New York Branch Staff

47 W 8th St, apt 2R, New York, NY 10011

212-683-7077
Liz Goldstein

Liz Goldstein

Branch Leader

Liz Goldstein is a missionary at the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. Liz also coordinates opportunities for Young Adults in North America. Liz received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Hunter College. Liz’s late father was one of the founders of Jews for Jesus in the early 1970s.

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Rebekah Rood

Rebekah Rood

Missionary, Director of Camp Gilgal-East

Rebekah Rood is the East Coast Director of Children and Youth ministry and the Director of Camp Gilgal East. Rebekah grew up in a Jewish believing home and personally placed her faith in Yeshua while preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. As a high schooler, she began attending Camp Gilgal East and has hardly missed a summer since. Rebekah met her husband Sam while serving with Jews for Jesus in New York City. They have been married since 2013 and make their home in Brooklyn.

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Asher Korycka

Asher Korycka

Missionary

Asher’s connection to Jews for Jesus goes all the way back to his mother, who was raised in a secular Jewish home and then came to faith through a Jews for Jesus Bible study. She eventually worked in our New York office. Asher grew up with parents who raised him to know it was okay to be Jewish and believe in Jesus. He accepted Jesus at a young age and while a student at Brooklyn College he connected with Jews for Jesus and after a number of internships and projects with the ministry decided to serve in the ministry full-time. Asher Korycka is serving in New York City. Part of his ministry will be using his experience and training in video production to create content that will point Jewish people to Yeshua.

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Dinah Sered

Dinah Sered

Missionary

Dinah is a missionary in the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. She is passionate about studying the Bible with others. Not only does she do one one-on-one Bible studies but she also hosts a weekly Hebrew speaking Bible study in her home. Dinah leads worship at her local congregation. She coordinates local events such as the ladies’ tea, clothing exchange, women’s Bible study and others! She is currently taking classes through Western Seminary for Masters of Arts with a focus on Pastoral Care for Women.

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Caleb Goldberg

Caleb Goldberg

Missionary

Caleb Goldberg has served on the children and youth ministry team in New York City since 2019. Caleb is so grateful for the blessing of being raised by parents who sought the Lord—they are both first-generation believers. His father is Jewish, his mother Indian, and their heritage and example of transformative faith are a challenge and encouragement to Caleb. The Messianic community, both through the congregation his father led and the broader movement, has been a huge support in his life. As a 10-year-old, Caleb attended Jews for Jesus’ Camp Gilgal. Seven years later, he began volunteering as camp staff. Volunteering in Messianic ministry (with the Young Messianic Jewish Alliance and Jews for Jesus) allowed Caleb to recognize God’s call to full-time ministry. He graduated from Southeastern University with degrees in organizational leadership, business, and youth ministries. Caleb is passionate about creating a welcoming community for young people to encounter the love, mercy, and grace of Yeshua and grow in Him.

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Jacob Fruchtman

Jacob Fruchtman

Missionary

Jacob Fruchtman is a missionary with Jews for Jesus in New York City. He was raised in South Florida in a Messianic and Christian home by Jewish parents. He served in the US Air Force for four years, including three tours to the Middle East. He attended Western Carolina University and achieved two BS degrees: one in history and one in social science education. Jacob managed restaurants while studying and served in public education in Florida and North Carolina for 11 years and taught high school AP (Advanced Placement) courses, IB (International Baccalaureate), and AICE (Cambridge Assessment international Education. His identity has always been deeply connected to being Jewish but recognizing Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah was foundational in understanding that identity. The Lord used this to plant a deep passion in Jacob to connect other Jewish people to Yeshua and to make disciples. During his time with Jews for Jesus, Jacob has been a trainee and a community outreach worker serving key audiences in the greater New York City area. Jacob is married to his best friend, Autumn, and they have a daughter named Eden who brings joy to everyone she meets.

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Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy

Missionary

Sarah Levy is a missionary with Jews for Jesus in New York. She is a second-generation Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus). Born in the U.S., she moved to Israel with her family at the age of nine. While growing up in Israel, she attended a Jewish religious school where she was provided the opportunity to learn more about the Old Testament and Jewish tradition. After completing her military service in February of 2000, she went on to participate in the Jews for Jesus New York Summer Witnessing Campaign that same year. In 2005, she married her husband, Ofer, who would come on staff as a missionary with Jews for Jesus in 2007. The couple has two sons, Ely and Matthew.

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Shoshannah Weinisch

Shoshannah Weinisch

Missionary

Shoshannah Weinisch serves as a missionary alongside Stewart, her husband of 34 years. They serve on the Greater New York Team, a part of the NYC branch of Jews for Jesus.

Shoshannah was raised in a traditional Jewish home and came to faith in 1980 through the ministry of Jews for Jesus. Shortly after coming to faith, she answered a call to share the gospel with the “lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Shoshannah has a passion for the salvation and discipleship of Jewish women. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Shoshannah has been encouraged to see God at work in the lives of those to whom she has been extending ministry. She says, “This has been a unique season, as I have witnessed the salvation of a number of Jewish women and spiritual growth in new believers.”

Stewart and Shoshannah have two adult children: Melissa, who lives in San Francisco and is in full-time ministry, and Jonathan, who lives in Durham, NC, and is a science writer.

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Stewart Weinisch

Stewart Weinisch

Missionary

Stewart Weinisch was born and raised in the Bronx in New York. It was during his bar mitzvah in front of the Torah ark (where the Torah scrolls are kept in the synagogue) that Stewart made this promise to God: “Someday I’m going to find You.” That promise was soon forgotten. When Stewart was 19, several of his non-Jewish friends “became Christians” and began sharing the Messiahship of Jesus with him. After a full year of searching the Scriptures and comparing his Tanakh (the Jewish Scriptures) with the “Christian” Bible, Stewart became convinced Jesus must be the Jewish Messiah. Then, Stewart remembered the promise he made to God at his bar mitzvah and received Yeshua as his Messiah. Soon after that, Stewart was accepted as a student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

In 1983, after completing his Bible education, Stewart returned to New York City to bring the gospel to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Since that time, Stewart has been in Jewish ministry. He and his wife, Shoshannah, have served as missionaries and Messianic congregation planters in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, and South Carolina. In 2009, believing that God had called them to return to New York City, where there are approximately two million Jewish people, Stewart and Shoshannah applied to Jews for Jesus, and in January 2010, they were accepted on staff. “We have a sense of urgency to proclaim the gospel to our people.”

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