Congregation Shema Yisrael,

Offices: 1200-A Scottsville Rd., Suite 395, Rochester, NY 14624

Services: Brighton Presbyterian Church - Wallace Hall, 1775 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14610

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MEET RABBI JIM

Rabbi Jim Appel has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Shema Yisrael since 1996 and a Jewish follower of Yeshua since 1977. He is ordained by the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues.Rabbi Jim previously worked for Xerox Corporation in Webster, N.Y., for 24 years as an optical engineer and engineering manager. He holds more than 45 patents in the areas of copier imaging systems and laser printing. Rabbi Jim received a bachelor’s degree in optical engineering from the University of Rochester in 1967 and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Southern California in 1970. Rabbi Jim decided to follow Yeshua after a long spiritual search. He grew up with parents who taught him that G-d did not exist and organized religion deceived and oppressed people. In 1967, after completing college, Jim became disillusioned with life as an atheist.  He rejected his parent’s teachings and began his search for spiritual reality. This search took him into the world of mind-altering drugs and yoga meditation, and ended with a dramatic encounter with Yeshua the Messiah, who revealed himself to Rabbi Jim in the privacy of his bedroom without the assistance of any other person. Rabbi Jim and his wife, Diane, live in Brighton, and they have two grown children. 

Rabbi Jim's Books

YOM TERUAH

The Scriptures command us to celebrate the holiday traditionally called Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets, with shouts of joy and the sounding of the Shofar. But why? What are we supposed to be so happy about and why the Shofar? In this book, Messianic Rabbi Jim Appel answers those questions with new revelation from Scripture. He reveals the profound significance of the Shofar and the deep, spiritual meaning of the shout for joy. Find out what has been hidden from followers of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) for more than 1700 years. 

 

 

MESSIANIC JUDAISM TEACHER AND CLASS BOOKS

Is God tugging your heart to learn more about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and the Jewishness of the Bible? Theses books will cover all the basics while also feeding and blessing your soul at the same time.

This course is mostly written by Rabbi Jim Appel who has been teaching it at his Messianic synagogue for nearly two decades. 

 

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Rabbi Jim's Testimony

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