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Student Interviews Jim Becka

Jim Becka is not only a journalist, but also a high school journalism teacher. One of his students interviewed him about the Holocaust. See more......

Great Hebraic Music

An important part of any fellowship is music. One Houston area music group is special. See more......

Sacred Name Movement

Does salvation depend on whether you can say the name of G-d correctly? See more......

Bush Criticized

Former President George W. Bush was criticized for speaking to a Messianic Jewish Group in Texas. See more......

Yellow Journalism

The New York Times and others have been accused of bias.. See more......

Prophecy

Joel Richardson looks at things to come. See more......

Jerusalem Movement

The Jesus Movement came to Jerusalem in 1973. More......

Reaching Israel

Richard Hyde and his wife are on a mission. More......

Sifting Israel From Nations

Hebraic Christians and Jews gathered in Galveston. See more.......

Jesus in Feasts

Why don't Christians see Christ in the Feast days? More.......

From Russia To America

By Messianic News Editor Jim Becka

Messianic Rabbi Mort Petrushansky remembers the cold chicken and walk to the nearby synagogue for Shabbat. His parents were Orthodox Jews and very strict in following the law. Later in life, Petrushansky found the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua. When he attended Christian Bible studies he found himself in familiar surroundings. "Everything the Christians were studying was from Judaism," said Petrushansky. .........See More.

Jews Attacking Jews, Bush

By Messianic News Editor Jim Becka

Jewish atheists and Buddhists are readily granted Israeli citizenship. But, Jews accepting Jesus are routinely denied citizenship. The descrimination Messianic Jews suffer in Israel may be coming to America. Jewish organizations throughout the United States conducted a media blitz recently condemning Messianic Jews and George W. Bush for conducting a community fund raiser. .........See More.

Fair, Balanced?

Messianic News Editor Jim Becka recently spoke for the Texas Association of Journalism Educators (TAJE) in San Antonio about current conflicts in the media, specifically how dropping the Fairness Doctrine has changed American media. Becka is a longtime Houston area journalist and journalism teacher. .........See More.

Jim Becka (left) arrived in Jerusalem in 1973, the year of the Yom Kippur War and became part of one of the first Messianic Jewish congregations in Israel (pictured below).

The Jesus Movement was going on around the world and many Jews were turning to their Messiah. A late 1970's issue of the Jerusalem Post claimed that more Jews had accepted Jesus in the 1970's than the entire 2,000 year period following the crucifixion of Jesus.

Many prominent members of Jews For Jesus came out of the movement and some Jewish organizations, such as the Jewish Defense League (JDL) were openly hostile toward Messianic Jews. The JDL was founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1968. Kahane preached violence and the organization was implicated in several bombings. He was eventually assasinated by an Arab gunman in a New York hotel in 1990.

The JDL attempted to create problems for the Jerusalem Messianic congregation and have members jailed for creating a disturbance. During a service, JDL attacked members of the congregation with chairs and tried to set the fellowship building on fire.

"I was sitting on a piano leading singing when this guy stood up and began shouting that Hitler was a Christian," said Becka. "Several other guys stood up and started throwing chairs. They tried to provoke us to fight. But we wouldn't".

The JDL became frustrated when one of the chairs struck one of the attackers on the head and sent him unconscious to the floor.

"It was amazing," said Becka. "The JDL was totally frustrated. They were attacking us and screaming insults and we ended up taking care of one of them. He was out cold on the floor. I think they were a little embarrassed by what they were doing and just left. The Holy Spirit protected each of us."

The Messianic Jewish movement continued to spread throughout Israel. Current estimates are that there are between 15-20 Messianic Congregations in Jerusalem. Read more......