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Isaac is the branch leader of Jews for Jesus in Los Angeles. The first Jewish person in Isaac’s family to follow Yeshua (Jesus) was his great great grandmother Esther from a shtetl in Zhitomir, Ukraine. Since then, every generation of Isaac’s family have been dedicated to sharing the news of the Messiah with their own people. Isaac was raised in San Francisco and grew up attending the Jews for Jesus summer camp program Camp Gilgal, serving as staff in his teenage years. It wasn’t until a trip to Israel and India in 2008 with the Jews for Jesus program Massah that Isaac truly owned the calling that God had placed on his life to be a witness for Yeshua. In August 2010 he married his wife, Shaina, a second-generation Jewish believer in Yeshua, who currently serves as a Labor and Delivery Nurse in Santa Monica. They have 3 kids.
Tuvya Zaretsky is one of the founders of the Jews for Jesus ministry, beginning his service in February 1974. He was raised in Northern California in the institutions of American Judaism. And he came to believe in Yeshua (Jesus) in 1970. Read Tuvya’s full story.
During his career, Tuvya has provided leadership of Jews for Jesus branches in Chicago, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv. Tuvya is also the founder of JewishGentileCouples.com, a free counseling service for intercultural couples, operating out of the Jews for Jesus LA branch.
Tuvya earned an M.A. Missiology in Judaic Studies at The Fuller Seminary School for World Mission and the Doctor of Intercultural Studies degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is married to Ellen, who is also a Jewish Believer in Jesus. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Annette grew up in Fresno, CA in a Jewish Christian homeand is a graduate of Biola University in Los Angeles. Having come from a family with three generations of Jewish believers in Jesus, she brings practical experience to the question, “How does it work to be Jewish and follow Jesus?”
Annette is married to another Jewish believer, Josh, and has two college-age daughters. Her favorite part of her job with Jews for Jesus is meeting with other Jewish women to study the scriptures and pray for them. Annette and her family lived in New York City for fifteen years, so she has a love for all things New York!
Web Evangelism Missionary
Emmanuel was born in Tehran, Iran and is a 5th generation Jewish Believer in Jesus. He likes to say he is a descendant of Queen Esther, but he can’t back that up. Emmanuel has innovated evangelism on JewsforJesus.org since 2007 and is now serving as a specialized online missionary. He says, “We leverage the anonymity of the web to allow those, who might not otherwise be reached with the truth of Jesus, to get connected with a real person who can help!” Read more about his life story and how to take part in this flourishing online ministry.
Jesse grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and belongs to a Gentile family of faith tracing back several generations. During his senior year in high school, he had an experience with God where he truly felt that he was put on this earth to share the message of Yeshua (Jesus) with any Jewish people who were willing to thoughtfully consider if he could in fact be their long-awaited Messiah.
This led him to attend Biola University where he studied Biblical & Theological Studies and where he met his now-wife, Lucy Eshleman. After getting married, Jesse went on to Talbot Seminary to get his M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership. Having served at a local church in Los Angeles and eventually pastoring there, he felt led to join Lucy and serve with Jews for Jesus in 2020. He now serves in the LA Branch’s café space called Upside Down sharing Jesus with students and professionals alike who are curious to know more.
Josh Sofaer is a missionary and senior advisor with the Los Angeles branch of Jews for Jesus. He is one of four boys, but no one else in his immediate family has come to faith yet. Josh previously led the organization’s New York branch and pioneered their children’s program on the East Coast. He received his theological training at Western Seminary. He and his wife, Annette, have two children, Eliana and Taliah.
Leia Brown is a missionary with Jews for Jesus in Los Angeles, California. Her Bubby (grandmother) was the first person to introduce her to Jesus and she eventually gave her life to the Lord at age 6. She is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Christian Ministries and a minor in Bible. Starting at 8 years old, Leia attended the Jews for Jesus summer camp program, Camp Gilgal, and returned as staff when was 16. Camp Gilgal was one of the first places Leia truly felt God’s presence in her life. During her years at Biola, she interned with Jews for Jesus, doing youth work in Los Angeles, as well as the Camp Gilgal internship, which ultimately led her to find her calling to ministry. Leia became full time missionary staff in the Spring of 2020 and primarily works with our West Coast Children and Youth programs. She is passionate about sharing Jesus with young people and having the most fun she possibly can while doing it!
Growing up in Northern California, her next door neighbors where the first to introduce Lucy to Yeshua (Jesus). She first felt a calling to minister to her Jewish people while spending a summer in Israel during college. After graduating from Biola University in 2018 with a degree in Intercultural Studies, Lucy began working with Jews for Jesus as an intern. Her work and ministry focuses predominately on a community-oriented space called Upside Down?a coffee shop, art gallery, and event space?near the campus of UCLA. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jesse, who also graduated from Biola University with a degree in Biblical & Theological Studies.
Zachary grew up in Houston, Texas, and is a second-generation Jewish believer. He became a believer when he was a teenager at summer camp, and camp programs have always been close to his heart because of this. He graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies. Zach is passionate about young adult evangelism, discipleship, and teaching, and has been on staff with Jews for Jesus in Los Angeles since June 2019.