Why I Celebrate Chanukah

iStock_000007213707LargeBy Jack Zimmerman,
Staff Evangelist for Jewish Voice

Ah, the aroma of potato pancakes frying in oil. This can mean only one thing—Chanukah has again arrived!

It’s that special time of year when we Jews celebrate the fact that when the Second Temple was desecrated around 164 B.C. by Antiochus and his troops, there was only enough oil to last for one day in the lampstand at the re-dedication ceremony. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days, and—voila!—there you go . . . instant Jewish holiday!

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York (the other Holy Land), I have memories of lighting another candle each night on the traditional Chanukah menorah. One day, however, the Zimmerman family took note that electricity had indeed been discovered, and that small screw-in bulbs rather than candles were much easier to use and didn’t drip like the candles did.

One year at Chanukah, we had a Chanukah bush. This is basically the Jewish version of a Christmas tree. On steroids.

Our response to the traditional Douglas fir at Christmas was a multi-colored metallic frilled bush, which could also be used to give you better reception on your television set, long after the holiday had ended and long before the advent of cable. (more…)

Woliso 2012 Outreach: Five Days of God’s Blessings

Woliso Ethiopia Photo by Sam Fontejon

Photo by Sam Fontejon

By Jonathan Gannon,
Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

Last week turned out to be one of the most fruitful weeks we have ever seen, thanks to the intense prayer from you and so many others.

We treated nearly 1,000 more patients than our Woliso, Ethiopia, outreach last year, including scores of sight restorative surgeries from our eye team. The clinic operated at an extremely efficient level with full dental care (extractions, cleanings, and fillings), eye care (cataract surgeries, eye saving optometry, and glasses dispensed), and medical care (pediatrics, general medicine, and gynecology). Our newest department, the Distribution Center, provided hundreds of men, women, and children with shoes, clothes, blankets, soap, and other necessities.

Our prayer team, lead by Rabbi Jack Zimmerman, did an incredible job sharing the Good News of Yeshua and praying for more than 30% of all patients—an outreach record.

I don’t recall seeing more life saving situations in any other clinic than we did in Woliso. In one such case a young teenage boy came to the clinic very near death. Derinda Walker, a registered nurse and director of our Nursing Station, told us that he would have died within one or two days if he had not come to the clinic. He suffered from a simple tooth infection that spread into his jaw. His entire body was inflamed with the toxins from the infection, leaving him unable to walk on his own. He was unrecognizable from the swelling in his face. We quickly provided him with the necessary life-saving antibiotics and fluids through an IV and rushed him to the nearest hospital for his JVMI-sponsored surgery.

His is just one of many, many cases. Each and every medical outreach reminds us of the significance of the critical work that we continue to do to bring relief to the suffering of Jewish and non-Jewish people around the world. (more…)

Standing on the Shoulders of Faithful Servants in Manipur, India

Ninghau and her grandson David receive help from Jewish Voice.

Ninghau and her grandson David receive help from Jewish Voice.

By Benjamin Levitt,
Jewish Voice Lead International Logistics Manager

DATELINE: Churachandpur Town, Manipur, India
Monday, October 31 at 5:56 a.m.

As I write, the golden-orange sun has just risen over the bamboo, banyan, and pine-covered hills that lie just east of Churachandpur. The air is chilly and moist, full of the smell of cooking fire as families prepare the first of the day’s two main meals outside quaint homes.

At the seminary where our team is staying, our participants anxiously sip coffee, take their morning bucket showers from pots of boiled water, and gather together to pray and prepare for the day.

Down the hill at the hospital, one hundred people are already lining up in the bamboo pole waiting lines—some with toothaches, some with cataracts or eye disease, some with stomach pain, some expecting children shortly . . . the list goes on. (more…)

Addis Video Part Six: For the Least of These

A five-day free medical clinic in a foreign country can be challenging. It takes a lot of effort—and lack of sleep—to attend to a projected 10,000 Ethiopian patients at our Jewish Voice medical clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In Addis Ababa: Part Six, Staff Evangelist Jack Zimmerman explains the magnitude of such a God-driven endeavor, and expresses gratitude toward all our partners and supporters who have been faithfully giving in order to help us reach out to the least of these in the name of Yeshua.

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JVMI Travels to Ethiopia to End ‘Wall of Death’

In the capital of Addis Ababa, a city of nearly 5 million people, there is a suburb about a half an hour north called Kechene. This is the location of our five-day Jewish Voice medical clinic where we are reaching the Beta Israel and Beta Avraham Jewish communities with free healthcare and the Messiah’s love.

In this edition of Jewish Voice online, Addis Ababa: Part Four, Jack Zimmerman, our Staff Evangelist and Addis Ababa Prayer Director, says, “There are many reasons why we are in this part of the country, and I think Jonathan Bernis touched on one of them some time ago when he spoke about the ‘wall of death’ in the synagogues in Addis Ababa.” Find out more about this ‘wall of death,’ and how God’s love compels us to travel halfway around the world to minister to some of the poorest of the poor on earth. (more…)

Follow the Online Video Action From Africa!

Learn more about our mission and vision to serve the Lost Tribes of Israel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with free medical care and the message of Yeshua (Jesus).

In this video, Jewish Voice President and CEO Jonathan Bernis and our Staff Evangelist Jack Zimmerman talk about the mission of JVMI and what God is doing in Africa.

Stay tuned for more video on this blog tomorrow and Friday too! (more…)

Ethiopia Video Update: Serving Impoverished Jewish Tribes

All this week on our blog, you will get to watch daily video updates explaining why we are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, how we are serving the Jewish community there through free healthcare and the Good News of Yeshua (Jesus), and what wonderful things God is doing to heal bodies and hearts.

You will hear from our President, Jonathan Bernis, and our Staff Evangelist, Jack Zimmerman. Enjoy each YouTube video, and be sure to check back every day for updates! (more…)