Eli Birnbaum is the Israel Director. Eli Birnbaum has been leading our Children, Youth, and Young Adult team for the last six years and has been overseer of the Moishe Rosen Center since its conception. He is an astute and insightful thinker who has a heart to serve and strategically find ways to minister to people no matter where they spiritually stand in life. Eli came to believe in Yeshua at a very young age, as his father was a pastor. He was born in the U.S. and moved with his family to Israel at the age of seven. Although as a child Eli was indifferent toward his faith, his passion for God was rekindled while attending a summer camp as a teenager. He returned to school, started sharing about the Lord with his friends, and soon became known as the “missionary.” Eli joined Jews for Jesus in 2009, after completing his mandatory military service. He then developed the branch’s ministry to soldiers and youth and helped found our Israeli Massah program, which focuses on reaching young Israelis as they travel through India and South America. He showed great leadership ability early on and was tasked in the planning, designing, and renovating of the Moishe Rosen Center. Upon its completion, Eli was promoted in 2013 to oversee the center and the Children, Youth, and Young Adult department and those who serve there. Eli has his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Open University and is currently in his second year of studies for his MA in Biblical & Theological studies at Western Seminary. He has been married to his wife Shoshana, who also serves with our ministry, since 2011. They have one son and another child on the way.
Chief Operating Officer
Dan Sered was born in Israel to a secular Jewish family and later relocated to the United States while he was in his teens. Dan attended Stony Brook University in New York where he met Dinah, a Jewish believer in Jesus who showed him how Yeshua (Jesus) fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah. Dan’s eyes were opened and he committed his life to the Lord. In 1999, Dan & Dinah were married and soon after began serving as missionaries, joining Jews for Jesus and later moving to Israel. In 2006, Dan became the Israel Director of Jews for Jesus, which quickly became the largest branch of the ministry worldwide. In 2019, Dan was appointed as a Chief Operating Officer for the organization and specifically supervises the day-to-day efforts of the branches in Europe, South Africa, Israel, and Australia. Dan received his M.A. in Ministry and Leadership from Western Seminary and his D. Min. in Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the President of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism and serves as Co-Catalyst for Jewish Evangelism in the Lausanne Movement. Dan is also an adjunct professor at Israel College of the Bible in Netanya and helps to pastor All Nations Church; a vibrant and growing congregation in the Tel Aviv area. He & Dinah have 3 children; Yael, Eithan, and Yoav.
Alexander came to faith at the age of 20 during his military service and self-search. As a man who grew up most of his life in a secular home, he did not have much knowledge of religion, and so he wanted to learn about it. While acquainted with Judaism, he read the Bible and discovered that it is not just a historical book but a book full of life truths, facts, and prophecies. One promise caught his eye: “31 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their … My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel … I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Jer. 31:31-33) Here the prophet speaks of an eternal covenant, God-made. The Lord Himself put it in the heart of man. The desire to live in this covenant with God, made Alexander continue to search, and at one point met Messianic Jews and discovered the New Testament book. There he found Yeshua - Jesus, who came out against the traditional religious hypocrisy and pointed to the need to love God with all the heart as he loves us. Yeshua promises peace and relationships with God through his sacrifice on the cross. Alexander found a personal relationship with God through Yeshua. Today Alexander is a member of a local messianic community, continuing to learn about God and wanting to tell others about the way he did. Since 2011, he has been serving with Jews for Jesus Israel as the missionary and leader of the missionary team in Tel Aviv. He is married to Svetlana, who serves next to him in Israel; they have two kids. During 2019 Alexander completed a BA in Theological studies.
Missionary & Trainer
Yoel Ben David has believed in Jesus since July, 2001. Yoel was born in Israel although he was raised in Europe. His mother is Jewish and is from Morocco; his father, who is not Jewish, hails from Scotland. Yoel speaks, reads and writes English, French and Hebrew fluently.
Chaim Birnbaum was raised in a Messianic home. His Family moved from the United States to Israel when Chaim was very young. While he received Jesus at an early age, as a teen he was the “wildest” of his siblings. At age eighteen, Chaim repented at an Israeli youth conference and became serious about serving the Lord. Chaim led several youth groups and was involved with ministry in Africa for two and a half months before beginning an internship with Jews for Jesus. He planned and organized a unique outreach from the Moishe Rosen Center in Tel Aviv, inviting graffiti artists to show their art! Chaim is serving with Jews for Jesus on Massah for four years, a discipleship/outreach journey that reaches Israeli trekkers around the world. Chaim’s older brother Eli leads the Jews for Jesus young adult ministry in Israel. Chaim is currently serving in Tel-Aviv as a young adults ad youth leader.
Director of the Moishe Rosen Center
The Rosen Center is an amazing space that has enabled us to bless our neighborhood and live out our faith in public and as meaningful contributors to other people’s lives. We get to celebrate the creativity and freedom we have found in our relationship with God and make ourselves available to share the hope we have in Jesus. Our staff will continue to explore ways in which this space can be used to redeem and bring together, enrich and enable, spiritually and materially.
Valeriy grew up in a small mining town in the USSR (now Ukraine). The Citizens of the town knew him as an ill-behaved and quite unpredictable person. He had burnt many bridges even with his family. During a time of prayer in a small Evangelic community, where he thought he had come by chance, Valeriy suddenly saw the Calvary and crucified Jesus Christ. The eyes of the Lord were full of suffering and endless love. He decided then to follow Jesus and to turn away from the life he had lived before. He began serving in church, hosting a home group, and reading the Bible at the mine where he worked. Valeriy also had a longing to know about the Jewish roots of his faith, which eventually led him to Jews for Jesus and his heart to share the Gospel. He became a missionary in 1999, and met his wife Tatiana at a Shabbat meeting two years later. In 2015, they moved to Israel where Valeriy continues to serve as the leader of the Russian-Speaking General Missionary Team.
Miri Dolinsky was born in Russia and grew up in a believing family. Her parents came to faith when she was only a baby. At age 5, she immigrated to Israel with her family and moved to the small city of Nazareth Illit in the north of the country. Her family quickly joined a local Messianic congregation of which they are still a part. Being an immigrant wasn’t easy and often made her feel like an outsider. By age 15, she came to realize that the relationship her parents had with the Lord was not her own, and decided to seek after Yeshua for herself! After coming to faith, God restored her confidence and gave her a new identity in Him. She and her friends even began a prayer group at school. Towards the end of her mandatory military service, Miri heard about Jews for Jesus’ Massah (Journey) program where a team of young believers adventure to India and South America to meet with travelers and share their faith. That year, she was one of the first team member to sign up, and even helped lead a team the following year. Since 2016, Miri has served on our Youth and Young Adult Missionary team at the Moishe Rosen Center where she ministers at a weekly kids club, an inter-congregational youth group, and a Bible Study for soldiers. She loves building personal connections with those she serves and inspiring them in their walk of faith.
Ofer Levy is a missionary at the Tel Aviv branch of Jews for Jesus. A native Israeli, Ofer has lived and served in Israel, New York, and California. He and his wife, Sarah, have two sons: Ely and Matthew.
Vladimir Mitnitsky was born in Ukraine. At the age of fifteen, he made aliyah to Israel without his parents (his father is Jewish). Although he knew about Jesus, he didn't believe in him as in the promised Messiah. He studied in Yeshiva (religious high school) for three years. There he was challenged by the rabbis to think about the Jewish Messiah who would bring redemption and peace to his people. Although he was taught to do good deeds (mitzvahs), Mitnitsky didn't have peace in his heart. He came to faith in Jesus at the age of twenty after he read prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament. He graduated from college with a professional diploma in engineering. But when he volunteered with Jews for Jesus on the streets of New York City and Israel, he felt God's calling to do evangelism to his Jewish people. After participating in four Jews for Jesus witnessing campaigns, three in Israel, Mitnitsky joined the Jews for Jesus staff as a full-time missionary in 2009. He met his wife Yulia during a New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign and they were married in 2010. They welcomed the birth of their first child, Natanel in early 2013.
Sheer was born in Canada to a Jewish mother and a Canadian father. Shortly after she was born her mom came to faith in Jesus and her family relocated to Israel. Growing up in a Messianic home she always believed in God but didn’t know what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Eventually her family moved back to Canada. During this time and through the guidance of youth leaders, Sheer understood that God was her father and that she could have a personal relationship with him. This is when she accepted Jesus as her Savior. After high school Sheer moved back to Israel and joined the military. During her military service she faced challenges to her faith and almost left her faith. She knew she had to make a decision; either live for God or against Him. Deep in her heart Sheer knew God was real and made a final decision to follow him. A few months after finishing the military service Sheer became an intern with Jews for Jesus’s youth ministry. She knew she wanted to do something meaningful in her life and she really had a passion for youth and children. Sheer now leads weekly Children Bible clubs, summer vacation Bible schools for kids and serves in gospel based events. She loves building personal relationships with the kids she serves, answer questions they have about God and see them grow in their faith.
Avigail was born in Israel. Her father is Israeli and her mother is Finnish (converted to Judaism). Avigail became a believer in Jesus in 2004. Soon Avigail was sharing her faith with others and she felt God calling her to reach her Jewish people. She left Finland and moved to Israel. Avigail participated in several of our outreach events before joining our missionary staff. Avigail is married to Markus and together they have a son.
Sahar was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was born into a traditional Jewish family, but he had a very low view of God. Events and hardships began to soften his heart, however, when, in his late teens, he was exposed to the New Testament and to Jesus. Sahar read about who Jesus was and what He did and could not stay indifferent to His wisdom, His compassion and His love. As a Jew, he never knew who Jesus really was and what God had done through His death and resurrection. After few years, in 2014 Sahar joined a local church in Tel Aviv. Soon after, he realized and was bothered by the fact that there are millions of Jewish people who are exactly like he was, not knowing who Jesus really is because no one told them, neither at home nor in school. Therefore, God called Sahar to join a team of dedicated believers at Jews for Jesus who are eager to relentlessly pursue Jewish evangelism and make Jesus known to his Jewish brothers and sisters. In 2016, he began an internship with the ministry, and two years later, joined the staff. In 2018 Sahar married Maria and they welcomed their firstborn daughter, Thea.
Dinah is part of the direct evangelism team in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is passionate about studying the bible with others. Not only does she do one one-on-one Bible studies but she also hosts a weekly Hebrew speaking Bible study in her home. Dinah leads worship at her local congregation. She coordinates local events such as the ladies’ tea, clothing exchange, women’s Bible study and others! She is currently taking classes through Western Seminary for Masters of Arts with a focus on Pastoral Care for w/Women.
Roei Stanley was born in Canada. His father is Canadian and his mother is Israeli. They moved to Israel when Roei was three years old. Growing up, he went to church but never understood what it meant to have a relationship with God. After his military service, he had a lot of doubts about God and came close to giving up his faith. At the age of 21, he attended a Messianic conference. During the worship time, God opened his eyes and his heart. Roie has been growing in his relationship with Him ever since and is learning what it means to be a son and a disciple. He and his wife Katie served with YWAM for a number of years. He’s been helping to run our soldiers’ meetings as well as helping us host local community events. It’s been great having him help Jews for Jesus initiate community dinners and other projects that bring people together to better our neighborhood.
Danielle Stavi was born in Israel to a believing family and grew up close to Tel Aviv. At the age of 16, she went through a trying time, and understood that she didn’t really know the Lord. Danielle knew about God and what He desired of her, yet followed her own path. In 2009, at an army preparation conference organized by believers, Danielle realized that a life without God wasn’t worth living. She understood that He couldn’t be reached through her deeds, but only through the sacrifice made by Jesus. Suddenly, God filled her emptiness with joy, and even gave her boldness to share regularly about Him during her two years of army service. Danielle then participated in an intensive discipleship course and volunteered in a Christian hostel for backpackers in Amsterdam, before earning her B.A. in Social Work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. During the summer breaks, in the midst of her studies, she joined Jews for Jesus’ Massah (Journey) program where a team of young believers adventure to India and South America to meet with Israeli travelers and share their faith. In 2018, Danielle officially began working under the new Mekomi outreach of Jews for Jesus Israel. This group specifically reaches out to addicts, the homeless and prostitutes. With her education in Social work, Danielle is especially equipped to head up this new ministry focus. The group serves the street population with a goal to meet needs in the short term with hope for long term impact; Ultimately, Danielle desires to help others have a deeper revelation of who God is and to be bold in proclaiming Him as Lord of their lives.
Greg Williams was born in South Africa to a Jewish family who believes in Jesus. He was three years old when he and his family moved to Israel, and they have lived there ever since. When he was 13 years old, Greg attended a youth conference during which he felt God’s presence. He says, “Since that moment, I have seen God’s faithfulness in my life.” The closer he grew to God, the more Greg saw how important it is to help other young people understand the truth and reality of Yeshua (Jesus) Greg is planning to focus his ministry on youth and soldiers who come from believing backgrounds. He says, “The army can be a lonely place. It’s a stage of life when a lot of people lose their faith and forget God, so I have a particular burden to serve and minister to people in this trying time.”