When Karen suffered a massive stroke on January 28, 2015, she defied all odds by surviving, albeit with severe disabilities, but she never gave up hope of a productive life. Born in Queens, New York in 1951, she touched many lives, but was especially adored by her son, Levi Oppenheim, and her former husband, Rabbi Shmuel Oppenheim. Their visits were always filled with lots of laughter and occasional tears for what was lost. An avid music fan, Karen could be heard throughout the hospital where she resided singing rousing choruses of her favorite tune, "The Sound Of Music"! The loss of her ability to write and edit and the lack of mobility and independence was a deep sorrow for her, but her faith never wavered.
Karen is also survived by her mother, Ruth Meissner, her sister, Helen Meissner, nieces Rachel, Carly and Emma van Wagoner as well as her extended family and countless friends throughout the world. A memorial service will be held for her at Beth Emunah at 5312 Derry Ave., Suite N, Agoura Hills, CA on Sunday, December 11, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
Phil was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York, his father was the president and rabbi of their synagogue in Williamsburg. Phil went through formal musical training, he played at Carnegie Hall, toured as the keyboard player for nationally popular bands, wrote music for Frank Sinatra's music company and performed with record celebrities.
In 1977 Phil moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area. He came to faith in Yeshua at Congregation Beth Hallel, a prominent Messianic synagogue in Roswell, Georgia. He was a loved and respected Messianic music pioneer and the primary songwriter for the group Nagila. After Nagila Klein went on to have a very successful and powerful solo career in Messianic music.
“It was my honor to co-labor with him all over the world as part of Nagila,” says his rabbi Kevin Solomon, rabbi of Congregation Beth Hallel, “and to be his very close friend. He was an amazing man who will be dearly missed.”
Please keep his sweet wife Sheila and their family in prayer.
Marcia Corbett, wife, mother, friend and mentor to many, and Eshet Hayil—a woman of valor—passed away on Shavuot, Sunday, June 12, after a battle with cancer. Marcia served with her husband, Ron, to plant Congregation Shaarei Hashamayim, Long Island, NY, in June of 1988. She remained active and involved in the work of the congregation alongside Ron until shortly before her death.
UMJC Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Scott Moore posted this tribute to Marcia:
“At our annual retreats, I would always see Marcia in the workout room early, before breakfast. A year ago, even having been dealing with the cancer, there she was, on the treadmill, plugged into her phone’s music player, listening to something uplifting, I’m sure, and praying in her own prayer language. This is how I’ll remember her, motivated by an inner fire, not looking for anyone’s approval, not trying to impress anyone, just spending time with her Maker, and the Yeshua who lived in her.”
Marcia is survived by Ron, their daughter, Yona, and grandson, Asher. May her memory be for a blessing for her family and congregation, and the whole Messianic Jewish community as well.
Billie Jo (Rhodes) Webb, 68, passed away peacefully at her home in Williamsburg, Virginia, on January 3, 2016, after a battle with brain cancer. Mrs. Webb served as a certified nurse’s assistant (CNA) for nearly 40 years at Williamsburg Community Hospital, which was renamed “Sentara Hospital.”
She applied her many CNA skills to care for her husband of 42 years, Harry Webb, during his fight with prostate cancer. Although she was diagnosed with brain cancer only four weeks prior to his May 31, 2015 death, Mrs. Webb continued to serve as his primary caregiver, while beset with her own illness.
In addition to her roles as wife, mother, and grandmother, Mrs. Webb was an active participant in Jewish praise dancing activities at her place of worship, the Congregation for Zion’s Sake, a Messianic Congregation where Jews and Gentiles worship joyfully as one.
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“Precious in the sight of Adonai is the death of His kedoshim (holy ones).” — Psalm 116:15 (TLV)
On the morning of Saturday, May 16, 2015, legendary speaker and Holocaust survivor Rose Price left this earth and went on to live in glory with the Messiah she loved so deeply. Known for her passionate heart and vivacious personality, Rose impacted the lives of thousands of people around the world. Her endearing feistiness and profound wisdom make her an unforgettable icon and a testimony to the power of forgiveness found in Messiah Yeshua.
Four cantors sang Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu at the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) graduation and Hashiveinu conference in Enfield, Connecticut, on May 15, 2015. The new graduates sang praises to Adonai as part of the Shabbaton, as they formally chanted Torah, Haftarah and the Brit Chadashah in the worship service for the first time in the United States. They also sang His praises to mark the completion of the two-year MJTI Cantorial course as the first class of certified Messianic Jewish cantors.
Much has changed since 1915. We now travel by car and airplane, we talk on cell phones, and we watch a myriad of entertainment on TV. In all this time, we have also seen the rise and exponential growth of the modern Messianic movement.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), the national organization committed to testifying to the growing number of Jewish people who believe that Yeshua is the promised Messiah and Savior of the world. The MJAA brings together Jewish and non-Jewish people who have a shared vision for Jewish revival and introduces our Jewish brothers and sisters to the Jewish Messiah Yeshua.