Havurah

No one said it’s always easy being Jewish and for Jesus. Havurah, or “fellowship,” addresses the special concerns and interests of Jewish believers in Jesus.

Jewish Believers, Muslims, and the Gospel
Author: Rich Robinson

A Changing World “We can speak of a Muslim people,” said P. J.,[1] a Jewish believer, mother of two and missionary to the Muslims of North Africa. What she meant was that the religion of Islam encompasses many peoples who all feel caught up in a common destiny and metanarrative which they themselves struggle to…

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When Cultures Meet

Havurah interviews a Messianic Jewish/Muslim Background Believer Couple Havurah: Can you tell us how you came to faith in Yeshua? Basrah: I was born into a Muslim family, but came to believe in Yeshua through a process in which God used several things. The first was receiving a vision from Yeshua in which he told…

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Voices from the Field

Two Jewish missionaries to Muslims Martin Goldsmith Martin Goldsmith was born into a middle-class Jewish home in the UK. He showed a propensity for foreign languages and became a Russian interpreter with the Royal Navy. Through the Student Union movements, Martin came to faith in Yeshua, subsequently working with Overseas Missionary Fellowship in Muslim evangelism…

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Review of Free Men

2011, France; directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi.99 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Free Men, an official selection of the Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festivals, is based on the true story of the Paris Mosque, which hid Jews in occupied France during World War II. Filmed with exquisite beauty and detail, the subdued tone,…

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Life from the Dead
Author: Avi Snyder

There are a number of cities throughout Europe that need to hear the gospel from Jewish lips specifically because of what happened to us there. Three of these cities are Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest. Maybe you can already see the historical thread that connects these three cities. Berlin is the place where the Holocaust was…

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Find your commonalities with these: The Asheville Music Festival: “A Messianic Jewish music festival with new expressions and styles from emerging artists connected with the Messianic Jewish community in Israel and the Diaspora.” August 9-11, 2012 in Deerfields, NC. Details at www.AMF12.com Except where indicated, links to the following events can be found here. Camp…

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From the Editor
Author: Rich Robinson

Readers of Havurah will notice that Aaron Abramson’s usual lead article is missing from this edition. In the summer of 2011, Aaron moved with his family to New York City in order to head up our outreach in “the Big Apple.” As a former New Yorker, I couldn’t be more pleased that Aaron will be…

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Assimilation or Acculturation?
Author: Susan Perlman

What Hanukkah Has to Show Us If you listen to the Jewish experts, they all seem to agree on one thing: one of the greatest threats to Jewish survival is assimilation.  Some say that assimilation is a result of intermarriage and are quick to point out that the rate of Jewish-Gentile marriages is on the…

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When Non-Negotiables Go Bad
Author: Rich Robinson

As Susan Perlman’s article shows, discussions in the Jewish community about assimilation are nothing new. In fact, even prior to the Maccabean revolt, the assimilationist vs. non-assimilationist scenario was playing out in soap-opera fashion.  The high priest about 200 B.C. was named Chanan, though he is known to history by a Hellenized Greek name, Onias…

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A Hanukkah Prayer

At Hanukkah, our Jewish people recite this prayer: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time. The late Vera Schlamm was a Holocaust survivor who understood such prayers. In the story of her journey to faith, Vera wrote: I didn’t…

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Something Different for This Hanukkah!

Judah Maccabee didn’t know this, but “without Hanukkah, there would be no Christmas!”  Now, though, your Jewish friends and family can know when you send them our special Hanukkah postcard. You can view it full-color here where you can also download the original artwork in color or greyscale to print and mail out. (Kinko’s, Office…

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The Aliyah Question

“Jewish believers belong in Israel!” There was an awkward moment as we mulled over the statement. Then the conversation picked up again. An Israeli Messianic leader had challenged a group of American Jewish believers about Messianic Jewish identity. His assertion? That Messianic Jewish identity was incomplete and unfulfilled for those living outside the land of…

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Reports from the Ground

Havurah asked four Jewish believers—three Americans, one Ukrainian—about their aliyah experiences. Here is what they shared with us. At their request, some of their names have been changed. Avi In 1988, Moishe Rosen invited my wife and me to be his guests on our first visit to Israel. We went with the expectation of having…

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Bulletin Board

Don’t live in a spiritual diaspora! Check out these upcoming events: High Holiday Services:go to http://www.jewsforjesus.org/programs/highholidayservices to find Erev Rosh Hashanah and Erev Yom Kippur services in your area. Ingatherings for the whole mishpochah: East Coast, Midwest and West Coast. Brochures at: http://www.jewsforjesus.org/ingathering. Blue Mosaic: You’re a musician. And your mother thinks you are oh-so-talented,…

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1. Behold Your God Consider serving with Behold Your God” in the coming months!! Opportunities are as varied as helping to pack tract bags, hand out water bottles to weary campaigners, share in our prayer network OR be a full-time campaigner (for all or part of a campaign). Campaigns will take place in: MARSEILLES, FRANCE…

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To the Jew First and Also to the Gentile

We spoke to several pastors who are Jewish and who also lead evangelical churches. Their stories are testimonies of God’s faithful leading to bring three men to Himself from their Jewish backgrounds, as well as leading them into ministry in the church. They feel the liberty of the Spirit to minister to the general population…

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We Had Questions…Oy! So Many Good Answers!

This was the most fun article to put together, because it’s all about YOU! We recognize that not all of our Havurah readers worship at a Messianic congregation, or live so far out in Yennevelt that they don’t have the option. Many in our Messianic family have chosen to worship in local churches and have…

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Wonder What You Can Do with the Wonderbook?

Book Title: The Wonder Book: Answers to Kids’ Questions Author: Child Evangelism Fellowship Date Published: 2000 Publisher: CEF Press ISBN: 978-1559760249 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus Scores of books on evangelism are available, but little has been written that presents the gospel to Jewish children. There are not many materials on the market for Jewish children…

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Inside the Mind of Blue Mosaic

Blue Mosaic is Jews for Jesus’ newest, and very international, musical team.  They focus on evangelism in secular venues like coffeehouses and campuses, in addition to performing in churches and Messianic congregations. You can read their full bios, listen to sound samples, and find their schedule at www.bluemosaic.org. Pray for Blue Mosaic, and check out…

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Is Messianic Music Dead?

My dad has always been into music. I remember the smell of vinyl and the hundreds of interesting (and bizarre) album covers scattered throughout our living room. We used to sit and listen to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Cream; The Who; The Rolling Stones; Dylan; The Beatles—and Lamb. Yes, Lamb, the Messianic Jewish rock…

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Reconciling An Artist to His Creator

by Remy R. I found myself surrounded by some forty-odd pairs of stoned and glassy eyes, staring at me and soaking in my every word. I was used to being in front of an audience, performing for people, but I could not have foreseen this: having a platform to speak to people about Jesus through…

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Moishe, Buddha and the LCJE
Topics: LCJE
Author: Ruth Rosen

  An excerpt from the forthcoming biography by Ruth Rosen This way, Moishe!” Jhan pointed to some small boats on the river. He then darted to the other side of the road before his boss could reply. It was a small town in Thailand, but even so, Moishe looked both ways to be sure it…

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Contribute* to This!

*We’re not asking for money. We want YOU! Camp Gilgal’s Wonderful Winter Weekends — February 2011. For children and youth ages 8–18. www.campgilgal.com And now’s the time to think about: Summer Witnessing Campaign 2011 — If you’re a Jewish believer age 18–30, consider joining us for a month in New York of what could be…

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Web Only HavurahXTRA: In Their Own Words: Interviews with Asian-Jewish Couples (extended)

Havurah posed five questions to several Jewish-Asian couples where both partners are believers in Jesus. The print edition of Havurah excerpted the following responses which are given here in full. What are some aspects of your spouse’s background that you found challenging? (can be in terms of marital adjustment, family interactions, personal comfort level, or…

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The Changing Face of the Jewish Community: Meet the Asian-Jewish Intermarrieds
Author: Stan Meyer

The face of the Jewish community is changing. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of intermarriage. In fact, many readers of Havurah may be Jewish and married to a non-Jew, or know someone who is. Five years ago we ran an article by Tuvya Zaretsky on intermarriage.1 At that time, Tuvya reported his…

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Backgrounder to Asian-Jewish Edition of Havurah
Author: Stan Meyer

Rise of Asian-Jewish Mixed Marriages Many began to notice Asian and American intermarriages in the 1990s after immigration from the Far East began to peak. Asian immigration increased steadily after 1965 when Congress reversed controversial racial quotas on immigration from the Far East. In 1975 following the Vietnam War, more than 130,000 refugees arrived in…

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