Jewish Voice has been in the middle of a massive undertaking to bring our Hear O’ Israel Jewish Festival of Music & Dance to the city of Kharkov, Ukraine later this year.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances in the region and nation where the Festival was to be held, our plans had to change. Although we had written permission from the city of Kharkov, we had to postpone the event due to conflict with key authorities in the area who remained opposed to us putting on the festival.
This opposition was unexpected, but my resolve remains. Ukraine is a volatile country right now, but with great needs, and many are spiritually open due to the conflict and uncertainty they face.
We are committed to prayerfully exploring other major Jewish population centers in the world where the Lord might be opening a door and calling us to reach our Jewish people through this Festival outreach. Exciting news is on the way!
Again, thank you so much for your prayers and your sacrificial giving. We will prevail, and Yeshua will be glorified!
Hear O’ Israel! Festivals of Music & Dance
For more than two decades, our large-scale, international Hear O’ Israel! Festivals of Jewish Music & Dance have combined traditional Jewish music and dance with powerful proclamation of the Good News to reach more than 600,000 people in communities with a Jewish population in Eastern Europe, India, and South America. More than half those who have attended one of these festival events are Jewish.
These inspiring, Spirit-filled events have featured the talents of Messianic worship leader Paul Wilbur, violinist Maurice Sklar, and a host of Messianic dancers and musicians. The result is that more than a quarter of a million people have responded to the creative proclamation of the Good News through these events.
While the artists and dancers prepare during the week prior to performing, our faithful volunteer outreach partners are praying and inviting people to the shows. They hand out flyers, engage local shop owners, and share the Gospel as they extend invitations to the festival. We’ve had more than 1,500 outreach partners come from around the world to be a part of our festival teams. They are involved in everything from street outreach, mini-concerts, home and hospital visits, and prayer.
At the end of each performance, Jonathan Bernis delivers a stirring message presenting Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah longed for by the Jewish People and given for the sin of us all. Prayer counselors minister to those who come forward in response. Local congregations disciple new Believers and follow-up with everyone who expressed interest in learning more about Jesus.
Why We Go
There is no more important time to share the Good News of salvation than this very moment. Ministering a message of love, hope, and eternal life, Jewish Voice Festivals leave a lasting legacy of spiritual growth and creativity, as well as a spirit and passion for following God – all absolute necessities for any Believer facing persecution and the hatred birthed of anti-Semitism.
No one knows how long our windows of opportunity will remain open. Now is the time to take the Gospel message, before it’s too late.
God is preparing hearts even now to receive invitations from our street outreach team. He is working to bring them to the Festival to uplift their heavy hearts and point them to Yeshua the Messiah.
These Festivals also support the growth of local Messianic Jewish congregational networks as post-Festival follow-up and discipleship of new Jewish Believers builds the Messianic community in the areas where we hold Festivals. There is much to these events, and outreach partners are the foundation that make them successful.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Must be a Believer in Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah
- Must submit the required documents (passport, photo, travel itinerary, and a Pastoral Recommendation Form).
- Must be able to perform the following tasks without the assistance of another person or a walking aid multiple times a day, without needing to rest for an extended period of time: walk 15 consecutive minutes, climb 4 flights of stairs, and stand for one hour (to name a few).
HEAR O’ ISRAEL! FESTIVAL OUTREACH: Postponed
Pricing is not available at this time
Registration is not available at this time
The Full Package includes the round trip cost of travel from New York, JFK airport, food, lodging, and in country transportation.
The Land Package includes food, lodging, and in country transportation. Participants are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from Kharkov, Ukraine. We suggest you use our travel agency to reduce costs as they are often able to provide humanitarian airfares. Please contact Suzanne at Travel Leaders at 425.787.6388.
In addition to the package cost, you will be responsible for the following costs.
- Passport - A passport is required to travel. Fees vary.
- Domestic Airfare to/from the gateway city. Costs vary.
- Domestic Hotel in the gateway city if you choose to fly in the day before the international flight departs.
- Personal Spending Cash – The amount will vary depending on how much personal shopping you intend to do.
There are several ways to raise money for the outreach. Your church, family, and friends may want to help fund your trip. There are several online resources that provide information about how to write fundraising letters and other creative ways to pay for a mission trip.
If you plan to have people donate funds on your behalf directly to Jewish Voice, please ask them to process their payments as noted below.
- Check payments: In the memo of the check include: participant’s name, the name of the trip Mail check to: Jewish Voice Ministries, Attn: International Coordinator, PO Box 81439, Phoenix, AZ 85069
- Credit card payments: Call the International Coordinator, or Make payment through the registration website
Yes. Our volunteers come from all over the world. The Land Package is designed to accommodate people living outside of North America.
All participants are required to complete the online application and submit the following documents to Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI). Your registration is not complete until all the required documents are submitted.
- Color copy of passport. The passport must be valid for 6 months after travel dates.
- Color photo
- Pastoral Recommendation Form
- Flight/Travel Itinerary
- Earplugs for sleeping
- Shower shoes
- Alarm clock
- Toiletries and other personal hygiene products
- One or two sets of nice clothes for the 3 day festival
JVMI Staff are not medically trained and therefore, it is our policy to refer you to your doctor and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding what vaccinations are needed. Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. To have the most benefit, see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect. Even if you have less than four weeks before you leave, you should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.
We will be staying at a local hotel where you will share a room with another participant. Private rooms are sometimes available for an additional cost. Please let the International Event Coordinator know if you prefer a private room. All rooms are equipped with a bathroom, shower, and beds.
The day starts with a morning devotional service. During the day, there is typically an option to be in continuous prayer, led by the Prayer Director, at either the hotel or an offsite location in the festival city. Another team will be out inviting people to the festival. This is a great opportunity to share the Good News of Yeshua face-to-face with the Jewish and Gentile people of the city. Our teams are usually stationed near major venues, train stations, and universities for several hours a day. During the festival, volunteers work on our prayer team, as ushers, or as stage hands. There may be some scheduled time for shopping and sightseeing.