Jeremiah Zaretsky

Arielle Randle

What could be better than combining Rosh Hashanah greetings with campus outreach? Here are a couple of examples of how the two fit together.

In Chicago, Arielle Randle reports, “We gave out free apples and honey as well as gospel tracts for Rosh Hashanah at Northwestern University, which has the third largest Jewish undergraduate population in the country! God blessed us with a gorgeous day to hand out 200 apple slices with honey, and about 700 ‘Back to school’ broadsides. Pray for Genna, a Jewish student who told me she considers herself more of a ‘spiritual Jew’ than a ‘religious Jew.’ Pray she’ll take the challenge to open the New Testament and that she’ll be amazed to read in Romans 7 how God wants us to serve Him in the newness of the Spirit and not the oldness of the letter of the law.”

In Florida, Heather Drake reports, ” the Florida Atlantic University administration wouldn’t let me distribute real apples and honey so I gave out ‘paper apples’ and invited people to use the to write down something that they’d like to start over new in their lives. It turned out to be a great conversation starter. The last person I talked to was Sam, an unbelieving Jewish student. He asked, ‘What’s this all about?’ I told him that I wanted to know what area of his life he wanted to be made new. He was really impressed with the question and we talked a bit about what changes have already taken place in his life. Before leaving he said, ‘You know, I came over here to argue with you but for some reason I don’t want to argue with you anymore. I hate it when people push leaflets and pamphlets at you and don’t want to really know anything about you. I feel like we made a real human connection.’ Sam said he would look for me again on the campus.”

All set to wish students at FAU a happy new year!

Stay tuned for more news of holiday outreaches!


photos of Jeremiah and Arielle by Simone Parkas, table at FAU by Heather Drake