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Jews for Jesus has all kinds of opportunities that you’ve probably never imagined — including some that we’ve only just begun to imagine! Please pray about how God might use you to help make the Messiah known to our Jewish people worldwide.
Short Term Opportunities
The Massah Project
The Massah Project is a 10-week summer experience intended to mobilize young adults who are Jewish and believers in Jesus. We believe that being a follower of Jesus means a lifelong pursuit of how to live out the gospel, that as we share, it continually changes us and not simply our hearers. The Massah Project seeks to serve in and build a community, innovate ways to share the gospel, learn together, to the end that we live out our experience of the gospel with Israeli travelers and others that we meet.
Bible college internship credit possible.
New York Fall Outreach
Dates: 2 weeks in September
Area: New York City
Cost: $500 per week plus airfare.
Position: Steward (behind-the-scenes support for evangelism team)
Join our staff in New York City for two weeks in September. This is the time of year that many Jewish students start the school year at NYU, Brooklyn College and other universities all over New York City. It is also the season we see most New Yorkers return from their summer vacations to resume work as usual. We have designed our New York Fall Outreach to engage with these Jewish people on campuses, parks and street corners during this time.
Stewards are an indispensable part of the our evangelism team by providing daily support by way of cleaning, assisting the chef, preparing evangelistic supplies and equipment for ministry teams to be ready to head out to the streets and engage Jewish New Yorkers about being Jewish and believing in Jesus.
Dates: Various throughout the year
Area: US, Europe, and other locations around the world
Cost: Varies with the campaign
This opportunity is for believers from any background who wish to serve God “behind the scenes.” A steward fills a much needed support role for a campaign or outreach. The role includes doing anything from helping out with filling tract bags, shopping for food or supplies, meal preparation, laundry, or running local errands. The goal is to be part of the support team that keeps the daily functions of the campaign running. Like the campaigners, stewards work within a team and have on-the-job training. Being in good physical health is required, as there are many activities to carry out.
Essentials of Jewish Evangelism
Dates: June 10th to 16th, 2018
Cost: $175 for shared dormitory room in Chicago for one week, plus the cost of your transportation to and from Chicago, and food. Campus Food commons is open for breakfast and lunch and the neighborhood has many affordable options.
This training is available as a stand-alone class to our Jews for Jesus missionary trainees, our administrative workers, family and friends. Laymen, pastors and workers from other churches and ministries have taken the class over the years. Students learn the essentials of engaging people with the gospel, answering objections to the gospel, and employing Messianic apologetics. You will learn about ancient and contemporary Judaism and Jewish history. You can also earn three undergraduate credits through the Moody Distance Learning Program. Please email Andrew Barron for the syllabus and more details: [email protected]
Education Opportunity: Graduate Studies at Western Seminary
M.A. In Ministry And Leadership – Jewish Ministry
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 you finishing a career, thinking of retirement, and wanting to continue learning and making yourself available to serve the Lord – perhaps among Jewish people? Then the following opportunity might just be perfect for you.
The Jews for Jesus ministry has a unique partnership with Western Seminary to offer a Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership degree in Jewish Ministry. This program is designed for anyone engaged in, or desiring preparation for, vocational ministry among Jewish people. The flexible course design is especially good for students who would benefit from online learning opportunities, as well as a modular in-residence course format. The curriculum provides specialized graduate level theological, biblical, anthropological and intercultural studies in the specialized field of Jewish ministry.
- Students have the opportunity to take a sequence of courses to build their understanding of Bible and theology. The additional core courses are strategically designed for specialization in Jewish ministry.
- Sixty (60) units are required to fulfill the M.A. in Ministry and Leadership – Jewish Ministry Track.
- Classes are held at Western’s Portland campus
- Complete 2/3 of classes online, and the remainder during three summers in residence at the Portland Campus.
Coursework is fully integrative for anyone who desires to go on to complete a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree (90 units). Students desiring only the Bible, theology and Jewish Ministry courses may complete a Graduate Studies Diploma (30 units). A Graduate Studies Certificate is offered for anyone interested in the Jewish Ministry courses alone (16 units to complete).
Why Western Seminary?
Founded in 1927, Western Seminary has held an uncompromising commitment to train Christians to guide and strengthen God’s Church, transforming the world with His Gospel. Learn more here
Contact Jews for Jesus about this program:
Email: [email protected]
This is a unique opportunity for children of Jewish believers to learn about their Messiah and heritage with other children from a similar background. Most children who attend Camp Gilgal have at least one parent who is a Jewish believer in Jesus, but many have few, if any, other relatives who are believers. We want them to come away knowing what it means to have a relationship with the Lord and to grow personally. Camp counselors and other support staff are always needed.
Dates: last two weeks in July
Area: New York
Cost: $600 plus airfare
This is a two-week mission trip to New York City for high school age Jewish believers. This opportunity is similar to a campaign or outreach but is shorter and geared towards younger students. Those participating will receive evangelism training and experience, a taste of Jewish New York, time to fellowship with other Jewish believers and Biblical discipleship to help them seek God’s direction for their lives.
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Halutzim Thoughts By Sarah S.
I did not regret coming on Halutzim 2009 for one minute. It was definitely a unique experience, and I learned something new nearly every day. I stumbled upon this phrase in my Bible notes one day before coming on Halutzim: “…There is no one like Jesus, and there is no adventure like following him!” I dared to trust that G-d had more things to show me this summer, and before I knew it I was on a plane to New York for an adventure I will never forget.
Something I was thinking about all throughout Halutzim was my identity as a Jew. When we are out on sorties or even just riding the subway or walking in streets in New York wearing our Jews for Jesus shirts, people are bound to question us, laugh at us, and have all sorts of other reactions. When that happens, I have to be sure of who I am as a Jewish believer, and that is something I have never been totally sure of. Through all of our discussions, going to the synagogue, and my random conversations with people during sorties (positive AND negative), I have realized that being Jewish is not only who I am, it is essential to who I am. I came home with a renewed desire to learn more about my people and become more comfortable with the customs and culture of Judaism.
As the sorties progressed I found myself slightly more resilient to each negative reaction. The first time on a rush sortie that someone tried to insult me, I was cautious for the rest of the time. Later, however, I learned to not let it get to me so much. It helped that we knew we were going to be met with opposition before we even went out there, and hearing the stories of others’ positive encounters before and after sorties was also very encouraging.
It was interesting to see people’s reactions to us on sorties. Sometimes it almost seemed like they were scared of me, which is laughable, because I’m only 17 and barely over 5 feet tall. They go out of their way to avoid me, conveniently digging in their purses or adjusting their iPods while they passed. I don’t think too many of them were scared, just annoyed. Still, the idea that I would have so much power to make people react by just wearing a JFJ T-shirt and handing out broadsides is incredible. Every time I went out I thought, who would have thought I’d be doing this? I certainly didn’t! However, I’ve heard people say that God’s dreams for us are bigger than our dreams for ourselves. That is so true!
I also loved hanging out with the campaigners. Eating and worshipping in a community like that reminded me of the beginning of the book of Acts, where all the believers lived in community and used all their energy for the glory of God. Getting to know the other Halutzim was also very fun. They are wonderful people and I hope to stay in contact with them so that we can keep talking about our common experiences as Jewish believing kids.
The consecration service and closing ceremony were very special times of worship and I am glad we did them. I loved the affirmations at the end. All in all, the experiences I had on Halutzim are ones I will never forget and I am grateful that God gave me the opportunity to go.
Halutzim Thoughts By Dvora K.
First, I have to say that Halutzim was a life-changing, eye-opening experience that challenged me in my Jewish faith. My first reservation about going on Halutzim was evangelizing in the streets of New York City. It is pretty intimidating to confront Jews of all backgrounds and ask them who they think Jesus is. I remember that during the days preceding our first sortie, I was terrified that I would not have the right answers for people. Even as we were role playing, I got stumped when Monte asked me about the Quran. The funny thing is that most of the parts we played during training did happen on the streets, multiple times. (Unfortunately, I did get stumped again when the Quran came up, but I guess I was better prepared).
As we went out in the city, we would receive many similar reactions. It was amazing how after a few days, I felt accustomed to the glares that came with wearing a Jews for Jesus shirt. People asked many questions that became far too common, such as “How can you be Jewish and believe in Jesus? Isn’t that a contradiction?” or “What do you think you’re doing? You need to return to your Jewish Heritage!” I was also surprised by how encouraging it was to be put out there, even when we received opposition. It was tough at times, but I realized that even when I felt discouraged, God never wasted our time.
It was always nice to receive support from other believers, but I was most encouraged when people had a great curiosity of how I can believe what I believe and still be Jewish. It was even more encouraging when God sent people with open hearts just at the right time. On one sortie, while I was watching another campaigner talk to someone, two young guys, probably around eighteen, stopped and stared at our shirts. I walked over to them expecting it to be a fairly normal encounter until I saw that they both were wearing necklaces with a Catholic cross, a Star of David, and a pendant from their Roman Catholic school. Apparently, these two guys were traveling solely to search for spiritual truth. One of these guys was Jewish and was raised with a Jewish and Catholic background while the other guy was Catholic but had a real heart for Judaism. They had both come from Venezuela and were friends from their Roman Catholic school. When I explained to them what Messianic Judaism is, it seemed to really settle on their hearts. That was probably the most encouraging experience I had on a sortie because I knew that God had sent those people in the right place at the right time.
Of course, I did not always meet people with such open hearts. I found, though, that in those instances I was really challenged on what I believe and it broadened my perspective. I would not be able to recount all the valid (and outrageous) comebacks that came to that one golden question (“Who do you think Jesus is?”), but each encounter helped me to shape my beliefs further. Everyone invests their faith in something, whether they would like to admit it or not. I found that many people value intellectualism, materialism, and even religion or spirituality itself over God. Seeing where people invest their faith made me realize how great it is to invest my faith in an unchanging God.
I also learned a lot about Jewish History and why Messianic Jews face a unique challenge. I realized that we are not accepted by the Jewish community because we are seen as people who have abandoned our Jewish heritage. I guess a quote from a Jewish mural in the lower east side can sum up the overall Jewish mentality; “Our Strength is our Heritage, our Heritage is our Life”.
When people see us wearing “Jews for Jesus”, it can be seen as a blasphemy to Jewish heritage. Many think that we are merely Christians trying to hold on to the fact that we were born Jewish, and that we should not even call ourselves Jewish because we have abandoned the accepted Jewish principles. Although they might not have changed their minds much, I still feel like over those two weeks we helped people question their beliefs and become more aware of how Messianic Judaism is still Judaism. Even though at times I felt misinformed on religion, or too incompetent to challenge people on what they believe, I think God used all of us in a unique way. I still have a lot to learn, but I think that through this trip, God opened my eyes to a lot of things that I should be considering as I define my faith. Halutzim was an awesome, full-blown New York experience, and we have many good memories outside of sorties. But I must say, surprisingly, that doing street evangelism just might have been my favorite part of it.
Halutzim Thoughts By Jonathan H.
I have learned so much through Halutzim. The most radical revelation that occurred to me initially doesn’t seem like much. As I encountered people on the street that tried to debunk my beliefs, I discovered that you can’t be truly strong in your beliefs until you have had to defend them. In doing so, you are forced to reconsider your beliefs. My reconsideration resulted in research. I found that the more educated you are about theology and the beliefs of others, the more Christianity makes sense. This is extremely reassuring.
However, as we look at Christianity more deeply, we find that there are phenomena that remain unexplained. For example, how does one explain the trinity to an atheist that only believes in what he sees? Or, how does one explain resurrection to a Buddhist that believes our souls disperse through death and reincarnate in other organisms? This is where faith comes in.
It is difficult for us as humans to accept the fact that we do not have all the answers. We scientifically can not tell how old the universe is. Nor can we scientifically explain the origin of intelligent life on this planet. You may run into many people that claim they have found the answers, but when you look into it, they are all really just glorified theories. I believe that we as Christians come to terms with the fact that we do not know everything and fill that hole with a faith in a supernatural omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God who has a plan for each and every one of us. This faith comforts us and gives our lives direction.
However, we as Christians know something that unbelievers do not. We know that we are not only left with a faith that acts to fill in the gaps that unanswered questions leave us. Our faith also establishes a personal relationship with God that leaves us in constant contact with the Creator and Ruler of the Universe!
It is our responsibility to leave that channel open between us and God through mindfulness and prayer and, unfortunately, it is in our sinful nature to neglect it. Up until now I have had trouble with this; I kept getting caught up in the worries of daily life. However, after serving on Halutzim and living in a community for two weeks where every act is devoted to God, I realized what it feels like to have the God of the Universe dwelling within me at all times. And I can’t explain the elation that feeling brings. The more mindful we are of God, the more we feel Him working within us. Many times this trip God has put me in the right place at the right time. Every conversation that I had is working for His greater plan.
I feel that I have been spiritually invigorated through the attacks of unbelievers and the community of campaigners who devoted all of their waking moments for a month to spread the great news of Yeshua!
However, it doesn’t end here; this is just the beginning. I will continue to learn the Bible and I encourage everyone to do the same. The only result will be the strengthening of a faith and a relationship that brings a sense of peace and happiness that I can’t help but share with all those who do not know it!
Long Term Opportunities
Qualifications: Jewish (or married to one) and have a college degree
Jews for Jesus missionaries are the heartbeat of our ministry. They are the people who minister face to face with Jewish seekers. Though we have no “job description,” our missionaries do whatever it takes to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide.
Our missionaries are all evangelists. We hand out broadsides (tracts) and make contact in many different ways with Jewish people. Some will tell us, “You should be ashamed of yourselves!” Some will ask us, “Does your mother know you’re doing this?” But more and more, we are hearing, “Jews for Jesus!? I want to know more about what you believe.” You can be part of what God is doing among our Jewish people.We spend the bulk of our time in one-to-one meetings with Jewish seekers and newer Jewish believers who need encouragement in their walk with God. Each missionary is also part of a branch, a ministering family. Each one has a part in branch activities from High Holiday services to weekly Bible studies, as well as a role in our banquets and Ingatherings. We value creativity in our staff and encourage our missionaries to use whatever talents they have in music, drama, or writing in proclaiming the gospel. We like to view our missionaries as being servants –they serve the Lord and serve one another doing whatever it takes to make Christ known among our people. At the bottom line, being a missionary means stepping out in courageous faith and taking risks for God.
Before someone can be accepted on staff, he or she must be voted upon by a council of senior missionaries. Our council meetings occur three times each year. We interview all applicants and usually decide at that time whether or not to accept them. Once accepted, a new missionary is trained in New York City and then assigned to one of our branches.
Missionaries must be Jewish believers in Jesus (or married to one). To qualify for missionary staff, you must have a college degree. Training classes at our New York branch begin twice a year in January and September. The initial term of service for missionary staff is 18 months. Positions are salaried, though missionaries raise support to maintain their own ministry fund.
Are you interested in being a front-line missionary with Jews for Jesus?
Jews for Jesus works on the cutting edge of Jewish evangelism around the world. During an internship, Jewish believers in Jesus will work alongside our staff in one of our international branches. See how your giftings, training, interests and ideas can be translated into the work of the gospel going out to the Jewish people worldwide. Expand your ministry experience, while receiving training and discipleship.
Paid and unpaid opportunities available. Internships are available at varying lengths, throughout the year.
Co-Laborer in Messiah
This is a group of trained volunteer missionaries who represent Jews for Jesus in his or her community. This program is designed for any evangelical believer, Jewish or Gentile who has a heart to reach the Jewish people. The work of a Co-Laborer in Messiah is very flexible depending on the desire of the individual. There is an application process and one week of training in the summer for this program.
Full-Time Administrative Staff
Jews for Jesus is an international ministry, and as such we have need for many people to serve behind-the-scenes at our headquarters in San Francisco, and in our local branches. Though not doing front-line evangelism, these staff people make our ministry possible by carrying out many needed functions. There is not always a need for administrative staff, but we welcome those who are interested in serving in this way.
New York City Internship Opportunity
The NYC Internship Program is for Jewish young adults who wish to engage in ministry, reaching out to our people with the gospel message. The program is open to those who are looking at professions outside of ministry contexts, in addition to those who are considering vocational ministry as a career.
Participate in creative projects to engage the Jewish community in discussion around Jesus. Be a contributor to the dynamic work already taking place with our NY team. There will be opportunity to learn more about Jewish culture and religion by taking part in Jewish activities in NYC. Spiritual formation and personal development are an integral part of the NYC Internship Program for each participant.
Gain skills in communicating the gospel to different demographics of the Jewish people. Opportunities will be available to focus on areas such as: project management, communications, media, graphic design, arts, development, teaching, children’s work, youth work, campus outreach and more.
Full-time work, paid, 4-12 month commitment, Manhattan housing included. This is ideal for those taking a gap year, a semester off, or recent grads.
Network Evangelism Team (NET) Volunteer
The Network Evangelism Team (NET) is a group of trained volunteers who share the Gospel with online “seekers” through Social Media, Chat Rooms, Blogs, and other Internet Technologies.