Sunday, July 13, 2014

Israel, Islam and ant-Semitism

Protests in the Netherlands

    This is the face of Islam in Europe where there are laws against disparaging other religions. So protesting against Israel, equating the Jewish state with Hitler and Nazism, is fair game. This is in Europe where 6 million Jews were murdered because they were Jews. What a lie is being perpetrated! What are the believers in Europe doing to counteract these lies? What if you went to a Muslim country and walked around with a sign saying that Islam = Nazism? Will we see similar protests in the US in the name of freedom and how will believers react here? This is the time for those who really love Israel and the Jewish people to go public about their support for the right of Israel to exist.
Shalom, David Schneier

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Shavuot, the Ten Commandments and Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court

     Tonight, at 7 pm, we will be celebrating the Jewish Feast of Shavuot at Beth Hallel focusing on the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people as well as the Holy Spirit to Israel and the nations. Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court will be our guest speaker. As you may remember he refused to remove the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court despite the order of a US District Court. He was removed from his position for that stand but some years later was re-elected. Come and hear why he took that stand and how that is deeply relevant to us today no matter what our faith is. Hope we will see you there. We are located at 2230 Sumpter St., Birmingham, Al. The celebration will be on live stream at www.shalombirmingham.com. Shalom. Rabbi David Schneier

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The real face of life in Ukraine - Please don't forget those who are suffering there!



   Leslye and I just got back from a week in Ukraine. It seems the news from Ukraine is slipping to 2nd page status. But the general situation is deteriorating evidenced by this letter from a friend in Ukraine who is part of the Messianic Jewish congregation we helped to plant there in 1995. Please pray for this family who now have no work and little natural hope to find any. If you want to help this family please let me know as soon as possible. Shalom, David Schneier

   "Today, on may 8, 2014 on the eve of great Victory day there are a lot of rumors in Odessa and Ukraine as a whole. Even the residents of Moscow are a little afraid of the fact that Ukrainians are allegedly preparing a major terrorist attack in Moscow. In turn Ukrainians fear that the Russians will commit terrorist acts either in Ukraine or in Moscow and accuse Ukrainians. 

   Yes, all this affects the tense atmosphere in Odessa. Today I was in the Privoz (big open air market). Private vendors that bring in private products (milk, vegetables, meat) are trying to sell all products by the evening to leave Odessa because to stay in the city is too dangerous. In the stores there are lines because people are buying goods of the first necessity. Many are storing water in large quantities. We don't do that. We believe in the Lord and hope that all this tension is just intimidation and pitting people against each other. And the sad thing is that this comes out! People have become quite aggressive and scared. In our daughter's school, typically, the class is visited by 30 students, but today there were only 5 children. The rest stayed home because their parents are afraid to drive them to school. At drama school were my husband works the school has completely abolished lessons.
 

   Ah, Yes! I totally forgot to tell you one very unpleasant news! My husband's ship where he works as a music director suffered some damage (fire or explosion), and the cruises in Ukraine were abolished altogether. Now, we need your support in prayer that he finds a new job. The incident on the ship occurred one day before the beginning of the cruise so we were left with nothing. Pray for us please!
Tomorrow we plan to spend at home in prayer. We know that your congregation has not abandoned us! We are confident in your prayer support! Thank God for your hearts!
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Back to Alabama



     Leslye and I have made it to Dallas on the way to Birmingham tonight, hopefully by 10:30 pm. The Dallas airport was shut by thunder storms so we had to circle for a while before landing. The arrival terminal was unusually empty when we arrived because many of the planes had been diverted. Praie the Lord that we were allowed to land.
     It has been a long trip but totally worth it. Tomorrow night we'll be at Beth Hallel to begin our sharing, with our team members help, about our incredible experience in Ukraine. Updates about what is going on there currently hopefully will begin tonight on this blog. Our live stream on Friday nights at 7:30 pm is still going but our web page is down. To access the livestream you would have to locate the link you used to get to our livestream in the past. Hopefully all will be well with the web page soon. Love and Shalom, David & Leslye

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Separatists backed by Russia attack a police station in Odessa where their co-conspirators were being held

    We're at the Warsaw airport waiting to travel to Paris on the way back to Birmingham. We just learned that, today, Russian backed separatists attacked an Odessa police station where their co-conspirators in the riots yesterday were being held. Some video can be found at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27277231. Please keep up the prayer as these brazen attempt to destabilize Ukraine continue. Shalom, David and Leslye Schneier

Friday, May 2, 2014

Thirty-eight people die in blaze at trade union bldg in Odessa during pro-Russia riots

People wait to be rescued on the second storey's ledge during a fire at the trade union building in Odessa (Reuters)
People wait to be rescued on the second story's ledge during a fire at the trade union building in Odessa (Reuters)

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/More-than-30-die-in-Odessa-blaze/tabid/417/articleID/342573/Default.aspx#ixzz30ayxv4qR

     Thirty eight people died in a fire after pro-Russian rioters took over a trade union building in Odessa, Ukraine. The riots started near our hotel in the center of Odessa. We could hear the gun fire and police stun grenades going off from our room. The trade union building was set on fire and people died from smoke inhalation, gun fire and injuries when they jumped out of the building to avoid the flames. The streets are calm near us now but we don't know what is happening elsewhere. We are schduled to fly out of Odessa on Sunday so please pray for our safe journey home.
Shalom, David Schneier

Riots in Odessa/Three to four are dead!

  There were riots in the streets started probably by Russian provocateurs. They are continuing near the train station where it was reported that the regional government building was taken over. Earlier a van was found by pro-Ukrainian supporters near our hotel that contained guns, ammo and molotov cocktails. The van had Russian markings.
  When the people in the van were questioned the riots broke out. We could hear gunfire and police stun grenades for several hours. Three or four people have been been killed The police used stun grenades to disperse the crowds. Protestors were using rocks and pistols. The smell of burning rubber and gun powder was in the air.  This is the first I have had access to the internet since all of this began at about 3:45 pm local time. Please pass this e-mail on to all who will pray. We are scheduled to leave here on Sunday. Shalom. David and Leslye Schneier



Smoke filling the main pedestrian walking street


Police bus taking those who started the deadly riot.They were given a choice: Surrender or we'll give to the gathered Ukrainians who wanted to, at the very least, beat them. They surrendered!