Sunday, February 1, 2015

David Tokajer Interview

Click here to listen to David Tokajer interview

What a fun interview!   And today you'll hear fabulous music from Jonathan Settel, Nate Benjamin, Barry & Batya Segal, Ted Pearce and Paul Wilbur.

Rabbi David is the son of Rabbi Eric and Pam Tokajer (Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue in Pensacola, Florida). He accepted his Messiah at a very young age and has walked in relationship with Him his whole life life. He has also known that he had a calling from GOD on his life to become a rabbi since he was a child. He graduated from W.P. Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama in May 2001. In October 2001, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Rebbitzen Danielle, daughter of Rabbi Paul and Sally Collins (Beit Israel Messianic Synagogue in Bayou La Batre, Alabama). David and Danielle both, more or less, grew up in Congregation Tree of Life, a Messianic Congregation in Mobile, Alabama where they also served as the youth leaders, and David served on the worship team. They also helped in planting Messianic Synagogues across the Gulf Coast, and Rabbi David served as the assistant rabbi at Beit Israel with Rabbi Paul for several years.

In 2004, Rabbi David and Rebbitzen Danielle moved to Nyack, New York where they attended Nyack College; David studied in the Messianic Jewish Studies program attached to Nyack College's Pastoral Ministries degree. While in New York he also served for five years under Rabbi David Rosenberg and Rabbi Matt Rosenberg (now at Restoration, A Messianic Synagogue in Seattle, Washington) at Shuvah Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in Long Island as the rabbinic intern. It was while in New York serving at Shuvah Yisrael and studying at Nyack College that both David and Danielle grew tremendously in their marriage, giftings and callings.

In January 2009, while still in New York, Danielle gave birth to their first miracle child, a beautiful daughter named Elyana Lirona (meaning "GOD has answered me, I have joy"). In May 2010 they moved to Thomasville, Georgia where Rabbi David took a position as associate rabbi at Beit Shalom Messianic Synagogue under Rabbi Robert Ackerman. In October 2010 Danielle gave birth to their second miracle child, a handsome son named Natanel Ben-Ami (meaning "gift of GOD, son of my people"). They spent a little over two years working at Beit Shalom where they saw a lot of spiritual growth, both in themselves and in the congregation, and were tremendously blessed with both phenomenal experience and training.
In June 2011 GOD called Rabbi David and Rebbitzen Danielle away from Beit Shalom and Thomasville in order to begin a new chapter in their life and ministry. In August 2011 through an already existent work out of and with the help of Brit Ahm in Pensacola, Florida, they began Congregation Mayim Chayim, "The Eastern Shore's Messianic Synagogue", in Daphne, Alabama. The synagogue is now three and a half years old and thriving, and they purchased their building in October of 2014.

David also serves as the Coordination Manager of the Editorial Department for The Messianic Times.

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