EXTRAORDINARY TEAM OF PASSIONATE RABBI AND LEADERS
WHO ARE DEDICATED TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY
KEEPING JEWS JEWISH
Jews for Judaism International / USA
FOUNDER / CEO
Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz
Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, an acknowledged authority on Judaism and Christian polemics, is the founder of Jews for Judaism International Inc., and is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles branch of Jews for Judaism.
A renowned lecturer, Rabbi Kravitz has appeared on both television and radio programs and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, the former Soviet Union, South Africa, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Israel. His programs have been enthusiastically received by all denominations of Judaism.
With over 25 years of experience, he has one of the highest success records in the Jewish community for counseling Jews involved in cults and Christian missionary groups.
Rabbi Kravitz has successfully published many of his own articles and audiotapes and is the author of the highly acclaimed booklet, The Jewish Response To Missionaries – in English, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and German.
Born in 1954 in New York, Rabbi Kravitz attended the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in communications and went on to earn his degree from the Rabbinical College of America.
Rabbi Kravitz is also a Chaplain and Critical Incident Counselor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. His hobbies include skiing, scuba diving and martial arts.
He and his wife Dvora, a licensed therapist, reside in Los Angeles and are the parents of six children.
Rabbi Zalman Kravitz
Rabbi Zalman Kravitz is a Jewish community innovator. As the Education Director at Jews for Judaism International, he created and launched multiple Jewish student leadership programs. These include the Smart Choices Project, a curriculum to develop thinking skills curriculum, and #SMARTalks, an online community for Jewish millennials.
Rabbi Zalman also established the Nonprofit Exchange, which is a collaborative community for Jewish nonprofits.
Born in Los Angeles, Rabbi Zalman attended rabbinical seminaries in Florida, New York and New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Arts and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical College of America. Rabbi Zalman is currently attending American Jewish University, where he is pursuing his Masters of Business Administration.
Jews for Judaism Canada
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Canada
Julius Ciss is the Executive Director of Jews for Judaism in Canada. He has a unique insider’s perspective on today’s growing missionary movement.
From 1975 to 1980 Julius was deeply involved in Toronto’s Hebrew-Christian community. He was an original member of the city’s first “Messianic Synagogue” and assisted many other missionary groups across North America to convert Jews.
This extensive experience provided him with a uniquely critical insight into the emotional, spiritual and psycho-logical make-up of the many Jews who have fallen victim to deceptive missionaries.
After discovering numerous incon-sistencies between missionary teachings and the Hebrew Scriptures, Julius abandoned Christianity, and since 1983 has devoted himself to countering the growing threat of Christian missionary groups that target Jews. Click here to read Julius’s story.
Julius has enthralled audiences with his dramatic presentations throughout Canada, the United States and Israel and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs discussing today’s growing missionary threat. Click here to listen to him tell his story.
Through Jews for Judaism Julius has produced and distributed counter-missionary educational materials world-wide. He has engaged in one-on-one counselling with Jews involved in Christianity; many of these individuals are now reintegrated in the Jewish community.
Julius’ accomplishments as an effective counter-missionary force come highly recommended by community workers, educators and rabbis.
SIDEBAR: For three decades, from 1975, Julius was one of the top Editorial and Advertising Illustrators in Canada and was also a much sought after Professor of Illustration at The Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto.
Julius retired from his illustration and teaching careers in 2004 in order to devote himself full-time to the vital counter-missionary work of JEWS FOR JUDAISM, where he is able to use his creative talents
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EDUCATION DIRECTOR, Canada
Rabbi Micheal SKobac
Rabbi Michael Skobac – one of the world’s foremost authorities on Missionaries and Cults – is the Director of Education and Counselling of Jews for Judaism (Canada). He was educated at Northwestern University and Yeshiva University and has been involved in Jewish education and outreach work since 1975.
Rabbi Skobac was the founding director of Kiruv, the campus outreach arm of the Rabbinical Council of America, and has worked as a campus professional with Hillel groups in Philadelphia, New York and Toronto.
He has specialized in counter-missionary work since 1983, establishing the New York branch of JEWS FOR JUDAISM and serving as a consultant to the New York Jewish Community Relations Council Task Force on Missionaries and Cults.
Rabbi Skobac has lectured extensively throughout the world on missionaries, cults, and issues of Jewish continuity and spirituality. His entertaining, inspiring and informative lectures have been enthusiastically received by all denominations of Judaism.
As a highly respected authority on Jewish continuity, he has acted as a consultant to many Jewish communities worldwide in developing responses to missionary and cult activity and advising on issues of Jewish survival.
He maintains a seat on The Community Engagement Committee of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and The Toronto Board of Rabbis, an inter-denominational group of rabbis serving congregations and community organizations in southern Ontario.
He has developed and taught numerous courses on Jewish-Christian polemics and has produced the highly acclaimed counter-missionary audio series The Counter-Missionary Survival Seminar. Counter-missionary activists, educators and rabbis worldwide now use techniques and curriculum that were pioneered by Rabbi Skobac.
Rabbi Skobac has authored many educational booklets including Missionary Impossible: Counter-Missionary Survival Guide and The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspective and has written extensively for many Jewish publications. He has also made numerous audio recordings including How to Answer a Christian Missionary and Scripture Twisting: How Missionaries Distort the Jewish Bible.
In addition, he has appeared internationally on many radio and television programs to discuss his vital work fighting the missionary problem and assimilation.
Rabbi Skobac has had extensive experience working with and helping numerous affected families and in counselling hundreds of Jews who have embraced Christianity and other faiths. He is personally responsible for rescuing countless Jewish souls and helping to bring them back from the clutches of missionaries to the Jewish fold and reuniting them with their families.
Jews for Judaism Australia
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Australia
Rabbi Eli Cohen
Rabbi Eli Cohen is the founding Director of the Sydney branch of Jews for Judaism, as well as a consultant to Jews for Judaism International.
Born in 1979 in London UK, Rabbi Cohen attended Rabbinical colleges around the world including the Rabbinical College of America and the Rabbinical college of Canada.
Rabbi Cohen has been involved in Jewish outreach and education since 1995. He began to specialize in the counter-missionary field in 2004.
He has taught numerous courses on Jewish-Christian polemics and has appeared on radio programs.
Rabbi Cohen has, on numerous occasions, engaged in one-on-one counselling with Jews involved in Christianity. Many of these individuals are now reintegrated into the Jewish community.
Rabbi Cohen is also the founding spiritual leader of the Kensington Shul.
He and his wife, Shani, reside in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and are the parents of three children.