Mitch grew up in a religious Jewish family, but felt there was a distance between him and God. He left home and joined some friends in California where they began to sell drugs. A deal “gone bad”, at which they were almost killed, changed Mitch’s perspective on life. It was around this time that one of his friends became a follower of Jesus.
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We hope our faith in Jesus does not surprise you, but rather makes you curious. As Jewish people, most of us grew up without considering whether or not Yeshua is the Messiah expected by our people for millennia. All of those who tell their stories on this site were raised this way too. Then something happened that changed each of their lives and caused them to rethink the usual Jewish views about Jesus. Usually, it was a series of events and ultimately the prophecies in the Tenach, the Old Testament, that caused our “storytellers” to find shalom by becoming followers of Yeshua.
In fact, most of our Jewish people do not realize that Yeshua was born a Jew, the first believers of Yeshua were all Jews and the first Messianic communities were all Jewish…they were Israelis! Messianic Jews observe the Jewish holidays and support the state of Israel. We are Jews in every way and yet believe that the Messiah has come and His name is Yeshua.
You might not be aware of it, but throughout the world, there are many large communities of Jewish believers in Yeshua (estimation in the hundreds of thousands). In Israel, there are many communities and home fellowships of Messianic Jews.
We believe that if you were born a Jew, you are a Jew, period! And believing in Yeshua does not change this but rather, as you will see and hear, believing in Jesus fulfills all we ever hoped for as Jewish men and women!