Out of Zion was created to help viewers learn about Israel, its historic Biblical sites and to understand Scripture from a Jewish perspective. Affirming his role, Cantor says, “I love Israel, not just the people, but the Land and the history. It has long been a dream of mine to go around this country and film, sharing with people about this amazing place.”
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In Oradea, Romania there are nine denominations represented in the Ecumenical Prayer Week, and as such, they have opted to extend the time to nine days to allow each to host. For the past three years, one of the invited participants is Rabbi David Nagy of Comunitatea Evreilor Mesianici, the local Messianic Jewish synagogue.
This year the Ecumenical Prayer Week began on January 15th at the Roman Catholic Cathedral. The participants will spend time in prayer in each congregation and hear a message based on the theme for the year. The current theme is from 2 Corinthians 5:14- “The love of Messiah compels us.” During this week the following denominations will be participating, and their congregational buildings will each serve as a gathering point for one day:
The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church
The Bishop of the Greek Catholic Church
The Bishop of the Reformed (Hungarian) Church
The Priest of the Orthodox Christian Church
The Priest of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Priest of the Unitarian Church
The Pastor of the (Regional) Penticostal Church
The Pastor of the Penticostal/Charismatic Church
The Rabbi of the Messianic Jewish Community of Romania
“There was joy, singing, dancing and fellowship over a meal for Holocaust Survivors in Israel and Belarus this past Chanukah. Our teams took this opportunity to make sure that they knew they were loved and cared for. Home visits with survivors really nurture deep personal relationships with them, and we become family to the many that don't have family and feel lonely especially on the holidays.
“In Belarus, one of RII's congregations presented a Chanukah play with special cast members… some of the survivors participated in it! It was such a warm atmosphere that brought all generations together.
“In Israel, we held celebrations in 4 different cities. Some of the Survivors shared their musical gifts and talents, some got up to dance and celebrate, and all enjoyed the time together celebrating.”
The generation of Holocaust survivors is getting smaller and smaller. With each pressing year the need they have for the love and hope of Messiah grows exponentially. These are people who have experienced the worst of humanity and have survived. Ministries like RII take on an important role in caring for, loving on and sharing the Gospel with them on a daily basis.
In past years, many Ethiopian Jews were granted entrance to Israel under the immigration law to return. Since then, the plan to bring them home has been continuously interrupted and stopped by the government for various reasons; however, today, the aim to gather them back continues as the government of Israel approved yet another plan in 2015 to bring home the remaining 10,000 Ethiopian Jews. In October 2016, another 63 immigrants arrived to Israel welcomed by the Israeli Jewish community and family members.
Rabbi Kokeb Gedamu, who resides in Jerusalem, will be making an upcoming ministry trip to Ethiopia to assess and minister to the needs of Jews remaining in Ethiopia. This particular reality has a huge place in his heart personally being he and his family are Jews who were blessed to be able to make Aliyah to Israel years ago.
Gedamu is also the founder of House of Israel International Ministries (HIIM) which aims to bring relief aid and the Truth of Messiah Yeshua to Ethiopian Jews.
The March of Life was initiated by Jobst Bittner in Tuebingen in 2007. Over the past years, events of remembrance and reconciliation have taken place across the globe; some of which were even held for days at a time and extended over hundreds of miles. The March of Life has been honored by the Knesset on several occasions for significant engagement with Holocaust survivors. The presiding Officer of German Parliament Norbert Lammert directed the following greeting towards the movement, "The initiative March of Life is worthwhile and important. Starting as a humble prayer campaign, it has long since turned into an international movement that incorporates eye-witnesses and descendants (after the Holocaust). I hope that many will allow themselves to be moved by this idea."¹
The March of Life stands for remembering the Holocaust, reconciliation and taking a stand against modern anti-Semitism and for Israel. The March of Remembrance will be held in several cities across the map for Yom haShoah on April 23rd, 2017.
March of Life Founder Jobst Bittner states, "We are very thankful that we have been able to send Katlyn Witherspoon, who has been a longstanding and trusted co-worker at our ministry in Germany, to become the representative for Global March of Life in the United States. Through her work she will help to strengthen the ties between March of Remembrance and Global March of Life and mobilize many for the March of the Nations in Israel 2018."
Sign up for the Global March of Life Newsletter: stay up-to-date on the March of the Nations in Israel!
Visit for more information:
March of Life - http://www.marchoflife.org/
March of Remembrance - http://www.marchofremembrance.org/
Brad TV interviewed Rabbi Izhak Shapira two times and the interview was released to Korean viewers through the Brad Show. Also, his teaching series “Pearls of the Torah” is translating in Korean weekly and it is seen by many Korean Christians, and they are impressed by the revelation being given through his message.
This conference is the fruit of many requests from Korean viewers who watched his interview and teaching.
Expectations for the conference are very high since many Korean Christians are hungry for the teaching of Jewish roots and the Torah.
Over four hundred peoples are already registered for the conference and it is expected that more than four hundred people will be registering the very day of the conference.
Some people who will be attending the conference said, “It was like a dream that we can listen to his teaching in person in Korea. Our eyes are open by his teaching.”
Brad Kim added: “There has never been held a large-scale conference in Korea focusing on Hebrew and Torah.”
The host of this conference, Brad TV, was established 2 years ago and it is focused on making programs concerning Israel and evangelizing to Jewish people and the end times.
The programs have been watched by five million viewers from 198 different countries.
What makes this conference special is that it is held in the building which is owned by one of the conservative denomination of South Korea which used to turn its back on the teaching of Torah and end times.
Rabbi Shapira added: “It is our honor and joy to bring the message in proper context to the people of South Korea. The hunger that we have been witnessing is a sign of the last days revival”
They rolled out the red carpet to honor and bless them with a great holiday celebration. Valodya and Yulia, two of the leaders the Minsk congregation who have been serving survivors with RII for 20 years were there with as well to share their special musical giftings with everyone at the celebrations.
Over 300 Holocaust Survivors in Israel and Belarus were blessed and honored this Rosh HaShanah!
One of the leaders of the Holocaust Survivor group in central Israel, Boris, shared his thanks, “This year, because of you, we were able to celebrate a wonderful Rosh HaShanah feast. Thank you very much for your participation, both spiritually and financially. Thanks also for your gifts… Thank you for the attention you give to Israel, our Jewish people and Holocaust Survivors. Many thanks.”
To watch the video message from Boris or see some pictures, please click on this link: https://reachii.org/enews-holocaust-survivors-blessed/ We trust you will be as encouraged as we were!
In Bondi Junction, the recognized centre of the Jewish community in Sydney, we have operated a bookshop for 12 years. The last 10 years not one week has gone by without Jewish enquirers dropping in, some to argue, some to ask questions, some to buy products (we have over 800 in the shop). All the while we seek to make the shop ‘a comfortable place for people to consider Yeshua.” That means we have to keep all the Judaica (e.g. mezuzahs, siddurs, menorahs, shofars) very visible and on the CD rack we have to carry Barbra Streisand and classic Hebrew CDs as well as the expected Goetz, Chernoff, Wilburs, Kline Iantornos, etc. On the DVD rack we have to keep Life is Beautiful, Schindler’s List and Fiddler on the Roof, as well as all the debates with Michael Brown and “Christ in the Passover” etc. Our stock represents us; our people are trained to welcome visitors and to answer questions. God is drawing Jewish people to Himself and that’s pretty amazing to watch, week by week.
That ministry of the bookshop will continue even during the Campaign. We anticipate the holiday shoppers (it already started but will intensify during December) will be coming for more goods, and asking more questions, at the same time as our teams will be out on the streets evangelizing with the customary Gospel broadsides by which Jews for Jesus has become most known. But that’s not all we will be doing.
Each day will include singing and prayers to start the day. Each day we will eat well with an international chef flying in to take good care of the teams. We are staying in nice apartments all near one another and eating and praying and laughing and sharing stories together. The camaraderie will reflect the love that God will give us, demonstrating His love for all people. We expect a daily video update for those who follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Instagram and Blogger, Flickr and all the social media we can muster will be full of the adventures of the campaigners. We expect some opposition. We expect a lot of great response from Jews and non-Jews to our message.
The routine will include broadsiding (handing out Gospel leaflets) and talking to people we’ve never met yet. We will intersect with the people of Sydney in any way we can, even using Facebook and other social media ads. Our hope is to be ‘out there’ enough that when they finally do want to know more, that we are available to each of the curious.
Prayers are requested DAILY for our efforts. We need believers across the world reading this article to pray for whatever the Lord tells you, but if you don’t hear directly, please pray for the following:
1) Our spiritual life to be full of the Lord and thus we will overflow with His love each day to the people of Sydney
2) Creativity in our teams as we seek new and old methods to get people to listen
3) God to open the hearts and minds of Jews and non-Jews to the message of God’s love in Yeshua
4) Provision of money to pay for everything
5) Ease of transport for all those traveling from international sites (Israel, UK, South Africa, Ukraine, and the US) and for those traveling from other Aussie cities
6) Local and perhaps national media to notice our efforts and amplify our message
Thanks for all that, and let us exalt His name together.
This past week Shapira travelled to Israel and everywhere he went he was handing out books to anyone who is willing to receive one. Because the Hebrew edition of The Return of the Kosher Pig is being provided free of charge by Ahavat Ammi Ministries to Hebrew speakers. Shapira's goal is also to connect Israeli leaders and other believers in Israel to encourage them to join him in sharing the book.
For those unfamiliar with the book, it is an in-depth study into the historical view of the Divine Messiah. Proving through Scripture and traditional Jewish text that the idea of Yeshua being both human and deity is not foreign to Jewish thought. The Return of the Kosher Pig was originally published in English in 2013 was then followed by the release of a Spanish translation.
However it was always Rabbi Shapira's vision to get copies of the book in Hebrew to Israelis for free.
Rabbi Shapira said “We have labored on this project with great passion for many years in order to reach traditional and observant Jews in their own native tongue with the true authentic B’esorah. The observant Jewish audience is greatly curious about the Jewish Yeshua and we have taken upon ourselves the burden of bringing the enhanced version of TROTKP into Hebrew. After nearly 20 years of work the joy is doubled as we see Yeshua’s name returning to Israel. We welcome Israelis and Gentiles to pick up the book for outreach purposes in one of our pickup locations:
To find out more about Ahavat Ammi and their efforts to get a copy of the Hebrew edition into the hands of every Israeli visit http://www.ahavatammi.
In addition, the book can be picked up for free for outreach at: http://ha-gefen.org.il/ In Rhison L’tzion
Shmotkin 8 (Old Industrial Zone)
Rishon Le Tzion 7510001