www.kehilanews.com  April 27, 2017

A new and encouraging phenomenon is taking place among Messianic young people in Israel: Israeli students who are believers are openly sharing about their faith in Yeshua at their schools. This sort of boldness seems to have been unprecedented until now.

After years of being suspended between their parents’ beliefs and a mostly secular society, Israeli Messianic youth are defining their identity and growing in confidence. Thanks to them, more Israelis hear the gospel every day.

Israeli law forbids adults from evangelizing minors, but there is no law prohibiting children from sharing their faith. The Kehila News Israel team contacted a few Messianic students who have shared their faith in their class. Here is what they had to say:

Sarit Roitman, 18, Jerusalem

“I wanted to do something more than just believing in my heart, beyond the fact that everyone knows me as a ‘Christian girl’ or ‘the girl with the strange religion.’ Specifically, I wanted to take a significant step in my life for Yeshua, to glorify His name, not just to introduce who ‘Messianic Jews’ are. I really wanted to tell my classmates about Yeshua, and that is what pushed me and gave me the courage, the will and the faith to share in front of the class.

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Cliff Keller – Sunny Side Up!

www.kehilanews.com  April 25, 2017

A Kehila News Israel (KNI) writer recently launched his fourth novel, the retro-romance comedy Sunny Side Up!, now available for sale in paperback and Kindle versions at Amazon.com.

Author Cliff Keller, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, now resides in Jerusalem. In addition to keeping busy with his numerous contributions to KNI, Keller has been actively researching and publishing novels.

Keller’s work has been well received, garnering almost exclusively five-star reviews at Amazon. Before Sunny Side Up! became available, a fan wrote on his website, “Because this book is written by Cliff Keller – it’s going to be good!”

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New life in Nazareth

www.kehilanews.com  April 12, 2017

On a vibrantly beautiful Shabbat spring morning I am greeted at Netzer HaGalil Congregation with warm smiles and loving hugs. This fellowship was planted in Nazareth in 2004 by our own daughter congregation in Haifa, Shavei Tzion (Return to Zion).

Netzer, in Hebrew, is a sprout, shoot, offspring, young branch, or a descendant. “New life budding in the Galilee,” might be a free poetic translation of their name. This is indeed a season of new life and fruit in this growing congregation of 50 members. For its first dozen years, Netzer conducted worship services and operated a soup kitchen/food distribution ministry out of a tiny facility. If 25 people arrived for a Shabbat service the place was packed!

Last year, in a step of faith, the congregation took over the rent contract from a neighboring pub. It had finally closed after years of intercession to remove the seedy joint from next to their Messianic worship center. You can imagine the joy that accompanied remodeling and expansion. Now, the sanctuary seats 100 easily, and its high ceiling gives a far greater feeling of freedom and spaciousness.

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www.kehilanews.com April 6, 2017

Christians from across the world have been sharing the love of Yeshua with Israelis by opening their homes and offering free, or almost free, accommodation to them as they travel.

In the year 2000 Israeli-born Messianic believer Omri Jaakobovic founded a network organization called Hosting Israeli Travelers (HIT) through which believers who love Israel can offer hospitality to young Israelis abroad.

HIT now has over 550 registered host families in New Zealand, Australia and Britain – with plans to add further destination countries and hosts to the network. Currently more than 15,000 Israelis have been in contact with Christians and with the gospel through HIT.

Young people in Israel typically travel abroad after finishing their compulsory army service and before going to college. Many travel far as Australia and New Zealand. As the travelers  are usually on a backpacker’s budget, the provision of safe, quality accommodation that is free of charge or available for a nominal amount, is greatly valued by these young travelers.

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Eagle weekends

www.kehilanews.com  April 4, 2017

We at Return to Zion Congregation believe that in order to receive good fruit, one must spend time sowing, watering and cultivating. After these tasks are completed comes the joy of seeing the fruit produced by our labors.

With this in mind, we have been gradually developing Project Eagle since 2015. The project provides a time of refreshing and renewal for Messianic young people who have recently completed their compulsory service in the Israeli Defense Forces. Through the project they are given the opportunity to receive renewal and discipleship in the beautiful setting of Norway, as well as the opportunity to meet young Norwegian believers.

Project Eagle has revealed a great hunger for more fellowship, more of God’s Word and more answers to the many questions asked by this special generation. We read in I John 2:14, “I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.” According to this verse the younger generation has a special place in the eyes of God. He has committed into their hands, the sword, which is the Word of the Lord. They must use that sword expertly in order to obtain victory against the enemy. We see this victory only occasionally in our midst. This fact should compel us to invest greater efforts in each of the young people in our congregations, that we might see good fruit in their lives – including them becoming the servant leaders of the next generation.

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www.kehilanews.com   April 3, 2017

The mother of a kindergarten girl in the city of Ma’ale Adumim yanked her daughter out of the school after she claimed that a “Christian” girl in the class told the other children that “Yeshua is the Messiah.”

The “Christian” child is the daughter of M., a Messianic Jew and mother of three children who have been attending public schools for several years. The teachers know the family and their beliefs have never presented any problems.

But late last month, another parent accused M’s daughter of confusing the children by claiming, “Yeshua is the Messiah and He will deliver us.”

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 7, the other parent complained that the preaching and “brainwashing” by the Messianic girl had confused her child and brought her, the mother, to the brink of tears. She said that “the way of life in the kindergarten must be compatible with the lifestyle of the family.” The school is a religious public school and the mother claimed that allowing a student to talk about Yeshua as Messiah is “hypocrisy towards religion and the kindergarten itself.”

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www.kehilanews.com  March 29, 2017

What happens when Israeli high school students literally dig into their past, invest in their present and prepare for their future?

That’s the story behind hundreds of young Israelis who spent a week excavating a 2,000 year old Jewish village near Beit Shemesh. First, they needed money to make the trip from Israel to Poland for what’s called the “March of the Living.”

It’s this annual pilgrimage for thousands of Jewish young people to commemorate the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) that brought them to the dirt and dust of an active excavation site in the heart of Israel.

“This unique project, which connects the country’s past and Israel’s heritage with Holocaust studies and the journey to Poland, provides students with an educational experience in which they are exploring and investigating,” Boyer High School Principal Dafna Menashe Baruch said.

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www.kehilanews.com   March 18, 2017

When people visit Jerusalem’s Old City, they may believe it’s the same place King David set up as his capital more than 3,000 years ago. But that’s not exactly the case. Archaeologists are uncovering the original city and telling others its amazing story.

Anarina Heymann serves as the outreach coordinator for the City of David.

“Welcome to the City of David,” Heymann told CBN News. “It’s the home to the ancient biblical Jerusalem and up until 150 years ago, everybody thought that the ancient biblical Jerusalem lies within the confines of the Old City right behind you in the wall – within the walls there. So the question is what happened 150 years ago and where is the ancient biblical Jerusalem?”

She then helped answer that question by explaining how the City of David lay hidden for nearly 2,000 years until a British archaeologist began a discovery that continues to this day.

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www.kehilanews.com   Mar. 19, 2017

Abundant Life, a non-profit organization in Israel, fights for the protection of a mother and the unborn baby in her womb – and then supports in practical ways mothers who have chosen life.

Just as its name implies, the organization believes in the gift of life. Abundant Life upholds the sanctity of life and identifies with the words in Job 1:21: “The Lord gave (life) and the Lord has taken away (life) – may the name of the Lord be praised.”

The vision of Abundant Life began in 1999 when a young girl with an unwanted pregnancy contacted Anat Brenner for counseling. Following the counseling she received from Anat, the young girl decided to keep her baby instead of having an abortion.

Because of the pregnancy, however, the girl was fired from her job and, when she returned home from the hospital with her newborn baby girl, the landlord ordered her to leave the apartment claiming she failed to pay rent.

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www.kehilanews.com  March 14, 2017

For the past five years, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has threatened to take Israel to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. Last week, the tables were turned when Jerusalem Institute for Justice (JIJ) CEO Calev Myers, an Israeli lawyer, filed a complaint against the outgoing Hamas leader for war crimes against not only Israelis but Palestinian citizens as well. Ismail Haniyeh was Hamas’s leader for 10 years until a month ago when he left to become the chief policy writer for Hamas.

In 2012, the PA complained that Israel’s plan to build in disputed territory was akin to war crimes and that Israel should be brought before the ICC. Following the conflict in 2014 between Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel, the PA has attempted to prosecute Israel at the Hague-based court a number of times. In 2015 and 2016 the Palestinian leadership of both Hamas and Fatah have asked that the court investigate alleged ongoing Israeli war crimes.

JIJ’s complaint filed at the ICC is against Haniyeh. Myers asserts that during the 2014 conflict, Haniyeh encouraged the use of Palestinian men, women and children as “human shields” while calling for ongoing rocket fire into Israeli populations. Myers claims that Haniyeh personally funded these activities, which not only violated international law but human rights as well.

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