About Ezra

Ezra International is a Christian non-profit organization that helps the poorest of the poor Jewish people make aliyah (emigrate to Israel). The return of Jewish people to Israel today is a fulfillment of God’s promise made centuries ago. For 2,000 years, it seemed impossible but now it’s happening!

Our Team

Mel Hoelzle
Founder and President

Ezra International’s founder and president, Mel has been part of aliyah—the return of the Jewish people to Israel—since the early 1990s. Mel believes that God’s name is glorified when Christians extend a helping hand to the Jewish people. This vision has led him to pioneer service to Jewish communities in Ukraine, Siberia, Argentina, and many other countries where Ezra’s teams work.

Joanne Hoelzle

Joanne serves as Ezra International’s secretary and treasurer. With Mel, she founded Ezra’s work to help bring the Jewish people home to Israel. She has dedicated her life to the vision of Ezra through hands-on service since 1995, helping the Jewish people through the love of God.

Rev. Barry Wagner
Vice President

Barry began serving with Ezra International in the late 1990s and is Vice President. While serving as a full-time pastor, Barry began to see God’s faithfulness and love to the Jewish people, and he shares this message with Christian communities in the United States. Barry also leads annual “Fishing Trips” to Ukraine, introducing North Americans to Ezra’s work in the former Soviet Union.

Linda Wagner

Linda serves Ezra’s supporters and donor community in the United States. Since the late 1990s, she has been on several trips to Ukraine and to Israel, and she regularly joins her husband Barry as he visits churches in the US.

Janet LeBlanc
Management Analyst

Janet is Ezra International’s management analyst. She gathers and evaluates information within the organization to present solutions and recommendations. She provides continuous accurate analysis of fiscal practices. Her expertise includes Ezra’s graphics messaging and on-line footprint.

Rev. Richard Wagner
Field Support

Richard shares the message about the Jewish people’s return to Israel with congregations in the US. Rev. Wagner has been on several “Fishing Trips” to Ukraine and is committed to the work of bringing the Jewish people back to Israel from around the world.

Rev. Gary Cristofaro
Director of Development

Gary has been a passionate advocate for Israel and the Jewish people since the early 90’s. His role is to teach and communicate the message of the Aliyah to Christians both face-to-face and through electronic media. He is also responsible for Ezra’s graphics messaging and on-line footprint.

Rev. Roy Trepanier
Executive Director–Ezra International Canada

As Ezra Canada’s executive director, Roy is a firm supporter of the Jewish people, their right to return to Israel, and God’s unchanging love for them. Roy participated in a “Fishing Trip” to Ukraine in 2008 and starting coordinating the work of Ezra Canada not long after. He regularly speaks at churches and on radio and television to share the message of aliyah wherever he can.

Pat Frame
Field Operations Manager

Pat has helped Jewish people come home to Israel for more than two decades. She supervised teams in Ukraine for 11 years and currently oversees Ezra’s work in Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and other nations of the former USSR. Pat also oversees Ezra’s work in Europe and South America and is Ezra International’s liaison with Ezra UK.

Carrie Burns, PhD
International Liaison

Carrie is the International Liaison for Ezra International. For over 25 years, Carrie has served as an advocate for Jewish-Christian relations in the US, Israel, and in the 29 countries she has visited, by speaking, writing, and leading and creating programs to inspire ordinary people to support the Jewish people and Israel. Her role is to represent and serve Ezra International around the world and to tell the wonderful stories of how Jewish families are rescued from poverty and persecution and brought HOME to Israel.

Our Partners and Supporters

Our Partners

Israeli Consulate

Representing the State of Israel, the Consulate is an important contact for Jewish families and individuals planning to make their home in Israel. In the former USSR, those applying for Israeli citizenship go through the Consulate for their visa interviews, where their Jewish ancestry is verified.

Jewish Agency

Since 1929, the Jewish Agency has been a key player in aliyah, the return of the Jewish people to the Promised Land, working through its offices worldwide, the Agency connects Jewish communities with their people, heritage, and with Israel. The Jewish Agency also guides Jewish families and individuals who want to make aliyah from their home countries.

Our Supporters

Bridges For Peace

Bridges for Peace works in the Jewish and Christian comminities by providing humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and by educating churches about God’s unchanging love for the Jewish people. Since the 1990s, Brides for Peace has partnered with Ezra International to bring Jewish families and individuals to Israel from the former USSR.

Ministry to Israel

Ministry to Israel offers Christians who want to serve the Jewish people the opportunity to bless them with practical help. From its operations center in Jerusalem, Ministry to Israel provides humanitarian assistance to single mothers, lone soliders, and others in need throughout Israel. MTI partners with Ezra International to bring the Jewish people home from Russia, other countires of the former Soviet Union, and South America.

Chesed International

Chesed International has long partnered with Ezra International to bring Jewish people home to Israel, providing financial support for Ezra’s teams in the former USSR.

Zion Ministries

Zion Ministries is committed to answering God’s call to help His people make aliyah. Zion Ministries partners with Ezra Inernational to bring the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob home.

Zion's Watchmen

Foreign Offices

Ezra Canada

Station Caledon East
P.O. Box 196
Caledon East, ON L7C 3L9 Canada

Ezra International UK

PO Box 374
CARLISLE, United Kingdom

Our Community Friends


Our Commitment to Privacy

Ezra International respects the privacy of every visitor to our website. Your privacy is a priority, and we go to great lengths to protect it. This Internet Site Privacy Policy explains our online information practices. This Policy may be changed or updated from time to time. By visiting Ezra International at www.ezrainternational.org, you accept the practices described in this Policy.

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Ezra International is committed to accuracy and precision in processing your contribution information. We employ a variety of error-checking procedures, and our systems are subject to independent external and internal audits to ensure the privacy, security and accurate processing of your information.

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Mel Hoelzle
Ezra International, President, Boise, ID

Barry Wagner
Ezra International, Vice President, Toccoa, GA

Joanne Hoelzle
Ezra International, Secretary/Tresurer, Boise, Id

Gary Cristofaro
My People Israel, President, Melbourne, FL

Patricia Frame
Ezra International, Hawick, United Kingdom

Bruce Elliot
President, Infovision Software, Carlsbad, CA

Michael Utterback
Ministry to Israel, Director, Jerusalem, Israel

Ezra International P.O. Box 120926, Clermont, FL 34712-0926 Phone: 352-394-4673
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