During the 1970’s, a wave of revival know as the “Jesus Revolution” touched millions of “hippies,” in the US, including many Jews. As they put their trust in Yeshua, they didn’t feel comfortable in traditional churches. At the same time, in the Christian world, we saw a growing awareness of the place of Israel in Biblical prophecy, and of interest in the Jewish roots of the faith. Together, these things gave birth to what we now call the modern Messianic Jewish movement. While embracing all of the tenets of the New Covenant, they met on the Jewish sabbath and worship in “Messianic congregations.”
One of the early Messianic congregations was Beth Messiah, located outside of Washington DC. Dan Juster moved there in 1978 to become the pastor. Asher Intrater, a new Jewish believer who grew up in the area, also joined the congregation and became Dan’s disciple. Soon Eitan Shishkoff and Jerry Miller joined them; then Paul Wilbur. Over the years, Michael Brown, Ron Cantor, David Rudolph, and others joined with them. There are many, many other dear brothers and sisters who contributed to the growth of Beth Messiah, and the many congregations that were birthed from it.
We believed that God was calling us to work together in a fledgling, Messianic "apostolic" ministry team to plant and oversee Messianic congregations. This team eventually took on the name "Tikkun" meaning "restoration" in Hebrew, based on Peter’s “prophecy” in Acts 3:21. Despite our many mistakes and immaturities, God continued to bless and the network continued to grow.
In 1992 Eitan and Asher moved to Israel along with a few other team members. Eitan began serving in the north region, raising up what came to be the Tents of Mercy network; while Asher focused on the “central” part of the country (the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem corridor) and what became the Revive Israel network.
Amazingly enough, only by the grace of God, after over four decades all these congregations, ministries and leaders are still cooperating together and have become a testimony of covenantal faithfulness and partnership.
Today Tikkun Global serves eight congregations in Israel and just under thirty in the US. Plus, several ministries and even churches around the world, from African to Hong Kong, from Brazil to the UK, have sought to align with us here in Israel.