Messianic Jewish Alliance of America
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The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America is the largest association of Messianic Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus in the world. Established in 1915, the specific ministry is threefold: First, to promote a clear and visible testimony to the fact there is a large and growing movement of Jewish people who have come to believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and Savior. Secondly, to bring together Jewish and Gentile people of like faith and mind, with shared vision of Jewish revival. Their third and most important mission is to introduce Jewish people to the Messiah Jesus.
P.O. Box 274
Springfield, PA 19064
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Joel Chernoff
Chairman: Dr. Joel Lieberman
Board size: 12
Ruling year: 1945
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end:
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 2011
The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America is dedicated to making a life-changing impact for people in need. With ministries in Ethiopia, Israel, and around the world, the organization provides crucial support to vulnerable communities. From providing clean water and healthcare to supporting education and economic development, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America is committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it most.
Its purpose is threefold:
To proclaim to the large and growing number of Jewish people who believe that Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) is the promised Jewish Messiah and Savior of the world.
To bring together Jewish and non-Jewish people who have a shared vision for Jewish revival.
And, most importantly, to introduce our Jewish brothers and sisters to the Jewish Messiah Yeshua
Statement of faith
The Messianic Jewish Alliance of America believes
BIBLE, consisting of the Tenach (Old Covenant/Testament) and the later writings commonly known as the B'rit Hadasha (New Testament/Covenant), is the only infallible and authoritative word of God. We recognize its divine inspiration, and accept its teachings as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 3:1-6; Psalm 119:89, 105; Isaiah 48:12-16; Romans 8:14-17; II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17).
We believe that the BIBLE, consisting of the Tenach (Holy Scriptures) and the later writings commonly known as the B'rit Hadasha (New Testament/Covenant), is the only infalible and authoritative word of God. We recognize its divine inspiration and accept its teachings as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 3:1-6; Psalms 119:89, 105; Isaiah 45:12-16; Romans 8:14-17, II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17)
We believe that the Shema, "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one" (Deuteronomy 6:4), teaches that God is Echad, as so declared: a united one, a composite unity, eternally existent in plural oneness [Genesis 1:1 (Elohim: God); Genesis 1:26 "Let Us make man in Our image"; Genesis 2:24 Adam & Eve were created to be as one flesh (basar echad)], that He is a personal God who created us (Genesis 1 & 2), and that He exists forever in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as mentioned in Romans 8:14-17 (Father, Spirit, and Messiah - Son) and Matthew 28:18-20 (immersing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
He is Our Heavenly Father as shown in: John 6:27b; I Corinthians 1:3; Galatians 1:1; Revelation 3:5, 21; Jeremiah 3:4, 19; 31:9; Malachi 1:6; Matthew 6:9, 32; Luke 10:21-22; John 1:14; 4:23; 5:17-26; 6:28-46; Romans 8:14-15.
God does have a Son who was and is and will return (Psalm 2; Proverbs 30:4-6 (cf. Hebrews 1); Luke 12:35-37; John 1:29-34, 49; 3:14-18).
The Son, called Yeshua (Jesus), meaning salvation, came to this world born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14 (cf. Luke 1:30-35)).
The Son is God (Deity), and is worshiped as God, having existed eternally (Psalm 110:1 (cf. Hebrews 1:13); Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-19; Revelation 3:21 (Hebrews 1 - worshiped by angels); Revelations 4:8, 5:5-14).
This One is the promised Mashiach (Messiah) of Israel (Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1; Daniel 9 (especially verses 20-26); Isaiah 53; John 1:17, 40-41, 45, 49; Mark 8:29). He is the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star (Numbers 24:17; Revelation 22:16). He is our Passover, the Lamb of God (I Corinthians 5:7; Revelation 5; John 1:29).
Introduced in Genesis 1:2b: "And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." In the Tenach, the Spirit of God came upon individuals during the times of our forefathers, like Moses, David (see II Samuel 23:1-3), and the Prophets, for the specific purposes.
In the New Covenant, the Messiah Yeshua, promised His disciples that "the Comforter" would come to them after He was gone, described as the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17, 26), who was with them and would be in them. Yeshua further declared that the Spirit of Truth, would guide us into all truth and would glorify Him - the Messiah - not Himself (John 16:13-15). He empowers us (Acts 1:8). The Spirit of God seals us (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30 (see NIV and Jewish New Testament versions)). If we have not the Spirit, we are not His (Romans 8:9). He leads us and teaches us (Romans 8:14-17). His indwelling enables us to live a godly life. Acts 2:38 says, "Repent, be immersed, and receive the Holy Spirit."
Men and women are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), however because of disobedience, mankind fell from the first state and became separated from God (Genesis 2:17; 3:22-24). Therefore, according to the Scriptures, all humans are born with a sinful nature (Psalm 14:1-3; 49:7; 53:13; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9-12, 23; 5:12).
Our only hope for redemption (salvation) is through the atonement made by the Messiah (Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 53; Daniel 9:24-26; I Corinthians 15:22; Hebrews 9:11-14, 28; John 1:12, 3:36), resulting in regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), which is the new birth (John 3:3-8). For by grace we are saved through faith, it is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe any form of sexual immorality or perversion, including adultery, fornication, homosexual or bisexual behavior, transgender association, transsexual orientation, bestiality, incest, or use of pornography is sinful and offensive to God.(Leviticus 18, Romans 1:24-27, I Corinthians 6:9-10)
We believe in the resurrection of both the redeemed and the lost: the former to everlasting life and the latter to eternal separation from God, a state of everlasting punishment (Job 14:14; 19:25-27; Daniel 12:2-3; John 3:36; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 10-15; 21:7-8).
The Anointed One and Redeemer: The Scriptures promised two "comings" of the Messiah.
First Coming: Promised in Daniel 9:24-26. The initial coming's purpose was to make atonement (covering) for sin (Daniel 9:24-26; Isaiah 53; Romans 3:21-31; Hebrews 9-10; John 3:16-17)-as the Suffering Messiah. The Redeemer shall come to Zion (Isaiah 59:20-21; Zechariah 14:4).
Second Coming: The Messiah Yeshua will return to the earth as King (Revelation 19:11-16). Upon His return, a many wonderful thing will happen: He will bring with Him an army of the Heavenly hosts, and those who went on before us (Revelation 19:14) and those who are still on earth will meet in the air to receive the believers to Himself (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-6; I Corinthians 15:51-57).
We believe in God's end-time plan for the nation of Israel and for the world. A central part of Messianic Judaism is the belief in the physical and spiritual restoration of Israel, as taught in the Scriptures. The greatest miracle of our day has been the re-establishment or rebirth of the State of Israel according to prophecy (Ezek. 34:11-31; 36-39; Hos. 3; Amos 9:11-15; Zech. 12-14; Isa. 11; 43; 54; 60-62; 66; Rom. 11:1-34).
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||8/8|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||No||0/8|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||20/20|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is more than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/3|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||15/15|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||3/3|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||3/3|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||3/3|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||3/3|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||3/3|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||3/3|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||3/3|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 3 stars?||No||0/10|
|Total donor confidence score||79/100|
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Founded in 1915, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) is the largest single organization representing the Messianic Jewish community in the US. Messianic Jews are lineally Jewish people that believe that Yeshua or Jesus fulfilled prophecies in the Scriptures. The MJAA sponsors national and regional conferences, the largest Messianic congregational organization in the world, as well as national programs for young professionals, college age and teen groups. The MJAA has built significant humanitarian aid ministry in both Israel and Ethiopia that blesses hundreds of thousands of poor and needy Israeli and Ethiopian Jews.