Saturday, April 27, 2019

Daniah Greenberg-2

My cup runneth over!   Daniah trained me to be a worship leader and is an incredibly talented lady.   So happy to have her here in town!!!

Daniah is the President of the Tree of Life Bible Society and author of the brand new book Simply Sacred.

Daniah, a wayward catholic with Jewish ancestry, came to faith after a single visit to a Baptist Church while in college. She graduated with a degree in Communications and married a “nice Jewish boy” named Mark Greenberg in 1989. 

After 14 years in congregational ministry, the need for a “Messianic Family Bible” for the next generation of Jewish believers was made incredibly apparent. She took up the charge and effectively gathered leaders from throughout the national Messianic Jewish and Christian community to birth a brand new translation of the Bible: the Tree of Life Version (TLV). 

She now leads a diverse team of 70 professionals representing Messianic ministries nationwide and affiliates in Israel to maintain the text. She is also the spokesperson and chief fundraiser for the Tree of Life Bible Society, whose mission is to see God’s Kingdom grow through the unique Hebraic perspective God has given them. Daniah is a spark plug for community activism and energizes catalytic change wherever she goes. She and her husband, Rabbi Mark lead Congregation Shalom Rome in Rome, GA and have been married for 28 years. 

To learn more about Daniah Greenberg the Tree of Life Bible or Simply Sacred, visit


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Paul Wilbur Back in the Studio!!

Paul Wilbur and I had a wonderful chat just a few days ago!   Rochester folks are excited, as he will be sharing his music at Congregation Shema Yisrael's BIG fundraiser banquet on April 28, along with Rabbi Jonathan Bernis!   This was Paul's 2nd or 3rd time (who remembers??) on Bagels and Blessings.   Not only will you hear a wonderful interview, but I will play several songs from his new project, "Roar From Zion!"

Oh, and Happy Passover!!!!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

A Rabbi in the House - Jim Appel

Back by popular demand --- Rochester's very own Messianic Rabbi Jim Appel!

Rabbi Jim has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Shema Yisrael since 1996 and a Jewish follower of Yeshua since 1977. He is ordained by the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues. Rabbi Jim previously worked for Xerox Corporation in Webster, N.Y., for 24 years as an optical engineer and engineering manager. He holds more than 45 patents in the areas of copier imaging systems and laser printing. Rabbi Jim received a bachelor’s degree in optical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1967 and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Southern California in 1970. 

Rabbi Jim decided to follow Yeshua after a long spiritual search. He grew up with parents who taught him that G-d did not exist and organize religion deceived and oppressed people. In 1967, after completing college, Jim became disillusioned with life as an atheist. He rejected his parent’s teachings and began his search for spiritual reality. This search took him into the world of mind-altering drugs and yoga meditation and ended with a dramatic encounter with Yeshua the Messiah, who revealed himself to Rabbi Jim in the privacy of his bedroom without the assistance of any other person. 

Rabbi Jim and his wife, Diane, live in Brighton (a suburb of Rochester), and they have two grown children. Rabbi Jim will share some exciting news about Congregation Shema Yisrael!