During a seventeen-year period of involvement in Christianity, Penina became an “in-demand” speaker at churches, youth groups and women’s events. She went on to obtain a Bible Certificate from Miami Christian College, was certified in the Evangelism Explosion program and served as a counselor for the Billy Graham Crusade. She also served as a Sunday school teacher, Head of Women’s Ministry, Head of Prayer Ministry, Worship Leader, and served on the Deaf Ministry. After eight years as a Christian, Penina discovered “Messianic Judaism.” During the next nine years she became a leader in the messianic movement, created a Messianic Passover Haggadah and authored dozens of articles. In 1994, Penina co‑founded a Messianic Congregation in Bowie, Maryland along with family members she had lead into Christianity. Penina and her family helped launch a sub-set of Messianic Judaism called the Association of Torah Observant Messianics. Her involvement in this movement became a catalyst for her to explore authentic Jewish literature and Torah observance, forcing her to confront some real challenges to her faith. Her search for answers was assisted by Mark Powers, who was at that time the director of the Baltimore center of Jews for Judaism. Together they examined the scriptural basis for her faith and explored the spiritual beauty of Judaism. In July of 2000, after seventeen years of involvement with Christianity, Penina made a complete return to Judaism. She continued intensive studies of Judaism and volunteered for several years in the Jewish community to encourage Jewish people to explore their own faith before looking to other religions. She worked for two years as the staff educational consultant for Jews for Judaism - Baltimore, where she spoke at over fifty congregations and Religious school programs, did counseling and fielded hundreds of phone calls from inquirers of all backgrounds until December 2006 when she left the Baltimore office to make Aliyah to Israel with her husband and four children. In November 2006, Penina established Shomrei Emet Institute for Counter-Missionary Studies. During 2008, she served as the Executive Director of Jews for Judaism, Jerusalem before leaving to return to her work with Shomrei Emet and found Torah Life Strategies, an organization whose mission in to assist Jewish people in establishing a deeper relationship with God and achieving personal fulfillment based on Torah values. Penina regularly travels around the world speaking to Synagogues, youth groups, seminaries and yeshivas, as well as organizations and businesses.
By Penina Taylor
Rabbi Tovia Singer is a well-known speaker. He lectures over 200 times each year around the globe -- in North America, South America, Europe and Israel. Rabbi Tovia Singer has vast knowledge of topics such as anti-semitism, holocaust revisionism, Jewish and Christian History, and Christian Missionaries. At only 41 years old, he has managed to become the top counter-missionary in the world, teaching and educating thousands, bringing many back to their Judaism. He is a dynamic educator who has been interviewed on radio and television hundreds of times over the years.
By Tovia Singer
The Forward’s podcasts are the "Reporters' Roundtable," a weekly conversation between Forward staff about the most pressing issues in the Jewish world, hosted by Josh Nathan-Kazis, and "Yid Lit," a biweekly series interviewing acclaimed authors of literary fiction and nonfiction, hosted by Allison Yarrow. The "Reporters’ Roundtable" discusses topics like the growing rent protests in Israel, debate over the call to promote "peoplehood" within the Jewish community and the increasingly significant and yet fraught relationship between the Jewish and Latino communities in America. "Yid Lit" has interviewed more than 30 notable authors including National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss, New Yorker magazine “20 under 40” fiction writers Gary Shteyngart and Nicole Krauss and British writer and Orange Prize winner Linda Grant.
These 3 minute "wisdom-biscuits" of Rabbi Brian are satisfying, tasty, and digestible. Reigion-Outside-The-Box is an Internet-based, spiritual-religious congregation whose mission it is to help adults find and be with (the) God (of your understanding).
By Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer
Parent Is A Verb, with Barry and Chanie Holzer, offers advice on how to be a pro-active parent. Parenting is the most important job we get in life, with the least preparation. Many parents today are afraid to parent, and remain passive in their roles, leaving their children without the strong role models and sense of security that strong parenting provides. Our goal is to guide parents on their journey with insights into themselves and how they are perceived by their children, and a discussion of the opportunities parenting presents, so you can raise your children suffused with love, filled with optimism, and the resilience and strength to fulfill their potential. For questions or comments email Barry and Chanie Holzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Orthodox Union
This is Vox Tablet, the weekly podcast of Tablet Magazine, the online Jewish arts and culture magazine that used to be known as Nextbook.org. Our archive of podcasts is available on our site, tablet2015.wpengine.com. Vox Tablet, hosted by Sara Ivry, varies widely in subject matter and sound -- one week it's a conversation with novelist Michael Chabon, theater critic Alisa Solomon, or anthropologist Ruth Behar. Another week brings the listener to "the etrog man" hocking his wares at a fruit-juice stand in a Jersualem market. Or into the hotel room with poet and rock musician David Berman an hour before he and his band, Silver Jews, head over to their next gig. Recent guests include Alex Ross, Shalom Auslander, Aline K. Crumb, Howard Jacobson, and the late Norman Mailer.
By Vox Tablet