Memorial Day Jews

We met and shared comforting gospel material with several Jewish people in our travels on Memorial Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! On Memorial Day, in Philadelphia, we stopped at a cemetery called “King David Memorial Park”. There we spoke with several Jewish people. One young lady was from the Ukraine. Her mother-in-law had passed away recently and she was putting flowers on her grave. She was very close to her and felt very sad about losing her. She was an Orthodox Jew by marriage. She spoke with us for about a half hour or more. She said that she had just been praying that God would send someone to help her in her sorrow. She indicated that we were the answer to that prayer. We gave her information about the Messiah and offered to send her other material in the future. She liked hearing about God’s Word. She stated that she has attended a lot of Jewish parties over the years but no one ever talks about God’s Word, the Torah, at those parties. She seemed very interested in knowing more. She gave us her name and address to send her a music CD with comforting songs. We plan to send her other information as well.

Also at King David Memorial Park, we met an older couple from the Ukraine. They were also grieving the loss of a loved one. We spoke with them for several minutes about the Messiah and God’s Word and gave them some material to read.

Another lady we met there could only read Russian. We did not have any material in Russian with us. She did not seem very interested in receiving anything from us.

Memorial Day weekend, in Philadelphia, PA, we visited the National Museum of American Jewish History. There we met several Jewish people and spoke with them about our love for Israel and about the Messiah. Before touring the museum, we spoke with three ladies who greeted us at the place where you pay to get in. None of them were Jewish. We told them about what we do and left information with them to pass on to the Jewish people who work there. They were very nice and gave us a considerable discount on the price. The museum was very nice and informative. We were glad we were able to see it. We also, gave out information that included the gospel to at least five people visiting the museum, as we walked through.

Also on Memorial Day, in Philadelphia, we stopped at a Jewish office-type building named “Kehillas B’nai Shalom”. It had the name “Rabbi Moshe Travitsky” under the title. It appeared to be a business or learning center. Because it seemed to be a public building, we walked inside, what appeared to be the front door. Inside, there were small children sitting at a table coloring. All the young boys were wearing a kippah on their head. We asked them where their parents were. They directed us to another room where we found all the adults and families assembled for a meal. As with the boys, all the men were wearing a hat or kippah. We approached the nearest table and spoke with a man seated there. He asked what we were doing there and how we got inside. We told him that the door was open and that we had come to share some information with them about the Messiah. We left enough material on the table with him so that anyone who might want one could take it. He did not seem very receptive. The Rabbi passed by as we spoke with him but did not come over to speak with us. Another man stepped over to see what was going on. He quickly bid us a good day, politely asking us to leave. He then followed us to the door and watched us drive away. We felt sad that they were not more receptive.

Also, in Philadelphia on Memorial Day, we stopped at a place called “Congregation Tifereth Israel”. It appeared to be a synagogue or school. Inside, we met a Jewish family sitting down together at a table eating a meal. We spoke with them for a few minutes about Israel and the Messiah. They were polite and gladly received information we left with them.

The same day, in Philadelphia, we were looking for a place called “The Jewish Identity Center”. Our GPS said we had arrived. We tried to enter the building but it was security locked. We asked some ladies standing outside if they knew where the place was that we were looking for. They did not know but offered to let us inside so we could ask someone else. Inside, there was no one to be found except inside a large gathering room. There were several older ladies sitting at a table there. We approached and began to speak with them. One lady in particular seemed very alarmed that we were inside the building and asked how we got inside. After we explained how we were let inside and why we were there, she was not so alarmed. Apparently, it was a housing building for seniors. The majority of them were Jewish. We spoke with them about the Messiah but no one was very interested and did not want any of the material that we had to offer. The lady who did the most speaking asked where we were from. When we told her that we were from the South, she was surprised because we did not have an accent. Upon telling her that we were originally from the North she said, “Good for you!”. Northerners are sometimes more receptive of other northerners. She lightheartedly stated that she was alarmed about us walking inside because we could have come there to kidnap her and then force her to be our grandma and then she would have to watch the grandchildren. Of course, she was only joking with us. The ladies were polite but were not interested in hearing about the Messiah. We never did find the location of The Jewish Identity Center.

Psalms 34:4 “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalms 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Psalms 119:82 “Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?”
Isaiah 51:3 “For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.”
Isaiah 66:13 “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * Comforting Jews In Philadelphia Pennsylvania! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2015

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