stories of jews for jesus staff

Our Stories | Jews for Jesus Staff

After their own spiritual experience, some have even dedicated their careers to sharing the message of Jesus as Messiah with other Jews. Find out what moved them so deeply that they would become the force known as “Jews for Jesus.”

Why Melissa chose to believe in Jesus for herself, and not for her parents
June 1, 2017

Melissa Weinisch was born to Messianic parents. Melissa accepted Jesus as the Messiah at age five for herself and not just for her parents. This article and video share Melissa’s journey of not just being a believer in Jesus but rather being pursuer of God, seeking Him with all of her body, soul, and spirit.

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A Seder I’ll Always Remember
March 23, 2017
Author: Rob Wertheim

I was excited to be heading to the West Coast to visit my older brother Steve. My dad had returned to New York with the good news that Steve had found a place with a nice Jewish landlady who would “keep an eye on him.”

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No More Religious Confusion
March 23, 2016
Author: Shimon Eitan

When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.

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My Jewish Nose
January 29, 2014
Author: Rachel Rothspan

In this country where everyone is an American first, I am different, because I am a descendant of Abraham

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Give thanks to the Lord for He is so good!
November 8, 2013

It was December 1970, as I sat on the large boulder next to rushing waters at Forest Falls in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area in Southern California. Only days before, I had experienced salvation in Yeshua (Jesus). Now, as I pondered the implications of that salvation, I was in that "sacred place" to talk with […]

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Author: Lynn McCoy

OK, I’m just going to say it. I love Christmas. I don’t have a problem, as a Jew, proclaiming that. I admit I have a Christmas tree, I love singing Christmas carols, and if you come to my house in December, you will hear Handel’s "Messiah" playing over and over again. Why do I, a […]

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Meet our new trainees!
August 9, 2013

  Here is an extended view of our missionary trainees. Take some time to get to know and pray for them. You can click on their name or picture below to connect with them or send them notes of encouragement. Three of our newer Israel staff – Eli and Shoshanah Birnbaum and Alex Adelson – […]

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Meet our Missionary Trainees!
October 1, 2010

Simon Lissak and Kata Tar have just begun their second full month of missionary training at our center in New York City. They are learning the missionary craft, as well as learning the ropes of life in Manhattan.  Your prayers during this exciting and challenging time would mean so much—and what better way to ask […]

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A Seder To Remember
April 1, 2008
Author: Rob Wertheim

I was excited to be on the West Coast and to see my older brother Steve. Dad had been there earlier when Steve found an apartment, and had returned to New York with the good news that my brother had found a place with a nice Jewish landlady who would “keep an eye on him.” […]

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The Making of a Trainer
October 3, 2007

Many of you have met a Jews for Jesus missionary who spoke with confidence at a local church, or maybe you’ve met one of us handing out our gospel broadsides on a street corner. Did you ever wonder what it takes for a missionary to speak confidently, and (we hope) be a proficient evangelist? It […]

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Rich Robinson: Coming In Through the Back Door
January 1, 2005
Author: Rich Robinson
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Hineni: Here Am I, God, But Where Are You?
March 1, 2004

A despairing Jewish drug counselor finds hope in an unlikely place.

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Singing God’s Praises
February 1, 1990
Author: Heidi Grabke

How can someone with blond hair and blue eyes and a name like Heidi Grabke be Jewish? That’s easy. My mother is Jewish and my father is half German and half Jewish. I have my father’s German coloring and German surname, but believe me, underneath all this is a very Jewish person. My upbringing near […]

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My Identity as a Jew: An Interview with Jodee Steiner
November 1, 1986

Editor: When did being Jewish first hold meaning for you? Jodee: I can’t remember it not meaning something to me, so I guess it always did. But I think it started causing problems when I entered school. When I was at home with my mom and dad, I thought everybody was like us. You don’t […]

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My Name Change
March 1, 1985

Most children are given the regular complement of names at birth. For me, however, having been born into a Jewish home, I was given another name along with the regular designations. Not only was I Fred Goldstein” but at my bris my parents added a Yiddish appellation—Feivel. I don’t think my parents realized that all […]

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A Dream Shared
September 1, 1982
Author: Susan Perlman

I realized I couldn’t turn my back on all the injustices around me.” “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon him.” “I have a dream…” The stirring words of Martin Luther King, Jr., […]

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Marching for Peace
November 1, 1981

We shall overcome, we shall overcome, we shall overcome someday…Oh, Lord, deep in my soul, I know that I do believe…We shall overcome someday.” The 50’s were a time of social activism, and my father, a college professor, was right in the center of it. I remember one cold, wintry morning when my three sisters […]

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An ISSUES Interview [with Dr. Simon Green]
May 1, 1981

The following is an interview with Dr. Simon Green, a professor of philosophy at one of the largest state universities in the country. Because the questions are pointed, the answers are candid and his position is sensitive, we have changed his name. Q: As a Jew who does not believe in Jesus and is oriented […]

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