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So, you want to support Israel and be part of her economic success, but you don’t live in Israel, don't travel there too often and are not sure about the investment possibilities you have. So how can you accomplish this? This article will help.

In our previous articles, we discussed why you should invest in Israel. There are many reason for investing in Israel, among them currency diversification, geographical diversification, and the desire to support the Land and people of Israel. Other reasons include participating in the prosperity Israel is experiencing since its rebirth, and enjoying the fruit of a strong and robust economy that weathers the sometimes-stormy global financial climate.

So how can this be accomplished practically? There are three main ways to invest in Israel financially:

  1.     Investing in Israel’s capital market via Israeli stocks, bonds and mutual funds. This is done by opening an investment account with one of the established Israeli brokerage firms that are members of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). Accounts may be opened remotely through the mail and can be overseen through a secure English online portal, just like a bank account. Citizens of all countries may invest in an Israeli brokerage account as individuals (single or joint), as an organization (for-profit and non-profit) and through U.S. retirement funds with a minimum entry limit of 20,000 Israeli Shekels (approximately $5,000 USD). Some additional information to know about investing in the Israeli capital market:
  2.         The TASE provides a wide array of asset types (securities), ranging from Israeli stocks offering dividend payments, to secure Israeli government bonds, through inflation-protected corporate bonds paying fixed quarterly interest payments, to ETFs tracking market indices. These assets are spread over all the major business sectors offered in other markets around the world, including: technology, real estate, industry and manufacturing, communication, biomedical, agrotechnology, insurance, finance and banking, commerce and services etc. Of particular interest is the new oil/gas exploration sector, given Israel’s recent large-scale discoveries of these commodities, and of course the world-renown Israeli high tech sector that has supplied the world with many groundbreaking technologies.
  3.         Individual stock and bonds capital gains, as well as bond interest payments, are not taxed in Israel for non-Israeli investors. The Israeli capital market has shown impressive returns over recent years:
During the economic recovery year of 2009, the Tel Aviv 35 stock index returned

75% to investors, vs. the S&P 500 yield of 24%. Israel’s stock market has outperformed other developed markets by far since the year 2000 showing 184% total return for the Tel Aviv 35 compared to 63% total return for the S&P 500 (as of May 16, 2017). On the bond side, Israeli corporate bonds have yields over 6% average annual return with relatively low volatility since 2009.


  1.     Investing in Israeli Start-Up companies. This is done by purchasing equity in early stage start-ups as an angel investor or through a venture capital firm that is connected with various private companies and raise capital for them through a VC fund. Some additional information to know about investing in Israeli start-up companies:
  2.         Investing as an angel investor or through a VC requires a relatively large investment principle, typically ranging between $150,000 to $2,000,000 USD but typically represents no more than 10% of the investors total investment portfolio. VC investing is usually done by “Accredited Investors”: individuals with a net worth of at least $1,000,000, excluding the value of the investor’s primary residence, or demonstrate an annual income of $200,000 or $300,000 for joint income for the last two years with the expectation for the same or higher income in the future.
  3.         Since seed investments in start-ups and VC funds are of a much higher risk nature, investors should be prepared and able to potentially lose all of the principle investment. Start-ups have a success rate of 1 in 10, meaning that there is 90% chance that the start-up will fail and the principle will be lost. For this reason investors usually invest in dozens of start-ups simultaneously with the hopes that one of them will success and provide a good ROI (return on investment) to cover the losses gained from the other failed investments.

  1.     Investing in Israeli Real Estate. This can be done in two ways: first, by directly purchasing physical real estate such as an apartment, house, building, office etc. Second, by purchasing stocks and/or bonds of real estate companies or Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. This second method is less direct, i.e. you do not actually own the property but do enjoy the dividends and cashflow from the companies that build, sell and rent out the real estate. These dividends are legally tied to over 90% of the profits of the REIT. Some additional information to know about investing in Israeli real estate:
  2.         The Israeli real estate market has seen good growth in since 2007 with prices of many assets rising close to and even over 100% since then, giving an approximate annual return of 7% (varying, significantly even, from asset to asset). Since the end of 2016 the rise in house prices has slowed significantly, with recent data indicating a very possible change in trend to housing prices as they begin to drop, though it is still too early to tell. There is a certain level of uncertainty currently in the real estate market, however some analysts are already determining that investors are beginning to sell their real estate assets.
  3.         Investing in REITs and real estate companies put somewhat of a hedge between the investor and the assets, for the better. On the one hand it employs the REIT management and real estate company’s expertise in the market, eliminating the need to for the client to make those decisions and spend all that effort themselves. On the other hand, it is easy for the client to control their level on investment in the real estate market by purchasing or selling more stocks or bonds with the click of a button, without the need for finding a buyer for their physical property and not having to deal with the bureaucracy, taxation, legal work, fees etc. that go with selling (and purchasing) actual property. These advantages allows the investor to change weighting in their portfolio to other market sectors and asset classes swiftly and with minimal hassle, time and money consumption. This flexibility can be key in turbulent market times.
Investing in Israel is a great way to diversify your portfolio, support the Israeli economy and participate in the success of the nation. Before you decide how to do that, you should consider the information above and how that applies to your specific personal and financial situation.

Stefan Silver serves as the Director of Business Development & Operations at Wise Money Israel (WMI), the first Investment Management firm in Israel staffed by Messianic Jewish professionals. WMI works with hundreds of individuals and organizations from around the globe to invest in Israel’s leading companies and technologies through Israel’s capital market – the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).

Stefan holds a B.A.in Economics and Management, and an MBA from Haifa University. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Stefan immigrated to Israel in 1992 and served for four years in the IDF’s Combat Engineering Corp, including combat experience on the front lines of the Second Lebanon war. He is currently a Captain in the IDF Reserves.

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Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation in Newcastle, Washington will be welcome special guest speaker Scott Volk of Together for Israel this Shabbat, Saturday, May 27th at 10:30AM.


Although a Jewish believer in Yeshua since age 10, Scott Volk rarely identified with his Jewish roots or the Messianic culture.  It was in June of 2010, while Scott was flying home after leading a tour to Israel that the unexpected happened. “The Lord did a remarkable and most unexpected work in my life. It was as if everything I had heard from my childhood about Israel and God’s burden for that land and its people went from my head to my heart. God gave me revelation as to the calling He had on my life with regard to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” As a result of that momentous flight, doors have miraculously opened for Scott to express this message to churches, Bible studies, and conferences around the globe.

Scott studied at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas and North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he received his bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies.  He and his wife Beth then moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where he served on the pastoral staff at Calvary Church of the Valley.  In 1996 Scott joined the ministry of Dr. Michael Brown in Pensacola, Florida.  He traveled the world in all sorts of ministry settings and ultimately settled in Charlotte, North Carolina where they planted a church.  Scott was the lead pastor of FIRE Church until September of 2012.

Scott and Beth, an Arab believer (grandparents from Lebanon both sides), have been happily married for over 23 years. The Volks live in Charlotte, North Carolina with their 5 children: Alysa, Jonathan, Joseph, Emily and Olivia.  You can read their riveting testimony in June Volk’s book, The God Who Answers By Fire: A Jewish Saga.  You can read more about Scott here: http://togetherforisrael.org/


Beit Tikvah is located at 7935 136th Avenue Southeast in Newcastle, Washington and is led by Rabbi Hylan Slobodkin.

The Yoke of the World

Rabbi Nechunya ben Hakanah said: Whoever takes upon himself the yoke of Torah, from him will be taken away the yoke of government and the yoke of worldly care; but whoever throws off the yoke of Torah, upon him will be laid the yoke of government and the yoke of worldly care. (m.Avot 3:6)

Many people are skeptical after reading the passage above. Will studying Torah really remove the yokes of both the government and worldly care from you? Will the IRS magically disappear and Publisher’s Clearing House show up on your doorstep because you study Torah? No. Of course not. But is that what our mishnah promises? Let’s take a closer look.

First, as Rabbi Twerski rightly notes, Rabbi Nechunya does not speak about a person who studies Torah. Nor does he even speak of one who observes Torah. He does, however, speak of one who “takes upon himself the yoke of Torah.” What is the difference? An animal with a yoke on it is no longer exerting its own free will, but submitting to the will of the one who controls it. The same is true regarding one who comes under the yoke of Torah. If we have taken on the yoke of Torah, then we are no longer seeking our own will or pleasure, but are submitting to the will of Hashem. Essentially, we have the ability to choose which yoke we will wear each day.

But how is Rabbi Nechunya able to assert this declaration, saying that the yoke of government and worldly affairs will be removed from us? His assertion is based on two Scriptures:

Great peace have those who love your Torah; nothing can make them stumble. (Psalm 119:165)

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you. (Psalm 55:23[22])

In these two passages we find the security that Rabbi Nechunya speaks of. If we are loving the Torah of Hashem by submitting our lives to its authority, and if we are casting our burdens on Hashem, then we will not stumble because Hashem sustains us.

Rabbi Bunim comments on this mishnah, saying that if we are striving to find our place in the business world, the social world, and the political world, then we are serving three masters that seek to rule over us. However, we can serve only one master at a time successfully. This agrees with the principles taught to us by our Master, Yeshua:

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

Rabbi Nechunya is fundamentally in agreement with this teaching of Yeshua. We can serve only  one master, and it should be Hashem. If we have undertaken Torah and submitted ourselves to the Law of the Kingdom, we have but one master. We are no longer being mastered by external forces such as the government, finances, or the weight of the world. Rather than looking for fulfillment in this world and all it has to offer, we find fulfillment in doing the will of the Father.

This is essentially the good news of Yeshua. Yeshua’s gospel message was, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” In other words, “Stop doing things your own way! Turn back to the Torah so that the Kingdom of Heaven can be made manifest on earth!” Repentance means turning back to and submitting ourselves to the Torah. It means coming under its yoke. But that yoke does not have to be attached to an impossible burden. Yeshua used the imagery of a yoke to communicate this message:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)

Yeshua beckoned his disciples to take upon themselves the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven. His yoke is easy and his burden is light because he came teaching the proper understanding and observance of his Father’s commandments. When we truly take upon ourselves the yoke of the Torah with the assistance of our Master Yeshua, then the yokes of this world will not be able to find their way back onto our necks. However, if we cast off the yoke of Torah and release ourselves from its authority, we will soon feel the weight of the world upon our shoulders.

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Darren Huckey is an author, blogger and teacher. He is the Rabbi’s Assistant at Nachamu Ami Messianic Synagogue (www.maconmessianic.com) in Macon, GA and the director of the Messianic teaching ministry, Emet HaTorah (www.emethatorah.com). He teaches classes on a variety of subjects including Biblical Hebrew, the Torah, the Apostolic Scriptures, and Jewish literature. Although not Jewish himself, he has a passion for helping people understand their Messiah in his “natural Jewish habitat,” particularly in relationship to the Master’s radical call to discipleship.

JNN News Update May 24, 2017

JERUSALEM’S CELEBRATES 50th YEAR OF REUNIFICATION: Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. On Wed. 24 May 2017, Israel will celebrate 50 years of Jerusalem's reunification. During the week of 21 May to 25 May 2017, the Jerusalem Municipality is offering a wide variety of attractions and shows for the benefit of residents and visitors. The event "Jerusalem Celebrates 50", which includes a breathtaking audio-visual display shown on the Old City walls and a variety of performances, will take place across the city. Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat said, "50 years have passed since Jerusalem has been united, and this year we will celebrate this with a wide variety of events, allowing more and more people to connect with Jerusalem and take part in the festivities. I invite all the residents and visitors to come join the celebrations in honor of the reunification of our nation’s capital." (Janglo) “Rejoice with those who rejoice,” Rom. 12:15

NETANYAHU ON JERUSALEM DAY: “WE DIDN’T OCCUPY, WE LIBERATED”: Speaking at celebrations on Sunday 21 May 2017, marking 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Fifty years ago, we didn't occupy, we liberated. By the heroism of our warriors and the love of our people, Jerusalem was liberated. Jerusalem was and always will be the capital of Israel. The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will always remain under Israeli sovereignty." The event included an audiovisual show projected on the walls of the Old City and the Tower of David. (Ha'aretz) “I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them," says the Lord your God.” Amos 9:15

TRUMP ADMIN. DECLARES JERUSALEM PART OF ISRAEL IN MAJOR POLICY SHIFT: The Trump administration declared this week, the President is in "Jerusalem, Israel," for a series of meetings with Israeli officials, a proclamation that breaks with years of American policy refraining from stating that the city of Jerusalem is part of Israel. Senior Trump administration officials had ignited a wave of controversy over the past several weeks when discussing Jerusalem, with some top officials refusing to say that the ancient city is part of Israel. Decades of USA policy has refrained from formally labeling Jerusalem as part of Israel due to concerns this could negatively impact the Middle East peace process, in which Palestinian leaders have staked a claim to the city as their future capital. Ahead of a joint press conference with Israeli PM Netanyahu, the White House, on its official website, provided a live stream of the event. Prior to its start, the White House included a frame stating, "President Trump gives remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu." The location provided was "Jerusalem, Israel." The statement appears to be part of an effort to normalize this language, which is widely backed by USA lawmakers and senior officials in the administration, sources said. (Wash. Free Beacon)

TRUMP MAKES HISTORY, BECOMING FIRST SITTING USA PRESIDENT TO VISIT WESTERN WALL IN JERUSALEM: Within hours of arriving in Israel on Mon. 22 May 2017, Donald Trump made history by becoming the first sitting USA president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. Donning a black kippah, the president stood solemnly in front of the wall for a few moments and placed a prayer note inside one of the ancient facade’s cracks. Trump arrived at the Western Wall after earlier touring the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He was greeted by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch and Western Wall Heritage Foundation director Mordechai Eliav. Eliav provided the president with a brief historical overview of the site. Trump was joined during his Western Wall stop by his wife Melania, as well as his Jewish daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Speaking later at the residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Trump addressed the growing threat to the region posed by Iran. “Most importantly, the United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran can never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon, not ever, ever, and must cease its training and funding of terror groups and militias, and must cease immediately,” Trump said. This is a “deep consensus in the world, including in the Muslim world,” Trump added. Israeli PM Netanyahu earlier welcomed Trump on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. “Hello, my friend,” Trump told Netanyahu, as they shook hands. “Welcome, my good friend,” Netanyahu responded. (Algemeiner)

NETANYAHU LAUDS TRUMP FOR ‘REASSERTION OF AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE MIDDLE EAST’: After their meeting in Jerusalem on Mon. 22 May 2017, Israeli PM Netanyahu thanked USA President Donald Trump for his “reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East.” Netanyahu said in remarks before the two leaders, joined by their wives, sat down for dinner, “I look forward to working closely with you to confront the dangers we face together in this violent and volatile Middle East. I believe that together we can roll back Iran’s march of aggression and terror in this region and we can thwart Iran’s unbridled ambition to become a nuclear weapons state.” Furthermore, Netanyahu praised Trump for his deep commitment to Israel’s security, its well-being and its future. “I have no doubt that as we work together, the alliance between our countries will grow ever stronger,” he said. Trump responded, “We have so many opportunities in front of us. But we must seize them together. We must take advantage of the situation and there are many, many things that can happen that would never have been able to happen before.” Regarding a potential Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, Trump stated, “I have a feeling we’re going to get there eventually, I hope.” (Algemeiner)

IN HISTORIC SPEECH, TRUMP IMPLORES MUSLIM WORLD TO RIP OUT ISLAMIC EXTREMISM AT ITS ROOTS: Standing in the heart of the Muslim world Sunday 21 May 2017, President Trump told leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa that it was up to them to rip out extremist Islam at its roots within their homelands. In a historic speech, Trump vowed that the USA would be a strong partner in the fight against terrorism but that Muslim nations would have to lead the way by preaching religious tolerance and ferreting out extremists - even from within mosques and religious schools that often have received a free pass or blind eye. “There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it. No accepting it. No excusing it and no ignoring it,” the president said in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “They don’t worship God. They worship death. This is a battle between good and evil,” he told a gathering of 50 leaders from Muslim countries. “Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God.” Trump also called for a unified front to combat and isolate Iran, a common enemy of many in the room. He delivered the speech on the second day of his first trip abroad as president, before heading to Israel and Vatican City in a journey aimed at uniting three major world religions and laying a foundation for Middle East peace talks. (Washington Times)

MANCHESTER TERROR ATTACK: TRUMP: TERRORISTS ARE ‘EVIL LOSERS’: At least 22 people were killed and over 60 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester. British police say the attack which took place Monday night 22 May 2017 was carried out by a single individual who died at the venue after detonating the device. President Donald Trump, the following morning, offered his condolences to the victims and families of the bombing attack. Speaking during a press conference with Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, President Trump called upon “all civilized nations” to band together to destroy terrorism. “I would like to begin by offering my prayers to the people in Manchester, England.” The president called the perpetrators of Monday’s attack “evil losers”, adding that the international community must “obliterate” terrorism completely. “This is what I've spent the last few days during my trip overseas talking about. Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed. We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people. And in today's attack it was mostly innocent children. This wicked ideology must be obliterated - and I mean completely obliterated. All civilized nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right of our citizens to live in safety and peace. (Arutz-7) Pray for the injured victims of this terrorist onslaught in Manchester and for the families who have lost loved ones. May comfort and healing be out-poured. Many of us in Israel, understand and “weep with those who weep.”

‘ISRAEL AND THE UK ARE UNITED AGAINST TERRORISM’: The Israeli government strongly condemns the terrible terror attack in Manchester," PM Netanyahu said in a statement released Tues. morning 23 May 2017. "I send condolences to the families of the murdered and wish the wounded a speedy recovery," he continued. Terrorism is a global threat and enlightened countries must work together to defeat it everywhere." Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely responded to the terror attack in Manchester Monday night, 22 May 2017, saying Israel and the United Kingdom were allies in the war on terror. “Deep sorrow on the loss of innocent young life in terrible Manchester attack,” Hotovely wrote on Twitter. “Israel with the UK in the fight against terror.” The attack was carried out at 10:33 p.m. local time by a lone bomber, police say, though they have yet to determine whether the bomber acted alone or in conjunction with larger terror network. Grande, whose show was the scene of the attack, wrote to fans that she was “broken” after the bombing. “From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” (INN)

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Murca — Today is the 43rd day of the Omer, a Jewish tradition that counts 50 days from Passover to Shavuot, as instructed by God in Leviticus 23:15-17. Shavuot is the day The Torah was given to the Jews. It was also the day The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) descended, and is widely known as “Pentecost” in Christian circles. While counting 50 days was once a simple task, it has since become nearly impossible for today’s American children, thanks to Common Core Math.

“My kids have run into all sorts of issues with this cockamamie Common Core Math,” says Sharon Levin, parent, “but I never expected it would affect our Jewish traditions; especially something as simple as counting. At least, I thought it was simple. It’s just really a shame what is happening to the education system in this country. If things don’t change, my children will never be able to count The Omer, count their blessings, or even count chocula. Thanks, Common Core Math. Thanks, Obama! Wait, is that still a thing?”

For those of us who did not grow up with Common Core Math, we can still count The Omer and can expect big blessings this coming Shavuot. As for the rest of you, you will probably still be blessed, but you won’t even see it coming. At least, I wouldn’t count on it.

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It’s hard to understand why US Presidents get sucked into the quagmire of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Since former President Carter’s successful Camp David accord, leading to Israeli/Egyptian peace, every US President has attempted to follow in his footsteps, yet without success. Now, the self-proclaimed deal making President is about to launch another attempt. Unlike previous presidents, this one could actually do serious damage.

The trip begins in Saudi Arabia, a theoretical ally of the US in the Middle East. On the agenda is the strengthening of the bulwark against Iranian expansionism. As part of that process, Saudi Arabia is making increasing overtures to Israel to join with “moderate” Arab nations. This is a potentially break through offer for Israel. The quid pro quo, according to Saudi Arabia, is Israel agreeing to cease building settlements in the West Bank. For almost any other US President, these changes would be a huge opportunity. With the current President, one ill-advised tweet could doom any prospect.

Undoubtedly, Trump’s campaign statements about Muslims and his actions attempting to restrict entry into the US of members of certain Muslim nations are bound to be the subject of discussion. Fortunately, with respect to national security and foreign policy matters, Trump has assembled a respectable team. Almost certainly he will be briefed on what to say and what not to say to the Saudi leadership. The problem is that his impulsiveness to say or tweet what comes to his mind can undo any good advice. A related issue is his compulsive lying. All politicians embellish and lie occasionally. He has taken lying to an art form. Foreign leaders are fully aware of this issue, and it’s well publicized that many have little idea about how to deal with him or what can be expected outcomes.

From Saudi Arabia, Trump flies to Israel. The Israeli government has embraced Trump far more so than former President Obama. Prime Minister Netanyahu knows the President and has already met with him in Washington, DC, shortly after the Inauguration. But Trump’s recent disclosure of top secret information to the Russian foreign minister, apparently originating from Israeli intelligence sources, has immediately strained relations between the two countries. No matter what is said, the close American and Israeli intelligence sharing has been effected. Trump is so reckless that it’s questionable as to whether he can be trusted with any serious foreign intelligence.

As with all recent US Presidents, Trump has declared his desire to see peace in the Middle East, and his goal is to strike a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians. Other than North Korea, this situation is the most intractable in the world. He likely will come to Israel armed with a Saudi offer about a regional deal with the Arab nations if Israel will cease its settlement projects in the West Bank. With different leaders and different governments, this could lay the ground work for a serious deal. But the current Netanyahu government is hamstrung with right wing nationalists, such as Naftali Bennet, who want to expand not cease settlement building. If Trump was a really a shrewd politician and knowledgeable of foreign affairs, this obstacle possibly could be overcome. But Trump is neither. What can result instead is a frustrated Trump, tweeting his displeasure with Netanyahu and/or Israel and leading to serious damage in affairs between these two countries.

Let’s hope my pessimism about Trump’s trip is overstated.

Jamie Cowen

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RII Touching Survivor's Hearts

Rejoice with Reach Initiative International (RII)! During their recent Holocaust Survivor vacation retreat 17 Holocaust Survivors prayed to embrace Yeshua as their Messiah and Lord! Words are not adequate to describe how the amazing love and Presence of God was enveloping everyone at the retreat. This brief video will give you taste of it all: https://youtu.be/GbfcP6xzW68


There was miraculous healing encountered at this ministry event. During the vacation retreat the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) was healing broken hearts and healing bodies. Watch Holocaust Survivor Yoseph's amazing testimony of physical healing here: https://youtu.be/xoBc7x1ysQM


The hearts and homes of more than 100 Holocaust Survivors in Belarus are very open to the work of RII. Rabbi Stewart and Chantal Winograd and their team have loved on them and served them for almost 22 years and they have earned their trust and touched their hearts.



The RII volunteer team was not adequate to meet this extraordinary need. For this reason, the team was moved by the Lord to hire 4 half-time staff that are focused strictly on serving the Survivors. Each half-time staff member receives $250 per month (a reasonable salary for part-time work here in the broken economy of Belarus).



Keep Reach Initiative International, their team, and the Belarusian congregations in Prayer faithfully and regularly! Please be praying as the RII team diligently follows up with the 17 Survivors that prayed to receive Yeshua. Also, be praying for the many other Survivors that were deeply moved, open and very close to opening up fully to Yeshua's love and salvation.
Atlanta, GA - In a strange turn of events this week, the YMJA was kicked out of its namesake organization for being too old. The YMJA turns 50 this year, making it entirely too old to actually participate in the YMJA, despite the age limit recently having been extended to 45. Sadly, an organization being named after you clearly does not Grandfather you in. Not when age is a factor and there are 13 year olds involved. Not in this movement anyway.

“We knew this had to happen eventually,” explained Rabbi Kevin Solomon, Executive Director of the YMJA. “We’ve been avoiding this for years and it was just time. Unfortunately, sometimes my job involves kicking people out of the YMJA. Sometimes we later invite those people to come back and speak to the YMJA, but that is neither here nor there. It was a sad day for all of us, but rules are rules. If I can’t be a member of the YMJA, neither can the YMJA. This is the end of an era, but it’s about time we start the OMJA; the Old Messianic Jewish Alliance. Of course, I’m far too young for that one!”

In the face of receiving this devastating news, the YMJA will continue its fiftieth birthday celebration all year, and you can help celebrate and follow along on social media with the hashtag #ymja50. Happy birthday, YMJA!

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JNN News Update May 22, 2017

TRUMP IN SAUDI ARABIA SIGNS $110B ARMS DEAL WITH PERSIAN GULF ALLY: President Trump in Saudi Arabia on Saturday 20 May 2017 signed a $110 billion arms deal to help the Persian Gulf ally with its military-defense system. The White House says the package includes defense equipment and other support to help the Arab nation and the rest of the Gulf region fight again terrorism and the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, according to the White House. Trump during his winning presidential campaign and in the first several months of his presidency has argued the United States can no longer be the world’s police officer and that other nations must become more self-sufficient in efforts to combat terrorism and in protecting themselves against rogue nations like Iran and North Korea. Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia early Saturday as the start to his nine-day, overseas tour that will also take him to Israel and Europe. The international trip is Trump’s first since taking office in Jan. 2017. First lady Melania Trump did not cover her head for the arrival, consistent with custom for foreign dignitaries visiting Saudi Arabia. (Fox)

TRUMP’S HELICOPTER RIDE TO JERUSALEM: Donald Trump has never been to Israel. After landing on Mon. 22 May 2017 at Ben-Gurion Airport, he is scheduled to fly via helicopter to Jerusalem. Deputy Minister Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the USA said that Trump's seeing Israel and its geographical dimensions for the first time with his own eyes will likely increase the president's appreciation of the country's security concerns. "Seeing the actual dimension of Israel is shocking to people. They understand our security concerns much more. 'Wow, this place is tiny. Wait a minute, that's Judea & Samaria, and that's the sea? Let me get this straight: that's all there is of Israel?' It's literally that moment, that holy cow moment. I've seen it again and again." (Times of Israel)

PALESTINIAN FACTIONS CALL FOR 'DAY OF RAGE' DURING TRUMP VISIT: Palestinian factions in Judea & Samaria are calling for "A Day of Rage" to coincide with USA President Trump's visit to Bethlehem on Tues. 23 May 2017 where he is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump will arrive in Israel on Mon. 22 May 2017 and meet with PM Benjamin Netanyahu where the two are expected to discuss prospects for peace negotiations and security issues. (J.Post) Please intercede against all Palestinian rioting, violence and terror attacks during USA President Trump's visit to Israel.

ISRAEL’S DEMOGRAPHIC FUTURE: CROWDED AND VERY RELIGIOUS: According to a government report to be released in full this week, the Jewish state’s population will double in about 40 years. Some 29% - or 5.25 million of its projected 18 million residents - will be haredi Orthodox Jews. That’s more than triple the current 9%. “Israel will have the highest population density in the Western world,” said Sergio DellaPergola, a preeminent Israeli demographer and member of the report’s steering committee. “Interestingly, haredim will overtake Arabs as the largest minority.” Israel - with a land area of some 8,000 square miles -will be more densely populated than Judea & Samaria and the Gaza Strip taken together are today. Gilad Malach, who analyzed the Central Bureau of Statistics report for the Israel Democracy Institute think tank, noted that other societies have proven able to adapt to high population density. “It’s not necessarily a disaster. Singapore and Hong Kong are even more populated than Israel is projected to be, and they are successful states. Great cities also function almost like states.” Israel is growing rapidly mostly because of its birth rate, which DellaPergola said is the highest of the world’s 100 most developed countries, “some of which aren’t that developed.” (J.Post) “The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, ‘This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in,’” Isa. 49:20.

‘WE MUST HAVE AN AIRPORT, DEAD SEA RESORT’: In March 2017 Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas met with President Trump in the White House, laying the groundwork for the President’s plan to reboot negotiations between Israel and the PA. The two discussed a variety of policy questions, including “measures to empower the Palestinian economy and provide economic opportunity for the Palestinian people.” During the meeting, the PA delegation headed by Abbas submitted a list of infrastructure projects the PA claims are necessary for its economic development and the establishment of peaceful relations with Israel. Among the items demanded by the PA delegation are the construction of an airport inside the Palestinian Authority for use by Arab residents of Judea and Samaria, a new power station in northern Samaria, a cement factory in Bethlehem, and control of part of the Dead Sea area and establishment of a hotel resort at the beach. A senior PA official said that no specific plans had been drawn up for the airport’s construction, but that the PA would be willing to negotiate with Israel over its location. Since the beginning of the Second Intifada in 2000, Israel has barred the Palestinian Authority from independently operating airports, shutting down the Gaza Airport in October 2000 and nixing proposals for joint control over Atarot Airport in Jerusalem. The PA has received billions in aid money, but has not built a state-of-the-art hospital - glaringly missing from its list of demands. (Arutz-7) Perhaps the Palestinian Authority should stop paying salaries - with foreign taxpayer’s money - to terrorist prisoners who sit in Israeli jails for murdering and injuring innocent Israelis. Then the Palestinians might be able to a build a decent hospital or two, more schools, more housing. Maybe not an airport for a while, which could only too obviously be used to fly in missiles for use against Israel. Even cement is a dangerous commodity for the Palestinians, as priority use for cement is the means to build terrorist tunnels.

NO BREAKTHROUGH FOR PEACE WITH ABBAS: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas inherited from his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, an authority that is completely malfunctioning. Nothing has changed over the past 20 years; the PA still fully relies on contributions from other countries and on Israel's government for electricity and transportation infrastructure. During all these years, the PA has never developed any industry and almost every Palestinian family depends on Israeli employers for its livelihood. The most likely scenario is that Abbas will do nothing remarkable before disappearing into the annals of history. We should hope that the next PA leader will revolutionize the Palestinian community, be willing to support a peace settlement that Israel can also live with, and forgo fantasies and unrealistic aspirations. The writer is a former brigadier-general who served as a division head in the Israel Security Agency. (J. Post)

GEORGE SOROS BATTLES $10 B LAWSUIT, FOR FAMILIAR CHARGES OF WIELDING POLITICAL INFLUENCE: A $10 billion suit against George Soros accuses the self-styled humanitarian of meddling in the politics of a poor African country in order to settle his own scores, a charge the billionaire’s critics say reflects his longtime modus operandi. The 86-year-old investor, who controls a web of international nonprofits in addition to his vast financial empire, used his sway with the government of Guinea to freeze Israeli company BSG Resources out of the West African nation’s lucrative iron ore mining contracts, according to the suit filed last month in NY Federal Court by BSG Resources. "Soros was motivated solely by malice, as there was no economic interest he had in Guinea," BSGR alleges in court papers. Americans do not understand the extent to which Soros fuels this anti-constitutional, anti-American agenda.” Whatever the ultimate outcome in the current case, it is not the first time Soros has been accused of sowing political upheaval to advance a personal agenda. Critics around the world, including in the USA and in Soros’ homeland of Hungary, say the liberal financier often masquerades as a humanitarian while manipulating the political landscape. “We are committed to use all legal means at our disposal to stop pseudo-civil society spy groups such as the ones funded by George Soros,” Hungary’s top education official, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltan Balog said recently.

In the USA, Soros has spent heavily on politics from local district attorney races to presidential campaigns. Critics say he has used his money to buy massive influence within the Democratic Party. Soros has also been accused of using his Open Society Foundation and USA diplomatic connections to interfere with the government of Macedonia, according to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. In 2002, Soros was convicted in France of insider trading for buying stakes in companies previously owned by the government. In the current case, BSG is controlled by fellow billionaire Beny Steinmetz, who accuses Soros of orchestrating a bribery probe to manipulate the administration of President Alpha Conde to strip BSGR of mining contracts. Soros was said to be motivated by a 20-year-old grudge against Steinmetz regarding a business in Russia and his [Soros’] hostility towards Israel. “To Soros, Steinmetz’s success, as well as his active, passionate promotion of Israeli life, business and culture are anathema,” BSGR said in the complaint. “Soros is also well known for his long-standing animus toward the state of Israel.” (Fox)

AGRICULTURE ‘THE MAIN PILLAR’ IN INDIA-ISRAEL RELATIONS: Israeli agricultural know-how has become a staple resource on farms across the Indian subcontinent. “Undoubtedly, agriculture is at least one of the two main pillars in India-Israel relations – definitely the main pillar from the civilian angle,” said Gil Haskel, head of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation. Experts believe the highly anticipated visit by PM Narendra Modi to Israel in July 2017 will boost an already strong agricultural partnership between the countries, paving the way for new joint ventures in an ever-evolving industry. Describing agriculture as “a key factor in the Indian economy and Indian livelihood,” Haskel said Modi is well aware of this fact and is investing significant funds in developing the sector. Across India today, 15 of 27 planned Israeli “Centers of Excellence” are already thriving, showcasing Israeli agricultural expertise and providing Indian farmers with a value chain of know-how and practical tools. The Centers of Excellence are the fruits of the 2008 Indo-Israel Agriculture Project to which India contributes the physical infrastructure and Israel the innovation. (J.Post)


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Springfield, PA - The beginning of Messiah Conference 2017 is now just 41 days away, and early bird registration discount prices are set to end on May 31st. The MJAA has a long history of extending their conference registration deadlines, but this year’s Messiah Conference will be unlike the others, as the MJAA has stated they will not be extending their early bird deadline this year.

“Yes, we are notorious for extending the registration deadline for all of our conferences,” said Conference Services representative, Linda Brown. “We extend the early bird and regular registration deadlines for Messiah Conference, our regional conferences, YMJA retreats, and ARCH Leadership Summit pretty regularly. You could actually set your watch to it. However, this year we have to lay down the law. We raised the price of Messiah Conference this year, and there’s a reason for that. If we could afford to give everyone the ‘early bird’ price up until the day of the conference we would. Somewhere along the way we lost sight of this being about money and now we have to make up for all those deadline extensions we granted. Plus, if we don’t keep people on their toes, they won’t keep coming back. So register by May 31st. Or else.”

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