Category Archives: Christian-Jewish Relations

Israel365 – Uniting People in Blessing the Land

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Psalm 133:1


Rabbi Tuly Weisz presenting gift bag to new immigrant.

Israel365 begins 2018 by celebrating their 5th Anniversary.  Somehow I can’t help thinking of the verses of Psalm 133 when I think of this work’s founder Rabbi Tuly Weisz and the team at Israel365, for they have created a a very good work – a worldwide community of people who are united in blessing Israel in so many different ways!

I love many things about Israel365. The site features articles, products from the Holy Land and inspiring Biblical verses and educational content, and they connect hundreds of thousands of people all over the world to Israel 365 days of the year.  If you subscribe, you can receive their newsletter everyday, and what a treat!  Although it is an Israeli site, Christians who get connected to this site pretty much rave about it.  Rabbi Tuly is a firm believer in the value of understanding and friendship between our Jewish and Christian faiths, and it shows in the many comments and feed back found as you browse the various parts of the site.

One of the things I love the most about Israel365 is that it gives those of us who love the Land and the people from afar so many opportunities to support the neediest of the needy through the Israel365 Charity Fund. Today their newsletter spotlights Colel Chabad who is providing food, heaters, blankets and warm clothing for hundreds of Israel’s poorest families. Israel365 is focusing on helping with the Colel Chabad Home Heating Program.  If you visit the link, you can make a donation and help an Israeli family. I was just reading about the verse from Genesis 12:3 which says, of Israel, “I will bless them who bless thee.” (The verse seems so often used by ministries on a broader scale, but it means more to me when we have an opportunity to be involved in a more personal way.) I’ve noticed that giving goes to the charity directly when you hit the link from Israel365.  Another reason that I so love Israel365.

Their Charity Fund supports many causes in Israel including, holiday food for the poor and underprivileged, Holocaust survivors, and victims of terror. They also plant thousands of trees every month in the Land of Israel.  If you haven’t yet discovered Israel365, I encourage you to visit them and subscribe to their newsletter. I didn’t get into all of the other amazing things you can find there or the news site they have founded – Breaking Israel News.  Another time!

The Monday’s Message picture at the top of the page gives us verse four from Psalm 37:

Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

This has been a scriptures that sustained me mightily during the earlier years of my walk with the Lord.  Now it sustains me even more because I know how true the words are!

I leave you with the following verse which is pure wisdom for those who love the LORD and desire to serve Him!

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass. ~Psalm 37:5

Blessed be the Holy One of Israel,

Nancy Montgomery

©2018 Nancy



Be Part of Amazing – OEUSA


You will arise and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to show favor to her;
the appointed time has come. Psalm 102:13


I finally got into my emails last night and just loved reading my letter from Operation Exodus USA!  The letter shared about a December 26th flight sent from the USA to Israel transporting members of Jewish communities making Aliyah with the help and support of the friends of Operation Exodus USA!    The regular stories and pictures shared from different individual Jews and Jewish families making their journey home to Israel that I receive monthly from OEUSA always bring great joy.  One testimony from a young adult in particular touched me:

“Making Aliyah has been over nine years in the making for me. Since I first visited Israel in 2008 after finishing high school, only 4 years after being told that I am Jewish.  As the child of immigrants who abandoned their Jewishness, and a descendant of Holocaust survivors, no country ever felt like home until I found Israel. I have lived in the UK, France, and the USA. All these places have been hospitable to me but never felt like home. In the UK and France, anti-Semitism is very real and I experienced this first hand at school when I was a teenager. This caused me to abandon my Jewish identity and practice for some years, instead focusing my Jewishness towards my studies, which lead me to complete a PhD in Israeli music. Only when I started to think about Aliyah as a real and viable option did I feel comfortable to return to religious practice. I was in Jerusalem this past summer, and it reminded me how wonderful it feels to have my identity be normalized, not to have to explain myself to anyone, to keep the mitzvot more easily and fully, as I consider it my duty. I also consider myself to be a Zionist and consider it important to contribute to a democratic Jewish state through my presence in the State of Israel.” ~Mili

There are many testimonies about why choices are made to make Aliyah.  Perhaps what touched me so deeply was Mili saying,  “how wonderful it feels to have my identity be normalized, not to have to explain myself to anyone…”  It brought tears to my eyes because it is true. Try as we might it remains, Anti-antisemitism is all over, in every country.  Mili has experienced in different countries something which should not exist in any country, yet it remains.  We Christians might think there is nothing personally we can do about it, but don’t become complaisant with evil.  The God we love is the very same God who has made a way for the Jewish people to go home to Israel.  Perhaps exploring Operation Exodus USA, which is a Christian organization, will give some insight into some of the prophetic words written about the Gentiles helping to bring the Jewish people back to the Land.  I will never forget when I first learned of Operation Exodus many years ago, and so much has happened since!  Watching God in action through a ministry such as this is a powerful witness to His great love for the Jewish people.  There is no time limit on amazing.

You can get involved with Operation Exodus USA anytime.  I added a video to tell about their work at the bottom of this  post.  Watch our friend Debra Minotti explain about the work and explore their site to learn more.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.
~Psalm 107:1-3


Visit Operation Exodus USA! Their website is full of information and opportunities to get involved in AMAZING!

Blessed be the Holy One of Israel,

Nancy Montgomery


Christians United for Israel In Ohio Sunday October 22, 2017

Toledo & Xenia, Ohio
Churches Host CUFI

Two Ohio churches are hosting Christians United for Israel Standing With Israel events on October 22, 2017. The first will be at the First Apostolic Church of Toledo for the morning service at 9:30 AM. Later in the day there will be a Standing With Israel evening event at 6 PM at The

Pastor Victor Styrsky

Lifeway Church in Xenia. The Keynote Speaker for both events is Victor Styrsky who has been a pastor, music director, and pro-Israel activist in Northern California for more than thirty years, and is the author of “Honest to God — The 10 Questions Jews Ask Christians.” Pastor Styrsky is Christians United for Israel’s Eastern Regional Coordinator, having assumed this position after serving several years as CUFI’s California Director. He is a frequent speaker at AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, college campuses, synagogues, churches and other pro-Israel organizations across the nation.

Pastor Styrsky is going to sit down with’s Founder Nancy Montgomery for a few minutes after the Xenia event for a bit of an afterglow from a time well spent in praise, worship and a timely message that can only bless Israel and those in attendance.  He will join Nancy in taping the first podcast for the next round of Radio.  Watch for our Archive Page which will have some of our best programs coming soon along with our new podcasts!


Haverim Staff


Israel’s Season to Celebrate

Every Jewish festival is celebrated with joy. Often there are additional emotions added to the mix: awe on Rosh Hashanah, regret on Yom Kippur, freedom from oppression on Passover. But the holiday of Sukkot is pure joy. In our prayers, we call it simply “the season of our rejoicing.”  ~Menachem Posher


In this limited edition serigraph, David Sharir creates an artistic representation of the holiday of Sukkot. In this serigraph Sharir depicts a sukkah (tabernacle), which is traditionally built for meals and occasionally sleep during the festival. Learn more about this beautiful piece of Judaica.

In Israel and throughout the world, Sukkot is being celebrated today and has been since the eve of October 5th.  The festival will continue being celebrated until October 11, 2017.

Jewish families have been observing the special days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and now Sukkot since September when Rosh Hashanah, the first of the High Holy Days took place.

During the High Holy Days this year I have come away to a very special place that is set aside for times of prayer and writing.  While thousands of Christians love and support Israel, I wonder why more don’t understand how deeply connected we are by faith.  I will never forget when I first began reading the bible as a newly committed Christian and came across Romans 11

For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  ~Romans 11:25

Somehow I knew that God was using Paul’s Epistle to tell us Gentiles that connection to the Jewish people, and part of His family, may be a mystery now but not forever. My thinking was that God is never happy if we remain ignorant when He is making a way for us to know better. Hence,  I was convinced that a good study bible with footnotes and a big concordance were needed. (This was way before we had iPhone’s and computers.)

As I began studying I noticed that the feasts mentioned in the Old Testament were also kept in the Gospels.  In fact, they were very key to the timeline. When I started working in Christian/Jewish relations there were many opportunities to learn about the festivals and High Holy Days. Sadly I also had opportunities to learn about Christian rejection of Israel and the Jewish people.  I was born after World War II.  My father was sent to Japan.  We heard quite a bit about Japan, yet I was not quite in grade school before learning about the Holocaust. I broke my left arm one evening, and my mother took me to our regular doctor the next day. To my surprise a different doctor with a funny accent was in the office. After explanation that a new doctor had just come from Germany to help, Dr. Marcus wiped away my “crocodile tears” and set my arm with a plaster cast.

An anonymous survivor’s forever reminder of the Holocaust…We must never forget!

A few days later, mother took me to welcome Mrs. Marcus and her little boys to our small town. Never being a shy child, upon introduction I told Mrs. Marcus about my arm and my great worry that I would go for my very first day of school with such a heavy cast. She quickly rolled up her sleeve and gently showed me an ugly tattoo of numbers on her arm while encircling me with the other and quietly explained that she would always have to look at those ugly numbers. She would never be free of them.  Then she changed her tone to a much more cheerful one, as she rolled her sleeve back down, and said that I would be free of my ugly cast one day; and even if Dr. Marcus couldn’t take it off before the very first day of school, she was sure I would be free of that cast very soon and always!  I realize that kindness towards a little girl motivated Mrs. Marcus. In retrospect, I wonder if perhaps a life lesson for others in the room might also have been present: one for her older son, who knew the origins of her holocaust number, and one for my mother, a well-meaning Gentile, who might begin to understand the plight of the Jews and help in some way.  Being an inquisitive child, I began asking mother about Mrs. Marcus’ “numbers” as soon as we left, followed up by a visit to my grandmother Keller.  Slowly but surely both sets of grandparents began sharing bits of history with me and pictures they had saved from Life magazine that seemed appropriate for me.

Perhaps I  always rejoice with deep joy for Israel and the Jewish people during their times of celebration and mourn with them during their times of mourning because I have learned of the tragedy that has come before their joy.  I found another childhood memory among the Sukkot pages at today, and  just as I was not expecting to share about my introduction to the reality of the Holocaust, so it was for a young Jewish lad in Germany.  It is a very touching story from a Jewish perspective told every year at this time. Here is a link to The Red ‘J’ of October by Laura F. Deutsch.

Isn’t it amazing that the Lord would put two such  memories on web sites talking about Sukkot: one on an American web site sharing words of a Christian child who saw the tattooed numbers on an arm of a Holocaust  survivor in her small home town and another from an Israeli web site sharing the High Holy Days recollections of a Jewish man from his childhood in 1938 when his family escaped the Holocaust. For myself, I believe that the words written in Romans 11 are very important for all of us.  Verse 26-27, quotes Isaiah 59:20-21

And so all Israel will be saved,

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”

Learn About Sukkot

Perhaps you would like to learn more about Sukkot!  Some good links are in Israel or an American site (these are just two)  

If you would like to watch over 6,000 Christians from nearly 100 countries from around the world celebrate Sukkot (or The Feast of Tabernacles 2017), you can sign up for free at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. The starts October 8th in Jerusalem.   They have been celebrating this feast with Israel for many years!    ICEJFestival

Blessed be the Holy One of Israel always,

Nancy Montgomery