Tifetet Yeshua Messianic Congregation
Tel Aviv, Israel
In 1995 Ari and Shira Sorko-Ram’s burden for reaching native-born Israelis with the Good News of Yeshua was growing. They had planted congregations in the past, but this time, they knew something had to be different. At that time, there were no Spirit-Filled, Hebrew-Speaking only congregations in Israel. Nearly every congregation was multi-lingual. Some didn’t have Hebrew at all.
They were convinced that in order to attract Israelis, they would need to return to the language of the people. With that in mind, Tiferet Yeshua was birthed. The gospel would go forth every week in the language of the Hebrew prophets. Worship would be in Hebrew, preaching would be in Hebrew and even fellowship at the end of the service would be in Hebrew.
After several years Asher and Betty Intrater and Eddie and Jackie Santoro teamed up with Ari and Shira and the congregation enjoyed unprecedented growth. Many Israelis received Yeshua during that season and many of them are in ministry today all over Israel!
In 2004 Asher and Eddie were sent out to plant a sister congregation in Jerusalem, Ahavat Yeshua (the Love of Yeshua). Other congregations began to adopt this strategy of Hebrew-only congregations.
In January 2013, Ari and Shira, now in their seventies, felt that it was time to release the congregation so they could put all their energies in their ministry, Maoz Israel. They turned to Asher Intrater and Ron Cantor to take the reins of the congregation. For the next three years Ron served as the pastor along with Asher’s oversight from Jerusalem and a team of elders.
During this time the congregation continued to grow as we built a coffee house, started monthly outreach concerts and invested in our young adults. In May 2016, Ron turned over leadership to Gil Afriat, a native born Israeli. This was always longterm goal and vision of Tiferet Yeshua, to be led by "sabras"—native Israelis. Ron continues to serve as an elder and now works with Asher in Tikkun Global, a Messianic Jewish family of leaders and congregations based in Israel.
Ari and Shira continue to be members of and now 'grandparents' of the congregation and we continue to enjoy generous support and relationship from Maoz Israel, the ministry they have led for more than forty years.
We invite you to join with us, so that you can have a direct impact on what God is doing in Tel Aviv. Partner with us and become a watchman over this city.