Eli Birnbaum

Eli Birnbaum Tel Aviv

Branch Leader

Eli Birnbaum was born in the U.S. and moved with his family to Israel at the age of seven. He came to believe in Yeshua (Jesus) at a very early age, as his father was a pastor. Although as a child Eli was indifferent toward his faith, his passion for God was rekindled while attending a summer camp as a teenager. He returned to school, started sharing about the Lord with his friends, and soon became known as “the missionary.”

Eli joined Jews for Jesus in 2009, after completing his mandatory military service. He developed the Tel Aviv branch’s ministry to soldiers and youth, and helped found our Israeli Massah (journey) program, which focuses on reaching young Israelis as they travel through India and South America. He showed great leadership ability early on and was tasked with the planning, designing, and renovating of the Moishe Rosen Center. Upon its completion, Eli was promoted in 2013 to oversee the Center and to lead its children, youth, and young adults department. He became the Israel director in 2019.

Eli has his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Open University and is currently in his second year of studies at Western Seminary for his MA in biblical and theological studies. He is an astute and insightful thinker with a heart to serve and strategically find ways to minister to people, no matter where they stand spiritually. He has been married to his wife Shoshana, who also serves with our ministry, since 2011, and the couple has two boys.