Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hali Berry Interview

It's not every day that I get to interview the wife of a former interviewee!   I had interviewed author Grant Berry a couple of years ago and then recently met Hali Berry at a Women's Retreat.   She is delightful and funny and most importantly, she loves the Lord!

Hali Berry grew up in northern New Jersey. She was raised Orthodox until she was about 11, including going to yeshiva till eighth grade and attending religious sleep away camps.

By 13 years old Berry was completely Conservative but still attended Shabbat services.

When she was 16, her dad left the family and married her mom's best friend and moved one and a half miles away into her house. For her mom, brothers and Hali, they simply stopped ALL synagogue activities.

Berry immediately started using drugs. At age 25 she moved to Southern California by herself and instead of drugs, she became obsessed with food and body image. By 28 she was going to the 12-step program Overeaters Anonymous. There she met a Messianic woman who told her about Jesus, and she knew that wasn't for her.

At the age of 30, at a retreat, she read the Sermon on the Mount and something changed in her, but she didn't move in it for years.

Berry moved back to New Jersey in 1995, married and with a six-month old daughter. It was there where she was finally moved to jealousy for her God by Christians and began going to church.

She met Grant Berry and read in his book that Christianity is extension of Judaism and THE VEIL WAS LIFTED. She is still proud to be learning more and connecting with her Jewish roots.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rabbi Ruben Orona Interview

Today was so much fun!   Rabbi Ruben Orona (along with his adorable son Brian) was in the studio and we had a great discussion.  Plus great music from Liberated Wailing Wall, Michelle Gold, Barry & Batya Segal, Elana Watson, and Misha Goetz (Hoyt).

Rabbi Ruben Orona is a charismatic preacher who enjoys studying and sharing Torah with our Congregation members. Rabbi Ruben grew up in a Catholic home and did formal studies to become a Catholic Priest until he read the Ten Commandments as they appear in the book of Exodus. And this was his turning point! At that time Ruben was directly confronted by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) who started to reveal to him the Scriptures from a Hebrew/Jewish perspective.

Rabbi Ruben was at one point ordained and licensed as an Evangelical Pastor serving as an Evangelist and as a Missionary for over 20 years. He has preached at Revival and Healing events bringing thousands of people closer to G-d and to Yeshua. Ruben has experience planting (establishing) congregations from zero and has also commissioned/ordained Evangelists, Pastors and Ministers in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the United States.

Through DNA testing, Rabbi Ruben discovered he was of Jewish descent! He was recently ordained as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shema Yisrael in Rochester, NY. Rabbi Ruben believes that each time the Torah is preached something ought to happen! Gifted with charismatic gifts of the Ruach haKodesh, Rabbi Ruben enjoys preaching and teaching in different countries and crusades. He has a special love for Israel and loves to lead others to worship Adonai in Spirit and Truth!

Rabbi Ruben combines his rabbinical ministry with working as a Registered Nurse. He holds a college Degree in Science in Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College and also holds degrees at seminary level in Philosophy and Theology. Ruben is very family oriented and loves to spend time with his wife Carmen, to whom he’s been married for over 20 years, and with his son Brian. 


Sunday, March 5, 2017

More Music, Less Talk!

Today's show is loaded with fabulous music!   You'll enjoy songs from Jonathan Settel, Greg Silverman, Corry Bell & Lev Shelo, Natasha Kraus-Reynolds, Elana Watson, Beckah Shae, Joel Chernoff, Carlos Perdomo, The Schleps, Rivka Whitten, Joshua Aaron and Philip Stanley Klein!

Enjoy, dahling, enjoy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Elizabeth Black Interview

I met Elizabeth Black at the Beth Zion Women's Retreat January 27-29 this year.   She was one of the speaker's on Saturday night and I was very impressed with her!

Elizabeth currently serves with Jews for Jesus in New York City.  Jewish ministry was her lifelong goal, growing up in a Jewish community in Baltimore Maryland. She received a BA in biblical studies from Washington Bible College and has been serving in formal Jewish ministry for over 5 years. She serves alongside her husband Eryn Black and has two young boys, Jude and Ezra.

Enjoy wonderful music from Sue Samuel, Liberated Wailing Wall, Zemer Levav and Greg Silverman too!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Randy Katz Interview #3

This was a blast from the past!   Originally aired in 2007.   Hope you enjoy!

Originally from Middletown, NY, Rand (Randy to most people) attended the University of Rochester and decided to stay and make Rochester, NY his home.  He has been part of the Messianic movement in Rochester, NY since the 70s. He's an accomplished keyboardist and has played at Jewish functions all over the Rochester area and is on the worship team at Congregation Shema Yisrael in Rochester. We chat about his testimony and have fun during this interview!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Joe Bell Interview

What a joy to speak with Joe Bell and learn of his spiritual journey!  

Rabbi Joseph “Joe” Bell was raised in a Jewish home in the Boston area. He has a strong Orthodox Jewish pedigree, and attended synagogue with such luminaries as Sheldon Adelson, Robert Kraft (New England Patriots owner) and family, Barney Frank, etc. It was a very prominent synagogue and Bell was very comfortable being Jewish and practicing Judaism.

Boston is also where he began his search to know God at the age of 28. It was then that he began to read the Bible (his Bar Mitzvah Bible) looking for God, seeking His power to change the direction of his life. He prayed at that time and asked God to come into my life if He was real.

Bell says, “I wasn’t looking for Jesus. After I began reading the Tanakh, people began to pop into my life and tell me about Messianic prophecies. Finally somebody connected me to a Jews For Jesus missionary who I agreed to talk by phone with. Her name is Sharon. But before Sharon, one of my employees saw me reading the Bible and pointed me to Messianic prophecies. She challenged me to read Isaiah 53. After reading it, she asked me who it was talking about? I said it sounds like Jesus. She said it is Jesus. So after months of reading and talking with my employee and with Sharon by phone, I decided to go meet with my Rabbi.

“I told the rabbi that people were sharing prophecies with me and pointed out Isaiah 53. The rabbi became visibly irritated and barked ‘That’s not Jesus Christ!’ I said, ‘Fine, who is it?’  He had no answer… And I knew that he really didn’t know.  About ten months passed and a series of events led me to read the New Testament Gospels and within a month I invited Jesus into my heart as my Messiah and Lord. God immediately spoke to my heart and told me to go out to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles and tell them about Him. I received this message after going to Church for the first time with a Christian friend who saw me seeking. I had spent the day fasting and confessing my sins to God after Church. I went through some sort of deliverance that day alone in my home, then I believe God spoke those words to me in my house that night.

To learn more be sure to tune into this exciting podcast!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Robin Barbosa Interview

Do you know someone who has been in a cult?   Have you ever been tempted to join one?   Don't miss this exciting interview with Robin Barbosa, author of "I Am Revealed, Behind the Ashram Door."

Robin Barbosa was born in the Northeast United States and had a traditionally Jewish upbringing. She grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx, New York. A college graduate with a Master’s Degree in the field of education, Robin has been awarded a Doctor of Naturopathy Diploma in the field of health consulting.

Robin is a Messianic Jew, a member of Christ Celebration Center in northern New Jersey. She is active in children’s ministry and has written children’s stories as a hobby. She is also a member of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). The release of her book "I Am Revealed, Behind the Ashram Door" has been featured on the ICSA Member Updates. 

People need to read this story as it gives an insider’s perspective taking us inside the ashram, inside the cult and inside the reality of mind-control and what is actually at stake.

What is it like being in a cult? Robin’s objective is to tell her story while making a contribution to the field of cult awareness and provide a warning for anyone who may already be experiencing, or has experienced the effect of coercive persuasion, or for anyone considering involvement without realizing what is happening or bound to happen. It has the potential of being a powerful support for a person in any one of these categories, as well as the professionals working in the field of cult awareness.