Saturday, July 13, 2024

Bob Mendelsohn Interview

I’ve known Bob for many years. In this broadcast he shared how he discovered that Jesus is the Messiah. 

Bob Mendelsohn served as the director of Jews for Jesus in Australia and New Zealand for 25 years..He now spends half the year in Nashville and half in Sydney. He grew up as an Orthodox Jew in Kansas City, became a university drop out, and looked for the meaning of life in the counterculture of the 1960s.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Cindy Rosenthal Interview

Cindy grew up in the southern part of New Jersey and lived in Albany, New York for almost eighteen years before moving to Florida three years ago. She has two Associates degrees, one in

Applied Science and one in Health Services Administration. She went on to complete her
Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration and currently works as an Office and Compliance Manager in healthcare. Before going into healthcare, Cindy spent twenty-six years in banking finance where she was a mid-level manager.

Cindy’s greatest joy is music and worshiping the Lord. She spent thirteen years singing with a
ministry group called Kol Simcha which means Sound of Joy in Hebrew. Cindy had
opportunities to minister with Kol Simcha all over the world and saw hundreds of people come
to know Yeshua (Jesus) as their Lord and Savior.
Cindy has recently started writing her testimony and is a contributing author in an Amazon #1
Best Selling Book called “Hope Alive Debilitated to Exhilarated with God”. She continues to
write and share what God has done in her life in a book called “When Lightening Strikes Twice”.
It is Cindy’s prayer that anyone who hears her voice or reads her words will hear the voice of the
Lord or see with words of the Lord and feel encouraged and get healed.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Ted Gordon Interview

Ted came to faith in Messiah during his college years. He was raised with a Jewish father and Thai mother. Ted didn’t get a Bar Mitzvah nor did his family attend temple on Shabbat or High Holy Days. Although Ted’s father married his mother with no intention to have her convert to Judaism, his parents decided to raise him and his brother Jewish anyway. The only thing that identified him as Jewish throughout his childhood and teenage years was celebrating Chanukah for the sake of presents. Ted came to faith in the Messiah with no knowledge of Judaism. Upon coming to Yeshua, he became very zealous for God and gained a deep hunger to learn about the Word of God and Torah, and about his roots. Over the years, as he grew in the grace and knowledge of God, he picked up more of a Jewish education than he did being born and raised Jewish. To this day Ted still continues to learn and grow in Him. 

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Ryan Lambert interview

Ryan is an author, speaker and teacher and describes himself as a thinker, writer, teacher, and bridge builder.

He loves to explore game-changing ideas in leadership, relationships, health, personal growth, and spirituality - especially in the areas of Jewish-Christian relations, education, and bridge-building. 

His journey includes various stops that have prepared him for what he is doing today. He has been a public school teacher, a college baseball coach, a marketing and public relations director, and a leader in Jewish-Christian education and relations. He has recently published a book about Paul, "The Weird Apostle: The Strange Jewish Mission of a Global Game Changer." 

Ryan and his wife live in Roswell, Georgia.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Rebecca Taylor Wyatt Interview

Rebecca Taylor Wyatt is an anointed singer/songwriter and worship leader who desires to see people touched by the LORD’s presence through music, including manifestations of spiritual peace, healing and divine reconciliation. John 14:6, Psalm 40:3, Is 54. 

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Emanuel Roro Interview

Emanuel Roro is a Jewish follower of Jesus, Artist, songwriter, worship leader born and raised in Israel. Emanuel has a passion for using music to bring people to the feet of Yeshua.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Joshua Aaron Again!

It has been a while since I spoke with Joshua.  

Joshua Aaron is an award winning, Messianic Jewish singer and songwriter. He and his wife Jeannie have four children (Emma, Joshie, Max and Levi) and maintain citizenship with both the nation of Israel & the United States of America. Joshua travels in a full time capacity, sharing G-d’s good news through Hebraic worship, powerful testimony and biblical teaching… proclaiming a message of hope in Yeshua (Jesus), a love for the Jewish people and a desire for the return of the Messiah. 

Joshua’s connection to the Messianic movement dates back to 1976 when his mother (an Israeli-born Jew) accepted Messiah after hearing a message by the late Martin Chernoff on “the Jewishness of Jesus”. 

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Jim Meysenburg Interview

Rabbi Jim Meysenburg was raised in a Catholic home, on a farm in Nebraska.  He became a Catholic priest in Duluth, Minnesota and taught Catholic school there.  He was sent over to Sweden for a time.  Then he met his wife and left the priesthood.  She found out that she was Jewish and while living in the Washington D.C. area, she looked up Messianic Congregations.  They started attending one there and eventually moved to the Baltimore area.  They were attending a small congregation in Edgewood, Maryland and when the leader/Pastor resigned, Jim was asked to replace him.  Rabbi Jim has been leading the congregation for seven years now.  He has visited Israel one time and hopes to go again some day.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Janice Sattele Interview

Janice was raised Baptist and accepted Yeshua into her heart at the age of seven.  In the early 90s she attended a Bible study and was introduced to First Fruits of Zion and learned about Messianic Judaism.  She was immediately drawn to the Jewish customs and holidays and couldn't stop telling everyone about Yeshua!  Janice has had many miraculous healings and hopes to one day write a book about all her experiences with the Lord!  She gives her whole life to God to do with as He pleases. She says "be all the Glory and Praise to Him for it all.  Baruch HaShem!"

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Dawn & Marion Shafer Interview

Marion was born and raised in Kansas. Dawn grew up in New Jersey and Minnesota. Marion has done many things, from working as tele-typist (Communication manager) to Park ranger in Mount Roger’s State Park in Southwest Virginia to Bus driver in Minnesota. Dawn graduated from Mounds-Midway School of Nursing with RN and Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Virginia in Charlottesville. They met in California in Oct. 1977 and were married 100 days later in Minnesota and went to live in Mountains of Virginia where Dawn was working as a Lay Associate for the Lutheran Church in America. Dawn and Marion love Yeshua and have a special love for the Jewish people.They now live in Minnesota and have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Gaylyn Williams Interview

I met Gaylyn last year at the Messiah conference. She is an accomplished Author and we had a very interesting conversation.

Gaylyn Williams, President of Relationship Resources, is an inspirational speaker and author of over forty books. In her writing and speaking, Gaylyn uses practical, biblical principles to inspire people to be all God created them to be.

After receiving her degree from Dallas Bible College, Gaylyn spent 16 years as a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Using her degree in Bible, linguistics, and Greek, she conducted linguistic analyses on five different Mayan dialects, developing a written language for each. She then helped train the native speakers to translate the New Testament into their languages.

Following her years as a missionary in Guatemala, she trained potential missionaries in basic linguistic and literacy skills, preparing them to go to the mission field. Gaylyn also developed the Wycliffe International Cookbook, one of Wycliffe Bible Translator’s top selling books after over 25 years. She later joined The Navigators as a full-time missionary, leading a single-parent family ministry.

Mother of two adult sons, Gaylyn currently resides  part-time in Israel and part-time in view of the majestic Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is passionate about Israel and empowering others to learn about God’s heart for Israel. Her latest book is Explore God’s Heart for Israel. She enjoys hiking, walking, reading and spending time with the Lord and her friends and family.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Lori Kate Lowenhar again!

Lori returns to Bagels and Blessings to discuss life in Israel in the midst of the current conflict.

Originally from Elkhart, Indiana, Lori grew up playing the flute and clarinet. She graduated with a Music Education degree from Cedarville University and began traveling internationally performing Jewish Gospel Music with the Liberated Wailing Wall. Upon moving to Israel, her musical training allowed her to teach a variety of instruments to students in various schools in the Jezre'el Valley.

Lori Kate has now been living in Israel for 26 years. She's part of an amazingly talented trio, playing clarinet in the musical group, One Lev.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Eric Tokajer - 7th Time!

How wonderful to have Rabbi Eric on the show again!

Rabbi Eric was raised in a traditional Jewish home. After his bar mitzvah, he began to study the Hebrew Scriptures more closely which brought many questions to his mind. Questions like if a sacrifice had to be made once a year on Yom Kippur to cover the sins of Israel from year to year how were those sins covered now. When he was unable to find answers from the different rabbis that he asked, he became an agnostic. 

While serving in the US Navy, Rabbi Eric was challenged by a believer in Yeshua to study the Scriptures until he found answers within them. While searching the Hebrew Scriptures, Rabbi Eric found belief in Yeshua as the promised Messiah of Israel which brought answers to all of the questions he had. It is now over 33 years ago. 

Since then Rabbi Eric studied to become an ordained Rabbi in the IAMCS (International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues). He has served as a Rabbi in Mobile, Alabama. He also helped to establish five synagogues across the Gulf Coast in Slidell, Louisiana; Bayou La Batre, Alabama; Spanish Fort, Alabama; Navarre, Florida, and Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue in Pensacola, Florida, where he serves as Rabbi today. Rabbi Eric has been married for 42 years to his wife Pammy.

In addition to God Has No Plan B, Rabbi Eric has written; With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, #ManWisdom, OY! How Did I Get Here?,Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, Jesus is to Christianity as Pasta is to Italians, Romans in Context and Simple Shabbat Siddur. 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Sharon Settel Interview

What a joy to interview Sharon Settel, widow of Jonathan Settel.  I especially loved this show, hope you will enjoy it for years to come!

Sharon Settel was born and raised in Miami, Florida into a Bible believing family. She studied and worked in the medical field for fifteen years. Sharon met her husband by divine appointment at the age of 19-years-old. They married in 1980 and were blessed with three beautiful children and four grandchildren. Sharon worked and traveled with Jonathan for over thirty years. She was the co-founder and Administrator for Settel International Ministries and The Musical Artistry of Jonathan Settel. Sharon currently resides in Dallas,Texas and is the Events Coordinator for The Nathaniel Fellowship/Foundation. 

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Dawn Reaves and Heather Frykberg

I met Dawn and Heather last year at the Messiah Conference. 

Heather and Dawn are Messianic believers and have collaborated on a Trilogy being published by Olive Press Publisher.  Their books have a very Hebraic understanding.  The 1st book, "Slivers of Hell-Mosaic Steppingstones to Heaven"  reveals the ancient pictographs of Hebrew that reveal the plan of salvation for all mankind.  The pictographs are woven in the three realms between earth, heaven and hell. The second book, "More than Heather and Dawn are Messianic believers and have collaborated on a Trilogy being published by Olive Press Publisher.  Their books have a very Hebraic understanding.  The 1st book, "Slivers of Hell-Mosaic Steppingstones to Heaven"  reveals the ancient pictographs of Hebrew that reveal the plan of salvation for all mankind.  The pictographs are woven in the three realms between earth, heaven and hell. The second book, "More than Flesh and Blood-Soul Chasers Exposed exposes the evil one's plans of antisemitism, and the third book "Captivated-Intertwined" immerses the reader into falling madly in love with Yeshua!  The Trilogy will be available as an audio.Their writings were written over a 30 year time period, at first not realizing that their Messiah was putting together supernatural prophetic writings. 

Heather and Dawn live in Arizona with their husbands and their hope is that all Jewish souls understand who their Messiah is and that all are called for such a time as this.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Ben Volman Returns

It’s been several years since Ben Volman was on Bagels and Blessings.  It was great to have him on the show again. 

Ben Volman is the Canadian Regional Director of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations. He came to faith in Yeshua while he was a university student in philosophy and was a founding member of Canada's first Messianic Jewish congregation. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto. Ben has had a highly varied career winning two national religious journalism awards, writing an award-winning book on Messianic Jewish history, planting Messianic congregations, and mentoring Messianic leaders in Canada. He has travelled across North America and around the world teaching on Messianic Judaism in Europe and South-East Asia. Ben recently retired from Chosen People Ministries Canada where he served as the founding rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim/Tree of Life Messianic Congregation in Toronto. He is currently in the Doctor of Practical Theology program at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, ON. He and his wife Sue live in Toronto, with their son, Jon. 

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Debora Weiss Interview

Debora is a lover of Yeshua and was born and raised both Catholic and 7th Day Adventist in São Paulo, Brazil, where she started her career as a pharmacist and researcher. Her great great grandfather was Jewish. She discovered Messianic Judaism after her son showed interest in the Old Testament scriptures. They started attending Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia. In the late 90’s, she met Tom in a conference in the United States. They have been married for 25 years.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Phillip Cohen Interview

Phillip Cohen describes growing up Jewish in a strongly anti-Semitic culture and what it’s like “crossing the line” to giving his life to Jesus.  It has been a long journey that is not over yet.

Crushed by a violent, anti-Semitic world and a troubled alcoholic father, Phillip Cohen begins searching early in life for healing and love. He grew up in inner-city Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami before wandering around in three countries, searching for a life that matters

This long, difficult yet amazing journey continues through hippie communes and ultraconservative Anabaptist church. He runs to mainstream Christianity but doesn’t seem to fit anywhere.  Despite his efforts to find God, Phillip often finds himself in unanticipated places where God’s presence. Eventually he finds His Messiah. 

Today Phillip works with individuals and businesses bridging the work life and personal life into a God-Centered life and building success in a God-centered business.  He is the founder of Healthy Leaders, a coaching ministry that helps struggling business owners build strong, cohesive leadership teams with God in the center.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Ted VanLandeghem Interview

Here’s some info about my interesting guest:

A Believer in Jesus, who grew up in Arnold Missouri, Ted VanLandeghem is the CEO & Founder of TheReadyBag.Com /Goshen Kingdom Solutions/Kingdom Tactical Advisors which seeks to provide emergency preparedness training, community, solutions & tools to the body of Christ. Ted also serves as a speaker for Ancient Hebrew Scroll Project. The Scroll Project is the only complete set of Old Testament Manuscripts in Ancient Scroll form in the world that can be viewed by the public. Currently, there are only 5 known complete sets. Learn more: Ted has spoken at over 400 churches, schools, conferences and synagogues worldwide. Ted served on the executive leadership team of Christian Halls International as the Assistant to the President ( and formerly served as the US Spokesman & Director of Partner Relations at MAOZ Israel Ministries in Jerusalem Israel.  

Ted lives in Texas with his wife and their 6 children, 2 sons-in-laws & 4 Grand-children.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Faith Crowley Interview

Faith has enjoyed worshiping the Lord in Messianic Judaism for 45 years, though she is not Jewish. She first realized the Lord’s love for her when she was 19 years old.  The Lord brought her to Congregation Beth Yeshua in Philly, in 1978, and she was blessed to worship under the loving care of her shepherd at that time, Martin Chernoff with his wife, Yohanna Naomi Chernoff. And now, almost 76 years old, Faith is blessed to be under the shepherding of their son, Rabbi David Chernoff and his wife, Debbie. She has worked at the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America for 36 years, and is so thankful that the Lord has provided the opportunity to serve Him there all of these years with Joel Chernoff and the rest of the Beth Yeshua staff.  Faith is married to David Crowley. They are parents of two sons and have eleven grandchildren.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Jacob Cohen Interview

Jacob Cohen was born in Israel, immigrated to the United States when he was five years old and was raised in Brooklyn, NY in a traditional Jewish home. When he was ten, he attended Hebrew school at a conservative synagogue and certain passages in the Old Testamentstartled Jacob: “What’s Jesus doing in my Hebrew Bible?” Jacob assumed he was mistaken, after all, Jewish scholars would notice something this important. But is it possible. . .? 

When Jacob was in his mid-twenties, he reexamined the Tenach(Older Testament) and concluded that yes, Jesus is the true Jewish Messiah! Jacob sensed God’s calling on his life and worked in Jewish ministry before graduating Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon in 1990. 

Jacob served as a law enforcement chaplain for 14 years while he continued teaching the Jewish origins of Christianity in churches. Jacob and his wife Stephanie were visiting NYC during the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks and he volunteered as a police chaplain at ground zero and St. Paul’s Chapel, ministering in NYC for one month in the aftermath of the attack. Having retired from the police chaplaincy, Jacob and Stephanie began an outreach called Israel’s Remnant teaching believers the Jewish origins of Christianity.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Joshua Brumbach Returns

Rabbi Joshua Brumbach is the Senior Rabbi of Simchat Yisrael in West Haven, CT and serves as adjunct faculty at Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) and The King's University. 

He is an accredited Jewish Educator, studied in an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe, and is ordained by the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and the MJRC. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in early rabbinic literature at Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership, holds an MA in rabbinic writings from MJTI, and a BA in Biblical and Jewish Studies from UCLA.  

Rabbi Joshua is an avid mountain biker, loves the outdoors, and he and his wife have two sons. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Catherine Wriston Interview

Catherine Wriston is the Praise & Worship Leader at Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue in Pensacola, FL. She was raised Southern Baptist and found Messianic Judaism when God led her to it as a college student. She's a writer, an artist, and now a blessed wife and mother. Catherine and her husband, Jonathan (the Assistant Rabbi at Brit Ahm), live with their wonderful little boy, Eliezer, in Pace, FL. 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Dr. Ivan Paul Mehosky

Dr Mehosky is the author of “The Story of a Soldier” about his dad as a paratrooper during WW II. He is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church and holds a Th.D. from Chesapeake Bible College & Seminary,  and is the Dean and Professor of Messianic Jewish Studies at CBCS.  Dr. Mehosky and his wife Charlotte live in North East, Maryland. They raised two wonderful children who are both married.  They are blessed with 8 grandchildren. 

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Lydia Jacobs Interview

I enjoyed my interview with Lydia Jacobs. She is another person I saw at the Messiah conference in July.

Lydia Jacobs is a Jewish believer in Jesus. Both her parents are also Jewish believers and she was raised in a Messianic Jewish home in Upstate New York. Growing up, she attended Shema Yisrael in Rochester and Brith Hadoshah in Buffalo. For four years she traveled with the Liberated Wailing Wall, a traveling music missionary team through Jews for Jesus. 

Lydia is currently a special education teacher in Little Rock, Arkansas where she lives with her two cats, Tiger and Shannon. Although she does not presently attend a Messianic synagogue regularly, she still celebrates all the Jewish holidays and enjoys teaching about them to others.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Amy Stewart Interview

Amy has been a lover of Israel and the Jewish people all her life and longs to see them come to know their true Messiah. She now serves as the worship director of Or HaOlam Messianic Synagogue in Overland Park Kansas.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

The Whittens

I had a great interview with Baht Rivka and George Whitten. 

George Whitten is Founder and Director of leading pro-Israel Christian news website, and the “Worthy
Brief”, a devotional/news brief with a daily readership of over 35,000. Focusing on Israel, persecution, prophecy, outreach, and
discipleship, Worthy News has reached millions in over 120 countries since 1999. George is a visionary, journalist, astute observer and advocate for Israel. He brings a fresh, insightful
perspective on current events in the Middle East, giving balanced viewpoints on both the political and spiritual atmosphere in the Land and world-wide.

Native Israeli Baht Rivka Whitten was born in Tel Aviv on the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Her Great-Grandparents founded one of the first settlements of its kind in central Israel in the early 1900s. As a young adult, she began to read the Bible and came to faith; she later led her parents to
the Lord. Baht is an accomplished musician, recording artist and worship leader. Her unique sound is comprised of original songs and traditional Israeli melodies, fused with
powerful vocals, Hebrew/English lyrics and rhythms from around the world. Her compelling music has impacted the nations through television, radio and the distribution of her three CDs, along with performances at international conferences and outreaches across the globe. Songs from her latest CD have played on secular Israeli radio.
Married just over twenty years, George and Baht Rivka, along with their two children, (fifth generation Israelis), pioneered a Shabbat Dinner and Music Outreach Ministry from their prayer house in Southern Israel. It still remains fruitful, bringing many seeking Israelis weekly. Together, the Whitten Family has also ministered at hundreds of conferences, congregations and outreach events. They give a powerful presentation of Worship and Word as well as a beautiful display of cds and gifts.