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Jeremiah Zaretsky
Jeremiah Zaretsky
Branch Leader, Missionary
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12/17/2012

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Jeremiah Zaretsky grew up in a Messianic home.  Both his mother and his adoptive father were Jewish believers in Jesus.  He attended a Messianic congregation with his parents and his younger brother and sister. . “We celebrated the Jewish feasts such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and others,” says Jeremiah. “I still remember the warm glow of the Hanukkah lights on the menorah. At the same time, my family believed in Jesus—that he was the promised Messiah of Israel.” Not all of Jeremiah’s family members were happy about this belief.  Jeremiah says:

“My grandparents on my mother’s side were Holocaust survivors from Hungary. My grandfather was on a death march but escaped in the woods. His bravery inspired others after him to escape as well. My mother didn't grow up religious because her parents didn't even believe in God after their experience in the Holocaust. So you can imagine my grandfather's surprise when my mom told him she believed in Jesus. For a period of time my grandfather disowned my mom-until I came along and made him a grandfather! Although my grandfather never trusted in Jesus as his savor, he heard the reason for why we have hope.”

Jeremiah himself came to know Yeshua (Jesus) at a very young age.  He remembers: “When I was four years old I started asking my mom questions like, 'What is Heaven like?' and 'How do I get there?' My mom answered these questions and when I was a bit older she brought me to our pastor, who led me in a prayer to receive Jesus as my Savior.”

A Season of Testing

Throughout elementary and middle school, Jeremiah was secure in his faith in Jesus.  But as he entered his teenage years, he faced struggles.

“As I entered high school I moved into a different phase in my walk with God- one where my faith was tested. I was the only Jewish believer in a school filled with Jewish kids from varying backgrounds. I had to search the Hebrew Scriptures to make sure that what I always believed wad indeed true. I would take my Hebrew/English Bible to class sometimes and interact with my Orthodox friend Avi. Really, my time in high school prepared me to be a missionary with Jews for Jesus.”

During his senior year, Jeremiah took part in a Jews for Jesus youth program called “Halutzim,” which is the Hebrew word for “pioneers.” This two-week experience brings Jewish believing teenagers together in New York City where they tour historical Jewish areas and museums, learn to do street evangelism and have fun getting to know one another.

On the Path to Ministry

After high school, Jeremiah decided to pursue ministry by attending Canadian Bible College (now called Ambrose University College), where he received a B.A. in Religious Education with a specialty in evangelism.  While there, he also completed a pastoral internship at North Shore Alliance Church in North Vancouver, B.C.

Long Distance Love

Once he’d finished college, Jeremiah became increasingly involved in the ministry of Jews for Jesus.  He became one of the leaders of the same Halutzim program that he had attended during high school.  He also committed more than a year of his life to travelling with the former Jews for Jesus music and drama team, The Liberated Wailing Wall.  It was during this time that he met his wife, Hannah.

“Hannah had been on the team 5 years before me. She sent everyone on my team an e-mail with a prayer for us individually and I thought “Who is this girl praying so specifically for me?” That was the beginning.

We started sending messages back and forth over MySpace which led to phone calls. Three months after our first e-mail correspondence we met face-to-face at one of my team’s first presentations. We exchanged solo albums that we had each created-hers entitled “Hope” and mine “Surrender”. Four months after our first meeting we started dating (over the phone, of course, because I was still travelling on a bus full-time).

Our “dates” while I was on the road, consisted of me talking over the phone while walking around various retail stores around the country. Hannah did end up surprising me by showing up while my team was in Chicago; that was the best gift ever.

Hannah and I saw each other for 28 days before getting engaged in the revolving restaurant of Toronto’s C.N Tower.”

Hannah and Jeremiah were married in November of 2007.  They have three children—Aviva, Judah and Ari— Jeremiah and Hannah like to explore their current city together on date nights, and they continue to pursue their passion for music and worship.  They recently produced their first collaborative album, called “Just the Two of Us,” which consists of songs with an acoustic, folksy sound with a distinct Jewish influence.

Ministering in San Francisco 

Jeremiah says that ministering in San Francisco is a unique experience, unlike what one would find anywhere else in the world.

San Francisco is a big college city, which means lots of opportunities to reach young Jewish college students.  Of course I frequent campuses like City College, San Francisco State, UC Berkley and others to hand out gospel tracts and try to engage in conversation with Jewish students. Other than campus evangelism, I lead and facilitate a weekly Shabbat dinner.  We invite Jewish students to join us for a meal, to hear a teaching from the Torah (the first Five Books of the Bible) and ultimately to discover how the Torah points to Jesus and how we as Jewish people can believe in Jesus. A number of first time Jewish people have attended our Shabbat gatherings and keep coming back to become a part of our community. It’s exciting to see a vibrant, growing community of young Jewish college students in San Francisco.

True to his love of music, Jeremiah tries to use the arts to reach others with the Gospel.

“Two years ago I created and led our arts ministry ECHAD in NYC (an evangelistic, chavura (Hebrew for community) of artists in discipleship). That was a special opportunity for myself and four young Jewish believing artists to explore how to use the arts as a means of communicating the Gospel to our Jewish people. Although ECHAD is not currently running this year, I continue to explore creative ways to do evangelism. One way is through music- doing outdoor gospel outreaches. Recently I’ve been experimenting with Google Hangout—using on-line video chatting—which seems to be a great way of reaching many Jewish people from the comfort of my desk.”

Whatever ministry opportunities arise, Jeremiah has learned one of the keys to persevering in Jewish evangelism.  He says,

“Using faithfulness as a benchmark is key, because it is so easy to get discouraged when you don’t see a lot of fruit. I try to remember that I am not called to lead a certain number of Jewish people to the Lord, or to do this program or that ministry. What I am called to do is simply be faithful to the God who called me and works in me to accomplish His good purposes.”

Moving To Chicago

In June 2014 the Zaretsky family moved to Chicago. Jeremiah was promoted to Branch Leader and will be overseeing the ministry happening there. We look forward to sharing many new stories about what the Lord is doing in Chicago. 

 

 

As of June 2014, I now serve with Jews for Jesus as the Branch Leader of our Chicago office.  I was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in Toronto to Messianic (Jewish believers in Jesus) parents. Over the years I had a lot of experience with Jews for Jesus including: participating and co-leading a youth program called Halutzim, travelled with the former Jews for Jesus music groupThe Liberated Wailing Wall, worked as a church relations co-ordinator in Los Angeles, led the Jews for Jesus' new arts/discipleship  program Echad and currently serve as a full time missionary.

I graduated from Ambrose University College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Religious Education degree. My wife Hannah is also a second-generation Messianic Jew. We have been married for five years and just recently have started writing music together. We have just released our first cd entitle just the two of us and it features four of our original songs. We have three young children- Aviva, Judah and Ari.

You can find all our music here http://jeremiahandhannah.bandcamp.com/

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As of June 2014, I now serve with Jews for Jesus as the Branch Leader of our Chicago office.  I was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in Toronto to Messianic (Jewish believers in Jesus) parents. Over the years I had a lot of experience with Jews for Jesus including: participating and co-leading a youth program called Halutzim, travelled with the former Jews for Jesus music groupThe Liberated Wailing Wall, worked as a church relations co-ordinator in Los Angeles, led the Jews for Jesus' new arts/discipleship  program Echad and currently serve as a full time missionary.

I graduated from Ambrose University College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Religious Education degree. My wife Hannah is also a second-generation Messianic Jew. We have been married for five years and just recently have started writing music together. We have just released our first cd entitle just the two of us and it features four of our original songs. We have three young children- Aviva, Judah and Ari.

You can find all our music here http://jeremiahandhannah.bandcamp.com/

For Jeremiah Zaretsky
JEWS FOR JESUS TO SPEAK
 
 
Jeremiah Zaretsky of Jews for Jesus will speak at (NAME OF CHURCH) on (DATE) at (TIME). (PASTOR’S NAME) invites all to attend. Jews for Jesus uses creative methods and contemporary issues to present the message that Jesus is the Messiah to Jewish people around the world.
 
Zaretsky was born in Montreal, Canada, but grew up in Toronto. He was raised in a Jesus-believing Jewish home and made a profession of faith in Y’shua (Jesus) at a young age. He received a B.A. in religious education from Canadian Bible College. Jeremiah’s ministry with Jews for Jesus began as a participant in programs such as Halutzim, a two-week mission trip to New York City for young Jewish believers in Jesus.
 
He and his wife, Hannah, also a Jewish believer, traveled with the ministry’s musical evangelistic team, the Liberated Wailing Wall. Jeremiah was the pianist for the group and composed some of their original Jewish gospel songs. He has served as a full-time staff worker with Jews for Jesus since 2005 and currently works at their Brooklyn branch. The Zaretskys have a daughter, Aviva, and a son, Judah.
 
Jews for Jesus was founded in 1973 by Moishe Rosen, who revolutionized Jewish evangelism with his creative approach. Rosen died in May 2010. David Brickner, a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus, has been the organization’s executive director since 1996. Brickner has kept Jews for Jesus on the cutting edge as the ministry has expanded and established branches in fourteen countries, including the United States, Brazil, Israel, Russia, France, and South Africa. “We exist to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide,” Brickner states. “There are still a few that haven’t heard of us!”
 
To Jeremiah Zaretsky and other Jews for Jesus staff, the objective evidence of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and the transformation in their our own lives provide ample evidence that Jesus was who he claimed to be—the Jewish Messiah.Zaretsky will be happy to answer questions after the presentation. Call (CHURCH PHONE NUMBER) for more information. There is no admission charge.

It is a pleasure for me to tell of our experience with the Jews for Jesus ministry, particularly Missionary Jeremiah Zaretsky. Jeremiah was invited to our church in late March. We wanted to get as much information to our congregation as possible because we wanted a good turnout and frankly, weren’t sure how well a Wednesday night presentation would be received.

Jews for Jesus sent all the publicity information we needed to get the word out in our newsletter, bulletin, radio, newspapers and posters. Over 150 people attended the Christ in the Passover presentation. Every seat we had set up in our Family Life Center was filled. Jeremiah was a delightful presenter. He presided over the model Seder where everyone was able to taste each food item of the Seder meal. Jeremiah’s explanations gave us wonderful insight into the Jewish faith and particularly the Jews for Jesus movement. We left with a better understanding of the Jewish Passover and how it foreshadows Jesus.

It was a moving experience and a special Easter blessing at the beginning of the Lenten Season. We hope to have Jeremiah back soon.

Sincerely,
Pastor Daryle Bush


Rehoboth UMC in Leesville, SC, was blessed by Jeremiah Zaretsky's presentation of Christ in the Passover. He spoke clearly and talked us through each moment of the Seder, highlighting both original Jewish significance and the relevance for Christian believers. He sang for us the Jewish prayers and then translated to English, that we might connect more deeply to the beautiful liturgy of this most special meal. We are grateful for his time with us and highly recommend this presentation to other believers. Rev. Dr. Linda Dunn.

God's peace,
Linda


Our church was honored and blessed to have Jeremiah Zaretsky, a representative of Jews For Jesus, to share with our congregation recently. He spoke with clarity and passion and his love for Jesus was obvious. Without reservation, I would recommend him to your church. A great blessing awaits you!

In Jesus’ name,
Rev. Don Milstead, Senior Pastor
Trinity Wesleyan Church
Central, SC

Message Titles include:

• Prince of peace-Isaiah 9:6
• Reconciliation-1 Corinthians 5
• The Gospel of Reconciliation
• The Fall Feasts of Israel
• Jesus in the Old Testament
• Hanukkah message
• Pentecost
• Feast of Tabernacles
• Hearing and Obeying the voice of God-1 Samuel 3
• Paul's Vision for Jewish Evangelism-Rom 9-11

Special Presentations:

• Christ in the Passover: a full visual demonstration of the Jewish Passover and the connections to the Last Supper (includes power point).

• Music/Testimony Presentation- Jeremiah and his wife Hannah have a vibrant, worshipful presentation including new Jewish Gospel music and original music written by the couple.

• Jewish Evangelism Seminar: A practical and informative teaching equipping the church to witness to Jewish people. Includes exerts from our missionary training program as well as handouts and power point.

Sample Sermons:

1) The Church's Responsibility Towards the Jewish People
2) Hanukkah Message
3) Christ in the Passover
4) Why Witness to Jewish People
5) Jesus in the Older Testament

Click on the playlist below to view the sermons.

 

Prayer and Support

THANK YOU for being willing to lift me and my family up in prayer.
There are a few things I am constanly praying for:

Family-
1. Wisdom for Hannah and I as we train our children in the Lord

2. Extra grace for Hannah as she is full time with the kids

3. That I would love my wife sacrifically and lead my family as God has called me to

Ministry-
1. That I would find 4-6 Jewish seekers who are willing to study the scriptures with me and investigate the claims of Jesus

2. Pray that God would provide the financial support I need to continue serving Him full-time.


May God bless you and hear your prayers as we partner together.

In His Grace,

Jeremiah Zaretsky





 

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