Brave Enough to Dream
December 2, 2016
Author: Jews for Jesus

Our L.A. branch is about to undergo a complete transformation.

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Marc Chagall and Jesus
April 21, 2014

Marc Chagall’s extensive repertoire of artwork, in which Jesus and the crucifixion is the central subject, assuredly begs the question: “What’s a nice Jewish boy like you doing painting a nice Jewish boy like him?” The artist’s preoccupation with Jesus as a symbol of Jewish suffering and deliverance provides much fuel for discussion from both […]

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Amer Olson | Journey of Faith | Jewish Artist for Jesus
January 17, 2010
Author: Amer Olson

Amer Olson is the director of the Chicago branch of Jews for Jesus. He grew up in Minneapolis in a family that celebrated Hanukkah and Passover as well as Christmas and Easter — his mother is Jewish and his father is Gentile. Later, while studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Amer began […]

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Art by Amer Olson
November 15, 2008
Author: Amer Olson

Mike Lynch”, oil on linen   “Freya”, charcoal on paper “Pears”, oil on linen “Carl”, oil on panel “Old Friends”, oil on panel “Stella”, oil on linen “Tea and Fortunes”, oil on linen “US District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer”, oil on linen “The Beading Loom”, oil on linen “Self Portrait with Mandolin”, oil on linen […]

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NEGATIVE SPACE: What is Missing in Today’s Judaism
September 29, 2008

by Arielle Rothbard During the spring of my senior year of high school, my photography teacher invited our art class to a gallery. There were 50 pieces: all different sizes, shapes, colors and textures. Each had a subject and space around that subject. One 8″x10″ shot grabbed my attention from where it hung a foot […]

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God With Us
December 1, 2002
Author: Ruth Rosen

Do you ever think about what it cost God to be with us? We used to get what I’d call serial crank calls” from a man who was beside himself at the thought of God coming to earth in the flesh. He would leave long messages asking us in various colorful ways if we really […]

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Test Your Yiddishkeit
August 1, 1999

The word kipah” is pronounced kee-pah, accenting the first syllable if you are using the Yiddish pronunciation. (The Hebrew pronunciation accents the second syllable.) Test your yiddishkeit by circling the definition you think best describes the word kipah: a. what a grandfather from Brooklyn calls something he is not inclined to throw away b. an […]

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The Art of Messianic Ketubot
May 1, 1999
Author: Leah Snyder

Nancy Jardine is a Detroit-born artist who has infused the art of making ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts) with a personal spiritual dynamic. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Madonna University and currently works as an art teacher at a Christian school. Nancy first encountered a ketubah when she was asked to repair one […]

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Ray Stolz: On Printmaking and Praise
August 1, 1998

The Messianic art movement is alive and well and growing in South Africa! Ray Stolz, elder at Beit Yeshua Messianic Congregation in Johannesburg, is a printmaker who weds traditional South African images with biblical narrative to bring praise to the Jewish Messiah Yeshua. Ray’s soft-spokenness is contrasted to and complemented by the bubbly personality of […]

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He’s Not Clowning Around
May 1, 1998

Henry Morse takes the Word of God very seriously. Yet while the Great Benafuchi thinks of himself as an evangelist, through his circus ministry he acts and looks like a clown. Henry believes that the use of humor is important in getting across the Good News: “When people are laughing, at least we know they’re […]

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On Faith and Creativity

Although this is only the second issue of Havurah, we’ve already begun a tradition: Each edition will feature an article about what’s happening in the Messianic Jewish art world. At this rate—if the Lord tarries—Havurah will need to be published well into the second millennium! We at Jews for Jesus keep discovering” new creativity and […]

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Jacob’s Prophecies
March 1, 1990

As he lay dying, Jacob’s spirit rose to prophetic stature. The words he spoke to his sons were his last will and testament. Unlike the material or financial gifts associated with bequests today, Jacob’s bequests consisted of prophetic utterances and a series of blessings and curses. These had their roots in God’s earlier promise to […]

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