This week on Bagels and Blessings

This Saturday, December 31st, on the popular Messianic Jewish radio program Bagels and Blessings Ethel Chadwick, there will be a pre-recorded interview with Robin Barbosa. The show airs at 2:00 pm (EST) in the Rochester, New York area and can be heard online.

Robin Barbosa was born in the Northeast United States and had a traditionally Jewish upbringing. She grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx, New York. A college graduate with a Master’s Degree in the field of education, Robin has been awarded a Doctor of Naturopathy Diploma in the field of health consulting.

Robin is a Messianic Jew, a member of Christ Celebration Center in northern New Jersey. She is active in children’s ministry and has written children’s stories as a hobby. She is also a member of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). The release of her book "I Am Revealed, Behind the Ashram Door" has been featured on the ICSA Member Updates.

People need to read this story as it gives an insider’s perspective taking us inside the ashram, inside the cult and inside the reality of mind-control and what is actually at stake.

What is it like being in a cult? Robin’s objective is to tell her story while making a contribution to the field of cult awareness and provide a warning for anyone who may already be experiencing, or has experienced the effect of coercive persuasion, or for anyone considering involvement without realizing what is happening or bound to happen. It has the potential of being a powerful support for a person in any one of these categories, as well as the professionals working in the field of cult awareness.

Bagels and Blessings is weekly Messianic Jewish radio program hosted by Ethel Chadwick and aired in the Rochester, New York. The show is aired on 990 AM WDCX in the local Rochester area and can also be heard online at

Ted Pearce on Bagels and Blessings

Ethel Chadwick, host of Bagels and Blessings, will welcome Messianic recording artist Ted Pearce live in studio on the show this week. The show airs at 2:00 pm (EST) in the Rochester, New York area and can be heard online.

Ted Pearce grew up in Vidor, TX, a city known for racism in the 60s & 70s. There he began his professional career as a singer at the age of 15, and at the same age, he became an atheist. At age 17, he began playing six nights a week at the Foxy Lady club in Beaumont TX, opening for the Scott McGill band over the next three years before making a move to Dallas in 1981. There he fronted various bands, including Side Effex, nominated for "Best Rock Band" by the Dallas Observer and was invited to write "Roll On Ranger" for the 1988 Texas Rangers MLB.

But in summer of 1989, Ted the atheist began reading the Bible to prove it was wrong, and everything was about to change...

In January of 1990, he made a decision to trust in Yeshua (aka Jesus) and began attending a messianic Jewish congregation. In the late 90s, he formed and recorded with two Christian rock bands; Nomadic Farmers, a "good news blues" CD of street evangelism music (1998) followed by his band, Big Methuselah and their CD Human Sacrifice in 2000.

In early 2002, Ted signed with Galilee of the Nations Records, (Sony/BMG/Provident/Integrity) and debuted with "Zealous Over Zion." In 2005, Galilee of the Nations produced a collaborative effort with Joel Chernoff & Ted Pearce to revive messianic music pioneer group "Lamb." In the same year, Ted co-wrote the theme song for the new ministry of Promise Keepers founder, Coach Bill McCartney, called "Road to Jerusalem."

In 2006, he did his first tour of Europe and met Pastor Jobst Bittner of TOS Church Tubingen. This began an activist partnership of addressing historical Church anti-semitism around Europe through extended prayer walks called "March of Life." In 2009, Ted established March of Remembrance in Dallas TX, which is now an annual prayer walk held in more than 50 cities worldwide that seeks to honor Holocaust survivors and their descendants, while educating and engaging a new generation. These themes found their way into Ted's music and the powerful music video "The Forgotten People" was released at Dachau in 2007 on the "For Zion's Sake I Will Not Be Silent" CD.

In 2008, Ted collaborated with the German band "Beersheva" to release a 19-song album entitled "Hallelu Et Adonai" which included several songs co-written with friend, Rabbi Michael Stepakoff.

He followed that by producing "Battle For Zion," which featured the world-renowned guitarist Andy Timmons, drummer Dan Wojciechowski (Peter Frampton), Dan Castillo (Jonie Show on Daystar), Tom Demer (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Liberated Wailing Wall (Jews for Jesus), and a few more notable musicians. Later that same year, Integrity label mate Paul Wilbur also recorded 2 of Ted's songs on his "Desert Rain" project in Israel.

In 2011, Ted produced his first independent project in a decade called "emergency" with Dallas Producer Phil York.

In August of 2012, the March of Life went to Poland, where Ted met Polish soul-singer and superstar Mietek Szczesniak. Mietek introduced him to producer Wendy Waldman from California.This led to an opportunity to work with Polish producer and Pianist-extraordinaire, Pawel Zarecki (and his incredibly talented wife, Jadzia). The meeting with Pawel Zarecki led to the opportunity to work with the Longhouse Crew, which led to working with Israeli Producer/Guitarist/Singer Jamie Hilsden. Collaboration with these friends in Warsaw, Hollywood, and Jerusalem was the inspiration and foundation of the Cultural Xchange Series recording sessions.

Bagels and Blessings is weekly Messianic Jewish radio program hosted by Ethel Chadwick and aired in the Rochester, New York. The show is aired on 990 AM WDCX in the local Rochester area and can also be heard online at

Heart of Galilee on Bagels and Blessings

This week on Bagels and Blessings host Ethel Chadwick will be joined by Heart of Galilee on Saturday, July 2nd. This will be a pre-recorded interview. Bagels and Blessings is a Messianic Jewish radio program aired in the Rochester, New York area.

Heart of Galilee is an international klezmer trio privileged to call Israel their home. The clarinetist, Lori Kate, is a former member of Jews for Jesus’ Liberated Wailing Wall. Using their musical prowess to embrace genres such as klezmer, folk and Mediterranean, Heart of Galilee seeks to use Jewish flavorful music to communicate the Good News to the lost. The remaining two members of the group are Lori Kate's husband, IIan Gorny on the drums and Sasha Fishman on strings.

“Bagels and Blessings” is on 990 AM in Rochester, New York, and online at from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST on Saturdays.

Michael Wolf on Bagels and Blessings

Ethel Chadwick, the host of Bagels and Blessings' radio show, will welcome to the microphone Rabbi Michael Wolf, Rabbi at Beth Messiah Messianic Congregation, author and screenwriter on Saturday, June 18th.

Rabbi Michael Wolf is a very active member in the Messianic movement. He is currently on the Executive Board of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, the Rabbi at Beth Messiah Messianic Congregation in Cincinnati Ohio, and the writer and director of several screenplays.

Wolf will be discussing the release of his newest novel, The Linotype Operator. This show will be pre-recorded, but is sure to be a don’t miss.

Bagels and Blessings is on 990 AM in Rochester, NY and online at from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., EST on Saturdays.

Rabbi Eric Tokajer on Bagels and Blessings

Tune in to Bagels and Blessings, a Messianic Jewish radio program in the Rochester, New York area, this Saturday at 2:00 pm (EST) for a special pre-recorded interview with Rabbi Eric Tokajer.

Rabbi Eric Tokajer is the rabbi of Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue in Pensacola, Florida. He is also the publisher and director of The Messianic Times and an author of three books, Oy! How Did I Get Here?, Transient Singularity and his newest book, about to be released, With Me In Paradise.

He will be discussing his newest book which is based on some of the final words of Yeshua while He was upon the cross sharing a pattern for walking in the full blessings and promises of God. They will also discuss a very important project that The Messianic Times is currently orchestrating, producing a completely Hebrew digital edition of the print paper which will be offered for free to Israelis.

Rabbi Eric was raised in a traditional Jewish home, became agnostic in his teens due to a lack of answers to important questions. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy, and while in the military came to faith in Yeshua as his promised Jewish Messiah. Over thirty years have passed since the day that changed his life for ever, and since then he became a Messianic Rabbi, has helped plant numerous Messianic synagogues and is now running The Messianic Times.

Bagels and Blessings can be heard on 990 AM, WDCX in the Rochester area or online here.

This Week on Bagels and Blessings

The popular Messianic Jewish radio program Bagels and Blessings will be welcoming special guest Gillian Mayer on air Saturday, April 2nd.

Gillian grew up in a Conservative Jewish household in Coney Island, New York. She remembers, v aery early, seeing flyers posted under the elevated train lines that said Jews For Jesus and asking her mother what those meant. She was very sternly told “that those were not for us” and it was never discussed again.

Gillian’s family weren't particularly observant, but they were Jewish! Family gathered for all holidays and there was some semblance of ritual, yet they never attended Shul. She was given the choice of Hebrew lessons or music lessons and the obvious choice for her was music. Gillian didn't really know what being a Bat Mitzvah meant, but it sounded boring and she was going to be a musician.

Her parents decided to move to Houston, Texas, so off they went. Leaving their extended family behind, they also left what little observance they still enjoyed behind. There were still holiday dinners, but they weren't the same. Her father refused to join any of the synagogues here because he believed that all they wanted was his money. She did manage to fall in with a Jewish crowd and assumed that she would marry a Jewish man, but when Gillian met the man she was to marry, he wasn't Jewish.

They married and everything was okay until they had children. They had agreed that they would teach them everything, but something in Gillian changed. Her children were not setting foot in a church. Through a friend, they learned about a congregation where Jewish people and gentile people worshipped together… She agreed to go.

At first, Gillian thought these people were all nuts. There was a band and dancing, but God knew what He was doing. She was being drawn in by the music and found herself singing along, but when we came to "that word" I would skip it. She started reading my husband's Bible and thought they were nice stories. That changed to she supposed this could be true and finally to how could this not be true. Gillian was thirty years old when she realized that this Name that she had seen on a flyer as a child was, in fact, for her.

“Bagels and Blessings” is on 990 AM in Rochester, N.Y., and online at from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on Saturdays. For more information, visit
This Saturday tune in to Ethel Chadwick on her show Bagels and Blessings based out of Rochester, NY for an exciting guest! David Brickner of Jews for Jesus will be on the show, and it will be an interview not to be missed.

David Brickner is the Executive Director of Jews for Jesus, a missions organization that is reaching Jewish people for their Messiah in 14 countries and 26 cities. He oversees the ministry from its headquarters in San Francisco. David received his Master’s degree in Missiology with a concentration in Jewish Evangelism and Judaic Studies from the Fuller School of World Mission. In addition to this, he has authored several books and has been interviewed on national television shows such as Larry King Live.

Don’t miss this dynamic interview on Bagels and Blessings this Saturday! 

“Bagels and Blessings” is on 990 AM in Rochester, N.Y., and online at from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on Saturdays. For more information, visit
Popular Messianic radio program Bagels and Blessings, hosted by Ethel Chadwick, will be welcoming Tom Burgo as the guest on the show on Saturday, March 12th.

Tom Burgo is a member of Congregation Shema Yisrael and a licensed minister through Elim Fellowship.   

Tom also ministers at Monroe Correctional Facility as a volunteer teacher in the rehab program and volunteers with Good News Jail and Prison Ministry.

Tom lives with his wife Gail in Clarkson, NY and has four adult children.

“Bagels and Blessings” is on 990 AM in Rochester, N.Y., and online at from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on Saturdays. For more information, visit
This week’s guest on popular Messianic Radio program, Bagels & Blessings, is Messianic singer/songwriter, Kyra Goldman.

Having grown up in a family of artists, musicians, writers and teachers, Kyra began writing stories and songs from a young age. Her unique and thoughtful style has been influenced by genres from folk/rock and jazz to bossa nova and reggae—but the greatest influence on Kyra’s music has been her relationship with The Lord.

Growing up in a Christian home, Kyra always felt a pull towards her Jewish side and to the nation of Israel. At age sixteen she began her own search for God and began reading the Bible for herself. She found that the Words were able to penetrate to the spirit and that they were life and Truth. As Kyra moved into a personal relationship with the Lord, her lyrics began to flow from a changed heart.

Since then, Kyra Goldman has gone on to accomplish some amazing things in her career. She won first place in songwriting at the Babbie Mason Music Conference; she has co-written with songwriters from the Universal Music Publishing Group in Nashville; recorded three demos; released 2 music videos and recently published her debut album, “By the Light”, which was produced by Tony Wray of the Messianic Hip-Hop duo, Hazakim.

Kyra has also been featured on television and radio programs in the US and Europe, has traveled and performed for many conferences, festivals, churches, congregations and events around the US, and has done two European tours.

Don’t miss out on the rest of Kyra Goldman’s amazing story. Tune in Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 pm EST on 990 AM, WDCX to join host, Ethel Chadwick as she interviews believers about their faith, broadcasts inspiring Messianic music and gives away bagels and more! Podcasts are also available online.

“Bagels and Blessings” is on 990 AM in Rochester, N.Y., and online at from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on Saturdays. For more information, visit
Cindy Rosenthal did not inherit her belief in Yeshua as Messiah, as some who may have been born into a family of believers. A former member of the musical group Kol Simcha—Cindy Rosenthal grew up in a Jewish family.

This week on Bagels & Blessings, Cindy will share about her amazing journey to faith and about the day she visited a Messianic Congregation in Pennsylvania where she first realized that Yeshua was indeed the promised Messiah spoken of in the scriptures.

Cindy currently resides in Albany, New York where she works at the Albany Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center and one of the biggest hospitals in the state. Over the past three years Cindy, herself, has been in the throes of what has often felt like level one trauma. Remodeling her life, Cindy left the arena of finance, entered the medical world and has also gone back to school.

When she is not working, studying or going to class, Cindy is most likely singing or doing volunteer work—the things she loves to do.  Music, singing to God and praising Him has recently gotten her through one of the darkest times in her life. Through every health scare and every financial trial Cindy thanks God for His presence in her life.

Tune in Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 pm EST on 990 AM, WDCX to hear more of Cindy’s encouraging story and listen in every week as host, Ethel Chadwick interviews believers about their faith, broadcasts inspiring Messianic music and gives away bagels and more! Podcasts are also available online.

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