Not only are we commanded to pray for the Jewish people, but also we are given instruction to share our material blessings with the Jewish community. The apostle Paul had been to Macedonia and Achaia where he received a love offering for “the saints in Jerusalem” (Rom. 15:26). These saints primarily consisted of Jewish people who had accepted the Lord and were a part of the church in Jerusalem. Though the offering that he had taken was going to Jewish believers in Jesus, the principle of giving to the needs of any Jewish person is made clear.

Paul wrote, “Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.” Romans 15:26-27

The church has received many blessings from the Jewish people. They gave us the Bible, and it is through Jesus—the Jewish Messiah— that God brought salvation to the world. The very first missionaries were Jewish. The sacred acts of communion and baptism come from Jewish traditions. The church began as a Jewish movement. The Jews have blessed us beyond comprehension with “spiritual blessings.” We owe it to them, according to Scripture, to share our “material blessings.”

There are many ways to share blessings with the Jewish people. There are Jews in need around the world, and there are special ministries devoted to helping them. However, if you support a ministry doing benevolent work among the Jewish people, please make sure they are a Christian ministry and believe in sharing the gospel as well. If you have a Jewish friend, whether they are in material need or not, look for opportunities to bless them. Birthday? Anniversary? Special holiday? When they ask why you are reaching out, tell them because you have received many great gifts from their community. Tell them, in fact, that if it were not for the Jewish people, you would not have Jesus.

 

JEWISH CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS

 

Jerusalem Institute for Justice 

The Jerusalem Institute for Justice is protecting the rights of believers in Jesus in Israel to exercise their faith. They also protect the rights of anyone whose democratic rights are being compromised in Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. They are doing incredible work.

From their web site:

“While Israel’s Jewish character is the key to its continual existence, its democratic nature is the key to its legitimacy as a free and autonomous state among the nations of the world. Accordingly, once an individual obtains Israeli citizenship or permanent residency, he or she should be afforded equal human and civil rights regardless of faith, race or gender. Hence, religion and state, which coalesce for the purpose of immigration, must be separated in the daily governance of our society. Freedom of worship, freedom of expression, freedom of livelihood, and equal access to political representation, education and protection by law must all be bolstered and safeguarded in Israel.”

“We responsibly utilize the resources, which are placed in our hands, to be an effective voice for those without a voice in our society. On one hand, we advocate tirelessly within Israel for religious minorities, migrant workers, human trafficking victims, holocaust survivors, and impoverished children from marginalized sectors in our society. On the other hand, we advocate relentlessly on behalf of Israel in the international community. Though our nation is not a utopia, it is the only beacon of democratic light in the Middle East.”

http://www.jij.org.il

Messianic Jewish Israel Fund

The Messianic Jewish Israel Fund is a unique ministry that supports Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) within the Messianic body in Israel. We function as a vehicle for Messianic believers in the Diaspora (those living outside Israel) and our Christian friends to join hands with Jewish believers in the Land of Israel helping to provide the assistance and support they desperately need.

http://www.mjif.org/

Ebenezer Home, Haifa, Israel

The Ebenezer Home is a Senior Citizen’s Home for believers in Yeshua, Jesus Christ, situated in Haifa, Israel. We have both Jewish and Gentile residents from different backgrounds and who speak different languages: Hebrew, Arabic, English, German, Romanian, Hungarian, Serbian and other – all united in Christ the Lord! This is a wonderful way to support the elderly and needy in Israel itself.

http://www.ebenezer.co.il/

Jewish Voice

Jewish Voice Ministries International is dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) to the Jew first and also to the Nations throughout the world. The Good News is proclaimed through television, print and online media, international festival outreaches & medical clinics/humanitarian aid.  This is followed by planting new, and strengthening existing, congregations to nurture and disciple new Believers.  We also partner with other ministries to establish and operate Messianic Jewish Bible Institutes(MJBI) to equip leadership for Jewish ministry. They are doing great work. One of their special ministries is to the Ethiopian Jewish community who are in great need of medical help. The link is to their Medical Ministry resource page. However, their entire site is worth investigating.

http://www.jewishvoice.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Medical_Outreach

Vision for Israel

Since 1998, Barry and Batya Segal’s humanitarian relief center, The Joseph Storehouse, has been a source

of emergency assistance for the entire community of Israel; whether Jewish, Arab or Christian. They desire to be a channel of mercy, freely distributing emergency medical equipment, food, toiletries, blankets, clothing and other necessities.

They serve both those living under Israel’s “poverty line” and also bring relief to the general population in times of crisis. Each week they assist Israel’s most vulnerable citizens: orphans and widows, the homeless and handicapped, the elderly, new immigrants and victims of terrorism and their families.

http://www.visionforisrael.com/~visionfo/home

Joshua Fund 

Founded by Joel and Lynn Rosenber in 2006, they are doing incredible humanitarian and educational work in Israel. I also highly recommend Joel’s books!

http://www.joshuafund.net/index.php/about/our_story/

Plant a Tree in Israel through a Messianic Congregation

Planting a tree in Israel is a bit of a tradition in the Jewish community. It helps Israel and is a special way to honor someone, or to memorialize them as well. If you would like to plant a tree in Israel for a Christian friend who has a love for Israel, this might be a way you want to go. I would not suggest doing this through a messianic congregation for someone who is not a believer in Jesus.

Beth Adonai Messianic Congregation, Atlanta, GA

http://www.bethadonai.com/plant_a_tree.html

WHAT TO GIVE FOR HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL LIFE EVENTS

(Weddings/Bar and Bat Mitzvahs/Funerals)

Do not neglect to send your Jewish friend a relevant card for the Jewish holidays. Jewish New Year, Hanukkah, and Passover cards can be found at your local card shop or even grocery store.

You can Google “judaica store” in your local area. It is always fun to go directly to the Jewish store. The person there will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you out! Two popular Judaica stores in Atlanta are “Chosen Treasures” and Judaica Corner”

One of the best websites to browse for gifts for a Jewish friend is:

http://www.judaism.com/

There you can search for the holiday or the event and learn as you go. They have beautiful gifts and resources for any Jewish occasion or holiday. You may have them sent to your Jewish friend directly, or better yet, have the gift sent to you and you deliver it yourself! What a great way to let them know you are thinking about them in a Jewish way.

You may also browse the online stores of some of the ministries mentioned on this website.

For messianic and traditional items I highly recommend Messianic Jewish Resources and Communications

http://www.messianicjewish.net/index.shtml

Contact www.lightofmessiah.org for more information.

 

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