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!
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 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
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 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 is Ezra International’s management analyst. She gathers and evaluates information within the organization to present solutions and recommendations to management staff and other high-level professionals in Ezra.
Rev. Richard Wagner
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 communicate the message of the aliyah to Christians both face-to-face and through electronic media. Gary also leads tours to Israel challenging Christians to come to a better understanding of their Hebraic roots.
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.
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.
Director, Latin America
Craig has worked with Ezra’s teams from Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova. He also assisted families in Israel who received assistance from Ezra as they made aliyah. Craig currently oversees our work in Latin America.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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Ezra International, President, Boise, ID
Ezra International, Vice President, Toccoa, GA
Ezra International, Secretary/Tresurer, Boise, Id
My People Israel, President, Melbourne, FL
Ezra International, Hawick, United Kingdom
President, Infovision Software, Carlsbad, CA
Ministry to Israel, Director, Jerusalem, Israel
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