of the Old World. He certainly didn’t believe in...

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Angry? Yes, But…
July 1, 1986
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

How many times have I experienced that reflex? The angry look, the sputtered epithet, the hand flailing back over the shoulder to launch” a broadside back in my direction? The blue tract drifted to the curb in the soft noontime breeze. The young student who had...

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A Matter of Life and Death
June 1, 1986
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Several months ago I spoke about our ministry to a certain group of pastors and lay leaders in the Boston area. One of the lay people who kindly came to hear about our work chose to take offense at a statement I made about my father. The day on which I was speaking...

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The First Impressions of Israel, As Told By a Jewish Christian
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

The wings of the TWA jetliner lifted and dipped as we made our final approach over the coast of Israel. I could see a mixture of sand dunes, scrub oak and faded cement structures. Houses quickly gave way to massive apartment buildings, which in turn blended into the...

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The Son of God
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

The rabbi’s voice was warm. His eyes were filled with concern as he asked, So please explain, what is this your parents are telling me? You believe in Jesus? Is this true?” He listened quietly as I, one of his own bar mitzvah boys, the son of family...

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