September 2006 Newsletter (5767:1)

Long Island Campaign . . . Jewish Dentist Meets the Great Physician
September 1, 2006
Author: Anne Elfbaum

One thing we hear on the streets and see in the Jewish newspapers is “Jews for Jesus is deceptive. They are not Jewish, their founder is a Baptist and Jews for Jesus was founded and continues to be backed by Baptists.” Geoff Robinson, one of our favorite Gentiles for Jesus, asked Moishe to comment on this. Here is what he said:

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Moishe’s Musings
Author: Moishe Rosen

I guess that some think that John the Baptist founded Jews for Jesus. But he was martyred in 29 A.D. and we weren’t founded till 32 A.D. Seriously, I think some people bring up my denomination in a feeble attempt to play to the prejudices of those who wrongly believe that one can’t be a […]

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A Steward for all Seasons
Author: Ruth Rosen

Reggie Douglas is not happy that this was the final Behold Your God campaign. It is barely an exaggeration to say he has made a career out of these witnessing campaigns: beginning with the first BYG campaign in San Francisco in 2001, he’s participated in 15 Jews for Jesus witnessing campaigns. Some might say he […]

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Media Make Much of Jews Believing in Jesus
Author: Susan Perlman

Jews for Jesus and “the media” have a long history. We first put up handbills on the kiosks of San Francisco State University and the University of California Berkeley using the slogan “Jews for Jesus.” The national press confused the number of posters with the number of people and literally named our movement. Thank you, […]

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Reaching Israel from New York City
Author: Rachel Soren

Campaign leaders: Aaron Abramson and Daniel Goldstein For the first time in our history, an Israeli team of Jews for Jesus campaigned among the 200,000 Israelis in New York City. Clad in Hebrew Jews for Jesus T-shirts and carrying Hebrew broadsides and other gospel literature, they also placed gospel ads in local Hebrew newspapers, conducted […]

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BYG Hopes and Dreams

BYG Beginnings How it all started The acronym for Behold Your God—the Jews for Jesus five-year plan to reach every city (outside of Israel) with a population of 25,000 or more Jewish people—was no coincidence. But acronyms aside, what we really dreamed was that through this BYG outreach, people all over the world would, indeed, […]

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What’s Cookin’ in Brooklyn
Author: Seth Richards

Have you ever read those restaurant reviews in the newspaper that apply adjectives to food that you never thought possible? I know that “soul,” “purity,” and “synergy” are not typically the first words that come to mind when I describe my potato salad. But my potato salad is usually nothing like that of world-class and […]

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Jesus: the Real King of Queens
Author: Ruth Rosen

Campaign leaders Bruce Rapp and Larry Stamm Yosef Ashurov, one of our outreach workers in Odessa, was handing out broadsides at 108th Street when he met a former neighbor of his from Uzbekistan. Mara moved here 13 years ago. “I told her that God loves her, and Y’shua died so that she could be made […]

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Softening the Ground in Bronx/Westchester
Author: Efram Fuchs

Campaign leaders Amer Olson and Jhan Moskowitz “We have a very strong, close Jewish community here,” a man informed campaign leader Amer Olsen over the phone. “We won’t stand for this.” “This” was the Jews for Jesus Bronx/ Westchester campaign, headquartered in White Plains, New York. People didn’t expect to see Jews for Jesus in […]

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Gospel Closes Generation Gap
Author: Anne Elfbaum

This summer, the Tilleses (Murray and Alana, along with their 14-year-old son Nathan and 11-year-old daughter Shayna) shared a mission trip together: a week with the Jews for Jesus Behold Your God New York campaign. Murray and Nathan took to the streets to evangelize, while Alana and Shayna stayed behind the scenes, cooking and taking […]

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Consecration Ceremony
Author: Seth Richards

The shofar blasted as some 200 campaigners and stewards gathered on Shabbat for the consecration service to start the Behold Your God finale. The sound of the ram’s horn was a robust call for us to present ourselves for consecration. We gathered to ask God to help us reach His people in the greater New […]

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The Next Generation . . . and the Next
Author: Ruth Rosen

Micha Cohen is a general missionary with Jews for Jesus in Chicago, but he spent the first and fourth weeks of July on the BYG campaign in Manhattan. During the second two weeks he remained in the city and led Halutzim, a Jews for Jesus program for Jewish teens who believe in Y’shua (Jesus). The […]

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An Intern from Ithaca Reflects on Missionary Work in NYC
Author: Seth Richards

“When I walk around the littered city streets I try to adopt the distant urban stare of the natives, but it’s probably pretty obvious that I’m fresh out of the country. I like telling people that where I’m from, the tallest buildings are silos, and they usually ask, ‘What’s a silo?’ I didn’t expect New […]

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Jews, Jesus and Jersey
Author: Seth Richards

Campaign leaders Josh Sofaer,Garrett Smith and Tuvya Zaretsky Campaign leader Josh Sofaer can tell you that reaching people in the suburbs is a whole lot different than city street campaigns. “It’s not that there are no people . . . they are just all in their cars!” he explains. “The Jersey Shore was the best […]

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Campaigning in the BYG Apple
Author: Sid Rothstein

Campaign leaders Dan Sered and Greg Savitt Ask Manhattan campaigner Sharon Turnil her favorite place to hand out broadsides and she’ll tell you “Bryant Park, because people are relaxed and willing to talk.” (Or as Michelle, who also favors Bryant Park put it, “People are chillin’ and willin’.”) Monte Hinojosa will tell you his favorite […]

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Brooklyn: BYG and Beyond
Author: Ruth Rosen

Karol Joseph is nothing if not adamant. “When Behold Your God started, I remember telling David Brickner that all of our missionaries should move to New York City because every single borough needed its own branch. There are two million Jewish people in NYC— that is two fifths of the country’s Jewish population.” While Brickner […]

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All the Way from Russia
Author: Rachel Soren

Team leaders Leonid Vasserman and Gregory Furman Gregory Furman and Elizabeth T. are both from the former Soviet Union, but have been part of the regular team of Jews for Jesus in New York for some time. This summer however, they were joined by 27 brothers and sisters from Russia and Ukraine in order to […]

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Hassidic Jews: Who are They?
Author: Seth Richards

Spelled Hassidic, Hasidic, Chassidic or Chasidic, over 300,000 such Jews reside in the New York metropolitan region. Though commonly referred to as ultra- Orthodox, Hassidic Jews (or “pious ones”) most prefer to be described as “fervently observant.” (The term ultra- Orthodox also applies to the Misnagdim literally, “opponents,” who at one time had serious disputes […]

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Reaching the Ultra-Orthodox
Author: Anne Elfbaum

Campaign leaders Stephen Katz, Jonathan Bernd and Yoel ben David “I will meet to talk more about this, but I want to meet with a woman.” Normally our missionaries would conclude that a man who said this was not interested in the gospel. But this was the ultra-Orthodox aspect of BYG New York and our […]

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