New York City - Manhattan

Chosen People Ministries International Headquarters in Manhattan houses the offices of the President and administrative staff of the Mission. In addition to this, it provides meeting rooms and facilities for various short-term missions programs such as the Summer Training and Evangelism Program (STEP) and other classes pertinent to faith issues.

New York City - Brooklyn

The Charles Feinberg Messianic Center in Brooklyn was dedicated in September 2013. It is located in the heart of Brooklyn's one-million-strong Jewish population, which contains Jewish people of many different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Outreach activities include a Messianic Shabbat fellowship, prayer and Bible study meetings in English and Russian, English as a Second Language classes, and cultural events that invite people to become involved in the life of the Center. We pray that this Center will be a great instrument to reach Brooklyn's diverse Jewish community for Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a population of over 600,000 Jewish people and Chosen People Ministries has had a presence in Southern California for over fifty years. The hub of the Mission's activities is located in Orange County, with Congregation Shuvah Yisrael (Return O Israel), a thriving Messianic congregation of about 225. Chosen People Ministries' staff in Southern California carries out evangelistic outreach, youth ministry, discipleship programs and home Bible studies and fellowship groups.

South Florida

With about three quarters of a million Jewish people, South Florida is one of the largest Jewish population centers in the world. Chosen People Ministries carries out a vigorous outreach there that includes home visiting, fellowship groups and evangelistic training. The Mission recently acquired a property that will serve as a Messianic Center and will also be the focal point for Bible studies, discipleship programs, special services and other outreach events.

Chicago

The Jewish population of Chicago is diverse, consisting of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Secular communities. The Midwest staff of Chosen People Ministries is equipping Christians to be better prepared to share the Gospel with Jewish friends and neighbors by helping them see the unity of the Old and New Covenants. Outreach activities include Messianic Bible studies in the Loop of Chicago, a vibrant Messianic Congregation, Adat Hatikvah (Congregation of the Hope), home Bible studies and a developing Messianic Center that will further expand the ministry.

Jewish History in the U.S.

Jewish history in what would become the United States begins in New York City in 1654 when 23 Sephardic Jews from Brazil, seeking refuge from the Spanish Inquisition, arrived at what was then New Amsterdam. By 1815, there were 3,000 Jews in United States. That number jumped to 15,000 by 1840. In 1880, there were about 230,000 Jewish people living in the United States.

In the next hundred years, that number multiplied by more than 20 with the vast majority of these Jewish people emigrating from Russia and parts of Eastern Europe. From 1880 to the mid-1920s, about two million Jewish people traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to make a new start in what was dubbed, "The Golden Land." Many of them landed in New York City and settled there. In 1880, there were about 80,000 Jewish residents in New York City. By 1920, there were 1,650,000-almost one-third of the city's population.

There are now more than five million Jewish people living in the United States. The history of the Jewish people in the United States, not only in New York City, but in other American cities, large and small, is a storied one, where Jewish people have made a disproportionately large contribution to the American way of life.

Chosen People Ministries in the U.S.

The history of Chosen People Ministries in the United States is largely a reflection of the larger history of the Jewish people in America. In 1894, Rabbi Leopold Cohn founded this ministry in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, shortly after he received Jesus as his Messiah. In its early days, Jews knew the ministry as the Brownsville Mission to the Jews, and its early efforts consisted of evangelism and a variety of services and classes for the growing population of Jewish immigrants.

The Mission moved its headquarters to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and then to Manhattan, where the name changed to the American Board of Missions to the Jews. Then, in 1988, the name changed again to Chosen People Ministries.

From humble beginnings and a history of faithful service, Chosen People Ministries stands today as a credible, well-established mission that combines a commitment to Jesus and the evangelization of the Jewish people with cutting-edge creativity. Our presence extends to Jewish communities in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, the former Soviet Union, Europe, Israel and Australia, which together make up 96 percent of the world's Jewish population.

In addition to our international headquarters and two Messianic congregations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, Chosen People Ministries has established a presence throughout the United States-particularly in the regions with significant Jewish populations, such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., southern California and South Florida.

Many of our activities in the United States and abroad are coordinated through our international headquarters in New York City and elsewhere in the United States.

Current Outreach:

Evangelism and Discipleship

"Go therefore and make disciples" (Matthew 28:19) is still a biblical imperative. Throughout the world, Chosen People Ministries proclaims the Gospel and nurtures both new and mature believers so that they will grow in the Lord and use their gifts for His glory.

Messianic Centers

Our Messianic centers are focal points for ministry of all types. In addition to evangelism and discipleship, they provide a setting for worship, Bible study, spiritual counseling and practical help. Seekers find a welcoming environment at our Messianic centers that can lead to new life through the power of the Gospel.

Messianic Congregations

It isn't always easy for Jewish people to fit into churches. Jewish believers sometimes face rejection by their families, and they especially need the fellowship of those with a similar story. Messianic congregations satisfy this need, and also lift up a witness in the community that Jesus is Lord and one can be Jewish and believe in Him.

Equipping the Local Church for Jewish Evangelism

Chosen People Ministries has a wide variety of special presentations, such as "Messiah in the Passover," designed to help the church gain a greater appreciation of its Jewish roots.

Chosen People Ministries also organizes conferences that offer churches and learning institutions a chance to cosponsor well-publicized major outreach programs designed to reach a broad range of Jewish and Gentile community members.

Publications

Chosen People Ministries offers monthly and quarterly publications on topics of interest to church members and Jewish readers. Our monthly newsletter, The Chosen People, will keep you up-to-date regarding the various developments and prayer concerns vital to the Mission. We also offer a wide variety of books, tracts, videos, tapes, DVDs and CDs at our online store.

Ministry through the World Wide Web

Web technology has enabled Chosen People Ministries to reach a multitude of online seekers. Our website receives thousands of "hits" from those searching for spiritual answers and from believers wanting information. This site offers educational and evangelistic articles, challenging Bible studies, a catalog of Messianic resources and even recipes! We also follow up with seekers who make contact with us through email and are sometimes able to lead them to a decision to come to faith.

Volunteer and Short-term Missions Opportunities

Chosen People Ministries has a number of volunteer opportunities for people of all ages. For example, our Shalom Brooklyn Outreach, which is held in Brooklyn New York, prepares volunteers through specialized classes to share the Gospel with Jewish people. Together with Chosen People Ministries' staff members, team members go out and put what they have learned into practice.

Summer Internships

Chosen People Ministries is committed to the ongoing development of future ministers who are presently in undergraduate and graduate schools. Chosen People Ministries has a number of internship programs that provide opportunities for students to complete their studies and include focuses in areas like intern missionary work, youth ministry, children's ministry, film, publishing, accounting, web development, office management and much more.

Outreach Israel

Outreach Israel attendees will feel the heartbeat of Israel and the pulse of the people as they meet and share their testimonies with Israelis-both believers and not-yet believers. Those on Outreach Israel will live at the Messianic center and interact daily with our Israeli staff, as the program weaves together outreach, worshipping at local congregations, service projects, children's and youth camps, and travel.

"See Israel through Jewish Eyes" Holy Land Tours

Chosen People Ministries conducts tours to the Holy Land each year. For many, these deeply enriching, faith-building and informative trips are the realization of a life's dream to walk in the footsteps of the Messiah.

Full-time Missionary Opportunities

God calls some people into full-time ministry with Chosen People Ministries. We assist applicants in determining if they are being called to the work of representing the Messiah to Jewish people. A sincere heart for reaching Jewish people with the Gospel is the first requirement to serve as a full-time worker, particularly in light of the biblical mandate to bring the Gospel "to the Jew first and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16).

 


It is our sincere desire to share the Gospel with the Jewish people in ways that are challenging and compelling. We always seek to enrich the life of the church and to minister to other members of the Body of Messiah. Chosen People Ministries is ready, with God's help and your prayers and support, to reach out to the Jewish people of the 21st century and equip you to do likewise.

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