This summer, Jerusalem was the universal focus of activity as it celebrated its 70th Anniversary. The U.S. Embassy also moved its
headquarters to Jerusalem, and therefore numerous festivities took place in Jerusalem and throughout the nation of Israel. As these joyful celebrations occurred, the forty-five year old ministry, Jews for Jesus made sure it was not left out of these historical occasions as it culminated its eighteen year old “Behold Your G-d Campaign” in Jerusalem, the city Yeshua lamented over and loved.
There is a growing absence of young Jewish families in Messianic Jwish synagogues these days. This is also happening in many Conservative and Reform Jewish communities. And the question begs to be answered, “Why is this? And how can we bring in more young families and stop others from slipping through the cracks?” Afterall, the future of Messianic Judaism and its torch must be passed on to the next generation for it to carry on. The “why?” can easily dominate and take us outside the scope of this article, but “How to bring in more young Jewish families” can begin to be addressed through understanding the stages of life that young parents are in and where they are in regards to their Jewish identity. The ability to transmit Jewish identity to children really depends on the background of the parents…
Jewish entrepreneurs first arrived in The City by the Bay in the midst of the Gold Rush and they continue to impact the development of many cultural and philanthropic institutions. Take a visit to The Contemporary Jewish Museum, located in the Mission, and enjoy a delicious pastrami sandwich in Wise Sons Deli on your way out…
f you care deeply about Israel, you’ll want to know the latest that the Alliance for Israel Advocacy (AIA) has been doing to promote legislation that would award funds to West Bank Palestinians to voluntarily emigrate for better economic opportunities in other countries.
Dr. Marvin Olasky has been many things in his life—atheist, communist, hippie, adventurer, White House advisor; today he is a Jewish believer in Yeshua, a seasoned academic, author of over 20 books, investigative journalist and the editor-in-chief of World Magazine.
Medical Tourism is a commonly-used term referring to people who go to another country for medical treatments and care. Many nations, including Israel, are on the map for medical tourism, with people visiting what is known as the “start-up nation” to receive some of the most advanced available treatments for cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Essential tremor, and more.
On December 24, 2017, Guatemala became the first country at the United Nations to join the United States by announcing that they too would move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “I would like to thank President Trump for leading the way,” Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told an audience at AIPAC, the American Israel
Fern and Adolph were a young couple living in a very conservative community. The couple had met while picking apples at a multi-congregation event. Both of them grew up in churches that believed in keeping the Shabbat on Saturday instead of Sunday as the day of rest. They also had been raised with a strong focus on Bible prophecy and anticipated the return of the Jews to Israel. “G-d says in Genesis, bless Israel,” says Adolph succinctly. “We wanted to be a part of blessing Israel.”…
In 1999, Rick Ridings received a word from the L-rd to lay down his ministry of establishing international prayer and worship gatherings in cities throughout Africa, Asia and Europe and move to Israel. Before making his move, Rick contacted the leaders of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance and asked them to pray for him regarding settling in Israel. He says he was thinking of spending half of his time there but after prayer the leaders told him that he should set up a full-time ministry and start 24/7 worship and prayer. Rick arrived in Israel with his family, including wife Patricia and his then young daughters Anna and Esther. His oldest daughter, Bethany, remained studying in the United States and had a heart for reaching out to Jewish young people in Israel by attending a youth festival outside of Chicago and videoing Jewish speakers…
Messianic Judaism in Israel, in which Jewish believers identify both as Jews and as followers of Yeshua Jesus, began to truly emerge only after the Six Day War in 1967. In the years prior to this and going back to British Mandate times, previous attempts by believers in Yeshua to identify as Jews were made under such leaders as Moshe Imanuel Ben-Meir and Hyman Jacobs, who founded a Messianic fellowship in the 1920s and 1930s with the intent of bringing Jewish believers together outside of the context of the Christian church. This effort how- ever, never gained the support of the Christian community where many outreach- es to the Jews did not support the idea of a distinct Jewish identity for Jewish believers apart from the historical churches.
It’s a “one foot in front of the other” journey to serve the people of Israel, filled with treacherous terrain, problematic potholes, massive downed trees, flash flooding, and constant detours unforeseen by GPS, metaphorically speaking. Were it not for the
mandate to bless Israel, many would consider the governmental hoop-jumping, looming threats of deportation, miles of red tape and various other forms of adversity to be insurmountable and maybe not even worth the trouble of serving such a nation. Why do so many Christian and Messianic groups serve then? Why do they sacrifice so much to bring assistance to its citizens without a promise of any kind of return? Is it just about that Biblical admonition to go? Or is there something more?
Even Israel’s enemies agree that the two-state solution is dead, especially since President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told the New York Times that the PLO should make a radical shift and embrace a single state, but one in which Arabs could vote in national elections