From destruction to new life and future

Pension for Holocaust survivors 

 For the first time, some 6,500 Holocaust survivors from various European conflict zones will receive pensions from Germany. These survivors live in various countries, such as Russia, Germany, France, and the U.S. Included in the new pension schedule are people who in the years 1941−1944 survived the Nazi siege of Leningrad, were in hiding in France or suffered persecution in Romania. Until now, they have not received pensions from the German government as other survivors have. 

Holocaust Memorial in Romania

 In the Leningrad siege, hundreds of thousands of civilians perished in air and artillery bombardment, and from starvation due to the German blockade of the city. In France, about 800 survivors hid from the Nazis and their collaborators, and some 1,200 survived the persecution in Romania during the Holocaust. Both groups are included in the new pension allocations. 

 Survivor resettlement in the U.S. 

 Beginning in 1946, the American Jewish community leaders took on the enormous task of assisting the Holocaust survivors arriving in the U.S. In studies done in the early 1950s, researchers concluded that survivors were adjusting well in their new life in all the U.S. states where they had settled. 

Later research revealed that survivors’ traumatic experiences were often dismissed or ignored. Starting anew in the U.S. was a long process for each surviving man, woman and child. The original number of survivors arriving in the U.S. was about 127,000. In 2020, the remaining survivors numbered 67,000 who were living in the major Jewish communities of California, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. 

The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.located adjacent to the National Mall is the official United States memorial of the Holocaust. The museum provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of the Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. 

On November 1, 1978, President Jimmy Carter established the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, chaired by Elie Wiesel, a prominent author, activist, and Holocaust survivor. After a unanimous vote by the United States Congress in 1980, the federal government made available 1.9 acres of land for the museum construction. In October 1988, President 

View of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

Ronald Reagan helped to lay the cornerstone of the building, designed by architect James Ingo Freed. The Dedication Ceremonies on April 22, 1993, included President Bill Clinton, Israeli President Chaim Herzog, Chairman Harvey Meyerhoff, and Elie Wiesel. On April 26, 1993, the museum opened to the general public. January 27 is designated as the annual International  Holocaust Victims  Remembrance Day.

January 1, 2022

The Church and Israel

 The Church and Israel 

 Replacement Theology is wrong 

 Any attempt to transform the Church into the “new Israel” defines Replacement Theology. It is an attempt to replace Israel with the Church. Since about 400 A.D., Bible teachers have commonly used “Israel” as a synonym for the Church (Derek Prince, “Israel and the Church”). This doctrine has led the Church against the design of God. 

The Church is encouraged to learn from Israel’s history. “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition” (1 Cor. 10:11). Therefore, we are encouraged to learn from Israel’s sins and predetermined consequences not eradicate her from Scriptures as though the church is now in God’s final order. Some erroneously teach that Israel must become part of the Church to fit the New Testament model of the Kingdom of God. 

However, if Israel left her identitygiven to her by God, as described in the book of Exodusshe would need to forsake the very nature of her calling. “If you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own treasure from among all peoples” (Exodus 19:5, TJB). 

Often those within the Church require a Jewish person to assimilate into the customs of a local church. Jews attend a synagogue or a temple on Shabbat, keep Feast Days, wear their Kippa and Tzitzit, and, yes, study the Torah Portion. Why would we require a Jewish person to neglect those practices that make them remarkably Jewish? 

 The Church’s beginning and end 

 We can point to the birth of the Church in the book of Acts through Jewish Apostles and believers who remained Jewish in worship until Gentile leadership introduced bias (Justin Martyr’s apologetic book, “Dialogue with Trypho the Jew”). Most evangelicals teach that the Church makes a complete exit from the earth, as explained in the book of Revelation that ends the Gentile dispensation. Thus, we see the Church’s beginning and its end. 

Israel had its beginning as a people group when God renamed Jacob as Israel (Genesis 32:28). Notice that there is not an end to Israel: “They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever” (Ezekiel 37:25). “I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end…” (Jeremiah 30:11). 

The fact is that the Kingdom is much larger than the Church and larger than Israel. We will be joined to the Messiah, with true faith, to a united destiny in the eternal Kingdom of God when “…he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom, there will be no end” (Luke 1:33). 

(Excerpts from For Zion’s Sake Magazine, Pastor’s Corner by Robbie Coleman, CFI Jerusalem. Read the full article at, Publications.) 

Marc Chagall’s stained-glass windows of the tribes of Yehudah, Gad and Asser in the Synagogue of the Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem

Candelabra carved in a stone pillar top (insert)

 Plunder from the Temple’s destruction 

Lampstand of pure gold 

The first mention of the menorah is in the Book of Exodus (25:31-40), where God revealed its instructions to Moses: “Then you shall make a lampstand of pure gold. The lampstand and its base and its shaft are to be made of hammered work; its cups, its bulbs, and its flowers shall be of one piece with it. And six branches shall go out from its sides…to shed light on the space in front of it.” The lampstand was forged by the craftsman Bezalel, and placed in the Tabernacle. According to the Book of Kings, the Temple of Solomon later had ten golden candelabras 

Judas Maccabeus ordered the construction of a new seven-branched lampstand after the desecration of the Temp in 169 C.A. by Antiochus IV Epiphanes. That was the golden Temple Menorah (lampstand) that disappeared after the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. After the conquest of Jerusalem, the Temple treasuresincluding the Menorahwere carried back to Rome, where they were paraded in triumph as proof of Titus’ victory. 

For the commemoration of Titus’s victory over the Jewish rebellion in Judaea, an honorary arch was constructed in Rome in 81 A.D. The arch contains panels depicting the triumphal procession celebrated in 71 A.D., and it provides one of the few contemporary depictions of artifacts of the Herod’s Temple. 

In 410 A.D., also Rome met its enemies as the early Germanic Visigoth people occupied the city and looted the treasures of Solomon, the King of the Hebrews. 

 Only a few decades later, in 455 A.D., the Vandalsanother group of Germanic peopledescended on Rome and destroyed much of the city. Historical accounts tell that after sacking Rome, the Vandals set sail from Italy with a large amount of imperial treasure in their ships. If those treasures included also the Temple Menorah, it was soon to change hands. 

In 534 A.D., the Byzantine Empire conquered the Vandal Kingdom of North Africa and looted their royal treasures as the spoils of the war. However, as a legend tells, the Byzantine Emperor Justinian ordered the royal treasures to be returned to Jerusalem after he realized that every city that had been housing them was destroyed. What happened later to the Temple Menorah is unknown. Maybe Israel’s God has kept it safe for future generations as a witness of His power. 

A modern replica of the golden Temple Menorah in a platform facing the Western Wall in the Old City of

Photos by CFI-USA, text reference to online resources.

Together in His work

Jewish people continue returning home and many of them need help to settle in their ancestral land. CFI is one of the ministries that are right there in the capital city and are convenient to reach by public transportation. As the new Olim Store is now open, we extend an appeal to you to join with us to make a difference in the lives of new immigrants, and by doing so, in the Jewish-Christian relations, as well. Help us to keep the store shelves well-stocked with the household items the families need.

Pray about partnering with us in this new way of assistance. The vision is from God and it is His work. If you are sending in your gift, designate it to Operation Start-Up/Olim, which comes under the Open Gates Project. As this work advances, we will report to you so you will know how your gift funds are being used to bless Israel.

“I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men…He has made everything appropriate in its season” (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11).

Shalom and blessings from Jerusalem!

A group of thankful immigrants with their bags


 Store for newcomers 

October 26, 2021, was a joyful day in the CFI Distribution Center in Jerusalem. New immigrants from Be’ersheva came for the Open House of our new “Olim Store” for immigrants. The store is a new kind of service for newcomers, offering a selection of small appliances for modest prices. 

There were Jews from Muslim countries such as Iran, Yemen, Turkey, others from Venezuela, Ethiopia, and the European countries. They had never had such a day of laughing, singing, and enjoying encouraging teaching as they shopped necessities for their homes. Snacks and bottled water were given for their bus trip home, and staff helped to load full shopping bags into the bus. It was the first day in the Olim Store! 

Brand name small appliances

 CFI is now in a new generation of outreach to Israel and the Jewish people. Our objectives have always been to tear down the walls which Christianity built historically between the Church and Israel. Since the inception of CFI in December 1985, we have been building relationships, alliances between Jews and Christians, and bonding in many new ways that have never been done before the founding of the Jewish state. We have been among the pioneer ministries loving Israel with unconditional and unquestioning, unreserved, and unqualified love. 

Why? Because Jesus loved all of us before we knew Him. He demonstrated His love for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). Some would say we compromise. No way. Both sowers and reapers receive the same reward, “knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord” (Ephesians. 6:8). Someone has to prepare the ground for building, construction, planting, starting anything new. 

 “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-9). 

 From January 1990 until October 2021, the ministry’s Distribution Center has touched many Jewish lives by providing the highest quality garments from around the world. It is wonderful to see Israelis wearing the clothing that was sent by friends from the nations. Our guest books reflect their inner thoughts and feelings toward us. 

Then doors began to open for home visits and deep, long-lasting relationships. Healing began from hurts caused by many of the Christian faith. Still, we are working on the healing process as we speak. Jewish people have reflected just what our love and healing balm has meant to them over the years, and they now realize that some of their best friends in the whole world are Evangelical Christians who believe in them, their Land, and the People. 

However, it is time for a new season of helping the immigrants to make Israel their home and to bless them with Christian love. Our shining hour is now! Pastor Jentezen Franklin of Free Chapel Church, Gainesville, Georgia has generously supplied the entire stock of the new store to overflowing with new items needed for Israel’s returning families. Thank you, Pastor Franklin, for blessing Israel! 

(Reference to “Operation Start-Up” by Sharon Sanders, CFI Jerusalem. Read the full article in the 3rdQ2021 For Zion’s Sake online publication at 

The door is open. Welcome in!

November 25, 2021

Moravia to Jerusalem

Ticho House entrance, Jerusalem

 Eye clinic to serve rich and poor alike

While walking in the very center of Jerusalem, one will notice how the new office and residential high-rises seem to overshadow the city’s historic landmarks. One of those old buildingssurrounded by a gardenis the Ticho House on Rav Cook St. Today this landmark is a branch of the Israel Museum, and it houses a popular restaurant and café. However, the most memorable times in the building’s history were recorded about one hundred years ago, in the days when the state for the Jewish people was only Theodor Herzl’s vision. 

Albert Ticho and his wife Anna were born at the end of the 19th century in Moravia, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Over 40,000 Jews lived in Moravia in those years. When living in Vienna, Albert specialized in ophthalmology, and Anna had studied art since her teenage years. 

In 1912, Dr. Ticho was invited to Palestine by the Frankfurt-based Jewish philanthropic organization to open an eye clinic in Jerusalem. Anna followed and they married in Jerusalem. During the First World War, the Tichos were exiled to Damascus in 1917, just days before the British entered Jerusalem. Only after a long and eventful journey back from Damascus, Dr. Ticho was able to establish his first clinic. 

In 1924, the Tichos bought the Aga Rashild Villa (Ticho House today). The upper floor became their private apartment, while they converted the lower floor into an eye clinic and hospital that served the city’s population, rich and poor alike. 

 Jerusalem’s social and cultural life

During the years when Anna Ticho worked as her husband’s assistant in the eye clinic, she also continued her artistic pursuits. The Jerusalem landscape, with its barren hills and brilliant sunlight, inspired her, but it was their time in Damascus when she began drawing again. 

Throughout their long lives, the Tichos played an active role in the social and cultural life of Jerusalem. The city’s intellectuals and the British government officials would meet in their house and garden for coffee, strudel, and conversations. Among their frequent guests were writers, artists, scholars, and philosophers, and celebrated public figures such as President Ephraim Katzir, archaeologist Yigal Yadin, and Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek. Anna Ticho arranged several art exhibitions in Mandatory Palestine and in Europe from the 1920s to the 1940s. 

Tour ladies Viki, Pamela, and Mary Ellen pictured in front of Anna Ticho’s art in Ticho House in Jerusalem

 World events and Jerusalem 

The British were victorious over the Ottomans in the Middle East during World War I, and a victory in Palestine was a step toward the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire. General Sir Edmund Allenby, Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, entered Jerusalem on foot out of respect for the Holy City on December 1917. The British rule, however, marked a period of growing unrest. Arab resentment at British rule and the influx of Jewish immigrants boiled over in anti-Jewish riots in Jerusalem in the 1920s. 

In the late 1930s, Hitler came to power in Germany and began a systematic persecution of Jews and the destruction of their neighborhoods and property. Jewish immigration to Palestine was restricted by the British. Violence escalated throughout the 1930s and 1940s, with hundreds of deaths. In November 1947, the UN General Assembly approved a plan to partition the Mandatory Palestine region into two states: one Jewish, the other Arab. As a result, more problems followed. Roads to Jerusalem were cut off by Arab fighters, placing the Jewish population of the city under siege. The siege was eventually broken after large numbers of civilian casualties on both sides.

On May 14, 1948, the British forces withdrew and David Ben Gurion declared the independent State of Israel in Palestine. The Ticho Eye Hospital was in the New City of Jerusalem, where Dr. Albert Ticho took care of his patients till his death in 1960. Anna Ticho continued her artwork and had a number of exhibitions in the years following World War II. She died in 1980. (Reference to online resources) 

Neighborhood in Boskovice, Moravia, where Anna Ticho’s relatives still live (Wikipedia commons photo)

Together for Israel’s sake

The symbol of Israel 

On October 28, 1948, the blue-and-white flag used by the World Zionist Organization since 1897 was officially adopted as the flag of Israel. The blue stripes were inspired by the tallit (prayer shawl), and the Star of David probably symbolizes two archaic “dalet” letters. The flag designation is traditionally believed to have come from David 

Wolffsohn, who participated in the Zionist meeting in Basel with Theodor Herzl. 

A safe home 

Sir Arthur James Balfour wrote: “The Jews are the most gifted race that mankind has seen since the Greeks of the fifth century. They have been exiled, scattered and oppressed. If we can find them asylum, a safe home, in their native land, then the full flowering of their genius will burst forth and propagate.” (Reference to the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917) 

Second U.S. mission in Jerusalem 

In 2018, when the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved its embassy there, the consulate to the Palestinians was closed. Now the Biden Administration is proposing to open a second U.S. mission in the city, which step could begin to reverse Jerusalem’s recognition and divide the eternal city. However, on October 27, 2021, the State Department confirmed in a Senate hearing, that it could not open a consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem without Israel’s authorization. 

Commit time for prayer 

Your continued commitment to prayer has an impact on the nation of Israel. Pray for the political leaders, the defenders of the country, the families, and the elderly who are home-bound and alone. 

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains, from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:12). 

 Extending the blessings

During fall 2021, the Jerusalem Distribution Center was closed for scheduled renovations. To continue blessing people in need, the Center staff packed tons of boxes of clothing and transported them to the Carmel Congregation in Haifa. On the same trip, they met workers from the Aliyah Return Center. Now both organizations reach out to needy Israelis all over Galilee and the Jordan Valley. The feedback has been very positive as the pandemic has affected families’ situations, reducing work opportunities and endangering their livelihood. As soon as the renovations are completed, immigrants will return to the Distribution Center for assistance.  

We thank you for your prayers and support so that we can extend your blessings to all over Israel. 

“May the Lord bless you from Zion, and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life” (Ps. 128:5). 

CFI staff members with a load of clothing boxes

Beautiful clothing items sent to CFI by friends in the nations

 Alarming scan results 

 Israeli researchers have gathered insights into the effects of COVID-19 on the body and brain. These findings are raising concerns about the virus’s long-term impacts. Early research shows that even a mild case of COVID-19 impacts the brain volume in all age groups for months to come. 

The Iron Dome funding 

The missile defense system has stopped thousands of Gaza rockets from striking the Israeli civilian centers, 

saving lives. In September 2021, its funding in the U.S. was in danger as it was included in the bipartisan Defense Bill for 2022. In the House of Representatives, about $1 billion of the annual expenses were removed from the bill. After that, the Iron Dome funding was introduced as a separate item bill which is expected to pass and provide the needed funding. 

First Gulf Air to Israel 

The first commercial flight between Bahrain and Israel landed on September 30, 2021, at the Ben- Gurion airport near Tel Aviva a year after the US-brokered normalization of ties between the countries. The Gulf Air flight GF972 touched down at Israel’s main airport shortly after Foreign Minister Yair Lapid began a landmark visit to Manama, the capital of Bahrain, where he will open the Israeli embassy. Crew members waved the flags of Bahrain and Israel from the cockpit windows of the passenger jet when it landed. (Photo below: The first-ever commercial flight from Bahrain has landed in Israel) 

 Why do we stand with Israel? 

 Christian friendship and support for the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel have a clear Biblical mandate for this hour of history. Bible-believing Christians are being called upon to uphold Israel and her right to exist. Now, more than ever, the Jewish people need Christians who will not only PRAY for the peace of Jerusalem but will openly STAND alongside them. 

“He remembers His covenant forever…the covenant which He made with Abraham…and confirmed it to Jacob…to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, ‘To you, I will give the land of Canaan”  (Ps. 105:8-11). 

Abraham’s tomb in Hebron

The restored Jewish State, with Jerusalem as its capital, will be the seat of government of the Messiah at His return. 

“Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob: He will teach us His ways, and we stall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” ( Is. 2:3−4). 

Giv’at Ye’arim community

 Commemorating November 30th 

The fall festival of Sukkot in Biblical times marks the journey and wandering of the Jewish people before arriving in the Land of Israel. Through the centuries, Jews have suffered persecution and endured periods of wandering, and after nearly two millennia, gathered from the exiles with the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948. 

“As the new state was taking root, an estimated 850,000 Jews living in Arab countries were being expelled or fled their homes in those countries. In 2014, the Knesset adopted a law that designates November 30th as the national day of commemoration for the Jews from the Middle East and Africa. The story of the suffering of the Jews driven out of the Middle East and North Africa is one that still needs to be told because it has yet to fully reach the national or international agenda. It is both painful and remarkable, and a testament to the tenacity, diversity, and indigeneity of the Jewish People in this region,” says Ashley Perry (CEO of the Heritage Center of MENA). 

Jews had lived in the Arab lands for thousands of years, and many of their communities preceded the advent of Islam. Significant Jewish communities existed in North Africa, Babylon, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, and the Gulf region, as well. Only in the 20th century, with the rise of Arab nationalism and the conflict in Palestine, the new Arab regimes begin a campaign of massive violations of the rights of their Jewish citizens. Arab states expropriated the property of their native Jews, and denaturalized, expelled, arrested, tortured, and murdered many of them. 

 As the new state was taking root, an estimated 850,000 Jews living in Arab countries were being expelled or fled their homes in those countries. In 2014, the Knesset adopted a law that designates November 30th as the national day of commemoration for the Jews from the Middle East and Africa. The story of the suffering of the Jews driven out of the Middle East and North Africa is one that still needs to be told because it has yet to fully reach the national or international agenda. It is both painful and remarkable, and a testament to the tenacity, diversity, and indigeneity of the Jewish People in this region,” says Ashley Perry (CEO of the Heritage Center of MENA). 

Jews had lived in the Arab lands for thousands of years, and many of their communities preceded the advent of Islam. Significant Jewish communities existed in North Africa, Babylon, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, and the Gulf region, as well. Only in the 20th century, with the rise of Arab nationalism and the conflict in Palestine, the new Arab regimes begin a campaign of massive violations of the rights of their Jewish citizens. Arab states expropriated the property of their native Jews, and denaturalized, expelled, arrested, tortured and murdered many of them. 

Despite attacks from six Arab armies during the 1948 War of Independence, waves of mass immigration brought Jews to Israel’s shores. Additional large immigrant groups arrived in late 1950s and early 1960s from Libya, Yemen, and Iraq. 

A Yemenite family walking through the desert to a reception
camp set up by the American Joint Distribution Committee
near Aden (Israel National Photo Archive)

On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly voted for the Partition of Palestine Plan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to the resolution in his June 23, 2014 speech when he said that, “Today, for the first time, we are marking the exit and deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab countries and from Iran in the years following the establishment of the State of Israel. It is not for nothing that this day is marked on the day after the 29th of November.” 

 “The Arab countries, which never accepted the UN declaration on the establishment of a Jewish state, compelled the Jews living in their territories to leave their homes while leaving their assets behind. In several instances, the deportations were accompanied by pogroms and violence against Jews. We have actedand will continue to actso that they and their claims are not forgotten,” said Netanyahu. 

Ada Aharoni (The Forced Migration of Jews from Arab Countries) writes: “The various efforts for peace between Israelis and Palestinians have overlooked an important factor in the Arab-Israeli conflict: the displacement of Jews from Arab countries, the loss of all their assets and property, and the hardships with their emigration to Israel. As almost half of the Jewish citizens of Israel, together with their descendants, are from Arab countries, peace research and future peace efforts should take this into account.” 

The new state of Israel was in hard economic straits as it struggled to provide housing and jobs for the masses of immigrants. Camps with shacks and tents gave temporary shelter; employment was created, the Hebrew language taught, and the educational system was expanded to meet the needs of tens of thousands of children. 

A well-known Mizrachi scholar Ella Shohat writes: “For the Jews of Arab lands, in a generation or two, millennia of rooted Oriental civilization, unified even in its diversity, has been wiped out.” 

New immigrants in Giv’at Ye’arim, Judean hills in 1951:
The moshav was established a year earlier, in 1950, as it is now home to about 1,500 mainly Yemenite Jews. Life in the moshav has changed from agricultural labor to members holding jobs in Jerusalem and Mevaseret Zion.

 Jews from Arab lands have contributed immeasurably to Israel’s success despite experiencing wars and conflicts in their ancestral homeland. On May 9, 2021, the first physical memorialization in Israel of the Departure and Expulsion of Jews from Arab land and Iran was placed on the Sherover Promenade in Jerusalem. (References: The Jerusalem Post, Wikipedia, and other online publications and posts) 

The Departure and Expulsion Memorial followed the Knesset law for the annual recognition of the Jewish experience, held annually on November 30.

Yemenite Jewelry, design by Lea Mizrachi.

 Bring My sons from afar 

“I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to thesouth, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring My sons fromafar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth”(Is.43:6).

Our project Hope For The Future is reaching out today to Ethiopian women and teenage girls. In many cases, the families’ financial needs are the women’s responsibility. As women’s traditional roles have changed, they need additional training to meet the modern workplace requirements. Therefore, we are assisting these families with tuition payments and computers. We help one family at a time to stand on their own. Your love and support bring the Ethiopian Jews blessings for years to come. Thank you. 

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overflow you” (Isaiah 43:2). 

A family arrives in Ben Gurion Airport

Celebration in the Ethiopian community in Israel