THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL UPDATE
A Note from Jonathan Bernis
Shalom, my friend.
As war, violence and natural disasters continue to impact the Jewish community, please continue to pray vigilantly and unceasingly for God’s peace and comfort.
We do not know what God in His wisdom has in store, only that He is working for our good – for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
I am grateful that despite the alarming news that continually bombards us, I see glimpses of His glory revealed through the work that we do together at Jewish Voice.
Today, more than ever, God’s Chosen People need to hear the message of Yeshua (Jesus) . . . for it is only through His hope that we can endure in the face of calamity, discrimination, animosity and other hardships that confront the Jewish people on a daily basis.
To say thank you to you for supporting our work during this time of so much upheaval and unrest in our world doesn’t seem enough sometimes.
Still, I say thank you with all my heart.
Please continue to pray for the work and ministry we share at Jewish Voice. And pray for God to open more doors to share the Good News of Yeshua (Jesus) with the Jewish people.
To the Jew first and also to the Nations,
President & CEO
Jewish Voice Ministries International
Israeli Foreign Minister Meets with Ukraine’s Zelensky to Discuss Iran
The Jerusalem Post reports that at a recent meeting, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to work together against their “common enemy,” Iran.
The meeting took place after Cohen’s packed one-day solidarity visit to Ukraine, in what was the first high-level visit of an Israeli official to the war-torn country since Russia’s invasion last year.
In his conversation with Zelensky and earlier in the day with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, Cohen publicly agreed to back Zelensky’s peace plan. However, he made it clear to the Ukrainian president that Israel does not plan to provide defensive weapons that could protect Ukrainian citizens against the armed Iranian drones Russia has launched against them.
Nevertheless, Zelensky issued a positive statement about Cohen’s visit, stating:
“Israel has always been our important partner in the Middle East. This is the first visit of an Israeli representative since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. We discussed deepening bilateral cooperation in various areas. I invite Israel to join the implementation of our Peace Formula; I am grateful for the humanitarian aid provided. We discussed the country’s participation in post-war reconstruction. Ukraine could use Israel’s experience.”
Other Updates Around the Globe
Fourteen Jews Rescued from Devastated Turkish City of Antakya
Fourteen Jews were rescued in Antakya, a city in southern Turkey, after the devastating earthquakes that recently hit the region. The community members from eight families – most of the city’s remaining Jews – were flown to Istanbul, where they will stay for the foreseeable future. “Even in the most difficult days following the disaster, members of Turkey’s Jewish community discovered unity, which has characterized the Jewish people throughout the generations,” Alexander Machkevitch, honorary president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, said.
Jewish Man Shot While Leaving Morning Prayers in Los Angeles
A Jewish man was shot just after leaving the morning prayer service in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to a report by The Forward. The suspected shooter is still at large.
Jewish Population in the U.S. Tops 8 Million, Study Says
The Jewish population in the United States topped 8 million in 2020, according to a new study published by the American Jewish Population Project (AJPP) at Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts, up from 5.5 million in the 90s.
Pray with Us This Week for:
- God to continue to protect innocent lives from the fighting in Ukraine and to bring a peaceful end to the invasion by Russia
- God to surround His people in Israel, who are constantly facing threats and violence from surrounding enemies
- God to bring His comfort to those who have been devastated by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
- Peace in the hearts and minds of the people of Israel and their enemies
- The Jewish people to recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah