Robynne grew up in a Jewish home in Brooklyn celebrating the Jewish Holidays, keeping Kosher and attending Hebrew school. She was always fascinated by the lives of Moses and Esther. On a visit home during her freshman year in College she met a few Jewish people who believed Jesus to be the Messiah. Robynne argued vehemently with them but some of the things they said continued to reverberate in her mind. About a year later a friend of the family who was Jewish and believed in Jesus asked if she could read a Bible passage to Robynne. Robynne agreed but insisted on only Tenach (Old Testament). As Isaiah 53 was read Robynne got upset and said she was being disrespected. She thought the reading was from the New Testament because it was so clearly talking about Jesus. Her friend said “Clearly that is the point.” Robynne began looking at other prophecies of Messiah and it became clear that Yeshua/Jesus had fulfilled them and was the Messiah promised in the Jewish Scriptures. Shortly after this realization, she had an experience while being prayed for that confirmed what she had been reading. Robynne then read the New Testament for the first time and was amazed to find it a Jewish book. Yeshua and His disciples were Jewish, celebrating the Jewish Holidays and praising the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This was big news and immediately Robynne began to share the joy of finding the Messiah.
Robynne became involved with student ministry on her campus. She used drama and creative outreaches to inspire fellow students to look at the Scriptures themselves. After graduation she was called to University student ministry in Israel. There she worked with Israeli believers (in Yeshua) to create Bible study groups, outreaches, and informative book tables. Robynne hosted many Shabbat dinners for students to gather and have a safe place to explore questions of faith and spirituality. Over the past few years Robynne has been leading short term ministry trips to Africa and Israel.
Robynne is excited about Jewish ministry in her home town, New York city, which has the largest Jewish population outside of Israel. It is home to Jewish people from all over the world - Israel, Russia, Argentina, etc., and all the diversity of expressions of Judaism are present in New York - secular, reform, orthodox, Kabbalah (mystical) and everything in between. Robynne says, “It’s a privilege to share Messiah’s love for His people in such a dynamic place.” It’s also a place where she is naturally connected to and part of the Jewish life and experience of the city.
Robynne’s focus is women’s ministry. Sharing Messiah with Jewish women and hosting events for Christian women to explore more deeply the roots of their faith. She is also helping to coordinate short term Jewish ministry opportunities in New York, Israel and other parts of the world. Robynne is excited about reaching her people in relational and creative ways.