Saturday, February 22, 2014

Kerah Oliverira Interview

What a joy to speak with Kerah Oliveira at the Beth Zion's Women's Retreat on February 7.  
Kerah has been helping lead worship since she was nine, as well as a contributing member of her family's band, Zemer Levav. Her first performance on stage was when she was 13. The band has averaged at least two concerts a week for the past ten years. She has been performing her own material for the past nine. Kerah is in the process of compiling her debut solo album. Her sound is rooted in folk with some alternative and indie influences. Subject wise, the material is all based on life experiences, and her faith in God is one of her biggest and most consistent inspirations for writing, playing and sharing music.
"I just want to take people on a journey through the good and bad things I've experienced in life, and share about the love Yeshua has shown me again and again through every situation," she says on her website. "All the music I share is to bring glory to God and magnify His creativity."

For more information about Kerah Oliveira, please visit

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Grant Berry Interview #2

What a thrill to have Grant Berry back on Bagels and Blessings!   We talked about his new book, "The Ezekiel Generation" and I played lots of wonderful music.   Since it's Valentine's Day weekend I reminded you that God loves you very much and we should also be thinking about how we show God we love Him.   We heard wonderful music by Jonathan Settel, Sally Klein O'Connor, Sharon Wilbur, Marty Goetz, Misha Goetz, Paul Wilbur and the Schleps. 

As a reminder, Grant Berry is a Jewish believer in Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah. For most of His spiritual life, he has been both an entrepreneur and a minister of the Gospel. He founded and built three cosmetic companies as well as a number of ministries focused on reaching Jewish people.

He has founded Messiah's House and Reconnecting Ministries to "properly communicate a message of spiritual reconnection between Israel and the Church." It's a subject he knows well as a Messianic Jew whose own life story is one of such reconnection. Grant believes that in this day, there is great power to be loosed upon both Israel and the Church, as G-d's spiritual family between Jew and Gentile gets connected. View his monthly articles on under Standing With Israel.  His latest book, "The Ezekiel Generation", was lauched in October.  It was written for the Church to help them reconnect to their first born brother Israel in the Spirit.

Please visit the website for more information.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Music from Israel!

This is an exciting show that features fantastic music from Messianic recording artists who live in Israel.   Featured in this program are Avner & Rachel Boskey, Karen Davis, Shani Ferguson, Barry & Batya Segal and Rivka Whitten.   Both the Boskeys & the Segals have new CDs out so you'll get to hear some of their new tunes.

Grab a bagel and a cup of coffee -- you're gonna love this one!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Charles Gardner Interview-2

Today I aired a recent Skype interview with author and speaker Charles Gardner. 

Charles is a 64-year-old South African-born journalist living in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. He has followed the Lord for over 40 years and, though having worked mainly in the secular press, has also launched several Christian publications.
Having taken early retirement from his regular job as a sports editor, he is now working for CMJ (the Church's Ministry among the Jewish people), a 204-year-old Anglican mission whose founders include the legendary William Wilberforce and who now also have a growing presence in the USA. Recently in Jerusalem he met one of the key leaders in America (from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). His link with CMJ goes back to his early days as a believer when he was charged with the responsibility of writing to missionaries then working among the Falasha Jews of Ethiopia. His new work is still in communications, specifically editing the mission's quarterly Prayer Focus for supporters and helping to prepare for a unique conference in Jerusalem this May focused on deepening the bonds of reconciliation between Arab & Jewish believers throughout the Middle East. “I have had a heart for Israel for a long time. But three years ago, while reading Isaiah, I felt strongly impressed to be a ‘Helper of Israel’. So here I am, ready to help.”
Charles has just published Israel the Chosen (available from Amazon), is married to Linda, 56, who teaches Christianity and Judaism in primary schools, and has four children and seven grandchildren.
Today's show features new music from Avner & Rachel Boskey from their new CD, "Four Winds."