RealTime December 2008

A note from David Brickner: A Christmas Spectacle
December 1, 2008

Millions of people packed themselves into a 3-block radius, while thousands of New York City’s finest corralled them behind rows and rows of metal bars. Giant searchlights flooded the area, bouncing off buildings, illuminating the clouds against the velvety night sky. Old and young, the people strained and craned, pushed and pressed to see and hear the festivities at “30 Rock.” The air was positively pummeled with roaring helicopters overhead, while below police dogs barked at the hoards of people still flowing up out of the subways. Security was on high alert. The police seemed nervous . . .”

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Jewish Facts of Life

This year Hanukkah begins on December 21, with Christmas falling pretty much in the middle of the holiday! Find out more about Hanukkah as well as why some Jewish people feel that December presents a dilemma; download Christmas poems from a Messianic Jewish perspective and enjoy some downloadable seasonal artwork in PDF format that combine…

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Jews for Jesus News

Find out how you can be praying for us between now and Jan 15; come check out our new website, [link to our Jewish Gentile site] plus it’s not too late for you to download the Christmas and Hanukkah broadsides we are handing out this month . . . “

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In Other News

Birthright Israel is a program that sends Jewish students between the ages of 18-26 on ten-day long trips to Israel-for free. In the past, we have known of one or two Jewish believers in Jesus who were sent home from this trip because of their beliefs, even though they were not asked to state their beliefs on the application. This month Birthright Israel has made it official: Messianic Jews need not apply as they will not be accepted on the program . . .

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Thank You For Praying

In 2006, Cyril Gordon, one of our missionaries in Los Angeles, was falsely arrested and jailed for approximately seven hours for handing out gospel literature in a public place, just outside of the Israel Independence Day Festival. As a result, we filed a civil suit in order to protect our freedom of speech. At last,…

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Jewish Art Calendar

Real Deals

Our gorgeous Israeli art calendar features twelve fabulous, full color Bible-based illustrations by Israeli artist Oleg Trabish. The calendar began in September 2008 and continues through December 2009. It includes Jewish, Israeli and US holidays. Take a look at the calendar here. It normally retails for the surprisingly low price of $14. Because four of…

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Sneak Peek
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Next month’s (print) newsletter includes: an article by David Brickner titled If It’s New”; an introduction to our new Liberated Wailing Wall team; Moishe’s Musings on Myths that Can Cripple Your Witness, and Bits from the Branches in Los Angeles, Toronto and New York.”

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Printable Seasonal Artwork

Enjoy some downloadable seasonal artwork in PDF format that combines Christmas and Hanukkah—you might even use them to create your own holiday cards for Jewish/Gentile couples!

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