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Ohr Yeshua Messianic Synagoguge
1511 Morgan Johnson Rd.
Bradenton, FL 34208
PHONE: (941) 755-0001
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Rabbi Gary Beresford
Rabbi Gary founded Ohr Yeshua Ministries in 2000. Having spent 13 years in Israel studying at various institutions in Jerusalem he was ordained in 1995 as a Messianic rabbi. Rabbi Gary was born in South Africa and after many years spent several years in Zimbabwe as a group marketing manager where he was first exposed to Yeshua as the Messiah. After a short period of contemplating this possibility he accepted this truth. But, he wanted to know more about this new twist as a Jew. He immigrated to Israel with his wife and spent years studying and researching the reality of Yeshua as the Messiah the evidence became overwhelming. He found the need to create a synagogue that held to a Jewish outlook being observant of Torah (G-d’s Instructions, Law) and yet holding to the Messiahship of Yeshua. He also saw the need to open the door for all peoples to be united in Torah observance and the Messiahship of Yeshua. Thus Ohr Yeshua Messianic Synagogue was born.
Shamash and Gabbai* Jon Loose:
(*one who assists in the running of a synagogue or its religious services, especially the reading of the Torah)
Born and raised in Michigan as a Roman Catholic. Jon soon realized that Christianity had created changes to the text of the Bible. Thus he set out to find the truth of the Scriptures and how Yeshua fitted into them. Jon has made a virtual lifelong study of the calendar and has produced a calendar showing through textual and scientific research the probable date of Yeshua’s birth. He has also given several highly insightful teachings based on the Tenach and Apostolic Writings. He is a true servant of the Lord. Jon is a member of the congregation’s steering committee. ..
Cantor* Laurie Murphy
(*one who sings liturgical music and leads prayer).
Laurie was born and raised in Manatee county Florida and is one of the few native born Floridian’s. Laurie discovered from her dying mother that she was Jewish. This changed her direction and Laurie started her return to Judaism. Today she is the longest continuous member of the congregation. She has been gifted with a beautiful voice that places us into a place of reverence during every service. She has been our cantor since we opened our doors. Laurie also serves on the congregational steering committee.
Ron has been with us since we opened our doors with the exception of a short hiatus. Ron realized in the 1980s that the Bible was a Jewish Book and started his journey into Messianic Judaism. Ron realized that Yeshua was an observant Jew and lived his life as such; Ron is a true disciple of the Messiah and is a loyal servant of the Lord. Ron serves on the congregational steering committee. In this text area you can include a description about your staff member. Work experience, education, cell number, job history, levels of expertise, or personal interests and goals.
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Bob has been a part of our synagogue for over five years..