Julia Fisher’s weekly radio broacast

Programme 307 - Kiryll Makagon

My guest today is a young man called Kiryll. His parents immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine when Kiryll was 8 years old. This story gives a graphic insight into the challenges Jewish people face when they move from one culture to another… and in this case, how one young Jewish child from the Ukraine found his place in Israeli society. I asked Kiryll why his parents left the Ukraine and moved to Israel.

Programme 306 - Lev Guler

Whilst in Netanya recently I met a Russian Jewish immigrant called Lev Guler. He came to live in Israel with his wife and young child twenty years ago and today he’s the pastor of a congregation in Netanya called Beit Asaph. Lev knows the challenges that new immigrants face when they leave the country of their birth and move to Israel and begin to embrace what is often a new culture … and he has a great heart to help them as he explains.

Programme 304 - David Firestein (part 2 of 2)

My guest today is David Firestein – he is a Russian Jew – his parents, who were brought up in Communist Russia and are atheists, came to Israel when he was 10 years old. As a young man, David became deeply disillusioned with life and attempted to commit suicide. However, he survived and lying in a hospital bed and seeing the grief stricken face of his mother, David realised God had spared his life. Shortly after, he came to understand that Jesus was his Messiah – that He had died for his sins – and gradually he came to believe in Jesus. 

Programme 302 - Erika Panchoud

This week I’m in Netanya, a city on the shores of the Mediterranean just north of Tel Aviv. My guest is Erika Panchoud. Originally from Tennessee, she came to live in Israel with her husband and their two daughters a few years ago. However, after only a few weeks, Erika’s husband died. This is a story of survival.

Programme 301 – Sandi Soshani (part 2 of 2)

This week we return to a very noisy street in Jerusalem to the office of a pro-life organisation called Be’ad Chaim to meet the director, Sandi Soshani. The aim of Be’ad Chaim is to support women who have had an abortion as well as those seeking an abortion – to help them at their greatest point of need. As an organisation, Be’ad Chaim seeks to help mothers practically when they decide to keep their babies.

Programme 300 – Sandi Soshani (part 1 of 2)

This week we’re in a very noisy street in Jerusalem in the offices of a pro-life organisation called Be’ad Chaim talking to the director Sandi Soshani. Originally from America, Sandi came to Israel as a young Jewish believer. She met and married her husband and now several years later, Sandi’s husband is the pastor of a Messianic congregation and Sandi is working full time with Be’ad Chaim. We started by talking about the changes she has seen in Israel over the past 30 years, particularly the growth of the Messianic community

Programme 299 – Joe & Debbie Finklestein (part 2 of 2)

Joe & Debbie Finklestein are Jewish – born and raised in the United States. They met when they were young, became believers in Jesus at roughly the same time and married. They were involved in a Messianic congregation in America and even formed a messianic music band. But it was when they were invited to travel to Russia that the course of their lives started to change. Today they live in Arad, a town in the desert in southern Israel. So let’s listen as Joe takes up the story.

Programme 298 – Joe & Debbie FInklestein (part 1 of 2)

Come with me to Beer Sheva situated in the desert in southern Israel. Recently I was there to record interviews for this programme and met Joe and Debbie Finklestein. In this the first of two programmes with them, they start by sharing the story of their early days and how they met – later we’ll hear how and why they decided to move to Israel. Joe takes up the story.