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Remebering Rabbi Betzalel (Barry) Budoff

This past Friday night the Messianic Jewish movement lost another one of its great leaders. Rabbi Betzalel (Barry) Budoff served as the rabbi of Ahavat Zion Synagogue (AZS) in Beverly Hills (where I now serve as the rabbi) from 1980-1991. … Continue reading

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MJ Leaders Oppose Presbyterian Divestment

Last week leaders representing the mainstream Messianic Jewish movement worldwide approved a joint statement opposing the upcoming divestment proposals to be taken up this week within the Presbyterian Church (USA) at their General Assembly in Detroit. The whole statements is … Continue reading

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UMJC and Others Respond to Recent J4J Video

The Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) yesterday issued an important response to an insensitive and controversial video recently released by Jews for Jesus, called “That Jew Died for You,” along with an accompanying website. The video, which oversimply portrays … Continue reading

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UMJC Conference Review 2013

Last week I joined hundreds of others at the UMJC’s 2013 International Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was Avodah: Service of Our Hearts and Hands. My friend, Rabbi Derek Leman, already wrote a really great review of the … Continue reading

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MJ Coalition condemns Church of Scotland report

Today five different Messianic Jewish organizations representing the bulk of Messianic Jews around world released a statement  condemning the recently affirmed report on “The inheritance of Abraham” by the Church of Scotland. Throughout the month of May the Church of Scotland … Continue reading

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Messianic Jewish Movement Responds to Christ at the Checkpoint

Today the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA), the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), and the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), have released a joint press release raising concerns about the upcoming Christ at the Checkpoint conference to be … Continue reading

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Announcing … Another Rabbi!

Last week at the mid-year UMJC leaders retreat in Nashville, TN, my friend and colleague, Nathan Joiner, received rabbinic ordination. I had the honor of being one of the rabbis (pictured above) to lay hands on Rabbi Joiner to grant … Continue reading

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Is this ‘Judaism Lite’?

Tonight I went to a lecture with Rabbi Avi Weiss at the historic 6th & I synagogue in downtown Washington, DC. Rabbi Weiss has been named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America. He is … Continue reading

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Are We Kosher?

My friend and colleague, Rabbi Dr. Michael Schiffman, has raised an important discussion on his blog concerning the use of the title “rabbi” within the Messianic Jewish Movement, and whether or not those who use the title are ‘kosher.’ This … Continue reading

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Is Messianic Judaism in Crisis?

Today is Hoshana Rabbah – the culmination of Sukkot and preparation for the final days of Shemini Atzeretand Simchat Torah. However, I find myself troubled a bit, as my joy is not quite complete. I have been deeply troubled lately about the future of our … Continue reading

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