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Aaron Abramson is the leader of the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. Aaron brings a global experience to us. He was born in the US but grew up in Israel. He has a bachelor of arts degree in Biblical and Intercultural Studies from All Nations Christian College in England. Aaron is currently in a graduate program at New York University. He is married and has three children.
Eryn Black’s dad and Jewish mother both came to faith in high school. He grew up in a messianic home and made a profession of faith very early in his childhood. When he was 14 he realized that he needed to make a decision to either grow and mature in his Christian faith or be ok with where he was at. He chose to grow and have a deeper relationship with his Lord, Y’shua, Jesus. During a mission trip to Israel with his future wife, Elizabeth, Eryn’s calling into Jewish missions was solidified. They were married after college and enjoy serving the Lord with Jews for Jesus and sharing the gospel with Jewish people. They also have a young son named Jude. They are currently working in our NYC branch.
Elizabeth Black is a missionary at the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. Elizabeth grew up in Baltimore among a large Jewish community. At an early age, she felt a strong calling to share Jesus with the Jewish people, and attended Washington Bible College with the aspiration to serve in Jewish ministry. She has been working hard to reach out to Jewish young adults and young families in NYC. She serves alongside her husband Eryn, and is the proud mother of two sweet boys, Jude and Ezra.
Peter and his wife Olga are both from the former Soviet Union where he worked as a mechanical engineer. They immigrated to the United States in 1995 and recently became US citizens. They both were baptized the same day in 1996 after hearing the gospel at a local church. Peter has served with Jews for Jesus as part of the New York branch since 1999, handing out evangelistic literature, visiting interested seekers, and ministering through our weekly Shabbat Fellowship in the Brighton Beach area. Today God uses all the creativity and flexibility that Peter learned as an engineer in his ministry. They have three children: Michael, Masha and Hannah.
David grew up in the South San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated with a B.A. in Geography from UCLA. After a brief stint of serving with an East Coast church plant, David and his wife Giselle got married and are currently stationed at the New York City branch of Jews for Jesus, spending much of their time working with young adults in the area.
Missionary, NYC Leadership Team
Karol Joseph is part of the leadership team in New York City; but also works alongside of the South Florida branch of Jews for Jesus during the winter months. Karol is also on the leadership team for the 2018 Behold Your God campaign in Jerusalem, Israel. Karol holds a master’s of arts degree in missiology with a concentration in Jewish studies from the School of World Missions at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jews for Jesus is a missions organization on the forefront of Jewish evangelism. The ministry is reaching Jewish people for their Messiah in 14 countries and 26 cities.
Giselle Le’Aupepe Bruce is a missionary at the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. Giselle studied music performance in her native Australia, and has been involved in music ministry with Jews for Jesus, as well as in their summer missions program to Israel and India. Giselle is married to David Bruce.
Susan Mendelson graduated from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York and pursued a career in country music. Because of severe performance anxiety, Susan cried out to God for help the last week of July, 1990 and over the course of three days, had a profound spiritual encounter with Y’shua in response. She came to faith in Jesus as her Messiah at that time and in 1992, the Lord transformed music performance, the very thing that brought her to Y’shua, from a cause for anxiety into her ministry when she joined Jews for Jesus' traveling music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall! As music director of the team, Susan toured the U.S. for eighteen months singing Jewish gospel music, evangelizing, handing out tracts on street corners and creating many of the vocal arrangements for the team's 1994 album, David's Hope. She has also recorded an album of her own, Jewish Gospel Favorites. In 2003, Susan began serving as a full-time missionary in New York City. Susan served on the final Liberated Wailing Wall team in 2009-2010. After the completion of this tour, Susan returned to serve as a full time missionary in NYC. She moved to Long Island in 2011 to be near her dad until he passed away three months later. In July of 2011 Susan was able to open the Jews for Jesus outpost on Long Island and continues to minister there.
Missionary, NYC Leadership Team
Amer Olson is a senior missionary at the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. In addition to studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Amer received his theological training at All Nations Christian College. Amer’s wife, Paige, is also an artist. They have four children: Josiah, Abigail, Zechariah and Samantha.
Elisheva R is the Children and Youth ministry director on the East Coast, and missionary at the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. Elisheva received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Hunter College. Elisheva's late father was one of the founders of Jews for Jesus in the early 1970s.
Sam Rood is a missionary at the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. Sam received his theological training at Biola University. He and his wife, Rebekah, live in Brooklyn and serve together as Jews for Jesus missionaries.
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.
Stewart Weinisch was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. 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 Tenach (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 Y'shua as his Messiah. Soon after that, Stewart applied and was accepted to become a student at Moody Bible Institute. 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 as messianic congregation planters in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida and most recently in Charleston SC. Stewart and Shoshannah believe God has called them to return to New York City where there are approximately 2 million Jewish people. "We have a sense of urgency to proclaim the Gospel to our people".
Shoshannah Weinisch is a missionary at the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. She came to faith through Jews for Jesus’ ministry in San Francisco many years ago. Her husband, Stewart, is also on the missionary staff as is her daughter, Melissa.