Saturday, May 14, 2022

Rabbi Adrian Bernal Interview

Today’s delightful interview was with Rabbi Adrian Bernal. 

Dr. Adrian Bernal is a Sephardic Jewish believer. He holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies with a major in Biblical linguistics,  a Master's of Theological Studies with a major in Biblical Counseling and minor in Jewish Studies, and a Doctor of Ministry with a major in Jewish Studies. Over the past 29 years he has led congregations in Hawaii, Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska. He has been involved with the Messianic Movement since 1987 and has a passion for the lost. He enjoys teaching the Jewish Roots of the faith to the Church. He has also developed curriculum for the class and is currently writing commentaries on 1 and 2 Timothy. He is the senior rabbi for Beth Yeshua Messianic Synagogue in Coral Springs, Florida. In his spare time he is a golf teaching professional with the United States Golf Teachers Federation and was ranked the top 100 golf teaching professionals for the 2020/2021 season. He enjoys spending time fishing and kayaking with his wife and they make their home in Margate, FL.




Saturday, May 7, 2022

Brett Weiner Interview

I was once a Weiner too -- back in the early days LOL.   I met Brett over Facebook and he agreed to share his faith journey on Bagels and Blessings.  You'll enjoy some music honoring Yom Hashoah (Day of Remembrance) and the Israeli Independence Day too.   Lots of great music.  And here's a little bit about Brett:

Brett was raised Christian, but his grandparents were Orthodox Jews. When Brett was in his twenties, the Psalms and the prayer book pronouns became personal to him.  He was told that Abraham would have descendants that would be as numerous as the stars in heaven, and the sands on the seashore and that he could be one of them. He just needed to accept his seed which was one in the Messiah. He loves celebrating the Jewish holidays, especially the Feast of Tabernacles. 

Brett and his wife reside in West Springfield Massachusetts and have two adult sons who walk with the Lord.





Saturday, April 30, 2022

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Rene Wallace returns to Bagels and Blessings to share how she is dealing with grief.  She became a widow 6 months ago. 

Rene is an extraordinary women.    She is an author, teacher, and "Chief Farmhand" at Safe Haven Oasis and Messianic Fellowship, Former Church Ministries Coordinator at Chosen People Ministries and Co-founder at Safe Haven International Network.  Rene wrote a series of books about a little girl named Zoe who discovers the Jewish holidays. 

Today's program will be an encouragement to anyone mourning the loss of a loved one.   




Saturday, April 23, 2022

Melanie Webster Interview

I have known Melanie for a few years, and we finally got a chance to do a phone interview.   At 23 years old, a Jewish friend showed her only from the Tenach that Jesus, Yeshua, was the Promised Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world. Melanie moved to Israel 6 years ago with her husband. They are both believers in Yeshua. Melanie has been walking with the Lord for over 40 years!

Enjoy some new music from Sue Samuel too!



Saturday, April 16, 2022

Noam Cohen Interview

I interviewed Deborah Cohen a few months back, and then I had the pleasure of speaking with her wonderful husband Noam.

Noam is a Sabra, meaning he was born in Israel (Jerusalem). He was raised in the digs of the desert with his father, who was a renowned archaeologist in Israel, and he served in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) as a tank commander in the first Lebanon war. After living in Japan for over 20 years, he returned to Israel, where he found Yeshua, his Messiah. For the last 15 years, he has been speaking, teaching, writing, and ministering to the body of Messiah and to the Jewish people. He and his wife, Deborah, live in the Galilee region in Israel and have a ministry called Declaring Zion International. 

Special Passover music too!!

Be sure to read his book "The Ninja and the Pastor!"

The Ninja and The Pastor - Kindle edition by Cohen, Deborah, Cohen, Noam. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.






Saturday, April 9, 2022

Rabbi Aaron Allsbrook Interview

Never fear - the Messianic Matchmaker is here!  Today I aired my interview with Rabbi Aaron Allsbrook.  He shared his faith journey with me and I know you'll love it!

Plus some great music too!  Here's more about Rabbi Aaron:

Born and raised in Southern California, Rabbi Aaron Allsbrook has known Yeshua his whole life.  He shared about Yeshua to his Jewish and non-Jewish friends in high school.  At the end of high school Rabbi Aaron began to feel that there was more to his Jewishness than just Passover and Hanukkah at his grandparents.

At this time he made his first visit to a messianic synagogue in Philadelphia, his first trip to Israel, and then his first visit to an Orthodox synagogue.  God certainly was moving in his life, revealing to him that his Jewishness was something central to his identity.  He went so far as to begin to live like an Orthodox Jew, including getting Orthodox rabbinic ordination.

Not longer after that Rabbi Aaron knew there was something missing, something more.  While the traditions were great, he craved for more of the Spirit of God and the love of Yeshua.  He left the Orthodox world, and began to seek a way of living an authentic Jewish life under the leading of the Spirit.

His travels brought him to Israel, where he lived for four years, and then to New York, where he met his beautiful wife, Brooke, with whom he has three children.  It was in New York that he was a special education teacher and an assistant rabbi at a Messianic synagogue on Long Island.  After several years of serving in this capacity, he wanted to pursue being a full-time Messianic rabbi, which is what led him to Ohev Yisrael.

He desires to see Jewish people come to know Yeshua, their Messiah, and live their life in service of our Master as Jews full of the Spirit of God. 

For more info about the Messianic Matchmaker:

The Messianic Matchmaker





Saturday, April 2, 2022

Mitch Forman Interview

I had heard of Mitch Forman many years ago, but I guess the timing wasn't right.   So happy to finally connect with him and hear his story.

Mitch was raised in a traditional Reform Jewish home near Boston. After graduating from high school, he went to the University of Massachusetts and focused all his attention on a culinary career. Mitch worked at some of the finest hotels in Boston, achieving his goal of cooking with the best chefs in the world. In 1982 Mitch moved to San Francisco and started working at some of the top restaurants on the west coast as well.

However, as a result of his wild lifestyle, he could no longer keep up with the high demands and pressure of cooking at the top and was fired from his job. While lying on his couch one day, he realized that his life was a wreck and prayed to God for the first time in years. The next day, he quit smoking and drinking. As Mitch began to trust God for the first time in his life, he talked with a Christian co-worker about the Bible and Jesus and finally began to grasp the Gospel message.

Mitch invited Jesus into his life in 1987. Afterward, Mitch became involved with Jewish missions and served 12 years in the field both in San Francisco and New York City. In 2002, Mitch and his family moved back to Boston to help in a family business. They started to attend Grace Chapel and Mitch became involved in the adult discipleship team where he taught classes focusing on the Jewish background of the Scriptures. He was also involved in the founding and leadership of Beth Yeshua Messianic Congregation in Newton, which is the heart of Boston’s Jewish community.

Today Mitch is back in full-time ministry as VP of US Ministries for Chosen People, the oldest Jewish mission in the United States. Mitch is based in Boston but oversees all recruitment, training, mentoring and leadership of the entire US-based missionary staff. Mitch is married to Kina, a second-generation Jewish believer, and they have two daughters Kaelee and Alana and a son Joshua.

Enjoy some great music too!