Israel Media Ministries was founded in 2011 but the story begins way before that. In 1939, a 12 year old Jewish boy from Germany went on a ship on his way to the land of the Bible. This child’s name was Joseph. A few years later his entire family, his parents and his three brothers and sisters were all killed in Auschwitz concentration camp. His youngest sister, Hadassah, who was born after Joseph’s departure, was assassinated by the Nazis when she was only 2 years old. But that wasn’t the end of Joseph’s family. Joseph got married to Ruth, a young Jewish woman who also came to Israel from Germany as a child. They met in Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day in 1955, when modern Israel was only 7 years old. When Joseph and Ruth had children they named them after Joseph’s parents. That’s how I got my name, Ze’ev.
Being a son of a Holocaust survivor and growing up in a secular Jewish family in Jerusalem, I never thought too much about God. After all, how can I believe in God after the Holocaust? Who would believe that today I am writing to you not just as a believer in God but as a believer in Jesus? I came to faith in Jesus (I usually call Him by His Hebrew name Yeshua) in 1999 when I was 27 years old.