This Week on Bagels and Blessings

This Week on Bagels and Blessings

This Saturday, July 1st, on the popular Messianic Jewish radio program Bagels and Blessings with Ethel Chadwick, the guest will be Deborah Kline Iantorno and her husband Vince. The show airs at 2:00 pm (EST) in the Rochester, New York area and can be heard online. The interview will be pre-recorded.

Deborah and her husband, Vince have uniquely combined their gifts to write and record a strong mix of praise, dance and prayer music. The duo travel internationally to bring the Good News of Messiah, using their ministry and music to bring people into a joyful time of praise and worship. Their ministry is “Shir Chadash” which means A New Song.

With their rousing and inspirational talent this event is sure to be one that you won’t want to miss. Deborah has been recommended as an “outstanding new artist” by well known Messianic worship leaders such as Marty Goetz and Ted Pearce. She has a God-given talent to usher people into praise and worship to their King. When asked about her passion for singing, Deborah said, “I have sang since I was a little girl.  My father had a beautiful voice and even was offered a scholarship to Julliard. He comes from a long line of Jewish Cantors, so I guess I was just born with it.

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
Messiah Conference to Host First Ever Messianic Friars Roast Satire, from our friends at Messianic Meow

Grantham, PA — The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America announced this week it would begin hosting Friars Roasts at its annual Messiah Conference, which will take place at Messiah College in Grantham, PA next week. Messiah Conference is notorious for showcasing the talents of Messianics, from dancers to musicians to authors, but the one thing that has long been missing from Messianic pop culture is organized comedy, and Messiah Conference has set forth a plan to change that, by publicly making fun of its leaders.

“We’ve finally reached a point in our culture where we feel the Messianic community is ready for organized Messianic humor,” said IAMCS Director of Operations, Rabbi Joel Liberman. “Since all Messianic Rabbis are struggling comedians, why not publicly roast each other? We have close to 55,000 people view the livestream of Messiah Conference every year, so this is a great way to unveil Messianic comedy to the world…and it sure beats asking that awful Messianic Meow to speak at Conference.”

The first annual Messianic Leader’s Roast will take place during the plenary session on the final evening of Messiah Conference, just before the Klezmarians perform to close out the conference. MJAA General Secretary and founder of Lamb, Joel Chernoff, will be the first ever roastee and we expect to see jokes from such Rabbis as Matt Rosenberg, Joel Liberman, Jonathan Bernis, David Chernoff, and everybody’s favorite prankster, Rabbi Kevin Solomon. If you can’t make it to Messiah Conference this year, you’ll be able to watch all the evening sessions and Saturday morning Torah service at

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Guest Post by Rabbi Matt Rosenberg | Messianic Rabbi Starts GoFundMe Page for Beard Oil Satire, from our friends at Messianic Meow

A fantastic beard and great beard maintenance are an expectation that most people have for a Rabbi. Great beard maintenance means using lots of beard oil. It is believed to also be a throwback to the days of the High Priest, Aaron, who poured manly scented oil all over his beard. It is rumored that his beard actually built the Golden Calf from residue alone.

Recently, when Messianic Rabbi Shmuel Goldenfarb ran out of beard oil, he said to his wife, “I need more beard oil or people will leave our Synagogue and stop tithing.” His wife responded, “We can only afford one bottle of beard oil a year; that stuff is expensive.” That’s when Goldenfarb had an idea! He could raise the money on the interwebs! Of course not knowing how to use a computer, he called his Grandson, who quickly set up a GoFundMe for a year’s supply of beard oil.

Beard oil was much cheaper back in the day, but with the rise of Evangelical Hipster Pastors and their attempt to look like a cooler version of their favorite reformation preacher, the price has sky rocketed! At press time, Goldenfarb has raised eighteen cents towards his $150 goal. Turns out the eighteen cents was a mistake, when a Bubbe in Michigan meant to give eighteen cents to her grandson’s college fund because the number 18 represents “life.”

Goldenfarb noted that with all of the expectations that congregants put on a Messianic Rabbi, having to worry about how to afford beard oil should not be one them. You can help today and maybe even consider donating a bottle of beard oil to your Rabbi this coming Rosh Hashanah. Don’t worry, he won't dip apples in it.

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Wise Money Israel to give seminars on Investing in Israel
Wise Money Israel Founder and CEO Evan Liberman will be holding several important “Invest in Israel” seminars in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Georgia to educate the Messianic community on the Biblical and economic foundation for investing in Israel. The seminar demonstrate why it is imperative in today’s volatile financial climate to diversify some funds out of Wall Street, and to include stocks and bonds in Israel denominated in the Shekel. These hour-long talks are being held at local Messianic congregations and international conference, and are followed by Q&A sessions to address common questions.

Son of former MJAA President Paul Liberman and the first Messianic Jewish Registered Investment Advisor in Israel, Evan’s Israeli believer-staffed asset management firm assists individuals and couples, IRA/401k/457/303b/TSP holders, organizations and companies around the world to invest in solid Israeli stocks and bonds through investment accounts at Israel’s largest brokerage firms. 

The seminars are free, with no obligation to open an investment account.

Invest in Israel seminars will be held at:

Israel: Start-Up Nation – A Unique Economy class will be held at:

Wise Money Israel will also be hosting a Marketplace booth July 2-8 (2:00pm-6:00pm, 9:00+ at the MJAA Messiah ’17 National Conference; 1 College Ave, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; (610) 338-0482

If you’re considering opening an Israeli investment account, please bring your passport and driver’s licenses as identification.

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JNN News Update June 22, 2017

JNN News Update June 22, 2017

WORLD’S DEMOCRACIES ABSENT AT ANNUAL ISRAEL-BASHING DEBATE: The world’s democracies collectively snubbed the UN Human Rights Council’s annual condemnation of Israel in Geneva on 19 June 2017 when none of their representatives attended the council’s presentation and debate on “Item 7” - a permanent agenda item focused on the “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.” The seats of all the democratic nations represented on the council were empty for the duration of the discussion, sparking protests from Arab countries. In an address to the council on 6 June 2017, USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley charged that “Item 7 is a scandalous provision that must be removed.” Hillel Neuer - executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch NGO said, “The democracies are absent to protest prejudice - because this is the only agenda item that singles out one specific state, the Jewish state. Not Syria, Sudan or North Korea is treated this way.” Nonetheless, the absence of these countries did not prevent routine denunciations of Israel, with serial human rights abusers like Syria, Lebanon and Venezuela attacking Israel’s human rights record and depicting it as the “greatest threat to peace in the Middle East.” (Algemeiner) Continue to pray that UN anti-Israel bias will be confronted and overcome in all UN branches.

NETANYAHU: “I HAVE ONE MESSAGE TO IRAN: DO NOT THREATEN ISRAEL”: Iran on Sunday 18 June 2017 fired missiles from the western part of the country into eastern Syria targeting what it called “terrorist bases” in Deir Ez-Zor. The attack was in retaliation for combined attacks in Iran earlier this month in which 17 people were killed. The USA and Saudi Arabia were specifically mentioned by an Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps spokesman as part of its audience for the “message” it sent by firing the missiles. Israel, although not explicitly mentioned, has been the focus of constant threats by Iran. After Iran launched six missiles into Syria, an adviser to the Iranian foreign minister, Sheikh Hussein al-Islam, said that Israel “is the main enemy” of Iran and that Israel should be worried.” Israeli PM Netanyahu responded sharply saying “I have a message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel. The army and our security forces are constantly monitoring the activity of Iran in the region.” Netanyahu further said the activity also includes “Iran’s attempts to establish themselves in Syria and, of course, to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and other operations." Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel was not worried by Sunday's strike. "We are prepared for every development," he said’. (Media Line/Arutz-7/J.Post)

REPORT: ONLY 1 OUT OF 7 IRANIAN MISSILES REACHED ITS TARGET: Only one out of the seven missiles which Iran fired at ISIS targets in Syria on 18 June 2017 reached its target, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. “Iran is trying to play at being a great power,” explained Middle East analyst Ehud Ya’ari. “There was no operational need” to attack ISIS from within Iranian territory." According to a website of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the surface-to-surface missiles hit ISIS targets in the Deir Ez-Zour district in Syria. According to Ya'ari, three of the seven missiles did not even reach Syrian territory, and instead landed in neighboring Iraq. One missile managed to strike within a few hundred meters of its target, but still missed. A fifth missile landed in the Deir Ez-zor region, which was far from the ISIS position it had been intended for. The location where the sixth missile struck is unknown. (Arutz-7)

NETANYAHU TO ABBAS: STOP POISONING PALESTINIAN YOUTH: PM Netanyahu on 19 June 2017 blasted Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas for his continued incitement against Israel. In a series of tweets, Netanyhau condemned the PA for naming – not for the first time – a public square after a terrorist. This time, the PA named a square in Jenin after arch-terrorist Khaled Nazzal. Nazzal was responsible for planning the 1974 Ma'alot massacre, in which terrorists entered a school in the northern town of Ma'alot and took dozens of children and teachers hostage. 22 children and four adults were murdered in the attack. “Palestinian President Abbas tells the world that he educates Palestinian children for peace. That’s a lie,” tweeted Netanyahu. “President Abbas: stop poisoning the minds of Palestinian youth. Educate for peace, not terror." Naming a square after Nazzal is just another example of ongoing PA incitement to terrorism against Israel. The PA regularly names schools, public squares and community centers after terrorists who murdered Israeli citizens. (INN) How grave is the tragic truth that Palestinians are destroying the souls of their own society and especially children. They do so by furthering media and school text book incitement against Israel, and promoting the hero worship of terrorist from the cradle on. Pray against the sacrifice of Palestinian children to jihadist hatred and murder.

GROUND BROKEN FOR FIRST NEW JUDEA & SAMARIA SETTLEMENT IN 25 YEARS: PM Netanyahu announced 20 June 2017 that ground had been broken for the construction of the first Israeli Judea & Samaria settlement in 25 years. The new community, to be known as Amichai, is to accommodate residents of the Amona outpost, which was evacuated in Feb. 2017 in line with court orders because it was built on private Palestinian land. “Today, ground works began, as I promised, for the establishment of the new community for the residents of Amona,” the prime minister tweeted. “After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria.” Judea & Samaria is the biblical term for the area also known as the West Bank, which was among the territories conquered by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War. (Times of Israel)

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: WE DON’T INTERVENE IN SYRIA WAR, BUT WE DO GIVE HUMANITARIAN AID TO CHILDREN: Israeli PM Netanyahu appeared to pour cold water on a media report, Mon. 19 June 2017 that the Jewish state has been secretly providing rebel groups in southern Syria with money, fuel, food and medical supplies in recent years. “We do not intervene in this terrible, bloody conflict, but we do provide humanitarian assistance to boys and girls,” Netanyahu said during a visit to a medical center in Safed, where more than 2,000 Syrians wounded in the ongoing war have received treatment. “I see men, women and children who viewed us as enemies when they arrived here,” he continued. “They now understand that the State of Israel is a moral stronghold and a ray of light in our region.” (Algemeiner)

LAWSUIT AGAINST SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY FOR FOSTERING ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS: A group of students filed a lawsuit on 19 June, 2017 against San Francisco State University, alleging that the school fostered a climate of anti-Semitism "marked by violent threats to the safety of Jewish students on campus." The suit claims the school violated the plaintiffs' constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection. "I didn't have the right to speak on my own campus; I felt afraid as a Jewish student," said Jacob Mandel, a recent graduate. He said "the administration was actively working against me.” “There is a tactic to silence people with who extreme members of society don't agree," said Amanda Berman, director of legal affairs with the Lawfare Project. "There's a sense people don't have a right to speak if certain communities don't want that message to get out." (Washington Post)Continue to intercede that university groups, teachers, leaders and individuals who promote and participate in campus anti-Semitic activities against Israel will be confronted, penalized and silenced.

GOOGLE: WE HAVEN’T DONE ENOUGH TO STOP TERRORISM: Google admitted this week that it was not doing enough to fight online terrorism, pledging to take steps to do more. Walker listed four steps that Google and YouTube would be taking in order to fight against terror. These include an increase in the use of technology to help identify terrorism-related videos, an increase in the number of independent experts in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program, a tougher stance on videos that may not clearly violate policies but that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content, and a move by YouTube to expand its role in counter-radicalization efforts. “We have also recently committed to working with industry colleagues-including Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter-to establish an international forum to share and develop technology and accelerate our joint efforts to tackle terrorism online,” added Walker. Israel’s Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan welcomed Google’s announcement. “Well done Google. Facebook and Twitter must also act - in order to prevent the next attack," added Erdan. (INN)

The suggestions, opinions and scripture references made by JNN writers and editors are based on the best information received.

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff
Guest Post by Anonymous | Messianic Judaism Sees Major Wave of Circumcision Reversal Surgeries for Gentiles Satire, from our friends at Messianic Meow

Brooklyn, New York’s fastest growing Plastic Surgery practice attributes their intense level of growth to the large number of Brit Milah reversal procedures performed upon Messianic Gentiles who, upon embarking on their journey to follow Messianic Judaism with full commitment of heart, “committing their life and limb,” so to speak, were circumcised. Peter Tipoff, a former Baptist, who while searching Scriptures and was stunned to find out Yeshua (Jesus) was Jewish, was led to search for Jewish people who believed in Yeshua. His search led him to a Messianic Synagogue in a major Northeast city and he started attending services regularly. When interviewed, Tipoff said, “I felt so at home and such a part of the family, I began first to use Hebrew terms, then advanced to wearing a kippah and tallit in synagogue. After a while I started to wear tzitzit on my belt loops. From there I felt it was time that I ‘went all in’ and had a Brit Milah.” It was only after further investigating that Tipoff found that the Scriptures do not require Gentiles to fulfill the mitzvah of circumcision.

Plastic Surgeon, Doctor T. Ikun, stated, “I never expected to see so many Gentile men who loved God so much they were willing to suffer so much to feel like part of the family.” He also added, “I never imagined that almost half of my practice would involve this kind of restoration surgery.”

A local Messianic Rabbi, who asked not to be identified, shared with us, “Messianic Judaism’s attraction to people of the Nations grew so quickly that we were somewhat unprepared for the sudden growth and were a little behind in trying to nip this in the bud. But we think we are making progress in teaching and hope to see a marked decline in the need for reversal surgeries.”

It is our hope Doctor T. Ikun’s practice can return shortly to primarily working on nose jobs.

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Stewart Winograd in New York

Stewart Winograd in New York

Reach Initiative International (RII) founder Rabbi Stewart Winograd will be speaking at Beit Tefillah Chavurah in New Hartford, New York. He will be with Beit Chavurah on Friday, June 23rd in a special service which begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Winograds are the founding leaders of a Messianic Synagogue in Belarus, and through this work RII was birthed. RII is actively engaged in ministering to holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe and in Israel, ministering to young Israeli seekers in the mountains of India and Israel, as well as raising up, equipping and training young Messianic leaders.

Winograd will be sharing about the powerful work the Lord has been doing through RII’s efforts. This will be an event you will not want to miss. Winograd is one of the most inspiring voices in the Movement. The work the Lord is doing through RII has impacted countless lives for Messiah and will encourage you to run the race to the fullest.

Beit Chavurah is located at 3810 Oneida Street in New Hartford, New York and is led by Justin Elwell and Daniel Pawelek.
Conference Junkies to be Recognized at Summer Conferences with Special Serrated Half Ribbon Underneath Their Name Badges Satire, from our friends at Messianic Meow

Murca — Interesting news from the Greater Messianic Movement this week, as President Bernis announced Conference Junkies will finally get the recognition they crave. Beginning with the inaugural Conference Conference, which takes place this coming weekend, all major Messianic Organizations have agreed to add a special serrated half ribbon underneath the name badges of anyone who has attended four or more Messianic conferences in the last year and a half, that will read “Conference Enthusiast.” This may seem like overkill, but Conference Junkies help make the Movement go ‘round.

“I am so happy that my incessant conference attending is finally going to pay off,” said notorious Conference Junkie, Stephanie Escalante. “Don’t get me wrong, there are many other benefits to attending all these conferences, but it’s about time we get something in return, even if it is just a ribbon underneath my nametag. I will cherish it forever. Plus, I think it’ll give me some street cred with the UMJC Rabbis. I’ve mostly been involved with the MJAA, but I’m the new UMJC Leadership Development Program Manager and I really think having this ribbon on my name badges will make a world of difference for me trying to make a name for myself within the Union.”

The new ribbons will automatically come attached to the name badges of anyone meeting the aforementioned requirements. There is nowhere to sign up for this accolade; we just know who you are. Oh, we know. Everyone knows.

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Introvert Deliberately Gives Her Cold to Anyone Who Shakes Her Hand During Congregational Greeting Time Satire, from our friends at Messianic Meow

Richmond, VA - 28 year old Rachel Cantor is over it. She really just is. Cantor is Messianic, but she is also an introvert. An introvert who loves Yeshua, but an introvert no less. Cantor has no control over the mandatory greeting time that Tikvat Israel Messianic Synagogue in Richmond, VA has established during their Saturday morning Torah service, but she says there is no way around this without missing the actual service. Cantor is so committed to attending 100% of every service, that she has even known to show up when she is ill.

“Look, it’s not my fault the old Jews in my congregation can’t keep their hands to themselves,” Cantor wrote in her blog. “I try to slump down in my seat so people know not to acknowledge me, but it doesn’t work. I just want to keep to myself, but these people insist on not only trying to make small talk with me during the two minutes of greeting time (that feel like an hour when you’re in introvert), but they have to shake my hand or touch my shoulder too. So maybe I had a cold this weekend. And then maybe I licked my hand, knowing they would all feel a burning desire to touch it. I can neither confirm nor deny intentionally getting them all sick. But if I had, they certainly deserved it. KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF. No, Seriously. Just keep your hands to yourself. I really don’t get it. And I’m over it. So over it.”

In a modern day tale of introvert induced chemical warfare, 15 congregants mysteriously came down with a cold after the aforementioned Shabbat service. Will they learn their lesson? It is more than likely that they not only did not learn their lessons, but may walk around with their used kleenex in their hands as they touch as many people as possible, spreading the germs even further. This behavior sickens us.

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YMJA Leadership Team Builds Golem To Hunt Curfew-Breaking Teens at Messiah Conference Satire, from our friends at Messianic Meow

Grantham, PA – In less than two weeks, the MJAA is set to kick off Messiah Conference 2017. This year's conference will mark the 50th anniversary of the YMJA, and it will also mark the introduction of the latest tool in their eternal struggle against teenage tomfoolery. Earlier today, the YMJA leadership team announced that they had successfully completed construction of a golem, which will serve as a part of the security detail.

“We’re all very proud of what we’ve accomplished here,” said YMJA Secretary Melissa Brown. “Teens staying out past curfew has always been a major issue, and while our human security guards have been a big help in catching these scofflaws, they can’t catch everyone. The golem will be different. It has no need for sleep, food, or human companionship. It won’t be swayed by phony excuses, and once it selects a target, it keeps going until it catches them. It can’t be evaded, bargained with, or tricked. It is, in short, the perfect curfew enforcer.”

As for the possibility of the golem running amok, as it does in the ancient folk legend, Brown says there’s no chance of that happening. “We’ve made its rules very simple and easy to understand. We’ve run countless late night tests with subjects of various ages, and it’s consistently caught the underage testers while leaving those over 18 alone. It clearly knows what it’s doing, and it’s very good at doing it. We have full confidence that the golem will be a mainstay of the conference for generations to come.”

This won’t be the first time the YMJA has experimented with non-human curfew enforcers, though past attempts have never made it past the planning stages. “I still remember back in 2000,” said former YMJA President Kevin Solomon, “We were trying for months to train a team of golden retrievers for the same purpose. Unfortunately, a single thrown tennis ball would cause the entire squad to descend into chaos. Then before we could overcome that issue, we were reminded that the campus had a strict “no pets” policy, and that was that.” Still, Solomon is confident that the golem will fare better than previous efforts.

“The campus has no rule forbidding creatures made of living clay, so it won’t suffer the same fate as the retrievers,” he said. “And I’ve read the rules that it’s been given; they’re absolutely perfect. They’re written with no possible room for misinterpretation, and a golem always follows its rules to the letter. Put simply, this is that rare situation where, and you can absolutely 100% quote me on this, nothing can possibly go wrong.”

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