Meet Rabbi Ira Brawer

I was born and raised in New York City, at a time when Times Square was not a place for families to visit, and when the New York sports teams actually played there. My parents were both immigrants from Europe, having been fortunate to escape the horrors of Hitler in the early stages of the war. But that’s another story (and a great one!) for another time.

While I was raised very traditional and attended an Orthodox shul growing up, I nevertheless turned from Judaism after my bar mitzvah and spent the next nearly 20 years making many mistakes and wrong choices in my life. I searched out many avenues to peace including drugs, eastern religion, yoga, astrology, tarot and the pursuit of money to name a few. All of these were disappointing dead ends for me. Then in 1984, after two years of searching and studying the Bible, both the Tanach (Hebrew Scriptures) and the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), I became convinced that Yeshua (Jesus) was the promised Messiah of Israel and the Nations. It was on Yom Kippur that year while attending a service at a Messianic synagogue in Denver, Colorado that I came to a place in my life where I surrendered and accepted G-d’s provision for the only means of atonement, the sacrifice of Yeshua.

Shortly after that we moved to another city in Colorado where we were involved in starting a Messianic Congregation. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I married my best friend Gloria in 1982, and we have traveled this journey together for the past nearly 40 years. 31 years ago, G-d called us to move to Florida to plant Shalom Boca Messianic Synagogue, where we have served with joy ever since. We have 5 wonderful grown kids, and 4 incredible grandkids. We count it a privilege to serve a community of followers of Yeshua who are serious about worshipping G-d, serving one another, and passing on a Godly heritage to the next generation. Come and join us one Shabbat morning