December 3

Let’s Talk About Hanukkah, Part 1 (REBROADCAST)

Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same week this year—and this week we are talking about all things Hanukkah! We welcome Steve Herzig, vice president of North American Ministries here at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, to the program. He and Chris discuss everything from how to pronounce “Hanukkah” to the inspiration it provides for Jewish people today to why Jesus celebrated this Feast of Dedication in the New Testament even though it’s not mentioned in the Old Testament. Enjoy this week’s festive chat, and discover fascinating facts you never knew about Hanukkah!

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December 3

Let’s Talk About Hanukkah, Part 1 (REBROADCAST)

Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same week this year—and this week we are talking about all things Hanukkah! We welcome Steve Herzig, vice president of North American Ministries here at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, to the program. He and Chris discuss everything from how to pronounce “Hanukkah” to the inspiration it provides for Jewish people today to why Jesus celebrated this Feast of Dedication in the New Testament even though it’s not mentioned in the Old Testament. Enjoy this week’s festive chat, and discover fascinating facts you never knew about Hanukkah!

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The Friends of Israel Today is an outreach of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry.

We stand against every form of anti-Semitism and support the right of the Jewish people to live in their ancient homeland, Israel. Additionally, FOI actively invests in the edification of Christians by teaching Scripture that exemplifies why loving the Jewish people and supporting Israel is integral to the Christian faith. Today, FOI’s presence spans the globe with ministry workers serving Jewish people worldwide.


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Steve Conover

Executive Producer/Co-Host

Steve is Executive Vice President of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry and has been part of our radio team since 1995. Steve also oversees the media ministries department. He is a graduate of The Friends of Israel’s Institute of Biblical Studies and has a certificate in broadcasting. Steve has his B.A. in Bible with a minor in Communication from Lancaster Bible College and earned his Master’s degree in Leadership Studies through Capital Seminary. Steve resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Beth. They have two adult daughters.

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Chris Katulka

FOI Radio Host/Teacher

Chris joined The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry in 2004 and currently serves as Assistant Director of North American Ministries. After graduating from the Institute of Jewish Studies, he received his B.S. in Bible from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University) and a Master’s of Theology in Old Testament studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Chris lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Karen, and their 4 children.

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Tom Gallione

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Tom joined The Friends of Israel in 2000 and currently serves as Director of Digital and Web Experience in addition to his responsibilities with the radio program. After graduating from The Friends of Israel’s Institute of Biblical Studies, he received his B.S. in Bible and B.A. in Music from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University) in Langhorne, PA. Tom lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Tadako.

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Mike Kellogg has been in newspaper and radio news and production for almost 50 years, both in secular and Christian venues. In 2014 he retired from Moody Radio after 42 years. He narrated the first recorded version of the NLT of the Bible. For nearly 30 years he taught at Moody Bible Institute as adjunct professor in communications. He and his wife, Nancy Smith Kellogg, consider their greatest ongoing accomplishment, rearing their six children and 17 grandchildren.

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The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold themes, as well as other music throughout our program were composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.