Sunday, February 14, 2016

Rabbi Steve Weiler Interview

What a pleasure to chat with Rabbi Steve Weiler and learn about his faith journey!  Rabbi Steve was
born in Manhattan, New York , to Jewish parents who had escaped Austria during the Holocaust.  Living in a primarily Jewish town (Great Neck, Long Island ), he had never been aware of anyone who believed that Yeshua is the Messiah, nor had anyone share their faith with him.  But at age 18, Steve went to see the movie The Greatest Story Ever Told, and his life was changed forever. Shortly thereafter, he dedicated his life to serving the Lord.
Rabbi Steve spent his college years in Baltimore , MD where he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Peabody Conservatory of Music.  Later he received a Masters Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University while teaching at an inner-city high school for four years.  Also during this time, he was a cantor at various conservative synagogues, sang at several churches, and attended Beit HaMashiach, a Messianic Synagogue.
In 1979, after a career in sales and business, Steve moved his family to Philadelphia , PA , where he became the principal of Chalutzim Academy - a private K12 school of Congregation Beth Yeshua.  Here he also served as the chief administrator, taught various courses including "Fundamentals of Biblical Judaism", led a children's chorus group called Growing Faith, produced two Messianic children's albums, helped produce two musicals, led the youth program, and led an adult singing troupe called "Shivat Tzion" (Return of Zion) which produced two albums.
Steve was ordained as a Messianic Rabbi by the leadership of Congregation Beth Yeshua. which is under the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) and the International Association of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS).  In April 1999, he moved his family to Tampa, FL to become the rabbi of Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue.  He has always had a burden for youth, strengthening families, having unity in the Body of Believers, and to see his fellow Jewish people accept Yeshua as their Messiah.  Rabbi Steve also serves on the boards of:  The Messianic Family Bible Project, The Tampa Bay Committee To Bless Israel , Ner Tamid, and BayshoreChristian School and others.  He also served on the Executive Committee of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA).
Rabbi Steve is blessed with a wonderful wife, Pat, who leads praise and worship, and is the leader of the Shoresh David sisterhood.  They have two daughters together - Rebecca, who lived in Israel and worked for God TV, and now lives in Tampa with her husband and daughter.  Sarah, who graduated from Southeastern University in 2009 and Sandford Brown in 2011 with a degree in Sonography is the manager of a pregnancy center in Tampa where she lives with her husband and soon-to-be son.

You'll also enjoy the music of Jonathan Settel, Sue Samuel, Greg Silverman, Marty Goetz, Rivka Whitten, John Waller and the Schleps.

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