Dan Sered was born in Israel to a secular Jewish family. While his parents might have been considered atheists, he always believed in God and the miracles that God does in the TaNaKh (Old Testament). In his teens, the Sered family relocated to New York, where Dan later attended Stony Brook University and met Dinah, a Jewish believer in Jesus. Dinah shared the Gospel with Dan and showed him how Yeshua (Jesus) fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah. His eyes were opened and Dan committed his life to the Lord. In 1999, Dan & Dinah were married and soon after began serving as missionaries, joining Jews for Jesus and later moving to Israel. In 2006, Dan was appointed as the Israel Director of Jews for Jesus; the organization's largest branch in the world today. As its director, Dan oversees Missionary Teams in both Hebrew and Russian, a Youth and Young Adult Team, and the Moishe Rosen Center located in the heart of Tel Aviv. In 2013, Dan received his M.A. in Ministry and Leadership from Western Seminary, and is currently a doctoral student and working on his D. Min. through Dallas Theological Seminary. Dan & Dinah have 3 children; Yael, Eithan and Yoav.
Alexander has believed in Yeshua since 2004. Alexander live most his life in Israel and he is deeply connected to his land and to the people of Israel. He wants to share his faith with Israelis. Alexander got married with Svetlana in 2011 and their first son was born on January 2014.
Yoel Ben David has believed in Jesus since July, 2001. Yoel was born in Israel although he was raised in Europe. His mother is Jewish and is from Morocco; his father, who is not Jewish, hails from Scotland. Yoel speaks, reads and writes English, French and Hebrew fluently.
Eli Birnbaum came to faith in Jesus at a very young age, as his Jewish believing father was a pastor. When he was seven, his family moved to Israel. Although he was indifferent toward his faith in his early teens, a summer camp he attended in his later teen years rekindled his passion for God. He returned to school, started sharing his faith with his friends, and soon became known as “the missionary.” Now he serves as a Young Adult minister with Jews for Jesus in Israel. In 2012, he received his bachelor’s degree at Ramat Gan College. Eli is married to a Jewish believer, Shoshana who also serves on our staff.
Chaim Birnbaum was raised in a Messianic home. His Family moved from the United States to Israel when Chaim was very young. While he received Jesus at an early age, as a teen he was the “wildest” of his siblings. At age eighteen, Chaim repented at an Israeli youth conference and became serious about serving the Lord. Chaim led several youth groups and was involved with ministry in Africa for two and a half months before beginning an internship with Jews for Jesus. He planned and organized a unique outreach from the Moishe Rosen Center in Tel Aviv, inviting graffiti artists to show their art! Chaim is serving with Jews for Jesus on Massah for four years, a discipleship/outreach journey that reaches Israeli trekkers around the world. Chaim’s older brother Eli leads the Jews for Jesus young adult ministry in Israel. Chaim is currently serving in Tel-Aviv as a young adults ad youth leader.
Miri Dolinsky was born in Russia and grew up in a believing family. Her parents came to faith when she was only a baby. At age 5, she immigrated to Israel with her family and moved to the small city of Nazareth Illit in the north of the country. Her family quickly joined a local Messianic congregation of which they are still a part. Being an immigrant wasn’t easy and often made her feel like an outsider. By age 15, she came to realize that the relationship her parents had with the Lord was not her own, and decided to seek after Yeshua for herself! After coming to faith, God restored her confidence and gave her a new identity in Him. She and her friends even began a prayer group at school. Towards the end of her mandatory military service, Miri heard about Jews for Jesus’ Massah (Journey) program where a team of young believers adventure to India and South America to meet with travelers and share their faith. That year, she was one of the first team member to sign up, and even helped lead a team the following year. Since 2016, Miri has served on our Youth and Young Adult Missionary team at the Moishe Rosen Center where she ministers at a weekly kids club, an inter-congregational youth group, and a Bible Study for soldiers. She loves building personal connections with those she serves and inspiring them in their walk of faith.
Tzachi Danor serves as a missionary in Jews for Jesus' Tel Aviv, Israel branch. Tzachi is a native of Akko, Israel, and grew up as his mother's only child, yet part of a large, extended Moroccan Jewish family. After completing his Israeli military service, Tzachi moved to Dallas, Texas. He struck up a friendship with a Messianic Jewish woman who introduced him to many other believers, regular study of the Scriptures and, ultimately, recognition of Y'shua as the promised Jewish Messiah. His mother's illness was the impetus for his return to Israel, this time as a new believer in Y'shua. As his mother recovered, Tzachi became involved with various Messianic ministries in Israel. His love for sharing the good news about salvation in Y'shua with others connected him with like-minded people at Jews for Jesus. Tzachi has been serving with Jews for Jesus in Tel Aviv since 2007 and has participated in twelve Jews for Jesus evangelistic campaigns in Israel, Canada, the UK and South Africa.
Ofer Levy is a missionary at the Tel Aviv branch of Jews for Jesus. A native Israeli, Ofer has lived and served in Israel, New York, and California. He and his wife, Sarah, have two sons: Ely and Matthew.
Vladimir Mitnitsky was born in Ukraine. At the age of fifteen, he made aliyah to Israel without his parents (his father is Jewish). Although he knew about Jesus, he didn't believe in him as in the promised Messiah. He studied in Yeshiva (religious high school) for three years. There he was challenged by the rabbis to think about the Jewish Messiah who would bring redemption and peace to his people. Although he was taught to do good deeds (mitzvahs), Mitnitsky didn't have peace in his heart. He came to faith in Jesus at the age of twenty after he read prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament. He graduated from college with a professional diploma in engineering. But when he volunteered with Jews for Jesus on the streets of New York City and Israel, he felt God's calling to do evangelism to his Jewish people. After participating in four Jews for Jesus witnessing campaigns, three in Israel, Mitnitsky joined the Jews for Jesus staff as a full-time missionary in 2009. He met his wife Yulia during a New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign and they were married in 2010. They welcomed the birth of their first child, Natanel in early 2013.
Outreach Worker Trainee
Max Raev grew up in Belarus, the son of a Jewish father and a Gentile mother. When he was six years old, his parents went abroad to work for a year, and Max lived with his grandparents. His grandfather was the first one to introduce him to Jesus. But when his parents returned and he started living with them again, he had no one to guide him in faith matters, and he lived as an unbeliever. After high school, Max moved by himself to Israel. While serving in the Israeli military, Max met Sheer, his future wife, who was attending a Messianic congregation. Max started attending the congregation and reading the New Testament. He could not put it down. When he realized what Jesus had done for him, he gave his life to Him. He now serves at the Tel Aviv branch of Jews for Jesus as an Outreach Worker Trainee in children’s and young adult ministry.
Avigail was born in Israel. Her father is Israeli and her mother is Finnish (converted to Judaism). Avigail became a believer in Jesus in 2004. Soon Avigail was sharing her faith with others and she felt God calling her to reach her Jewish people. She left Finland and moved to Israel. Avigail participated in several of our outreach events before joining our missionary staff. Avigail is married to Markus and together they have a son.
Dinah is part of the direct evangelism team in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is passionate about studying the bible with others. Not only does she do one one-on-one Bible studies but she also hosts a weekly Hebrew speaking Bible study in her home. Dinah leads worship at her local congregation. She coordinates local events such as the ladies’ tea, clothing exchange, women’s Bible study and others! She is currently taking classes through Western Seminary for Masters of Arts with a focus on Pastoral Care for w/Women.
I grew up in a believing household; my parents came to faith when I was 6 years old. My step-dad started visiting a congregation in Beer Sheva (south of Israel) and accepted Yeshua as his savior. Not long afterwards my mum came to faith as well. I grew up in a congregation called ‘Grace and Truth’ and was part of the youth group, went to conferences in the summer and acted like a believer. Although I knew from an early age that God had His hand on my life, I was never willing to accept Christ into my heart. I felt that giving God my life was an irreversible step and I wasn’t ready to totally commit to Him. I was sitting on the fence trying to benefit from God and from the world. At the age of 16 I started practicing music and at 17 formed a rock band. I loved being on a stage, playing and singing for my ego and my own “glory”. At the same time, I was also part of the worship team in church. I felt like I was serving two lords; God and myself, mainly myself. A time came when God touched my heart, I couldn’t do it any longer. I decided to put all my talents, all my capabilities, all that I am into God’s hands. I gave it all to Jesus, asking him to be my Lord, repenting of my pride and sin. I accepted Jesus as my Messiah giving him all that I am and decided to live my life building His kingdom – not mine. I honorably discharged from the army in 2012 with a thirst for God’s word. There was a hunger to get to know Him more, spend time with Him and enjoy Him. I opted to serve and study at the “Shelter” Eilat, then did a 3-month discipleship program, where I met my beautiful future wife, Gefen who I married in 2014. Shortly afterwards I went on an outreach program with Jews for Jesus to India and started working with JFJ in the young adults ministry, evangelizing at cultural events and on the streets of Tel – Aviv, sharing the good news about Yeshua.
Gefen grew up in a believing home in Israel. When she was 14 years old, Gefen accepted Yeshua as her savior, but struggled with her faith during high school and military service. After finishing the army, she renewed her relationship with the Lord and participated in a 3 month discipleship program, where she also met her future husband Boris. In 2013, Gefen joined the staff of Jews for Jesus as part of the Youth and Young Adult Missionary team; helping to host events at the Moishe Rosen Center and to lead weekly meetings for women, youth, and soldiers. Over the last few summers, she has also been a part of training and sometimes leading our Massah teams, where groups of young messianic believers travel to India to share the gospel with Israeli backpackers. Because of her faith struggles as a young adolescent, Gefen truly has a heart to minister and disciple teenage girls, soldiers and young women.
Danielle Stavi was born in Israel to a believing family and grew up not far from Jerusalem. At the age of 16, she went through a trying time, and understood that she didn’t really know the Lord. Danielle knew about God and what He desired of her, yet followed her own path. In 2009, at an army preparation conference, organized by believers, Danielle realized that a life without God wasn’t worth living. She understood that He couldn’t be reached through her deeds, but only through the sacrifice made by Jesus. Suddenly, God filled her emptiness with joy, and even gave her boldness to share regularly about Him during her two years of army service. Danielle then participated in an intensive discipleship course before earning her B.A. in Social Work at Hebrew University. During the summer breaks, in the midst of her studies, she joined Jews for Jesus’ Massah (Journey) program where a team of young believers adventure to India and South America to meet with travelers and share their faith. In 2016, Danielle officially began working for our Youth and Young Adult ministry at the Moishe Rosen Center where she coordinates our Massah efforts, works with youth in Jerusalem, and assists with events at the center. No matter where she is serving, Danielle desires to help others have a deeper revelation of who God is and to be bold in proclaiming Him as Lord of their lives.