August 23, 2017
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Moses’ Last Stand

Parashat R’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 by Jonathan Roush, Beth Messiah, Montgomery Village, MD   I’ve never really connected with Deuteronomy. I am not sure why. Perhaps it is because so much of it is a repetition of the Law which we’ve already read previously, and so I’ve glossed over it. However, when revisiting this portion I […]

Father Peter Hocken 1932-2017

Roman Catholic scholar and priest, Peter Hocken, a long-time friend and advocate of the Messianic Jewish community, passed away in his sleep during the night of June 9-10. Fr. Peter was one of the pillars of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He served for many years on the International Leadership Council of Toward Jerusalem Council II, […]

In Remembrance: Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith, former president of Ahavat Zion Synagogue (AZS), long-term UMJC supporter, conference speaker, adviser, friend, and colleague to many, passed away after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer on January 3. A memorial service for Ellen was held on Sunday, February 27, at Granada Heights Friends Church, in La Mirada, California, with hundreds in […]

UMJC Executive Statement on UN Resolution 2334

The Executive Committee of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) released the following statement on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017: The UMJC expresses its profound disappointment in the US government’s recent abstention on the non-binding UN Security Council Resolution 2334. The UMJC affirms Israel’s right to exist behind firm and secure borders. The UN’s disproportionate focus on […]

Tisha B’Av | August 13–14

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!  See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall […]

Monique Brumbach Confirmed as Executive Director

At the July 16 closing service of the recent UMJC International Conference, Executive Committee members and Past Presidents prayed for Monique Brumbach as incoming Executive Director, after delegates a few days before confirmed her appointment by an 80 percent majority. Monique is a granddaughter of German Jewish Holocaust survivors, a human rights lawyer, and an […]

In Memoriam: Larry Rich

Larry Rich, one of the founding leaders of the UMJC, passed away on Saturday, June 25, after a long illness. Here is an obituary from his home congregation in Toronto, Canada.  Rev. Lawrence Joel Rich was an outstanding Messianic Jewish leader both in the United States and Canada. His Russian immigrant parents settled in Chicago and […]

Young Adults Meet in Mukwonago

Report by Vlad Horol, UMJC Young Adult Liaison Well, that was amazing! The UMJC20s Kabbetz HaEsrim conference that we had over Memorial Day weekend at Phantom Ranch Bible Camp in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, was a blast! Over 50 Messianic young adults from around the U.S. gathered together for a weekend of celebrating Shabbat, playing paintball, kayaking, […]
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