Book Launch Tribute
On December 8, 2009, we hosted a book launch party for Moishe Rosen to congratulate him on the release of Jews and the Gospel at the End of History: A Tribute to Moishe Rosen, by Kregel Publishing.
Local pastors, long-time supporters and some of the contributors to the book attended. It was a very special evening for Moishe, as he greeted his friends and signed his new book for them.
Many wrote letters of tribute to Moishe. Here are some of them:
Congratulations on the publication of Jews and the Gospel at the End of History: A Tribute to Moishe Rosen. This is just one more reflection of the tremendous impact your life has had on the field of Jewish missions, on the Church and on so many who have sought to serve God in making the gospel known.
It has been an enormous privilege for me to follow in your footsteps as executive director of Jews for Jesus. I continue to follow in your footsteps though I will never be able to fill your shoes. You have been an example to me of many things, but particularly of courage, of curiosity and commitment.
You have shown the courage of your convictions to follow through on your principles even when others would disagree and withstand you. Weaker men might buckle and fold at that kind of withering criticism but you have stood the test of time and your courage reflects faith and confidence in the God who saved you and called you into His service.
Curiosity has always been one of your traits that I appreciate the most. While you seem capable of waxing eloquent on just about any subject under the sun, you nevertheless have an insatiable curiosity to ask pointed questions that get to the heart of a matter. Your curiosity is not only a tacit admission that you don’t know everything, it also demonstrates your insatiable desire to keep learning, keep growing, keep refining and improving that which you’ve been given to do in the Lord’s service. I pray that I might have the kind of curiosity that you have exhibited and the ability to question myself and question reality, just like that imaginary ten year old boy who has written so many of our best broadsides.
Your demonstrable commitment has been first of all to God but secondly to people. You have shown such a great measure of trust and confidence in those that you’ve decided to commit yourself to, giving us opportunities to do things and to serve in ways that we never imagined for ourselves. Your commitment to me began very early in my life when I was still a child. I remember you taking me and my family to Greektown after the service at Beth Sar Shalom and how much you enjoyed watching us enjoy that experience for the first time. I remember your commitment to keeping me from becoming a nuisance during visits to your home in New City, sending me out into the backyard to dig holes for a quarter and then giving me another quarter to fill them back in. I remember your commitment to confronting me while I was pursuing a career in music at Boston University, challenging me as to what my best purpose in life was. That was uncomfortable for me Moishe, but God used you at that pivotal time in my life to direct me toward full-time service. You may not have been aware of it, but your commitment to spending that Saturday with me when you could have chosen to be with a whole host of different people was crucial in my life journey and I’ll never forget it.
You’ve been committed to my growth and development since I’ve served with Jews for Jesus. From the earliest days as a college student all the way through my growth as the Liberated Wailing Wall leader to branch leader in Chicago and when I served closer to you as Minister-at-Large and Director of Recruitment. It was during that time that I saw first hand the level of commitment you had to me and how much time you were really willing to invest in my growth. And then you took Patti and me out for dinner and explained the importance of our being able to leave San Francisco quickly to move to New York. Almost everyone on the Council wanted to change your mind about that deployment decision but you believed it was the right thing and you stood your ground. You were committed to me and I was committed to you and looking back it was so obviously the right decision.
Since stepping down from your role as Executive Director you made a commitment to uphold me in my leadership. We’ve had our share of disagreements but you’ve kept your commitment to uphold me. I made a commitment as well that every seat you sat in in Jews for Jesus would be a seat of honor. I hope you believe that I’ve upheld that commitment as well, Moishe. This book is one more example of that commitment to reflect our deep gratitude to God for who you are and all that you’ve done to serve Him. God bless you Moishe. We love you.
Jews for Jesus
My dear friend, mentor and colleague,
I wrote an “official” tribute of you for Jews and the Gospel at the End of History, but you already know that. So this is the “unofficial” one.
Moishe, I am so happy that I have this occasion to say some of those things that would tend to remain unspoken until such time as you would not be around to hear them for yourself. So here goes.
Friend, you are someone whom I thank God for daily. We’ve known each other for thirty-seven years which comes to over 13,000 days, so that’s a lot of appreciation!
Mentor, you have been my biggest encourager in spurring me on to want to see big things happen for the kingdom. You believed in me before I knew to believe in myself.
Colleague, you have put Jewish evangelism on the map in a way that no one in modern times has done. You changed a whole field of missions to strive for excellence and not be limited to conventional thinking.
There is much that can be said about my friend, mentor and colleague Moishe Rosen. Our greatest fulfillment lies in giving ourselves to others. You have given so much, in a smile, in a bear hug, a word of advice, in an admonition. You have lived a life for others. And Moishe I believe that is your greatest legacy.
Jews for Jesus
A dictionary defines a tribute as “something given or contributed voluntarily as due or deserved; especially; a gift or service showing respect, gratitude, or affection.” That aptly defines the feelings Chris and I have for you.
It was in 1981 that we first became aware of Jews for Jesus (JFJ) with you as the founder. At the time, Chris (as a school teacher) and I (as a CPA primarily serving nonprofit organizations) were impressed with the high level of accountability and integrity of JFJ and the sound principles that you established for the ministry. Over the last 28 years of association with JFJ, those impressions have not changed.
Your zeal for reaching Jews (and gentiles) with the message of the gospel has not waned in all the years we have known you. You have truly been an inspiration to many as you have been a living example of what you preached and taught.
In addition to the leadership that you brought to JFJ, you and Ceil have always been marvelous hosts, opening up your home to guests for lodging, food and fellowship. Some of our fondest memories are those of spending time individually and with friends at your house.
Your attentions to the little things that attest to meaningful relationships have been touching (whether it is the truffles given to a spouse or invitations to dinner for children). Both of our daughters, to this day, point to times with you and JFJ as the most memorable and pleasurable times of their lives.
Thank you for your contribution to Jewish missions. And, thank you for enriching the lives of our family. We appreciate you for all of your accomplishments but, most of all; we appreciate you for your love of Y’shua and love for your “neighbors.”
Chris and Steve Lamos
Jews for Jesus,
U.S. Board of Directors
I first met Moishe in July 1975 a couple of days before I accepted Jesus as my Messiah and Lord. I didn’t know who he was, but was impressed by him.
In the years, which followed, I learned a great deal about Moishe, and when I was in the midst of a real dilemma wrote to him for advice. I expected him to write back, but he called me instead and his counsel to me was excellent. As our call was ending, Moishe stunned me with this question: “So Stan, what are you going do with the rest of your life?” Wow! How do you answer a question like that? We talked for about half an hour and Moishe gave me additional solid advice. But it didn’t end there. In 1994 when I started Stan Telchin Ministries, I asked Moishe to be on my board. He not only accepted, but for the next eight years he was always there providing critical guidance and advice. He has been an enormous blessing to me personally and was instrumental in my joining the Jews for Jesus staff.
So honoring Moishe is a pleasure for me.
Moishe, I love, respect, admire and am most grateful to God for the way you have impacted my life and the lives of so many thousands more. No matter what the strains upon us, you’ve kept our focus on Jesus and the importance of working together to share Him with our Jewish people everywhere. Ya done good!
Wish I could be with you on this special night to hug your neck.
Jews for Jesus
You had invited me to come out and “see about a job” you had for me after I graduated from college, so in February 1976 I went. You put me in a little room with the memory typewriter and every once in a while you popped in to see how I was doing, but you never explained “the job” to me. One day you opened the door and said, “Do you want to marry Moskowitz?” I said, “I don’t know.” You closed the door. About an hour later you came back and said, “Do you want to marry him this summer?” I said to you, “Have you talked to Jhan about this (because I hadn’t!).” You replied, “Don’t worry about it; I’m trying to figure this thing out.” Then you closed the door.
Well, it’s 33 years later and I did marry Moskowitz. In fact, you married us. It is the best decision you and I ever made.
Jews for Jesus
It is hard to put down on paper words that really capture the feelings and sentiments that a 39-year friendship encompasses. We have kidded over the years about how I came to faith, but we know that I first prayed with you and it was at that time the Holy Spirit saw my heart and brought me to a place of deeper commitment. But after that it was you more than any other person that the Holy Spirit used to challenge me to walk in a deeper commitment to Him and His people.
I know that you would take issue with what I am about to say, but except for my earthly father I cannot think of another person who has so shaped and influenced my life. We have over the years struggled with one thing or another, but more times than not I have found myself coming around to understanding your position. I remember how angry I was when you started instructing me on the finer points of how to do street theater. I was the one who had done acting; what did you know? You pointed out that you may not have done much acting but you had an awful lot more street preaching and knew that we needed ringers. Of course you were right, and the team went on to have a very successful street ministry, so much so that later that year you had to get us out of jail and take us out in the middle of the night for Chinese food. The stories can go on and on.
You taught me to trust God for the big things of life and ministry. You taught me to entrust the ministry to younger men, just as you did with me. I remember when you passed up an interview on a local Pittsburgh secular station and passed the opportunity to me, it was my first real chance to present the gospel in that forum. It was you who taught me to keep the issue on Jesus, and I have ever since.
Some things you were wise enough to know you could not help me with, I was never going to be a writer, but you saw the potential in my new bride, and gave her a chance of a lifetime to edit our newsletter. She is now a published author, which you are also responsible for.
Moishe, I have only touched the surface of the many things I can say and remember about our friendship.
With all my love and respect, to a friend, mentor, and brother,
Jews for Jesus
I am thrilled to hear that the book of essays entitled Jews and the Gospel at the End of History: A Tribute to Moishe Rosen will be released shortly. It was my privilege to be invited to share a chapter on Israel’s future in that monograph.
What a blessing you have been to Marge and me in the work of the gospel. You encouraged us to minister with Jews for Jesus on a number of occasions as well as you encouraged us when we took on the role of leading Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Our joy in doing so knew no bounds as we gave thanks to our Lord.
God has used you in a number of key roles in the work of the gospel around the world, not the least in Jews for Jesus. This has blessed the whole body of Christ worldwide.
It is with gratitude to God for his faithfulness through you and your wonderful wife that we salute both of you on this evening of the presentation of this volume. May this volume and the gift of your lives continue to be a lasting signal for the anticipated great ingathering of the Jewish people our Lord has promised in his word.
Congratulations and Blessings from our Lord,
Walter and Margaret Kaiser
President Emeritus and Spouse
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
S. Hamilton, MA.
Dear Elder Brother Moishe,
To us students at Dallas Seminary in the early 1970s came the joyful word: “It’s another evidence of the end of this age—there are Jews for Jesus standing on street corners, witnessing boldly to the their fellow Jews!”
Arriving at Topeka Bible Church in Kansas in June 1975 to do a summer internship, I met folks still excited about your visit in the Spring. And after I joined the TBC staff in 1976 and became senior pastor in 1977, we invited the LWW and occasional JFJ speakers, and so I met many of those early JFJ saints.
And then in 1981 you wrote me and urged TBC to consider monthly support of JFJ. And we did, with joy. Your monthly newsletter insights often made it into my files, where I still come across them today.
In 1990 you wrote me and asked if, since you were fully supported, you could transfer our monthly gift to Mitch Glaser. And so we did. And then in 1999 to my surprise, David Brickner invited me to apply for Board service. I remember well some conversations you and I had in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
And so, one of the delights of my recent life, Moishe, has been the opportunity to serve the glorious cause of Christ in that area so dear to His heart, in the area where He draws His own reluctant people to Himself—and to serve the organization and family the Lord moved you to found, to achieve that sublime goal.
Five years ago I spoke up in a Board meeting in strong support of a Festschrift for you. And soon thereafter, I found myself in charge of it. Producing Jews and the Gospel at the End of History has been a labor of love, and I am well pleased both with the quality of articles and the authors, as well as with the honor it may bring to my elder brother in the Lord, one of my heroes of the faith.
With Deep Affection, Moishe,
Chairman, Jews for Jesus U.S. Board of Directors
I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend the tribute to Moishe Rosen on December 8. I would certainly have wanted to be there.
I first met Moishe in 1968 when he was director of missionary training at the American Board of Missions to the Jews. My then future father-in-law, Martin Klayman, was in training to be a missionary to the Jews in Florida. Moishe (then Martin) invited me to stay for a dinner and Bible study he was conducting and it was there that I met my
future wife. He married us in January of 1969 at the headquarters on West 72nd Street in Manhattan.
When I was going through my medical residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, Moishe was a tremendous support spiritually and emotionally. He said he would always be available to be of help as needed and he was true to his word. We kept in touch over the years. He was a gracious host when I visited him at his home in San Francisco.
I have appreciated Jews for Jesus even as I have seen it develop and continue to grow over all these years. What a blessing Moishe has been to me personally and to so many. Above all, many have come into the Kingdom and been discipled as a result of what the LORD has done in and through Moishe and all those of you who have joined him.
I am grateful for all that has been and prayerfully look forward to what the LORD will continue to do.
My deepest thanks to Moishe. My prayers are with you, Moishe, as you face what the future holds . . . even quickly come LORD JESUS!
Warm greetings Moishe:
How honored I have been to contribute toward Jews and the Gospel. With my wife, Ann, above all else we pray that it will be used to awaken God-honoring evangelistic outreach toward the Jewish people. I am sure you appreciate that it is not so much how you start out in life that counts but rather how you finish. This being the case, I hope this volume provides deep blessing for your soul as a sort of capstone, as a satisfying closing signature.
Now involved in my senior years at 72, the future prospect of “an abundant entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11) seems to occupy more of my thoughts. I simply mention this encouraging truth since you are surely of a similar mind. In the same vein John Bunyan wrote of this in his classic The Pilgrim’s Progress when Christian, on reaching Beulah Land, discovered that the world behind him could no longer offer any allure. Rather his being so close to his crossing of the river of death led to great heavenly longings in anticipation of welcome reception at the Celestial City. This account is so heartening and glorious. I only refer to it so that you might be encouraged with such a wonderful hope, “as the things of this life grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
Unfortunately I will not be able to visit you on December 8, as I will be participating in a conference at Dallas, speaking on “Reflections on Response to Future Israel.” In this regard I remain so greatly indebted to you for your encouragement in this project. Then in the New Year I have an article titled “Drifting from Jerusalem to Mecca” due for inclusion in Mishkan.
I do hope the celebration is of great satisfaction, especially the warm fellowship.
With grace and truth,
From a goy, content in Christ Jesus,
Today I received your very kind invitation for the open house on the 8th. Oooooh, how I’d love to be there! Unfortunately I have a long scheduled commitment in Virginia and DC on that date.
I would so love to see Moishe again! And in such intimate circumstances. As you all know so well, Moishe is such an endearing man. How else can I explain my unusually intense love for him when we’ve actually been together only on a handful of occasions:
- Who could forget his testimony at First Baptist in Milwaukee Oregon in 1974. I nearly burst as he described his introduction as a new believer to communion— “like Passover” . . . as it turns out with microscopic wafers as opposed to the full meal deal. What a let down. Love my friend’s humor!
- Or my returning him to the Portland airport and his delightful anticipation at the possibility of being arrested for public proselytizing. Absolutely everything is an opportunity . . . a very broadside opportunity. I remember thinking, this guy may be the CEO of a ministry, but he’s also their number one ground soldier. Way to lead from the front!
- And coffee together in the Chicago hotel atrium during the ICBI meetings hammering out affirmations and denials. Moishe always a “straight shooter,” something much admired at those sessions. I was greatly impressed by two things at the time—his wisdom and his humility.
Moishe Rosen, God bless you, my brother. I think of you often, always fondly, and always with a note to self—”be more bold, like Moishe!
With great love and respect,
Many thanks for the invitation to what is a very significant event. It is a great honour for anyone to receive a Festschrift. Especially for one who has been an activist and leader rather than principally a scholar. This is remarkable. I’m so pleased this has been done for Moishe, reflecting the biblical and theological heart of his ministry burden over the years
Having only met Moishe after his retirement, during my first visit to SF for the international chairs meeting in 2001, I have come to understand something of his role in the movement mainly from this perspective. Something like the wake of an ocean liner—or better—of a battleship—slapping into the shore while it is still large on the horizon but moving away at steady speed. (Don’t push the simile too far!)
I well remember a restaurant meal for the chairs with Moishe in 2001 when I was struck how like my uncle, Bruce Reed, Moishe is. Bruce was still with us then, and like Moishe a man of sharp vision and driven intensity that enabled him under God to influence thousands of lives in the realities of the Kingdom of God. These are the only two people I’ve known with the same penetrating manner and unrelenting commitment to their vision. They see more than most others see, set standards others frequently don’t understand or appreciate, and understand the creative power of discomfort in the service of the truth.
As I see the way the Jews for Jesus work continues to grow in Australia, symbolised for me in the way Bob Mendelsohn’s initiative to rent a shop in the most Jewish part of Sydney has produced more contacts and visits from UJs than we ever really expected, I’m reminded of Moishe’s stepping out to witness to Jewish hippies after Rev. Bob’s challenge back in the 1960s. (I met the elderly Bob in New York on my first visit in 1998.) Risks of faith that God continues to honour, that continue to grow the kingdom. To the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.
Thank you for the honour of the invitation to the book launch, which I am unable to attend from such distance, and also for the opportunity to record these few thoughts.
Jews for Jesus Australian Board Chair
Thank you so much for the invitation to the book launch. Boy, would I love to be there! Unfortunately the timing and booked weddings and financial considerations will make it impossible to join with you.
On our first visit to San Francisco and the very first time we met Moishe, he had been delegated the responsibility of showing my wife and me the grand sites of San Francisco. Unfortunately the fog was down, but Moishe decided to fulfill his obligation and we visited about four or five different high points around the Bay area where we could barely see more than six feet in front of us. However, Moishe in his own inimitable manner arrived at each viewpoint and proceeded to announce: “If it wasn’t for the fog you would be able to see Alcatraz from here.” Or “If it wasn’t for the fog you would be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge from here”—and so it continued for each view site in succession —and all we saw was fog!
Please give our love and best wishes to Moishe and congratulations on the launch of the book.
Shalom, and love,
Roger and Sharon
Cape Town, South Africa
We send our warm greetings to Moishe and congratulations on the launch of his book. The ongoing work of Jews for Jesus is in itself a testimony to him and his visionary founding of Jews for Jesus. His influence will abide for many years to come.
All Nations Christian College, England
Jews for Jesus European Board of Directors
I am sorry that Anne and I will not be able to attend but I want to share a couple of thoughts about Moishe.
I first met Moishe in 1965 when I was a senior at Biola College and began to work for him when he was with the American Board of Missions to the Jews. My job was to be trained to present the Christ in the Passover ceremony and present the program in the Midwest where I grew up. However, my first day I was asked to clean the restrooms at the mission center in Hollywood, California. I found out later that Moishe wanted to check my attitude toward doing jobs that weren’t pleasant. He also took me and other guys down to MacArthur Park on Sunday afternoons to preach. We were told we had seven minutes to preach and we had to try and get the people’s attention in the first thirty seconds. I enjoyed the experience of trying to get an audience and not get stoned or beaten up. When I preach or teach I try to begin with an attention getter. Although I became a schoolteacher after those two summers with ABMJ, I ended up going to seminary in 1984 at American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley and became a pastor in Seattle and Salem. Over the years my wife and I have had the opportunity of meeting with Moishe in Berkeley when I was in seminary and in Seattle and Salem, Oregon, where I have pastored. I have appreciated his creativity and drive to share the gospel with Jewish people and Gentiles. He has been an inspiration and encouragement for me to be faithful to the gospel and to pray for ways to share the gospel that will allow the Spirit to open people’s hearts and minds to Jesus. Moishe, we pray for you each day as well as for Jews for Jesus ministry. Thanks for your service to Jesus and your commitment to the power of the Word.
Sincerely in Christ,
Moishe Rosen. How do I begin? He is a legend in his time. He has accomplished wonderful things for the Kingdom. Jews For Jesus is his lasting legacy. His faithfulness to his mission is phenomenal. He is a man revered by his peers, held in high regard by his many students, followers, imitators, wannabees…but that is not the man I know.
Moishe is a nut… Half a bubble off center… A guy with a wacky sense of humor. I have spent the last fifteen years attempting to make him chuckle or at least smile at my jokes. Isn’t the Internet wonderful? Giggle. Nothing delights me more than to receive a return email stating, “I smiled.” That is high praise. Of course, he couldn’t admit that at times I crack him up.
Moishe, my friend, I know you have been very ill but I’m not ready to let you escape to heaven anytime soon. I’m sure I will have lots more jokes to share and I need the confirmation that you smiled.
Congratulations as your many friends get the opportunity to tell you how much we all love and appreciate you. Way to go, Big Guy!
Anne Shimeall (that giggling blonde from Oregon)
Thank you for the opportunity to share in this way, this special evening with you. It’s not easy putting into a few words the depth of appreciation I have for you, Moishe. How does one say “thank you” for a life that has been beyond the fulfillment of anything that I could have ever imagined in terms of using the music that had been so precious to me since I was a child, the music that caused the fear that brought me to faith in 1990, and the music that within two years of my salvation I was able to utilize on my first term of service with the Liberated Wailing Wall in 1992.
Thank you for opportunities to proclaim Jesus literally all over the globe in music and also doing the other thing I love to do and that’s just proclaim Jesus on the streets and one on one with Jewish people. Thank you for giving a home to my evangelistic spirit, never squelching it and always appreciating me. You created a fraternity in which we could all laugh together, cry together, take the hard knocks together and still get up and do it again because we have each other.
I don’t have enough thank-yous so let me just say “thank you” for including me in this awesome ministry, and I thank our God for giving me privilege upon privilege to serve here.
Jews for Jesus
How I wish that I could be present among those who will honor you today! As your friend and brother of many years and one who feels blessed to have had you as such in my life, and as a former associate in the ministry of proclaiming the Good News to our people, you have contributed a great deal, not only to my life, but to the lives of our son and daughter. I know that I am one of many who could say that about you.
I recall how in our younger days, about forty years ago, we used to dream, talk and pray about seeing Jewish evangelism become far more effective in reaching our people than it was then. With God’s gracious enabling you have been wonderfully blessed and used to help make that dream a reality. In far greater measure than ever before the Messiahship of Yeshua has become a living issue and a matter proclaimed worldwide among our people. The book being launched today is indeed a very fitting tribute to the part you have played in extending that blessed message far beyond the limits that once prevailed.
But I believe that beyond all the honors and nice words that you are receiving, your heart yearns with great expectation to hear the words from Yeshua’s lips “Well done good and faithful servant . . . Enter into the joy of your Lord!”
I do believe that you will be one of those who shall hear those words. And your greatest legacy will not be the fruitful ministry you were used to raise up, nor even those you have helped to become effective servants of the Lord, but the many who through your influence, both direct and indirect, have been ushered into eternal life in Yeshua.
Leah and I embrace you with love and appreciation,
We are not able to attend the book launch and tribute for Moishe but we do want to add our congratulations to him for all of his faithful years of service to the Lord in spreading the gospel to the Jewish people. We learned of Jews for Jesus, Moishe and Ceil Rosen about 52 years ago. We have been married for 53+ years now and as newlyweds, we felt constrained to send what we could to this wonderful organization. There were years that we could not help financially but we always kept you folks in our hearts and prayers. Moishe came to our little Baptist church in Mountain View those many years ago and captured our hearts. We pray for him now as he battles serious health issues. May the Lord uphold Moishe and Ceil during this difficult time and may they feel His presence more than ever before in their lives. As God permits, we will continue to help support Jews for Jesus and look forward to meeting all of you dear faithful servants someday in our eternal Home.
Always in Jesus’ Love,
Paul and Sharon Scharmen
Thank you for including us in this special tribute to Moishe. We won’t be able to be there but wanted to share our thoughts and memories. We first heard Moishe when he spoke at a Messianic Jewish conference at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, in 1978. We were so impressed by his presentation and the ministry of Jews for Jesus that we wanted to support and help such a worthy cause for both Jews and Gentiles. Moishe was so edifying that to this day we continue to believe in and support this wonderful ministry that he founded.
We did volunteer work at your headquarters on Haight Street (stayed in the restored Victorian house) a few years after my retirement in 1990. We also met and had time with Moishe’s family. They are special, too.
Have a wonderful time at the book signing. We will be thinking of you that day.
May the Lord continue to bless your ministry.
With our love and prayers,
Howard and Barbara Kuhns
YOU ARE NOT HERE IN THE WORLD FOR YOURSELF. YOU HAVE BEEN SENT HERE FOR OTHERS. THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU! Catherine Booth
I want to thank you Moishe for the impact Jews for Jesus has had on my life and much of that is down to your vision for it and founding leadership of it. Certainly the world was waiting for you and is now benefitting from your obedience to God’s word to you. Thank you—oh—I nearly forgot: you influenced me too in my choice of a Swiss army knife!
Jews for Jesus European Board of Directors
One of the most memorable times with Moishe came during my first year of missionary service. Moishe decided that I needed to loosen up a little. So, he took me and his daughter, Ruth, to Haight-Ashbury. It was a little shocking for me to be there seeing that I had grown up in upstate New York and in Kansas. We went to a store called Out of the Closet. He wanted me to buy some “different and far out” clothes. I don’t think I found anything there that I was willing to wear at the time, but we did end up going into a hat store where I bought this really cool hat. Every time I wear that hat, I think of Moishe, who took time out of his busy week to help me “have fun.” It also taught me to appreciate clothes and people who might be “out of the box” or different.
Finally, I want to say that the greatest thing I learned from Moishe was to live my life based on principles, and that whatever decisions I make, should come out of those principles rather from my feelings or circumstances. That advice has kept me from making a lot of bad decisions. Thank you Moishe for having such a profound impact on my life. I will be forever grateful.
Jews for Jesus
It would take another book to convey to you, Moishe, what you mean in our lives. From the moment we met, your were involved in our relationship even going so far as a marriage proposal (between Andrew and Laura!) Your words of advice and wisdom have lived longer than the mere moments it took you to speak them. You are an example to us of steadfast faith and fresh enthusiasm in the Lord.
We take this time to thank you for being you,
Andrew and Laura Barron
Jews for Jesus
How I wish I were able to come on Tuesday. Unfortunately, distance prevents my being there in person. For over 30 years Moishe Rosen has had an impact on my life. The day I heard him speak in my church on the San Francisco Peninsula in the mid-1970s, my views on Jewish evangelism were forever changed. May God bless Moishe Rosen and the ministry he began so many years ago.
Moishe has without question been used by God Himself to invent, implore, innovate, implement, and imbibe on the many and revolutionary ways toward landscaping, architecting, and invoking the ways and means of Romans 1:16 “to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.”
Like my own father (who would have been 100 years of age this month had God chosen to leave him here) who made that bold and courageous move within his own family and was shunned by them for it, Moishe did in fact come to recognize his own sin before God and sought that redemption through the Blood of that Lamb, Y’shua. I know he and Dad worked together so many years ago on the streets of New York with that sole goal and objective: “ to the Jew first.”
As the third of our four-generation Messianic believing family and growing up under the tutelage of my two Messianic parents, I’ve been privileged in these past more than 30 years to be directly involved with the Jews for Jesus ministry . . . serving with Moishe as an honored member of their Board of Directors, seeing directly numbers of his radical, groundbreaking, creative, pioneering and revolutionary moves and methods for once again: “to the Jew first.”
Thank you for allowing me to carry on in part what my own mother and father sought for me at my birth when they named me for the author of this great verse in Romans, and also for allowing me to spend a portion of my life serving with you for that very purpose that God outlined here: “to the Jew first.”
May God continue to honor you and your efforts for Him, Moishe. May what you set forth, and what has been said in Jews and the Gospel at the End of History be the ongoing outline used to help in the work of many until He comes: “to the Jew first.”
With Love to you B’shem Y’shua,
Jews for Jesus U.S. Circle of Directors
Martha and I regret that we will not be in San Francisco to honor you in person when your new book is launched. Please accept this written, heartfelt substitute. Looking back over the 33 years I have known you, I want to express my deep and sincere thanks to you:
Thanks for teaching me and many others about the work of reaching our people with the Good News about our Messiah and Savior.
Thanks for being my role model for the work of Jewish evangelism.
Thanks for insisting on hard work and high ethical standards in Jewish ministry.
Thanks for encouraging me to be creative and courageous in the effort to reach our people.
Thanks for having a large and generous view of Jewish ministry and being willing to cooperate with many denominations, churches, organizations and individuals outside of Jews for Jesus.
Thanks for being there for me whenever I needed your time, your wise counsel and advice.
Thanks for marrying well and raising two wise and delightful daughters who are our dear and lifelong friends.
Thanks for marrying Martha and me!
You are the best! With love and appreciation,
Senior rabbi and founder,
Congregation Shema Yisrael
Bloomfield Hills, MI
You have so profoundly influenced my life and ministry that it is difficult to summarize what you mean to me. You mean more to me than I can put in the following words:
I count it a privilege to be one of the many you took under your wing and invested your time, care, counsel and instruction. You and Ceil characterized generosity and hospitality and modeled these things in an exemplary way during the influential time that I lived in your home. Since I met you at thirteen years of age, you were always the “iron that sharpens iron” kind-of-guy. You helped me to do more and be more than I thought I could. You believed in me—which was one of your greatest gifts to me, and you influenced the direction of my life for the cause of Jewish evangelism in a permanent way.
A telling measure of your reach in my life is the way I have asked myself in unfamiliar difficult circumstances, “What would Moishe do?”
I do take exception to your claim that you are an “ordinary” man who made himself available to God. I believe you are an extraordinary man who made himself available to God. Either way, I am eternally grateful for you and know that God has used you to change the world in general (Jews for Jesus is talked about around the world in many languages), and change lives (including mine) in particular.
My heart is full of gratitude and love when I think of you.
I want to join the choir of the people who salute you this evening through the launching of the book: “A Tribute to Moishe”—even though “joining the choir” isn’t what I will remember when I think of you. You have done things your way and not by “joining the choir.” There were times when I was grateful for that and for your courage to take the other side and be the other voice. It pushed us forward. And then there were times when I felt embarrassed because of your frank and unpolished reaction to something I did or said.
But I have never doubted your motive and your commitment and concern for what brought us together: A love for Jesus/Yeshua and the Jewish people and a desire to share the gospel with them.
I am especially grateful for all you have done for LCJE and for me personally as the international coordinator. Without you and your faithfulness to our small network LCJE would not be what it is today and my job as coordinator would have been very different. You have encouraged me more than I think you know, not only by what you have said but more than anything by being faithful and making our network a priority also in times when your personal resources were limited.
I wish you God’s blessings and I thank God for the blessing you have been to LCJE and in my own life—b’shem Yeshua!
Both Madeline and I are deeply indebted to Brother Moishe Rosen. We remember when, many years ago, Moishe was a staff member of the ABMJ and hired us to serve as missionaries with the ABMJ.
Eliezer Urbach and I were hired at the same time. Moishe took us to the east side of New York City and purchased for us our first Passover Kit. I still use that same Passover Kit to this day. In fact, the very first Passover demonstration we attended was conducted by Brother Moishe Rosen.
While I was serving as a regional director in Los Angeles, CA, Moishe would frequently come by our house for fellowship and would share his expertise and sound advice. We are also very thankful to Moishe for his kindness shown to my brother, the late Dr. Louis Goldberg. Our prayers for Moishe are that God will continue to strengthen and use him for His glory in these last days.
Thank you, Moishe, in our Messiah’s love,
Daniel (and Madeline) Goldberg
Thank you for choosing to reach out and touch our lives. I had always been inspired by your wisdom and passion as communicated in your writings, but would never have suspected that God would put it on your heart to bless us with the gift of your friendship. It has been an honor and privilege, at times even a lifeline that sustained me in ways you couldn’t have known.
When I was going through my own bout with cancer, you sent me a handwritten letter to encourage me, letting me know you care, and in a very tender way suggesting means by which I could glorify God in my situation. It came at a time when I felt very much alone and life felt empty. God used you to remind me that every season of our lives holds opportunities for growth, insight, and ministry. I found a mission field at the oncology department. I also felt warmed by your love in a way that I hadn’t felt since I lost my father. We began to communicate, and you took as much interest in what I had to say as I did in hearing from you, though I couldn’t imagine why.
You have been a father figure to me—insightful, nurturing and selflessly loving. I’ve never worked for Jews for Jesus, nor been in a position to give something to you . . . yet you have invested in me and made me feel loved and protected in ways I hadn’t felt since losing my parents. I could be honest and vulnerable, and counted it an extraordinary blessing that you shared with me your thoughts and feelings as well. Not only did you directly minister to me, but you introduced other people into our lives who have either already become significant, or whom I believe (as you must already) will become significant to us.
I wish we could be with you on this occasion. I am sure there will be “standing room only.” Though I was sick and had laryngitis, which limited our visit with you this past summer, I was still blessed beyond my ability to communicate in words. Scott felt welcomed into the warm embrace of the hospitality we received and more appreciative of the significant role you have played in my life. As for me, I am still processing the affirmation I received in being anointed for ministry and its impact on me. As a child receiving a blessing bestowed upon her by an instructive and loving father . . . I have been richly blessed. We have both been touched by your generosity of time, attention and affection. How can we possibly communicate our appreciation for the blessing you have been in our lives? May our God and Savior reward you in kind.
Much love, prayers and gratitude,
Heidi and Scott Affrime
I am very sorry I cannot be with you for the book launch, but I am stuck here in cold, wet, windy England, winding up the end of our college term, and getting ready for my daughter Rebekah’s wedding at the weekend.
It has been a great privilege to contribute something to your Festschrift, and I hope it meets with your favour. As well as benefiting personally from your leadership, mentoring and friendship over the years, I have often been aware of your role as an unacknowledged but significant theological thinker within the Messianic Jewish world, and the chapter I wrote raises some of the issues about the centrality of Y’shua in Messianic Jewish theology that are dear to your heart.
I do hope you are enjoying this day. Monica, Rebekah, Joshua and I send our love, greetings and best wishes to you and all your family and friends who are present.
Thank you, Moishe, for being the inspiration to so many of us. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you.
In our Messiah,
Jews for Jesus
European Board of Directors
I treasure you among my dearest friends, and although we see little of each other, you are always in my thoughts. Not only do I have such fond memories of myself and family being with you and Ceil in Los Angeles in the sixties, but immensely enjoyed our get togethers when you later moved to San Francisco.
Before Jews for Jesus was even a kernel of thought, I recall you opening your home to young people, many of whom had nowhere else to go; both you and Ceil were so kind and hospitable and I recall the always available nosh on your table to feed them.
Moishe. I will always thank our dear Yeshua for you.
Moishe is extraordinary, not only because he married us, but when I think of him, I think of a loving rock of faith, unchanging and immovable. Thank you for always being there and available for us in times of need. I number you among the special few God-filled Christians we are fortunate to have in our lives.
You are dearly loved.
Mazel Tov on the launch of Jews and the Gospel at the End of History: A Tribute to Moishe Rosen, a tribute well deserved! I hope you are surrounded (in a comfortable manner) by friends and family and that this evening brings you great joy.
Let me say that you are probably the hardest, most compassionate leader I’ve ever served under. Hardest, in that you always challenged me to be more and do more. In the Berkeley (San Francisco) branch office I hung a fireman’s hat next to the phone and would wear it when you called, figuring I’d soon have a fire to put out! But I also remember when our family van’s engine burnt up . . . taking out your checkbook and writing a check to help me replace the engine. I will always remember that act of kindness and generosity.
Thank you for being God’s servant and following Him down the roads where He has led you.
Many blessings in Messiah,
Stephen (and Laura) Katz
Jews for Jesus
My first extended memory of time with Moishe was during the Operation Birthday Cake campaign in 1976. We went over to the Laundromat together, and Moishe asked me what I was doing in my life and we made some small talk. In the Laundromat, the machines were the kind that is front-loaders with transparent round windows so you can see the laundry inside. I can’t remember if it was the wash cycle or the dry cycle but as the laundry spun around, Moishe said, “Isn’t that wonderful? The way the laundry is spinning around?” I wasn’t sure exactly what Moishe thought was wonderful about it, so I asked if he liked machines. He answered that what he liked was life. I remember that response to this day, because the fact is that I also like to watch laundry spinning in a dryer and I even like Laundromats.
I’ve learned a lot over the years from spending time with Moishe and one thing I have taken away is that there is always something to like about any person. People are life, the laundry is the clothes of the people, and as we tumble through life we need to value what others can bring to us. I don’t know that I’ve come close to Moishe’s ability to appreciate other people, but it’s an area I would like to grow in. Thanks, Moishe. Maybe we need a Laundromat tract.
Jews for Jesus
Jeannie and I are blessed to see this day. Your contribution to the field of evangelism is engraved on the hearts of people like Jeannie and me. Your zeal for the Lord and example in unflinching witness has molded our lives.
The work you encouraged was not just on the street corners and pulpits, but in the classroom and study chambers as well. Your encouragement to study God’s Word and commitment to enable me and Jeannie to formally study God’s Word is our debt to you and our praise to God.
May many people be inspired by this new book dedicated to your example. I am sure many saints who proceeded us into the Kingdom will give a hearty amen to your dedication to evangelism of our people and encouraging others to do the same.
With love in the Messiah,
Efraim and Jeannie Goldstein
Jews for Jesus
I wanted to congratulate you on the book. I am so sorry that I was not able to make it out in person to be with you. But I rejoice from a distance with you at all the Lord has used you to accomplish for the true gospel of our Lord.
I also started thinking about all that I am thankful for when it comes to you.
The following list is certainly not exhaustive, but it hits some of the high points of all that I feel for you and how grateful I am for God bringing you into my life in His sovereign grace.
1. I am thankful for your offering me the opportunity to serve on the JFJ Board beginning in 1987. The experience has been a rich and rewarding one. I have been spiritually challenged, intellectually stimulated and personally blessed by the relationships God has given me on the Board. It has given me a chance to give back to the work of Jewish evangelism in a way that I treasure. I thank you for having the kind of confidence in me that you did.
2. I am thankful for your teaching me how to run a ministry based on principles and not expediency.
3. I am thankful for your giving me the chance to serve as chaplain on the New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign for two years and to get the amazing exposure to evangelism on the streets of New York City that I did. I still regard those two weeks for two straight years as one of the highlights of my ministry life and career.
4. I am thankful for your hosting my family in 1987 at the Hospitality House and having us to your home for dinner. Your graciousness and kindness are still remembered fondly by Brenda and my two oldest boys who were there. You have also allowed my family to enjoy the hospitality of JFJ on subsequent occasions and we will never forget it.
5. I am thankful for your inspirational leadership in the cause of Jewish evangelism.
6. I am thankful for your championing me as a leader and a teacher of the Word. You have inspired me to reach higher and dig deeper and try harder to be all that I could be for the Lord.
7. I am thankful that you and I could have conversations as two ministry leaders, without the petty judgments on one another that more immature believers might have made. It was refreshing to have a peer to talk to freely.
In summary, I am thankful for Moishe Rosen–for his friendship, his concern for my life and ministry, and his affection for me and my family personally.
May God bless and keep you, Moishe!
Jews for Jesus U.S. Board of Directors
I hope that you, Ceil and your family enjoyed Thanksgiving together this year. I know that Thanksgiving is your favorite non-biblical holiday!
If memory serves me, I believe one of the projects on the U.S. Board of Directors docket when I first joined the board in mid-2002 was the development of the Moishe Rosen Festschrift. Candidly, when I joined the board, I had no idea what a Festschrift was, or what the terms hermeneutics or exegesis meant. I am still learning for sure.
I am delighted to hear that that the book is now complete. I am particularly excited to read it, as I am sure that it advances our understanding of evangelism, eschatology, and ethics. For I know that your desire is to always move forward in our thinking and our creativity; looking back is only helpful if it enables us to look ahead.
With respect, admiration and love,
Jews for Jesus U. S. Board of Directors
It must have been in the mid-1950s when my late husband met Moishe, who was known then as Martin. Isaac, a Sephardic refugee from the Holocaust, had encountered Jesus through a rescue mission in Fresno and was an eager young believer. When he visited Los Angeles he got in touch with Martin, a missionary to the Jews, and spoke often about Martin’s invitation to accompany him to a famous square in downtown L.A. to speak about Jesus to anyone who would listen. Isaac admired Martin’s boldness but felt uncomfortable about being so bold himself.
In the late 1960s we saw signs in downtown Berkeley advertising Jews for Jesus with Moishe’s name attached and wondered whether Martin was using his Hebrew name. When we found that Martin and Moishe were the same person, we began contributing to Jews for Jesus. Through the years we have been encouraged and inspired by the intelligence, creativity, and boldness of your organization’s determination to make Jesus known to the Jewish people. Intelligence, creativity, boldness and determination that were characteristics of Martin when Isaac first met him
One of Moishe’s characteristics that impressed me most was his ability to size up a situation and take a bold stand. He had a gifted ability to assess and evaluate situations on the spot and know just what action was required. With a glance, he could quantify and make measured judgments, a sort of keen sense.
As an example, I experienced this often when we were traveling and visiting other congregations and ministries. There was this particular Jewish mission that was going under financially. We attended their meeting regarding possible options and whether or not they should dissolve the ministry.
We listened and listened to speaker after speaker whine on and on about how poor the mission was doing and that there was no funding and nobody knew what to do to get the mission back on its feet. It was like air slowly escaping from a balloon.
After a reasonable amount of time and after each person in a leadership role had said their piece, it was Moishe’s turn. Moishe walked slowly up to the podium and began to tell a story; after he had said a few words he concluded, “I am going to write a check from my personal account to this ministry for $500 tonight. Who else sitting here will donate $500 tonight, please raise your hand.” I couldn’t believe he was asking each person to commit to $500! He stood there quietly waiting.
I could not believe the dramatic change in energy Moishe so swiftly brought to the entire audience. I was amazed 1) that he would put everybody personally on the spot and hold them accountable, and 2) he could pick the precise amount to ask for to get a number of hands to commit and not back down.
His precision was evidenced by the slow reluctance of the attendees to slowly turn from a “no” to a “yes” and after what seemed to be several minutes, one by one many people raised their hands and committed. Nobody seemed to be committing at first, but Moishe refused to back down.
After he stood there patiently, everybody got the hint that he was not going to leave until people started committing. It got really uncomfortable! It was like he just knew the correct tipping point. I don’t know where the ministry is now, but I do know that after that experience, those attendees were not just financially invested; they were actually personally invested in the success of that ministry.
Eulogies are usually given at funerals for the departed. But the Bible always uses the word “eulogia” for speaking good words/bestowing blessings upon the living. So this is a personal eulogy for my friend, Moishe.
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, ONE THOUSAND NINE-HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN I met Moishe Rosen (then Martin Meyer) in St. Louis, Mo. He was the speaker at a weekly Christian Business Men’s luncheon outreach to Jews that met in a downtown hotel.
Afterwards, he invited me, a newly ordained Presbyterian pastor to accompany him to Covenant Theological Seminary. Along the way I asked him what time the appointment was and he said he didn’t have one. That sounded strange. When we arrived at the President’s office the secretary announced him and we were surprisingly, immediately ushered in. During the next twenty minutes of discussion with Dr. Raybourn, Moishe obtained a commitment of ten of the seminary’s best students for the summer outreach campaign. I was puzzled how he pulled that off.
Driving back to the hotel he said “So . . . what did you learn?” Duh! I stumbled through an awkward answer. Then he promptly told me what I had really learned. Along the way, he took out his familiar Dictaphone and started dictating directives that concerned our visit. That was different for I had never come across a minister who incorporated a business ethic into ministry. As we were nearing our destination, he casually asked, “So what do you think?” I said, “I think you’re weird,” to which he gave his usual non-emotional response, shook my hand, said he would call later and drove off.
And that was the beginning of almost 50 years of adventures with him; constant and continual adventures that have brought nothing but surprises, joy and plenty of nachas.
There’s just not enough time to describe the trip to LA later that year when I met Ceil, his two very delightful young daughters, Lynne and Ruth, and their dog Lotzi. An introduction not only into a Jewish world that I had never known but meeting so many other Jewish believers. That was a wow(!) experience.
I vividly remember every place we have traveled to together all over the world and every conversation verbatim that we’ve ever had. Really! On a few occasions he has said things that were sometimes profound; little things that have stayed with me all of my life and have been guiding lights.
Always go with known people
Never go into debt for a depreciating commodity
If you can’t afford it, you don’t need it
Just do your work and keep your nose clean
And . . . The buck stops here.
Did you know that that landed in the White House on the desk of President Harry Truman? Moishe, did he ever acknowledge that he got that one from you?
During the years we have continued to be in close touch. He mostly, always taking the initiative, reaching out to me with his postcards, letters and numerous phone calls.
I have sought him out so many, many times for advice and help especially during difficult times, which were frequent. He was ALWAYS there for me and has on more than one occasion instantaneously dictated a needed sermon, a beautiful wedding service, a funeral, eulogies and direction in solving insurmountable problems. He showed me to do things with my daughters, like taking them out on dates, that to this day, they relish. A number of years ago I was confronted with one of the most challenging horrendous crises that any man could ever face—going bald. I went to him and said, “Will this mean that I won’t anymore just be another pretty face in the crowd?” To which he replied, “No, it will only make you look more distinguished.” What a comfort that was . . . and I actually believed it at the time!
Another occasion was when my congregation in Philadelphia was going through some difficult times and I was really lost as to what to do. He guided me step by step on that one and all eventually turned out well. Later, after most of the congregation had evacuated he wryly commented that he had heard of pastors leaving their congregation but this was the first time he could ever recall in the annals of church history that an entire congregation had left their pastor. When you think about it, that’s really funny!
Moishe, dearest friend, how I am going to miss you! You are the brother, uncle, grandfather I have always searched for. You have helped me and so many, many others to appreciate and enjoy the seven real wonders of the world: to see, to hear, to touch, to feel, to laugh, to love and the greatest and most wonderful . . . to experience God’s amazing love and grace.
It is our distinct pleasure to congratulate you on the occasion of the book, Jews and the Gospel at the End of History, being published as a tribute in your honor! Your life has been a wonderful example for us of consistent witnessing both in season and out. We shall be forever grateful for the way God has used you to influence our lives. Jews for Jesus has had a clear witness that has gone around the world.
We regret we could not be there in person to help honor you.
Sincerely in Him,
Melvin and Lila Kern
We will be eternally grateful for the opportunity that Moishe and the Jews for Jesus Board of Directors gave us in 1994 when they opened the door for us to become chaplains to such a wonderful group of Jewish believers. We were surprised when Moishe called Warren on the phone and said he wanted to talk with us about considering taking the job after Warren’s retirement from Valley Baptist Church was official. Although Warren has now been in heaven over ten years, I know I speak for both us as I share some thoughts about a great man and friend that God used mightily in our lives.
Moishe and Ceil are not only friends, colleagues in ministry, but also definitely mentors and teachers to us and many, many others. They worked as a team as we did, each bringing their own God-given abilities to the ministry. Both are excellent writers and their books and articles have prodded me on to excellence in serving our Messiah. First and foremost Moishe is a teacher and he often shared with me on many subjects. I vividly remember him teaching me one time about some artistic work of which I was completely ignorant as we ate together at a restaurant.
Moishe is also an encourager. When he interviewed us about the chaplaincy, and we confessed our complete ignorance of Jewish culture, he encouraged us to attend the training in Chicago for the New York yearly campaign, and assured us our work with Italians in our first pastorate in Monterey was good preparation and that we’d learn as we went along. He pointed us to Psalm 92:14, “They shall still bear fruit in old age.” I still have and treasure the small brass disc he gave us with that verse on it. We were sure it was time to retire from Valley, but unsure of what the next ministry step should be. But God in His wisdom and kindness knew that we would love being a part of a group like JFJ that reaches out to His chosen people. We already loved Israel, having led six tours to the Middle East!
Thank you, Moishe, for your part in helping us to become a part of the Jews for Jesus family! A very large part of my adjustment to having my husband go to heaven before me and to again becoming a single woman goes to the opportunities I’ve been given to continue to serve our Lord in both JFJ and Valley Baptist Church. As the years add up, my activity in both areas lessen, but through prayer I am still an active part in both ministries, for which I am deeply grateful and—who knows—maybe more effective!!
In the June issue last year of the Jews for Jesus Newsletter, Moishe wrote the lead article on “Adversity Brings Opportunity.” As usual I agree with most of the things he says, but again he is teaching me and reminding me of truths I know or have not applied as fully as I should to my life. I too feel as he said, “I can truly say to God, ‘Giving myself to You was the best deal I ever got. The life that You’ve given me in return has been bountiful and beautiful.’” We are very close to the same age and I too “hope for the courage to die in a way that will put the seal on the meaning of my life.”
With a grateful heart,