Rebekah grew up in an intermarried Jewish believing home in New Hampshire. Her parents raised her in an environment where it was normal to be Jewish and believe in Jesus. She never doubted God’s love for her and she always knew that Yeshua was the Messiah. It wasn’t until first grade, in a confrontation with another Jewish girl in school that she learned it wasn’t “normal” to be Jewish and believe in Jesus.
As she grew up in a Messianic Congregation, preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, Rebekah decided that it was time to take a serious look at her faith. As a twelve-year-old she wanted to be “all in” her faith for herself or “all out.” She didn’t want to ride on her parent’s faith any longer; she wanted it to be her own. Through a process of reading the Bible, praying and talking to people she trusted, Rebekah decided that she want to be a follower of Yeshua not just because her parents or her community wanted her to, but because it was true.
Because Rebekah took ownership of her faith as a preteen preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, she really values this season in the lives of young people and its unique opportunities for discipleship.
Rebekah began serving with Jews for Jesus full-time in 2011, after completing a B.A. in English from Pace University. In Winter 2015 Rebekah was named the Director of Camp Gilgal East. Rebekah was married to Sam Rood, who also serves with Jews for Jesus, in April 2013. Sam also participates with Camp Gilgal.
“Camp Gilgal has been part of my life since 2002. I am so excited to be able to direct this program and provide opportunities for the next generation of Jewish Believers in Yeshua (Jesus) to grow up in Him.”