Jewish Mormons and Interested Friends
Jubilee Year (50 years) 2017
B'nai Shalom (Children of Peace) History and Newsletters
This page is a summary of the history, including speakers and newsletters. It also includes links to the historical officers list.
At this historical list of speakers,
there are links to more info about the speaker and the event, and often
a scanned program. All features are not yet all integrated.
The accounting starts from the newest on top to the first known at the bottom.
Shalom was started in 1967 In Harry Glick's house with Daniel Rona, Al
Ostroff, and Jerry Horowitz, as stated by Jerry Kidd, who attended the
second meeting. He doesn't beleive that Max Yospe was at first. (Jerry
Horowitz is the father of Jerome Horowitz who is currently on the board.)
All have or have had interesting backgrounds. We are grateful for the torch they carried.
Years, Speakers, Historical Info
Historical Shofar Newsletters
Fall 2017 in Seattle
Lynda Cherry gave a most inspiring and enlightening run of the Jewish Festivals and their significance to the restored Gospel; the LDS church.
She focused on the fall Festivals The audience did not want her to stop.
Fall 2017 in Utah
Dr. Ogden, our fireside speaker, is an Emeritus Professor of Ancient Scripture.
In the 1980s he served as president of the Jerusalem Branch in Israel. For 14 years he helped administer BYU’s study programs in the Holy Land and guided students on field study trips all over Israel/Palestine, the Sinai, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece.
This gathering was held in the Pioneer Stake Center; a pleasant arrangement, and we expect that this will be permanent.
By speaker request, the keynote speach was in the chapel..
Spring 2017 in Seattle
Lynda Cherry gave a captivating account of the Jewish Festivals and their significance to the restored Gospel; the LDS church. She focused on the Spring Festivals The audience did not want her to stop.
Spring 2017 in Utah
Brother Dr Bowen of BYU Hawaii spoke on "What Thank Ye the Jews" scripture, many scriptures relating to Lord's attitude to Jews in long term. Very interesting. Robert Hatch accompanied Julie and volunteered a beautiful song he wrote for Jewish audience. Brother Downing had worked as cantor for a synagogue, sang one for us.. See also the YouTube Mormons and Jews channel https://goo.gl/TDCAm0.
A last minute change in location was made to the 19th Ward Building. Future Utah gatherings will be held in the Pioneer Stake Center.
We elected Chelsea Woodruff to succeed Marlena Baker as President, with Julie Gardner as 1st VP and Daniel Baker as 2nd VP. Marlena is Secretary; Russell Spencer and Mitch Moling are added as board members.
Brother Dave LeFevre with most interesting insight in a part of Jeremiah; messages Jeremiah has for today's time, and why a Latter-day Saint should understand Jeremiah. Great food. See also the YouTube Mormons and Jews channel https://goo.gl/TDCAm0
Kim Cooney introduced Feast of the Trumpets with his shofar, followed by "HATIKVA" "The Hope", the official national anthem of Israel. LDS hymn sung in Hebrew. The gathering was held in the Bellevue South Stake Center on a Saturday evening.
Julie Garner on the viola produced beautiful music with Eastern European theme. Kahlile Bliss Mehr , expert on Church and geneology in Eastern Europe, spoke on
"The House of Israel as a Unifying Principle" . Info on early (discontinued) proselyting, and development of historical resources in Eastern Europe.
During this last xix months, a dear member, Elissa Molling, passed away after a long term with cancer. She has "always been there" and raised two former B'nai Shalom presidents. 111
The professional Bateman family performed beautiful Hebrew music.
Mary Kathryn Kozy
provided tips and sources for exploring Jewish Genealogy and DNA. This held the long and intense interest of the audience until the end of the evening, which stimulated remarkable testimonies.
We are now in the eve of the 50th Anniversary of B'nai Shalom, and we plan to make it the year of the Mormons and Jews - an idea instigated by Mark Peredes in his column on the Jewish Journal several years ago.
Author Brad Kramer "Beholding the Tree of Life: A Rabbinic Approach to the Book of Mormon"; Levels of interpretive technique developed by Talmudic rabbis. He acheived very intense and lively audience interest and interaction.
Go to his website: https://www.josephandjudah.com/ for a PDF of his excellant talk “Turning the Hearts of the Jews to the Prophets
and the Prophets to the Jews” and to subscribe to his insightful newsletters.
Tanya Muchnick/Baker spoke about how we are family, love one another,
the Spirit teaches us in the Temple. Election was then held, and the
baton was passed from Daniel Rona to Marlena. Officers:
Fall: Phil Ortega. A Time of Reconciliation and Joy
John Welch, co-director of the Masada and Dead Sea exhibition at that time, and founding director of FARMS
He discovered the first instance of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon in
1967, While a missionary for the LDS church in Regensburg, Germany.
Because of previous exposure to the ancient literary device, John Welch
correctly identified Mosiah 5:10-12 as a chiasmus, and thence began a
Place, kin, occupation, descriptive, derisive and
rank names in Jewish genealogy (Hirshkovitz" meaning son of Hirske, the
names denoting membership in the priestly lineage of Aaron or of the
family of Levi )
The value of preliminary training about Jewish, in the Mission field
Wayne and Sister LuRee Ottley, returned representatives to Israel
Demonstration Feast of the Passover, by the Budd and
Gale Boyd family. Music by John Rona. John Lieberman was there. Ted
Cannon represented the International Mission. Elder Carlos Asay had
planned to attend. Testimonies were given.
Present included Glicks, Ostraff, Feldman, Linford. Discussed a matter
that had been spoken about by Sherm Young, about the President being a
priesthood holder, and Ron Zeidgner released as president because he is
Stake Mission President.
Rodger Hall about Alexander Niebaur
(accepted Gospel 1840). Posterity born under covenant: + 6000,
including mission presidents, regional reps, stake presidents, bishops,
Hugh and Reid Nibley. Ken Dyal of Oakland made report. Rex Pineager
said President Kimball turned door to teach the Jews.