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Why Jesus? Because of who he is. Because of what he said. Because his reality transforms lives in the midst of a broken world. Because he fulfills the hopes of our Jewish people, and of the rest of the world. Because he atones for our sins. Because believing in him makes sense. There are as many reasons for “why Jesus” as there are followers of him. Discover what some of them have found.

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How a Jewish girl discovered her Messiah through Christmas
December 1, 2017
Author: Ceil Rosen

Ceil Rosen, wife of Jews for Jesus founder, Moishe, had a unique Christmas experience, leading her to consider Jesus seriously as the alternative to religious Judaism or atheism.

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How a Jewish kid with an Irish name found his Messiah – Ron Mcdevitt’s story
October 1, 2017
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How a Jewish kid with an Irish name found his Messiah – Ron Mcdevitt’s story Hi, my name is Ron Mcdevitt. I’m a Jewish believer in Jesus Christ. I was born in New York City. My mother and father are both Jewish. My father’s family was living in...

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Stan Meyer’s Story
August 18, 2017
Author: Stan Meyer

Stan Meyer's Story Should I admit to my Orthodox Jewish friends that I was a secret believer in Jesus? Perhaps I hoped they would challenge my belief. After all, life would be simpler if I did not believe in Jesus. But my experience with Orthodox Judaism pointed me...

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How a 30-year search for truth brought Deb to Jesus
August 1, 2017
Author: Deb Dubin

As a native New Yorker from Long Island, our Jewish identity and culture were a big part of family life. I went to synagogue, attended Hebrew school and celebrated the Jewish holidays. Around the age of 7, my best friend Chris (a gentile) invited me to church with her...

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Why Melissa chose to believe in Jesus for herself, and not for her parents
June 1, 2017

Melissa Weinisch was born to Messianic parents. Melissa accepted Jesus as the Messiah at age five for herself and not just for her parents. This article and video share Melissa’s journey of not just being a believer in Jesus but rather being pursuer of God, seeking Him with all of her body, soul, and spirit.

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Why David Started His Journey of Faith as a Young Child
April 2, 2017
Topics: our stories
Author: David Minsky

This Israeli young man grew up with all the right information, but truly discovered God’s presence after his IDF service. Watch David Minsky’s story here.

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Why Jesus - Julia Pascoe

Why Julia changed her mind about “Jesus not being for us.”
March 1, 2017
Topics: our stories
Author: Julia Pascoe

London born and bred, Julia first served with Jews For Jesus as a volunteer, playing guitar at special events such as our annual Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) service. She came on staff in 2003, serving as an outreach worker, sharing the Gospel with many Jewish...

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Why Robyn did not want to believe in Jesus.
January 1, 2017
Topics: our stories
Author: Robyn Wilk

My Mother KNOWS I’m Doing This. My mother and father are both Jewish, both from the East Coast, and both had aspirations for me, their daughter, which I am sure did not include handing out pamphlets about Yeshua (Jesus). For that matter, handing out pamphlets about...

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Why Yoel stole a New Testament from the Israeli Defense Forces, and decided to follow Jesus.
December 1, 2016
Topics: our stories

I was born in Israel and lived here for the first three years of my life. I lived in the Caribbean, England, Paris, England again, and then came back to Israel. My mother is a proud Moroccan Jew; my father is Scottish. We were a traditional Jewish family rather than...

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Why Laura’s faith stuck, and while delving deeper into her Jewish heritage, she still decided to follow Jesus.
November 1, 2016
Topics: our stories
Author: Laura Barron

Laura Barron spent her childhood years in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Rye, New York.  Her father was a doctor and her mother was a teacher.  Her parents grew up in a tight-knit Jewish community in Dayton, Ohio and had known each other from school. While this could...

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Steffi Geiser Rubin’s Story
June 15, 2015

Steffi Geiser Rubin was commissioned by Jews for Jesus to create the art for “Multitudes.” Originally from the Bronx, Steffi grew up with a strong Jewish background. In January of 1971 she encountered a man named Moishe Rosen at a Bible study on the UC Berkeley...

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Why Ruth, a holocaust survivor, found hope in Jesus
April 2, 2014
Author: Ruth Horak

also by Ruth Horak: Read: "Losing All; Gaining...

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Shout Out | Jack Sternberg | A Fellow Physician Began Attending Church – and He was Jewish
January 6, 2014

Shout Out | Jack Sternberg | A Fellow Physician Began Attending Church - and He was Jewish This is the story of Dr. Jack Sternberg. Check out more of Jack’s story! Dr. Jack Sternberg, oncologist: “Undaunted, I visited with rabbis, hoping they could show me...

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Science & Faith: Dr. James Tour’s Story
September 12, 2013

A focus on scientist Dr. James Tour as featured in the documentary, Science & Faith: A Season for Reason Theme Week
CTS Ontario/CTS Alberta
Saturday Sept. 21/13 9:00pm as part of “The Doc Side”
Dr. James Tour-Most distinguished nanotechnology researchers in the world-Professor of Chemistry, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

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One Way Out: Mike Oppenheimer’s Story
January 2, 2013
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One Way Out   I was brought up in a Jewish home, observed Shabbat faithfully and celebrated the High Holy days at the temple and with family. I attended Hebrew school twice a week and was bar mitzvah and confirmed. While attending classes I asked a lot of questions...

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Zinaida Abramovna: A Daughter of Abraham
December 2, 2011
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Author: Zinaida Abramovna

I was born in 1932 in Belarus. My parents were religious; they knew God. My father was a rabbi and was sent to prison for five years for conducting circumcision rituals. My father always took me to the synagogue, but I did not understand anything there. I only understood Yiddish. My father always prayed before meals, “Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu,” then he dipped bread into salt and then we could eat.

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Why Jhan, a child of Holocaust survivors, journeyed to a place that led him to Jesus.
May 27, 2010
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When I was about five years old, I crawled into my father’s lap and touching his arm lightly, I asked, “What is that number?” Without flinching, he explained how he had been marked in the concentration camps, where very bad men treated people like numbers, not human...

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Journeys of Faith: Michael Sischy Feature
April 28, 2010

Dr. Michael Sischy qualified as a General Medical Practitioner from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1993. He joined Jews for Jesus in January 1999 after being active in the state and private health care sectors for five years. Michael comes from a traditional...

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Amer Olson | Journey of Faith | Jewish Artist for Jesus
January 17, 2010
Author: Amer Olson

Amer Olson is the director of the Chicago branch of Jews for Jesus. He grew up in Minneapolis in a family that celebrated Hanukkah and Passover as well as Christmas and Easter — his mother is Jewish and his father is Gentile. Later, while studying at the...

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Josh Brodlt’s Story
December 12, 2007

Josh can hardly remember a time when he was not acquainted with the Liberated Wailing Wall’s music as well as his father’s stories about their adventures “on the road.” When he heard how his dad had been punched in the stomach in South Africa, Josh was deeply impacted. “I thought of the places where Jesus says, ‘Blessed are you when men hate you for my name’s sake.’ I thought, what a privilege to take a punch for Jesus.”

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Sally O’Connor: My Life in Story
May 19, 2006
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My Life in Story I was born into a middle class, Jewish Amercian family, which would have made me a princess” except that my father was a florist, not a doctor. We celebrated almost all the traditional Jewish holidays in a superficial way. While I was taught...

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Moishe Rosen’s Story
May 2, 2006
Author: Moishe Rosen

Moishe Rosen’s Story I wasn’t looking for Jesus or God or anything ontological. I kept my nose to the grindstone. My goal in life was nothing big: I wanted to earn a good living and be able to afford a middle-class lifestyle. But even if I wasn’t...

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Jews in Pakistan?!
January 1, 2005
Author: Karl deSouza

Jews in Pakistan?! There are Jews in Pakistan?!?” is the common reaction I get when I tell people I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. My father, a Catholic, was of Goan origin (Goa is a western province of India), and my mother comes from the Bene-Israel Jewish...

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Jay Sekulow: How a Jewish Lawyer from Brooklyn Came to Believe in Jesus
Author: Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow: How a Jewish Lawyer from Brooklyn Came to Believe in Jesus My Big Day at the Supreme Court I came to the courtroom early, before the proceedings began. The podium was adjustable, right? I lowered it. I’m five feet, seven and a half inches tall and...

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Jack Sternberg: A Jewish Oncologist’s Story

Jack Sternberg: A Jewish Oncologist's Story   If the condition spread to my left eye, I would be blind. My medical career would be over, and life as I knew it would cease. I was afraid — afraid and angry. I cursed God, figuring if he existed, he deserved it. I...

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Rich Robinson: Coming In Through the Back Door
Author: Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson: Coming In Through the Back Door Like many Jewish people, I was raised in a home where Jewishness was more cultural than religious. Our family celebrated Passover and Hanukkah at our home in Brooklyn, we went to the Temple on the High Holy Days, and...

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