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Eli Birnbaum was born in the U.S. and moved with his family to Israel at the age of seven. He came to believe in Yeshua (Jesus) at a very early age, as his father was a pastor. Although as a child Eli was indifferent toward his faith, his passion for God was rekindled while attending a summer camp as a teenager. He returned to school, started sharing about the Lord with his friends, and soon became known as “the missionary.”
Eli joined Jews for Jesus in 2009, after completing his mandatory military service. He developed the Tel Aviv branch’s ministry to soldiers and youth, and helped found our Israeli Massah (journey) program, which focuses on reaching young Israelis as they travel through India and South America. He showed great leadership ability early on and was tasked with the planning, designing, and renovating of the Moishe Rosen Center. Upon its completion, Eli was promoted in 2013 to oversee the Center and to lead its children, youth, and young adults department. He became the Israel director in 2019.
Eli has his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Open University and is currently in his second year of studies at Western Seminary for his MA in biblical and theological studies. He is an astute and insightful thinker with a heart to serve and strategically find ways to minister to people, no matter where they stand spiritually. He has been married to his wife Shoshana, who also serves with our ministry, since 2011, and the couple has two boys.
Svetlana Adelson lives and serves in the Land of Israel, but she is originally from Ukraine. She holds an RN degree as well as a BA in biochemistry. She didn’t hear about Yeshua (Jesus) until her early 20s, but all along, she knew in her heart that God exists. When she volunteered as a nurse at a Christian summer camp, she heard about Yeshua and what He had done through His sacrifice. That summer, Svetlana gave her life to Yeshua, and God changed her and helped her to grow spiritually.
Alexander Adelson came to faith at the age of 20 after much soul-searching while he was in the Israeli Defense Force. As a man who had grown up in a secular home, he did not have much knowledge of religion, and wanted to learn. When he read the Bible he was surprised to discover that it is not just a historical book, but is full of life truths, facts, and prophecies. One promise caught his eye (see Jeremiah 31:31–33).
Alexander recognized that the prophet was speaking of a God-initiated covenant in which the Lord Himself puts His law in the heart of man. The desire to live in this covenant with God compelled him to continue searching. Providentially, he met some Messianic Jews, and through them, discovered the New Testament. As he studied it he saw that Yeshua (Jesus) confronted religious hypocrisy and underscored God’s requirement that we love Him wholeheartedly, as He loves us. Alexander soon found a personal relationship with God by trusting in Yeshua’s promise of forgiveness and peace through His sacrifice on the cross. He became a member of a local Messianic community where he continued to increase in his knowledge of God and develop in his desire to tell others about Him.
Since 2011, Alexander has been serving with Jews for Jesus Israel as a missionary and leader of the missionary team in Tel Aviv. He is married to Svetlana, who serves with him in Israel. They have two children. In 2019, Alexander completed a BA in theological studies.
Chaim Birnbaum was raised in a Messianic home. His family moved from the United States to Israel when Chaim was very young. Though he received Jesus at an early age, as a teen he was the “wildest” of his siblings. At age 18, Chaim repented at an Israeli youth conference and became serious about serving the Lord. He led several youth groups and was involved with ministry in Africa for two and a half months before beginning an internship with Jews for Jesus. He planned and organized a unique outreach from the Moishe Rosen Center in Tel Aviv, inviting graffiti artists to show their art. Chaim is currently serving with Jews for Jesus in Tel Aviv as a young adult and youth leader. In this role, he is the leader of Massah, a discipleship/outreach program that reaches Israeli trekkers around the world. Chaim’s older brother Eli is the Jews for Jesus Israel director.
Danielle Stavi was born in Israel to a believing family near Tel Aviv. At the age of 16 in the midst of difficult circumstances, she realized she had never made a commitment to Jesus. Though Danielle knew of God, she followed her own path. In 2009, through teachings at a conference for high school graduates in preparation for their military service, Danielle came to realize that a life without God is not worth living. It was then that she first understood that she could not reach God through her deeds, but only through the sacrifice made by Yeshua (Jesus). As she trusted in Him, God filled her emptiness with joy and gave her boldness to share regularly about Yeshua during her two years of army service. Danielle then participated in an intensive discipleship course and volunteered in a Christian hostel for backpackers in Amsterdam.
While studying for her BA in social work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Danielle joined our Israeli Massah (journey), which focuses on reaching young Israelis as they travel through India and South America. Through that experience, her passion and calling for sharing the gospel moved her to join Jews for Jesus at the end of her studies. In 2018, Danielle initiated and began leading the Mekomi team, a ministry for addicts, the homeless, and prostitutes. Applying her education in social work, Mekomi serves the street population, meeting their immediate needs, while focusing on long-term impact. As Danielle says, “I want to help others have a deeper revelation of who God is and to be bold in proclaiming Him as Lord of their lives.”
My name is Jeff Morgan and I was born and raised in a secular Jewish home in the U.S. I love the arts and especially athletics, so I became a personal fitness trainer. At the age of 24, I moved to Israel where I learned Hebrew and worked on a kibbutz in the southern Negev. After 20 years of practicing New Age spirituality, I found myself depressed and hopeless. It was then that Yeshua (Jesus) revealed Himself to my wife, Yael, my eldest son, and me—all at the same time, but individually. Yeshua saved me from despair, gave me a new life, and turned me into a new creation overnight!
I spent 13 years in Israel, which is where I met Yael. She and I have three sons. After finishing missionary training in San Francisco, we moved back to Israel. We are now living in Tel Aviv where I serve the Lord with Jews for Jesus as a full-time missionary and media team member.
Maayan Goldberg is a missionary with Jews for Jesus in Tel Aviv. She was born and raised in the area of Jerusalem to a Messianic family. After her army service, she decided that Jesus was the only One for whom she wanted to live and dedicate her life. Maayan was part of a ministry in Africa for eight months prior to serving with Jews for Jesus, and it was at that time that she became passionate for serving the weak and poor. She currently serves with the Mekomi team in south Tel Aviv, connecting volunteers who desire to build relationships with those of the population struggling with homelessness, prostitution and drug addiction.
Miri Borok was born in Russia and grew up in a believing family. Her parents came to faith when she was a baby. At age five, she immigrated to Israel with her family and moved to the small city of Nazareth Illit in the north region of Israel. Her family soon joined a local Messianic congregation, where they are still members. Being an immigrant was difficult and she often felt like an outsider. By age 15, she realized that she did not share the relationship that her parents had with the Lord, and she decided to seek Yeshua (Jesus) for herself. After coming to faith, God restored her confidence and gave her a new identity in Him. She and her friends even began a prayer group at school.
Toward the end of her mandatory military service, Miri heard about Jews for Jesus’ Massah (journey) program, in which a team of young believers travel to India and South America to meet and share their faith with Israeli travelers. That year, she was one of the first team members to sign up, and she helped lead a team the following year.
Since 2016, Miri has served on our youth and young adult missionary team at the Moishe Rosen Center, where she ministers at a weekly children’s club, an inter-congregational youth group, and a Bible study for soldiers. She loves building personal connections with those she serves and inspiring them in their walk of faith. Miri is married to Daniel Borok.
Roei Stanley was born in Canada to a Canadian father and an Israeli mother. The family moved to Israel when Roei was three years old. Growing up, he went to church but never understood what it meant to have a relationship with God. After his military service, he experienced many doubts about God and came close to giving up on faith altogether. At the age of 21, he attended a Messianic conference, and during the worship time, God opened his eyes and heart. Roei has been growing in his relationship with Him ever since and learning what it means to be a son and a disciple. He and his wife Katie served with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) for a number of years. He is currently helping run our soldiers’ meetings, and also helping with hosting local community events. It is wonderful to have his assistance with organizing community dinners and other projects that bring people together for the sake of the gospel.
Sahar Sadlovsky was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. Though he was born into a traditional Jewish family, for years he had a very low view of God. Sahar was first exposed to the New Testament and to Yeshua (Jesus) in his late teens, and through difficult life events his heart began to soften. As he read about Yeshua and what He had accomplished through His death and resurrection, he could not remain indifferent to His wisdom, compassion, and love. After several years, in 2014, Sahar joined a local church in Tel Aviv. Soon he was struck with a realization that saddened him greatly: there are millions of Jewish people who are exactly as he had been, not knowing about Jesus because no one had ever told them. God called Sahar to join a team of dedicated believers at Jews for Jesus, who are eager to relentlessly pursue Jewish evangelism and make Jesus known to their Jewish brothers and sisters. In 2016, he began an internship with the ministry, and two years later, joined the staff. In 2018 Sahar married Maria and they soon welcomed their firstborn daughter, Thea.
Sheer Raev was born in Canada to a Jewish mother and a Canadian father. Shortly after she was born, her mother came to faith in Jesus and her family relocated to Israel. Growing up in a Messianic home, she always believed in God but didn’t know what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Eventually her family moved back to Canada. During this time and through the guidance of youth leaders, Sheer understood that God was her Father and that she could have a personal relationship with Him. She joyfully accepted Jesus as her Savior.
After high school, Sheer moved back to Israel and joined the military, where she faced many challenges and almost abandoned her faith. She knew she had to make a decision: either live for God or fight against Him. Deep in her heart, Sheer knew God was real and made a final decision to follow Him. She knew she wanted to do something meaningful with her life, and since she had a great passion for youth and children, she became an intern with Jews for Jesus’ youth ministry a few months after finishing her military service.
Sheer now leads weekly children’s Bible clubs and summer vacation Bible schools, as well as helping with other gospel-based events. She loves building personal relationships with the kids she serves, answering questions they have about God and seeing them grow in their faith.
Director of the Moishe Rosen Center
Shoshana Birnbaum, who came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) in Mexico City, is named after two people: a Jews for Jesus missionary, Shoshannah, who shared Jesus with her father, and her grandmother, Rosa (both names mean “rose”). She studied industrial design, and was instrumental in designing and furnishing the Rosen Center, which she now leads. In her words, “The Rosen Center is an amazing space that has enabled us to bless our neighborhood and live out our faith in public, and as meaningful contributors to other people’s lives. We get to celebrate the creativity and freedom we have found in our relationship with God and make ourselves available to share the hope we have in Jesus. Our staff will continue to explore ways in which this space can be used in the lives of Jewish people to redeem, bring together, enrich, and enable—both spiritually and materially.”
Shoshana is a gifted leader and Bible teacher, and is passionate about helping young women live out their faith in Jesus. She is a mother to two boys and is married to Eli Birnbaum, the Israel director. Together they planted a church in the Florentin neighborhood in Tel Aviv. Shoshana speaks Spanish, Hebrew, and English.
Tamir Kugman is a missionary with Jews for Jesus in Tel Aviv and works in the media-evangelism department. He was born in Israel, and though he is from a secular Jewish family, he kept many Jewish traditions. Tamir came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) at the age of 21 during his army service, where he worked as an animator for the Isreali Defence Force. He is currently the only believer in his family. After receiving a BA in special education and an MA in learning disabilities, he worked as a public school special education teacher and as the assistant manager at a Messianic school.
Over the last two decades, Tamir has taught the Bible to children, youth, and adults, both in camps and in a congregational setting. In 2019, Tamir felt a new call to evangelism and began serving with Jews for Jesus. Tamir is passionate about using his artistic talents to teach about Jesus and share the gospel. Tamir says, “Jesus used vivid parables and illustrations to communicate the message of the kingdom, and we also want to communicate the beautiful message of God to His people and bring it as close as we can to the palm of their hands.” Tamir is married to Hadas and they have five children.
Tatyana Bolotov was born and raised in a non-religious family in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. They knew nothing about God, and all her Jewish friends were also secular. At the time of the collapse of the former Soviet Union, evangelists from the U.S. began to come to their city, and through their ministry, she learned about God and received her first Bible. Shortly thereafter, she prayed to receive Yeshua (Jesus) as her Savior. She first felt a call to Jewish evangelism as she was studying about the Holocaust at the Bible Institute she attended. For two years, she volunteered with Jews for Jesus and during that time, she met and married her husband, Valery. She eventually came on staff and currently serves in Israel.
Valery Bolotov grew up in a small mining town in the former USSR (now Ukraine). The citizens of the town knew him as an ill-behaved and unpredictable person, and he burned many bridges with his family. During a time of prayer in a small evangelical community which he thought he had visited by chance, Valery suddenly saw the crucified Jesus the Messiah at Calvary. The eyes of the Lord were full of suffering and endless love, and Valery decided then and there to follow Jesus and to turn away from his former life. He began serving in his church, hosting a home group, and reading the Bible at the mine where he worked. He had a longing to know about the Jewish roots of his faith, which eventually led him to Jews for Jesus. Soon, he became inspired to share the gospel, and he became a missionary in 1999. He met his wife Tatiana at a Shabbat meeting two years later. In 2015, the couple moved to Israel where Valery continues to serve as the leader of the Russian-speaking missionary team.
Vladimir Mitnitsky was born in Ukraine. At the age of 15, he made aliyah (immigrated) to Israel without his parents, which he was able to do because his father is Jewish. Although he knew about Jesus, he didn’t believe in Him as the promised Messiah. He studied in a yeshiva (religious high school) for three years. There he was challenged by the rabbis to think about the Jewish Messiah who would bring redemption and peace to his people. Although he was taught to do mitzvot (good deeds), Vladimir didn’t have peace in his heart. He came to faith in Jesus at the age of 20, after reading prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament. Soon after, he graduated from college with a professional diploma in engineering.
Vladimir began volunteering with Jews for Jesus on the streets of New York City and in Israel, and he soon felt God’s calling to evangelize his Jewish people. After participating in four Jews for Jesus witnessing campaigns, three of which were in Israel, Vladimir joined the Jews for Jesus staff as a full-time missionary in 2009. He met his wife Yulia during a New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign and they were married in 2010. They are the happy parents of two children.
Greg Williams was born in South Africa to a family of Jewish believers in Jesus. They moved to Israel when he was three years old. It wasn’t easy growing up as a believer in Israel, as he found himself very much in the minority. As a child, he hid his beliefs in order to avoid being treated as an outsider. But at the age of 13, he attended a youth conference during which he felt God’s presence, and his life was changed. He knew he couldn’t continue to straddle both worlds, and needed to choose what was more important to him. He chose to stop hiding his faith and he began to tell his friends about Yeshua (Jesus). Growing up with such struggles has caused him to want to share the truth and reality of Yeshua with other young people in order to help them stop being afraid to be different.
Today, Greg serves with Jews for Jesus in Tel Aviv as part of the ministry to children, soldiers, and young adults. He helps lead a weekly youth group, hosts a weekly meeting for soldiers, and is also part of the team that handles various events at the Moishe Rosen Center.
Yulia Mitnitsky was born and raised in Moscow in a secular Jewish family. Although her parents were atheists and did not have a Torah nor a Bible in their home, as a child Yulia always believed in God. At the age of 13, Yulia went to an English camp organized by a Christian children’s ministry in Moscow. Immediately she was drawn to the believers she met, and was eager to learn about God and how to have a personal relationship with Him. By the end of the camp, she had opened her heart to Jesus. She was discipled by this ministry and actively volunteered with them up until her immigration to Israel in 2010.
When Yulia was 18, a friend invited her to a Messianic synagogue in Moscow. Soon it became her home congregation and she learned many things about her Jewish identity. She was introduced to the ministry of Jews for Jesus when she became part of a worship team that performed with the ministry at various events. Eventually, Yulia was invited to take part in two big summer witnessing campaigns in New York City. There, in 2009, she met her future husband, Vladimir. A year later they were married, and Yulia made aliyah (immigrated) to Israel and joined the Jews for Jesus ministry. She has been serving as a minister to children, organizing and leading Bible clubs and holiday events, and helping with camps.
When Yulia became a mother, her desire to support and uphold other young mothers drew her to women’s ministry. For the past two years she has served by preparing and delivering home-cooked meals to mothers with newborns, leading mothers’ support groups, and going on home visits to help care for infants. Yulia and Vladimir have two children, Netanel and Odeya.