Recently whilst in Beersheva, I met Myra from Puerto Rico. I found her working in a Bible book shop. It turned out she was living in Israel and had married a Jewish man… She shares her fascinating story.
On today’s programme we return to Netanya, a city just north of Tel Aviv, on the shores of the Mediterranean to talk to Brian Slater. Many people think Israel is a country full of rich people and are shocked to find out that the poverty level is very high. Brian runs a charity and each week he runs a soup kitchen feeding 50 – 60 people and prepares 350 food packages that he delivers to poor families living in the city.
My guest today is Brian Slater who gave up the good life in Los Angeles to come and live in Israel and work amongst some of the poorest in society. He’s been through some very hard times but he’s resisted the temptation to return to America.
My guest today is a young man called Kiryll. His parents immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine when Kiryll was 8 years old. This story gives a graphic insight into the challenges Jewish people face when they move from one culture to another… and in this case, how one young Jewish child from the Ukraine found his place in Israeli society. I asked Kiryll why his parents left the Ukraine and moved to Israel.
Whilst in Netanya recently I met a Russian Jewish immigrant called Lev Guler. He came to live in Israel with his wife and young child twenty years ago and today he’s the pastor of a congregation in Netanya called Beit Asaph. Lev knows the challenges that new immigrants face when they leave the country of their birth and move to Israel and begin to embrace what is often a new culture … and he has a great heart to help them as he explains.
My guest today is Shirel Ben Haim. She is 28 and came to Israel from Russia with her mother when she was just 8 years old. What does she remember from those early days?
My guest today is David Firestein – he is a Russian Jew – his parents, who were brought up in Communist Russia and are atheists, came to Israel when he was 10 years old. As a young man, David became deeply disillusioned with life and attempted to commit suicide. However, he survived and lying in a hospital bed and seeing the grief stricken face of his mother, David realised God had spared his life. Shortly after, he came to understand that Jesus was his Messiah – that He had died for his sins – and gradually he came to believe in Jesus.
My guest today is David Firestein. We met in Netanya, a city just north of Tel Aviv. David’s parents are Russian – his father a Russian Jew. After travelling around the world, the family came to live in Israel when David was 10 years old. He has a fascinating story and starts by talking about his parents.
This week I’m in Netanya, a city on the shores of the Mediterranean just north of Tel Aviv. My guest is Erika Panchoud. Originally from Tennessee, she came to live in Israel with her husband and their two daughters a few years ago. However, after only a few weeks, Erika’s husband died. This is a story of survival.
This week we return to a very noisy street in Jerusalem to the office of a pro-life organisation called Be’ad Chaim to meet the director, Sandi Soshani. The aim of Be’ad Chaim is to support women who have had an abortion as well as those seeking an abortion – to help them at their greatest point of need. As an organisation, Be’ad Chaim seeks to help mothers practically when they decide to keep their babies.