Josh Sofaer is the leader of the Los Angeles branch of Jews for Jesus. He is one of four boys, but no one else in his immediate family have 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.
Isaac Brickner is a missionary with Jews for Jesus in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Biblical & Theological Studies. He is a sixth-generation Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus), and was raised in San Francisco. He attended the Jews for Jesus summer camp program, Camp Gilgal, since he was eight years old, returning at age fifteen to serve as a counselor. He participated in Massah in the summer of 2008 (a Jews for Jesus college-age mission trip to Israel and to Israeli hikers in India!), and he felt God calling him to ministry. He served as part of the Massah leadership from 2009-2011. In August 2010 he married his wife, Shaina, a second-generation Jewish believer in Yeshua and also a graduate of Biola University in the Nursing Program, currently working as a Labor and Delivery nurse in Hollywood. They have a beautiful daughter named Norah.
Cyril Gordon is a missionary at the Los Angeles branch of Jews for Jesus. Cyril was born in France, but grew up in San Francisco, He received his education in studio art from UC Santa Barbara. Cyril came to faith out of a Kabbalistic and Orthodox Jewish background. Now he and his wife, Rhonda, both serve as missionaries in the greater LA area. They have three children: Gabriella, Daniel and Yossi.
Rhonda Gordon is a missionary at the Los Angeles branch of Jews for Jesus. Rhonda holds a masters of science in clinical psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She serves alongside her husband, Cyril. They are both missionaries and have three children: Gabriella, Daniel and Yossi.
Young Adult Ministry
Melissa Moskowitz has been a part of Jews for Jesus since 1976. She was born and raised in the Bronx and came to believe in Jesus while in college. Throughout her 40 years of service with the ministry, she's had the opportunity to use her giftings in youth and young adult work; in publications; through photography; and for the past 16 years in young adult ministry. Currently living on the west side of Los Angeles (to be closer to her grandson), Melissa maintains a monthly Shabbat fellowship for young adults and other events for the LA young adult community. A new initiative for the LA branch that Melissa is spearheading is ArtShareCollective/LA, a visionary community of Jewish believing artists who desire to use their creativity for the Gospel.
Annette grew up in Fresno, CA in a Jewish Christian home. Her grandparents were the first people in her family to come to faith in Jesus. Annette came to faith at a young age and was baptized at age 13. She graduated from Biola University with a bachelor's degree in music and a minor in Bible. After college she toured the U.S., parts of Europe and South Africa with Jews for Jesus' mobile evangelistic music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall. In 1993 she moved to New York City to begin training as a missionary with Jews for Jesus. It was there that she met and married, Josh, who was also a Jewish believer from California and was a Brooklyn College student at the time. In their early married years Josh and Annette served as missionaries with Jews for Jesus in New York City, then for another five years in Los Angeles. They felt called to return to New York so that Josh could develop Jews for Jesus' youth and camp ministries on the East Coast, so Josh and Annette served in New York from 2000-2011, during which time their daughters Eliana and Taliah were born, and Josh became the branch director. During those years Annette was a full-time mom, with side duties such as leading a moms Bible study and helping wives of missionary trainees transition to life in ministry. In 2011, the Sofaer family moved to Portland, Oregon so that Josh could complete a master's degree at Western Seminary. In August 2012 the Sofaer family moved back to Los Angeles so that Josh could begin directing the Jews for Jesus work in Southern California. Though the family is still very much in the midst of transitioning to a new area, Josh and Annette are excited to see what the Lord will be doing through Jews for Jesus there. In 2015, Annette returned to part-time staff with Jews for Jesus, first in the church relations department, and now as a missionary to the Jewish women in the Southern California area.