Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hannah Campbell Interview

What a fun time in the studio today!   This program features the music of Jonathan Settel, Barry & Batya Segal, Avner & Rachel Boskey, Zemer Levav, Ted Pearce and The Schleps!   And it was a delight to have Hannah Grace Campbell in the studio.  Hannah grew up in Rochester, NY in a fun and loving Messianic Jewish home.  From in early age, she was taught about the God of Israel, and came to accept the Messiah as her Savior at the ripe old age of four.  After realizing at the age of nine that she could not grow up to become Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, (as blood is WAY too disgusting), she dreamed of a number of different careers (everything from a ballet dancer to a tornado chasing meteorologist), before she finally settled on becoming a composer of music.  Hannah greatly enjoyed earning her Bachelors in Music Composition at Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University), studying Music, growing closer to God, and learning how to save money by getting half-priced appetizers at local restaurants after College Campus Ministry meetings.  Hannah went on pursue her Masters in Music Composition for the Screen (try saying that ten times fast) at Columbia College Chicago.  After receiving her degree, Hannah, like many other former college students, was very burnt out and decided that she couldn't stand music or anything for creative for that matter and that she would pursue... something else.  And everyone who knew her said, ha, yeah right.  Naturally, of course, that didn't work.  Hannah now leads worship and cantors at Congregation Shema Yisrael, works at an agency for individuals with developmental disabilities, is working on a novel (she vows that it will one day be finished), and writes music with a fiery, burning passion, in hopes of being able to soon record her first album.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rivka Whitten Interview

Today I welcomed Rivka Whitten back to Bagels and Blessings.   Rivka was born in Israel, moved to the U.S. when she was 3 years old, and after many years returned to the land of her forefathers.   She has a powerful voice and a willing heart to serve her Messiah!  Today's show features her CD "For Such a Time as This," and a couple of songs from her new CD, "My Soul Thirsts for You."

To find out more about her music and ministry please visit her website,

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Tribute to Deborah Galiley

Deborah Galiley went home to be with Yeshua on Wed., February 19, 2014.   I had the privilege to interview her in June, 2007.

I hope you enjoy this bittersweet tribute to a wonderful woman of God.   Here's some background: 
She was born December 14, 1961 in Queens, NY. Deborah moved with her husband to upstate NY in 1989 from Pasadena, CA and lived in Syracuse, Rome and Utica before settling in New Hartford.

Deborah was a wife, mother, the Rebbetzin of Beit Shalom in Utica, NY who was well known for her diverse interests and skills. With an inquisitive mind, quick wit and known for her straightforward honesty, she was an ardent student of life always ready to learn new things. She was a published author of four biblical fiction novels, worship dancer, artisan bread baker, youth group leader, clarinetist, intercessor, percussionist and friend to many.

Deborah was the daughter of Harry Teitelbaum (of blessed memory) and is survived by her mother, Marilyn (Nober) Teitelbaum of Laguna Niguel, her husband,Rabbi Stephen Galiley her children, Joshua Galiley of Irvine, CA, Shimon Galiley of Dongbaek, South Korea, Yael, Noa and Elisheva Galiley of New Hartford NY, and her brothers Mark (Pam) Teitelbaum of Westlake Village, CA and David (Lynda) Teitelbaum of Saratoga Springs, NY.

RIP Deborah.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ray Bentley Interview

Wow!   What an exciting interview with Pastor/Author Ray Bentley!   He discusses his new book, "The Holy Land Key," and I play fabulous music by Corry Bell & Lev Shelo, Paul Wilbur, Rachel & Avner Boskey, Barry & Batya Segal, Marty Goetz, Jonathan Settel and more!   Here's some info about Ray:

As a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College, Twin Peaks, Calif., Ray served at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa at the House of Psalms before beginning his pastoral work. In the fall of 1977, Ray Bentley founded Calvary Chapel of El Cajon and served there as the senior pastor for four years. In 1981, he left Calvary Chapel of El Cajon to assume the position of assistant pastor and teacher at Horizon Christian Fellowship with Mike MacIntosh in San Diego, Calif. In August of 1984, Ray left Horizon Christian Fellowship to begin Maranatha Chapel where he serves today as the senior pastor. In fall of 1997, Maranatha Chapel moved into a new 15-acre church facility in Rancho Bernardo that serves approximately 7,000 people weekly.

In recent years, Pastor Ray has taken opportunities to preach at a Billy Graham sponsored crusade in India, as well as other outreaches in England, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Africa, China and the Philippines.
 He has been a featured speaker at Epicenter Conferences with Joel Rosenberg and numerous other national and international pastors conferences and ministry events. As a close friend of the late mayor of Ariel, Ron Nachman, Ray has also become deeply involved in Israel and launched the Nehemiah Project, a ministry of Maranatha Chapel that supports the efforts of numerous outreaches and organizations in Israel including the Joshua Fund, the Nazareth Baptist Church, Hope for Ishmael, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Friends of Ariel.

In 1992, Ray established Maranatha Christian Schools to equip children, K-12 grade, with the spiritual, social and scholastic skills to foster a better equipped future community of believers. In winter of 2004, Ray dedicated a 100-acre property, which houses a campus for up to 2,000 future students.
Ray Bentley is host to the daily Maranatha Radio show heard on stations across the United States and around the world. He has authored five books and numerous booklets and other resources.
His newest book, "The Holy Land Key: Unlocking End-Times Prophecy Through the Lives of God's People in Israel," was released from Waterbrook (a division of Random House) Feb. 18, 2014. It is a study of prophecy inspires elaborate timelines and speculation about which world leader might rise to power in the last days. It's far too easy to miss the significant prophetic signs contained in stories of biblical characters, in God's creation, and in the lives and actions of today's Israelis and Palestinians.