Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Holocaust Remembered

Shalom in our Messiah, Jesus. I am so grateful for all those who have sent us messages of goodwill in honor of our 125th anniversary as a ministry. I am also very grateful for those who have given to our CPM 125th Advancement Campaign.

We have already engaged with more than 75,000 individuals online. To be specific, we now have their names, home addresses, and e-mails for follow-up. By God’s grace, two thousand of them are Israeli non-believers who we met through our Hebrew Isaiah 53 campaign.

We are expecting to meet thousands more as 125 staff and volunteers will pour out into the streets of New York City during the last week of July and first week of August for our Shalom New York outreach! The volunteers are subsidizing themselves, but we are providing the funds needed for our staff to come from across the globe. We will even have a team of Israelis from Israel reaching Israelis in New York City.

If it sounds exciting—it is! Our local New York missionaries, congregations, Bible studies, and disciple-makers are ready to do the follow-up with those seeking the Lord. So please pray often, give generously, and consider joining us for Shalom New York! There is still space available for you. Visit for more information!

Holocaust Memorial Day

The United States Congress established May 2 as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Many of us have expanded this to the entire month of May and are holding various lectures and memorial services to commemorate this terrible moment in Jewish history.

As a Jewish person, I grew up under the dark shadow cast by the Holocaust. My grandparents were pre-Holocaust European Jewish immigrants to the United States. Like so many others, they never talked about those tragic days. They did not walk through it personally but knew a lot more than they would ever tell us. Perhaps they wanted to spare us from the horrific details of this nightmarish chapter in Jewish history. I was raised with photographs of my aunts and uncles that I would never meet because they died in the Holocaust.

As a Messianic Jew, I wondered if my relatives who lost their lives in the midst of Nazi terror ever heard of God’s grace through Jesus the Messiah—either before or during the days of the Shoah (Holocaust). Knowing the answer to this question became somewhat of an obsession for me over the years.

I began to wonder if there were instances of God’s presence during the Holocaust. As the president of Chosen People Ministries, with access to our archives stretching back to 1894, I knew that our Mission had a significant ministry during those desperate days.

I began looking through these documents to try and discover what transpired through our ministries in Europe at that time.

I was astounded by what I found. I want to share these amazing accounts of grace and mercy with you. There are so many stories of how our ministry served Jewish people during the Holocaust.

Chosen People Publications

The publications reflect the writings of Joseph Hoffman Cohn, the son of our founder, Rabbi Leopold Cohn. Joseph became the director of the Mission after the death of his father. The reports are from before, during, and after the Holocaust and are drawn from The Chosen People newsletter and The Shepherd of Israel, an evangelistic publication.

If there was one outstanding lesson I gleaned from these stories, it was simply this—the Lord uses tragedy to draw us to Himself. The story of the Jewish people during the Holocaust can be compared to the Book of Job. God created and chose the Jewish people to be His light in a dark and broken world. He made promises to our forefathers that He would never allow His people to be destroyed (Jeremiah 31:31–37, Romans 11:28–29). God confirmed His Word again through the prophet Jeremiah: “‘If this fixed order departs from before Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘then the offspring of Israel also will cease from being a nation before Me forever’” (Jeremiah 31:36).

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob assured us that He will be faithful to His promises.

Hitler murdered at least six million Jewish people, but never completed the job he started, as God would not…and could not…allow it!

God’s grace is sometimes hidden in the midst of life’s greatest difficulties. Tragedy opens our eyes to His presence in ways that good times never will. It is during the difficult times that we recognize He is always present and powerful, and that even death and destruction cannot keep us from Him. This is why the Apostle Paul writes so powerfully,

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Remembering the Holocaust

It is good to remember the Holocaust and evil intent Satan has in mind for God’s ancient people. The Devil still wants to destroy the Jewish people to prevent God’s promises from unfolding. This should motivate us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and to remember His grace in the midst of life’s difficulties.

We must never lose hope as He is still Lord and in control, even though humans and Satan himself are guiding humankind on a path to total destruction.

In reading these stories, you might very well be brought to tears. I was! I also hope you discover the Lord of all comfort who will point your heart and soul to His goodness and the salvation He brings through the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son. If we learn one thing from the cross, it is that great suffering leads to even greater glory.

God’s best for Israel and for the Jewish people is still ahead, as Paul promised,

For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written. (Romans 11:25–26)

I pray you will find the reports meaningful and that you will oppose antisemitism whenever and wherever you see it! Thanks again for your faithful prayers and generosity!

In His grace,

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Wandering Israelis

Shalom from New York City! We continue to rejoice in all the Lord is doing to touch the lives of Jewish people around the world through the work of Chosen People Ministries. He is faithful and we see many Jewish people opening their hearts to the Messiah.

We are seeing a new openness especially among Israeli young adults. I want to tell you how excited I am about this movement of the Holy Spirit. We have now mailed over 8,000 Hebrew Isaiah 53 Explained books to Israelis who requested them through our Hebrew Facebook ads running in Israel.

I recently visited our outreach center in Ramat Gan and saw what God is doing with my own eyes! Between a concert and a Sabbath dinner, we had more than one hundred Israeli young adults, most of whom were believers, in attendance. These young Israelis have an incredible hunger for God and His Word.

There is also so much happening outside of Israel I wanted to take a moment and tell you about what is happening around the globe. As you probably know, Israeli young men serve three years in the army, and women serve two years. When they complete their military service, they usually travel around the world for six to nine months. They then return home to go to college or enter the work force.

These former soldiers are all quite open to new experiences during their travels. They travel not only for the opportunity to enjoy other countries and cultures, but also to broaden their spiritual horizons!

Let me tell you a little more about our ministry in New Zealand. We have an Israeli guesthouse located in Wanaka, Albert Town in the middle of the South Island, a resort area famous for its Middle Earth vistas, world-class hikes, skiing and snowboarding, bungee jumping, skydiving, and extreme sports. The guesthouse, called Zula Lodge, opened in 2015 and continues to thrive. By God’s grace, our team has spoken to thousands of young Israelis about the Lord while they were staying at the ministry house. We are now in the process of following up with the many who stayed with us over the last month.

Our staff is engaged with Israelis all day long. They hike with them in the daytime; and during the evenings, they chat and play board games and musical instruments, often late into the night. Each week, we host a Sabbath (Friday night) dinner, which is a highlight, and regularly host “Hummus Nights” where we eat hummus and talk about Jesus. You cannot imagine the number of gospel conversations taking place over pita bread dipped in homemade hummus!

New Zealand, India, Germany, and many other countries are where you would expect Israelis to travel—but these places are not alone in providing opportunities to share the gospel with wandering Israelis. We are now seeing an increase in the number of young Israelis traveling throughout Asia—especially China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong—where we have staff and volunteers ready to meet them with the love of the Messiah.

We are so grateful for your prayers and support. We could not do this without you!

We know that it is God who provides through His people and we are grateful for all He does through you.

Thank you for being part of the family and for caring about the gospel going out to the Jewish people!


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