David Chernoff is the Chairman of the IAMCS & Senior Rabbi of Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia. Raised as a second-generation Messianic Jew, Rabbi David has a fortunate background not many Jewish children can claim. His parents, Martin and Yohanna Chernoff, were pioneers in the Messianic Movement. They served the Lord for over 40 years bringing Messiah Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) to the Jewish People. They also started one of the first Messianic synagogues of the modern Messianic Movement in 1970. As a "PK," (Preacher's Kid) - or as we say in the Messianic Movement a "RK" (Rabbi's Kid) - Rabbi Chernoff came to know the Lord at a prayer meeting during the time of the Jesus Movement Revival in the late 60's and early 70's. It was at this prayer meeting, when he was 19 years old, that he was both dramatically saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. During college David received God's calling to labor full-time with the Jewish students on the campuses.
Rabbi Chernoff's background in the ministry includes: Over ten years ministering on the college campuses with Jewish students. Twenty-five years involvement with the Messianic Movement both nationally and internationally. Leader of Congregation Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia, a Messianic synagogue that was founded in 1975 and currently has a membership of 350 people. Host of "Messianic Judaism Today" television program, formerly on Sonlight Broadcasting. President of Kesher Ministries International, a multifaceted outreach ministry that proclaims the "Good News" to Jewish People, and seeks to strengthen and minister to Messianic congregations throughout the world. Author of several publications including the book "Yeshua The Messiah" and the popular booklet "7-Steps to Knowing The God Of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."
Rabbi Chernoff is also involved in the leadership of the Messianic Movement both nationally and internationally, serving on this steering comitte as well as on the Executive Committees of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and the International Messianic Jewish Alliance. He is also a key speaker for the Promise Keepers and is on the board of the Toward Jerusalem Council II. Rabbi Chernoff and those ministering with him are looking forward with great expectation to seeing a great revival among both Jews and Gentiles alike in the next few years. His ministry is moving ahead in bringing the message of salvation to the Jewish people through evangelism teams, literature and a television program, as the Lord opens the doors.
Rabbi Chernoff currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife Debra and their three children, Danielle, Jonathan and Ari.
Sha'arey Yeshua - Indianapolis, IN
Rabbi Jeffrey A. Adler, comes from a family with five generations of Messianic Jews. A native of Cincinnati, he has a Master of Divinity degree and has led Messianic synagogues is Cincinnati and Indianapolis since 1978. He is currently Rabbi of Congregation Sha’arey Yeshua in Indianapolis.
City Of David - Toronto, Canada
Jeff Forman is a former Chairman of the IAMCS and current member of the steering committe and Rabbi of City of David Messianic Synagogue in Toronto. He was raised in a Jewish home in suburban Philadelphia. It was a Jewish neighborhood where most of his friends were Jewish. At the age of 13, after attending Hebrew school for two years, He and twin brother had a Bar Mitzvah. That summer, his parents sent him on a two month tour of Israel with dozens of other Bar Mitzvah kids from all over the country. It was one of the most memorable summers of His life. There, his identity as a Jew was solidified forever. After that, his family remained culturally Jewish, but not very religious.
When he was about 20, his sister and mother both became believers in Yeshua. He felt they had abandoned Judaism and embraced a non-Jewish religion. Soon after, they began to attend Beth Yeshua, a Messianic Jewish Congregation in Philadelphia. They finally convinced him to attend a service. It was nothing like what he had imagined it would be – no statues of Mary, no crosses, no priests with white collars. On the contrary it was quite Jewish - Jewish people singing and dancing the hora to Jewish music.
Three things stood out to him - the genuine sincerity of the people, the overflowing joy they had, and the powerful message that Rabbi Martin Chernoff gave. The Rabbi’s words seemed to go right through him as if his sinfulness was exposed. That night during the service his mind and heart flashed back to his trip to Israel and in an instant he knew in his heart this was true. However, he was not yet ready to yield his life to God and ran the other way like Jonah - for 5 years.
After graduating from Temple University, at the age of 25 he was searching for meaning in life and for spiritual reality. One night he had too much to drink and had a serious car accident in which he narrowly escaped. The very next day, early in the morning there were people at his door passing out pamphlets about God. At that moment he heard a voice in his heart say, “Jeff you have run long enough, there may not be another chance.” He knew that God had protected me the night before and was again calling me to Himself.
Two weeks later, on January 10th, 1982 while out of town, he attended a worship service. At the end of the service, he fully renounced his sins and received Yeshua as his Messiah. When he did, he felt darkness leave him and was filled with rivers of joy for months following. He knew he had connected with the God of Israel through the Jewish Messiah.
He returned to Beth Yeshua where he began to learn what it meant to follow Messiah and live as a Jew. He met his wife there and they were married in October of 1985. Shortly after that he was asked by David Chernoff to join the staff. David took over the Rabbinate after his father Martin passed away. He was trained by David in ministry and served there for close to 10 years.
In 1994 he felt that God was calling him to move to Toronto to start a new Messianic Congregation. On September 1st, 1995 they moved and City of David was launched.
Dr. Charlie Kluge first received s’micha (ordination) in 1989 and, then, through the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) in 1993. He began his professional ministry career in 1986 with his wife Racquel (Rhoda), serving as Leader of the Singles at Temple Aron HaKodesh in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Currently, he is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Gesher Shalom in Orlando. Rabbi Kluge is a well-known Conference speaker, both nationally and internationally, holding seminars and lectures on Jewish Roots of the Messiah, Leadership Training, Marriage and Relationship Counseling, Healing, and numerous other Motivational Subjects in Messianic Conferences, Synagogues and Churches. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) since 1995 and served as its President from 2003-2007. Currently, he serves on its Executive Committee as Vice-President, the Steering Committee of the IAMCS as Ordination Chairman, the Southeast Regional Director of the MJAA and is its annual Regional Conference Chairman.
Rabbi Kluge holds a Doctorate in Optometry, a BA in Psychology, a BS in Physical and Chemical Sciences and has served as President of his local Optometric Association and as President of a local chapter of B’nai B’rith. Dr. Kluge appeared on radio and television programs, including the TV show “Jewish Jewels”, where he is seen officiating Bar Mitzvahs and weddings. Dr. Kluge sits on the Board of Trustees of Jewish Jewels, Cleft of the Rock ministries and is President of Gesher International; which has as its mission to bridge hearts of love through the ministry of reconciliation and to intercede for and support Israel.
Joel Liberman has led Tree of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation in San Diego , CA as its Messianic Rabbi since 1996. He was raised in a Messianic Jewish home, and has been active in the Messianic Jewish movement for over 25 years. He has served as the Vice-President and Treasurer of the YMJA, Treasurer and an Executive Committee member of the MJAA, Treasurer and Executive Director of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance, and is currently serving as a Steering Committee member of the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations & Synagogues (IAMCS) and is working part-time as IAMCS Director of Operations & Development. Joel has his s’micha (rabbinic ordination) from the IAMCS and has earned a Master of Divinity degree in Ministry. He is a Certified Public Accountant (not currently practicing) and is happily married to his wife Darcie. Joel & Darcie have been blessed with two children, Avi and Ariela.
In 1973, in their last year of law school at George Washington University, David & Leslye Schneier placed their trust in Yeshua as Messiah after several years of searching for truth as "hippie law students." They immediately became involved with Beth Messiah Congregation in its first year, meeting in Manny Brotman's basement in Rockville, MD. Both David and Leslye worked as lawyers in the DC-Maryland area.
The transformation from D.C. lawyers to Odessa Messianic Rabbi came as a result of working with Russian Jewish immigrants in the U.S. and seeing their spiritual hunger and openness to Yeshua. In 1995 David & Leslye went with Hear O Israel Ministries, led by Jonathan Bernis, to Odessa, Ukraine to take part in an outreach Jewish music and dance festival. Following the festival they helped plant Gates of Zion Congregation in Odessa. David and Leslye lead that congregation until 2007. They remain the senior leaders of Gates of Zion with a local Messianic Rabbi heading up the congregation for the last 8 years.
After David was appointed to serve on the Steering Committee of the IAMCS in 2007, the Schneiers moved to France from Odessa to help encourage the Messianic Jewish movement in all of Europe. At present there are about 30 IAMCS congregations in Europe that the Schneiers are assisting. Finally in November of 2013, they moved to Birmingham, AL to assume the leadership of Beth Hallel Messianic Congregation. They continue through the IAMCS to organize and lead 3 IAMCS leadership conferences in Europe each year.
In August, 1998, the Stepakoffs responded to a call from the Lord to found and open a messianic synagogue in Tampa called "Mt. Sinai." In 2001, the Lord led them across Tampa Bay, to Pinellas County, where they re-named the synagogue - "New Jerusalem." Today, Temple New Jerusalem meets in Tarpon Springs and is a spiritual home for Jewish and Gentile people called to the modern-day revival of Israel.
Rabbi Michael is also an accomplished messianic Jewish songwriter, having co-written many songs with Ted Pearce, internationally-known messianic recording artist. Michael has also seen many of his songs recorded by other artists such as Jonathan Settel, Kol Simcha, Debbie Klein and Paul Wilbur. Rabbi Michael is also published author of messianic Jewish books.
Michael Weygant is the Rabbi of Rosh Pina Messianic Jewish Congregation in Oklahoma City. They consist of both Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Yeshua “Jesus” of Nazareth, the Messiah. In Hebrew, Rosh Pinah means “Cornerstone” and signifies that Yeshua the Messiah is the cornerstone of our faith.