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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.”
As a native New Yorker from Long Island, our Jewish identity and culture were a big part of family life. I went to synagogue, attended Hebrew school and celebrated the Jewish holidays. Around the age of 7, my best friend Chris (a gentile) invited me to church with her family; my first exposure to a […]
I was born in Israel on the holiest of Jewish festivals, Yom Kippur,” the Day of Atonement. I believe God has had His hand on me ever since, to show His grace and wonderful mercy. I grew up in a secular home where we followed all the traditions and kept the holidays, but these observances […]
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.
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.”
When I was diagnosed with cancer, my mother said to me, “Why you, Susan?” I remember replying, “Why not me? Would it be better if it were someone else’s daughter?
When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.
If your heart has ever been broken over a young person who wandered away from the faith and is now living as though God does not exist, we hope this encourages you!
We’re glad to introduce you to some of our new trainees and hope you’ll keep them in your prayers.
Two months ago my brother-like friend and co-worker, Sean Trank, asked me to write something about heaven for others to read. In light of his recent passing, I honor his request today.
In this country where everyone is an American first, I am different, because I am a descendant of Abraham
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
This past summer, in reading Revelation 2, I came across mention of the Nicolaitans. Of course I had seen the word before, but this time I looked it up on Google. I discovered it refers to people in the early church who combined pagan practices of worship with Christian worship, something that God says He […]
We have a relatively new category of staff for students who have had significant involvement in our ministry (through witnessing campaigns, internships, or leadership roles in our Camp Gilgal program) and are tracking to serve with us full time when they graduate. Last year we took several new staff under this category; we hope to […]
The next generation of Jews for Jesus! And thanks to you for praying for God’s provision. We’ve got a great bunch of young people who are preparing for missionary service with us and we hope you will keep them in prayer. Most of our trainees are in New York City … Maybe you’ve seen the […]
Growing up in Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, I had tremendous respect for the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community known as the Hasidim. Though they lived in a world apart from the rest of us, they had a tremendous impact on my early desire to know more about the God I prayed to every night, and even—indirectly—on my calling […]
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 […]
Edited by Matt Sieger
Available from Purple Pomegranate Productions
Review by Rachel Friedlander
In the most comprehensive collection yet, Matt Sieger compiles 19 testimonies in Stories of Jews for Jesus. This colorful cast creates episodes of laughter and tears, comedy and tragedy, each with an inspirational ending. Although this multitude of testimonies creates an intimidating page count, the pick-and-choose buffet format allows for each chapter to stand on it’s own.
Between the pediatrician who survived the concentration camps of the Holocaust, the bodyguard who has protected Ariel Sharon, and the lawyer who won a Jews for Jesus case in the Supreme Court, readers will be both captivated and challenged. Instances of drug addiction, family separation, deaths and disease tarnish these shining accomplishments, creating testimonies that are accessible by every human, Jew and Gentile, believer and unbeliever…
Did you know that April 11 is Holocaust Remembrance Day? We’d like to present the unique challenges of our work in Germany against this backdrop: The state church in Germany… has decided that in the shadow of the Holocaust, they do not have the right to personally share the gospel with Jewish people. That is […]
Frank Capra has touched generations of film buffs with the classic fantasy of George Bailey’s wonderful life.” Feeling his life is of no use to anyone, George tries to end it—and discovers (with the help of his guardian angel) that he has succeeded in touching far more lives than he ever dreamed possible. As believers […]
WHAT’S COOKIN’? Our chaplains help to provide spiritual food, but when it comes to meal times, we have Chef Wayne Erickson to keep those hunger pangs at bay. This will be Wayne’s eleventh summer* to cook for campaigners in New York City. He sold his catering business in June of 1996. “Soon after,” he says, […]
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.” […]
Josh can hardly remember a time when he was not acquainted with the Liberated Wailing Wall’s music as well as his father’s stories about their adventures “on the road.” When he heard how his dad had been punched in the stomach in South Africa, Josh was deeply impacted. “I thought of the places where Jesus says, ‘Blessed are you when men hate you for my name’s sake.’ I thought, what a privilege to take a punch for Jesus.”