Pray for BYG Israel, download free broadside tracts for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, see who got married at the Jews for Jesus West Coast Ingathering, pray for our Russian-speaking colleagues as they gear up for mini-campaigns in Dnepropetrovsk and Berlin.

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Plans for BYG Israel continue to develop and we need your prayers! If you would like to be part of the behind-the-scenes support team interceding for our evangelistic outreaches in Israel, we would very much like to include you to receive regular prayer requests. To join our BYG Israel prayer team, please click here.

Former Jews for Jesus staff members wed at a Jews for Jesus Ingathering

Jeremiah Zaretsky and Hannah Lentz were both members of the Liberated Wailing Wall. That mobile evangelistic music and drama team actually predates the incorporation of Jews for Jesus, but as you can see by the photos, Hannah and Jeremiah have been fairly recent team members. While they did *not* tour together, they met through Jews for Jesus.

Hannah also attended our Camp Gilgal, first as a camper, then a counselor for many years. The long “Ingathering” weekend is a time of fellowship for Jewish believers up and down the West Coast but is especially appreciated by Camp Gilgalians, who see the weekend as kind of a camp reunion. One of the highlights of this year’s Ingathering was the Zaretsky/Lentz wedding.


Photos of Jeremiah and Hannah Zaretksy’s wedding at the Jews for Jesus West Coast Ingathering show the couple approaching the traditional chupah (wedding canopy) receiving the benediction and finally preparing to take off for their honeymoon.

What does Thanksgiving signal?

Well, for many people it means the beginning of the holiday shopping season. For believers it means a special time of thanking God for all His blessings, and one of the ways that we Jews for Jesus give thanks is to step up our efforts to tell others the good news of Yeshua (Jesus).

What can you do?

If you think of it on Thanksgiving Day, pray for our New York staff who will be greeting folks at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with gospel tracts.

Please continue to remember to pray for our missionaries in the weeks leading up to Christmas as we continue to meet crowds of holiday shoppers with gospel broadsides (tracts).

If you would like to see, or perhaps even download some of our holiday tracts for your own use, click here:

Thanksgiving Tracts : Christmas Tracts : Hanukkah Tracts

We would appreciate your prayers for our missionaries around the world, but four of our branches have especially requested your prayers:

Brooklyn, New York

Please pray for our upcoming Hanukkah Party on Sunday, December 9. We are hoping that our gathering will provide an opportunity to meet and minister to many Jewish believers and their children, helping them to see and understand the connections between our Jewish heritage and the coming of our Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus).

Sydney, Australia

We will be having a Hanukkah outreach on December 6 at our bookshop in Sydney. Branch leader Bob Mendelson asks RealTime readers to pray for a good evening, that unsaved people will enjoy the evening with us and will listen to God’s word and respond in faith.

Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Our staff and volunteers are going all out to hand out as many tracts as they can between December 3 and December 15, to be followed by an all-out effort from December 17 through December 28 to visit as many Jewish seekers as possible. Please pray for the Lord of the harvest to bless their efforts.

Essen, Germany

Our staff has just finished a three-day outreach in Stuttgart (November 12-14), so please pray that God will continue to water the gospel seed that was planted there, and that relationships with volunteers who helped us will continue to grow.

December 2-8 our staff will be returning to Berlin. For Jews to openly share the gospel in this city during the Jewish Festival of Dedication (Hanukkah) is quite poignant. Please pray that many Jews and Gentiles will be drawn in a spirit of repentance to the love and forgiveness Jesus offers.

Local Opportunities

We have a couple for our friends in Brooklyn, NY:
Join us for our monthly Shabbat Seminar on Saturday, November 17, 10 am – 12 pm at the Antioch Church, 201 Atlantic Avenue in downtown Brooklyn. Our November topic is Jewish prayer and liturgy. Learn more about the Jewish roots of the Lord’s Prayer, and the role of prayer and liturgy in Judaism today. All are welcome.

We will be holding a day of evangelism in the Russian-speaking Jewish neighborhood of Brighton Beach on Friday, December 7. If you are interested in participating in the evangelism on that day e-mail us. Training will be provided.