STEPping Out in Faith in New York City Brings Divine Appointments

An amazing thing happens every summer in New York City: Outdoor events such as movies and street fairs begin popping up all over the city, and tourists flock in to see the sights – from Central Park to the Apple Store and more. Vacation season has started, and it is the perfect time to STEP […]

An Encounter with a Gypsy

By Michael Stepakoff Getting a Jewish education was a top priority in my house. I grew up in Atlanta, where my family belonged to a 5,000-member Conservative synagogue. I attended Hebrew school in the evenings and on Sundays, and was active in B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO). Every summer, I attended Jewish overnight camp in […]

Messiah’s Sheltering Love

By Emily Seemar My story would not be complete without including my mother’s story. She had a difficult childhood and as an adult she sometimes found it hard to cope. My father had been raised as an observant Jew and was encouraged to get an education. But the more educated he became, the more he […]

Modern Samaritans and the Ancient Passover Sacrifice

One day, while passing through the disreputable district of Samaria, Jesus encountered a woman at a well. You know the story. The woman, uncomfortable at the direction of the conversation, switched to a religious point: “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to […]