Born into a Conservative Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, Stuart Dauermann attended Manhattan School of Music (MSM), earning degrees in Music Theory (1966) and Music Education (1971). In 1962, while at MSM, and working as a professional musician, he attended an informal discussion group and became convinced that Yeshua of Nazareth is Israel's Messiah. He's still convinced and enjoys convincing others.
Messianic Rabbi Tony Eaton is the Congregational Leader of Simchat Yisrael Messianic Congregation, a Messianic Jewish synagogue meeting in West Haven CT. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, where he has served on the Steering Committee as Northeast Regional Director, and the Executive Board as the Union's Treasurer.
Benjamin Raker Ehrenfeld holds a Bachelor's of Music in Music Therapy from the Berklee College of Music and a Master's in Jewish Studies from Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI). He received his s'micha from the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) and the MJRC. He is honored to count himself among those Messianic Jews committed to a life of covenantal faithfulness empowered with all the subsequent joys and responsibilities that identity entails.
Thomas Esposito holds the position of Rabbi's Assistant and Events Coordinator at Congregation Simchat Yisrael Messianic Jewish Synagogue located in West Haven, CT. Tom has authored several web articles for online magazines and promotional material for Simchat Yisrael. He has designed and facilitated the teen program at Simchat Yisrael.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, John Fischer is part of a family who miraculously survived the Holocaust. Married to Dr. Patrice Fischer, and a father of two grown children (Eve and Seth) and one grandchild (Naomi), he has six earned college and university degrees, two of them doctorates (a Ph.D. and a Th.D.).
Jason Forbes is the rabbi of Beit HaShofar Synagogue in Seattle, WA. Born and raised in upstate NY, he graduated from SUNY Oswego with a double major in computer science and physics. Immediately after college, he began his software engineering career and rabbinical training almost in tandem.
Rabbi Nathan Joiner is the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Ruach Israel, in Needham MA. In addition to being a member of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC) he is the co-founder and Director of Camp Or L’Dor, a Messianic Jewish summer youth camp. He speaks and presents about Messianic Judaism in a variety of congregations, conferences and venues around the country.
Dr. Mark Kinzer is the Rabbi of Congregation Zera Avraham in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Born in Detroit in 1952, Mark was raised in a Conservative Jewish home and became an adherent of Messiah Yeshua in 1971. He attended the University of Michigan (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.), and remains forever a loyal Wolverine. Mark is Senior Scholar and President Emeritus of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, Chair of the Hashivenu Board, and author of Postmissionary Messianic Judaism (Brazos, 2005) and Israel's Messiah and the People of God (Wipf & Stock, 2010).
I was born and raised in Virginia and never left. In 1972, I married my high school sweetheart, who eventually gave me two sons (four grandsons and one granddaughter). In 1975, I took a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia, with a major in mathematics. I began attending a Messianic Jewish congregation in 1981 and never left. From 1992 to 2006, I served as the Congregational Leader, and now I continue as a Pastoral Elder.
Rabbi Dr. Richard C. Nichol has served since 1981 as the Rabbi of Congregation Ruach Israel in Needham, MA. He is the Director of the Rabbinical Ordination Institute of the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) in Los Angeles, California. He is past President of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and former Vice President of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA). He currently serves as President of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC).
Rabbi Paul L. Saal (MA, Theological Studies) is the founding spiritual leader of Congregation Shuvah Yisrael. He received smicha (ordination) through the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and served over a decade on its Steering Committee. He is the current vice president of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council.
Robin Van Riper has been an active participant in the Messianic Jewish world for more than three decades. Originally from Washington, D.C., she grew up in a Reform Jewish home and synagogue and earned a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from a progressive liberal arts college in California. A lifelong learner, she recently completed the requirements for M.J.S. with a focus on rabbinic writings at the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (degree pending) and is pleased to be part of the institution's first graduating class.