January 23, 2021 | The Backgrounds of the Jewish People, Part 1


Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry

Our ministry is devoted to loving and helping the Jewish people. To help you do the same, we’re here to teach you about their heritage. Chris teaches you everything you should know about the Ashkenazi Jewish people on this week’s program, part 1 of our 4-week series studying the Jewish people. From their sense of humor to their cuisine to their music, Ashkenazi culture is quite familiar to all of us thanks to its impact on modern culture. 

Though Ashkenazi ancestry is the most common background of Jewish people today, their history has included great trials. The rampant anti-Semitism that infected Europe during the Middle Ages played a large part in dispersing these people to different areas throughout the world. Their survival today is a testament to God’s work, and their traditions are unique and exciting for us to learn!

Jewish Culture and Customs

By Steve Herzig

You may love the Jewish people, but what do you know about their culture? Do you know about their symbolic customs that date back thousands of years and the special meaning they hold? 

Enjoy a front-row seat to the colorful traditions and lifestyles of the Jewish people with Jewish Culture and Customs! Order your copy of Steve Herzig’s personal and entertaining book today!


Apples of Gold: The Private Detective

For ten years, Zvi was part of his apartment building’s committee. He made many good friends and contacts serving alongside his neighbors. When he stepped down, a new resident took his place. He was a very curious man asking questions about all the residents and their personal lives. Soon it was found that this man was part of a strict ultra-Orthodox group and was reporting back his findings. One day he began asking Zvi where he went to synagogue. Zvi jumped on this opportunity to tell this man about his faith. Listen to find out his reaction.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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  1. I’m just starting to read this series about the Jewish people backgrounds. I have an immediate question: Are the Jewish people referred here including the Israelites?

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