WHO WE ARE

IstandwithIsrael is a benevolence outreach of Maoz Israel Ministries, established in 2002 to meet the practical needs of Israelis.

Maoz Israel Ministries was founded in 1976 and is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Its founders, Ari and Shira Sorko-Ram, also founded a Messianic congregation in Tel Aviv and manage a nonprofit publishing company in Israel that prints and distributes books on outreach and discipleship in Hebrew.

Ari and Shira Sorko-Ram are Israeli citizens and have two grown children, born and raised in Israel, four granddaughters and two grandsons. Maoz Israel Ministries has offices in Israel, the U.S., England, Canada, Germany, Brazil, and Ireland. For more information, visit www.maozisrael.org.

WHAT WE DO

IstandwithIsrael helps the hurting Messianic Believers of Israel—Israeli Messianic Jews and Arab Christians who are terror victims, widows, orphans, and those economically depressed as a result of the terrorism, war or other adversity. The emphasis is on helping Israeli Messianic believers who are in dire straits due to adverse circumstances, and helping the needy with medical and emergency aid.

IstandwithIsrael grants scholarships for educational advancement in Hebrew language studies (for new immigrants), job skills and career courses, and university studies. IstandwithIsrael also has a successful program offering scholarships in musical training to believing children and adults. Read more

HOW IT ALL STARTED 

It was a day like every other work day, in the hot Texas summer of 2002.

Our Maoz website was having a “makeover” by a wonderful Messianic Israeli designer, and he was going to show me his progress, via the web. He had been working on an offline site, so he asked me to visit www.IstandwithIsrael.com, a site he owned, to view it.

And that’s when the “God” bells and whistles went off! The minute I heard the name of the website, I knew it was a domain that God could use for Jis purposes. I asked “G” how he was using the site. He said he recently had bought the domain name, but really didn’t know yet how he could use it to its maximum potential. I jumped on it. Read more

FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

Many wonderful Christians and Christian organizations have given millions of dollars to the Israeli government, to Israeli charities and other organizations. Jewish Orthodox charitable organizations have also benefited by gathering many millions of dollars from Christians and channeling these funds to Israeli Orthodox and secular organizations. Sadly, the Messianic Jews, as well as the born-again Arab believers in Israel, have, for all practical purposes, received nothing from these gifts from Christians. In fact, these same Orthodox organizations have done all they can to keep Israeli believers from receiving any benefit whatsoever.

Many of the Orthodox institutions and government offices which are staffed by Orthodox Jews, openly and aggressively fight the Messianic Jews by attempting to deport believers from Israel or keep Messianic Jews from immigrating to the land. The Messianic believers of Israel come under heavy physical harassment by Yad L’Achim, an Orthodox group funded by the Orthodox political establishment, and there are constant legal and illegal attempts by a variety of Orthodox entities to stifle the work of the Lord in Israel, such as calling the place of a believer’s employment and demanding that they fire the employee because he is a Messianic Jew.

Even funds given by Christians to various secular Israeli government agencies will ultimately be disproportionately distributed to the Orthodox, as their political leaders extract sums far above what their numbers (an estimated 10% of Israel’s population) justify because of their political grip on the Israeli government coalition. Again, keep in mind that Israel’s Orthodox religious establishment and political figures are the very people who aggressively harass and obstruct the Israeli believers and do all in their power to keep the Israeli people from hearing the message of salvation.

The Orthodox politicians are constantly attempting to pass ever-stricter laws making it illegal to share one’s faith (unless it is Orthodox Judaism), under penalty of a prison sentence for doing so. Some basic anti-faith laws have already been passed, although no one has yet been jailed for such infractions. And it is a fact that some of the Orthodox politicians most active in persecuting believers in Israel are also on the boards of organizations which collect many millions of dollars from Christians who remain unaware of this fact.

When Christians donate to Orthodox institutions, it is very doubtful that the average recipient will ever know that the funds came from Christians. For example, if an Orthodox yeshiva (religious school) receives a donation of Christian origin, the students will never know that the followers of the Jewish Messiah gave them a financial gift.

Obviously, it is biblical to bless the poor no matter what their religious beliefs, but we think that if a Christian or Jewish believer is given the choice of blessing Israel with his or her financial resources as a public testimony of unity and love for our Jewish people in the name of the Messiah, most Christians and Messianic Jews around the world would say, “YES! That’s my choice!”

WILL YOU STAND? 

Will YOU stand with Israel and the Israeli Messianic Believers? Help us today!

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