Jews for Jesus began with Moishe Rosen and a handful of creative college-age Jews who wanted to make a difference for the Lord. Many of our activities took place on, or close to, college campuses, like UC Berkeley and UCLA. These were areas where Jews in their late teens and early twenties were desperately searching for truth and purpose.

Thirty-five years later, many of our staff now have sons and daughters the same age their parents were when this ministry began. Campus evangelism continues to be crucial to our ministry. Many college communities are the size of small towns; often the percentage of Jewish students is quite high, given the ratio of Jewish people to the general population.

In the past we’ve mentioned some of our outreach programs for this age group: we’ve told about Massah, a summer program that brings young Jewish believers to Israel where they form a community geared to discipleship as well as evangelism, and then go on to witness to Israeli trekkers in countries like India and Thailand.

We also have staff who specialize in year-round college outreach.

Currently, three of our branches are home to Jews for Jesus missionaries who spearhead ministry to college-age people. They lead our efforts to reach Jewish students who don’t yet know the Lord, and invest in those who do, encouraging them to share their faith with others.

Melissa Moskowitz works at the Brooklyn branch. She mentors student interns, plans college events for east-coasters and has a steady stream of college students passing through her home.

In the Midwest, at the Chicago center, Heather Blecher does evangelism on several campuses as well as working with a large college-age group of Jewish believers called "Mishpochago" (combining the Jewish word for family, "mishpochah," with Chicago).

On the West coast, Sara Friedman of the Los Angeles branch also reaches out on numerous campuses, with special emphasis on the UCLA area. Our office is just across the street from that campus, and an entire section (affectionately named "The Portico") is dedicated for use as a student center and music venue.

Please pray for Melissa, Heather and Sara as they witness to young adults who don’t yet know Jesus, and seek to disciple those who do.

TOP TEN COLLEGES Jewish Population in a Hillel Campus Survey

 Rank

School

% of Student Population

Jewish Undergrad Population

1.

University of Florida

15.7%

5500

2.

University of Central Florida

13.2%

5000

3.

University of Maryland, College Park

19.9%

5000

4.

York University

11.0%

4500

5.

Rutgers University

16.1%

4500

6.

University of Texas

13.3%

4000

7.

Pennsylvania State University

11.1%

4000

8.

University of Wisconsin

14.0%

4000

9.

University of Michigan

16.3%

4000

10.

New York University

20.8%

4000