Benjamin Berger is the son of Orthodox Jews who immigrated from Europe to New York after many other family members were lost at Auschwitz. Benjamin became an architect, practicing in the U.S. and later in Denmark. He left the practice of Orthodox Judaism, but he did not resolve his many questions about the meaning of life and the meaning of being a Jew. After a period of spiritual study and searching, he came to know the God of his fathers, and to recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah of Israel. Benjamin’s brother Reuven also came to know Yeshua, and the two brothers moved to Israel in 1971.
Today Benjamin and Reuven lead “Kehilat ha’she al Har Zion” (The Congregation of the Lamb on Mt. Zion). The congregation meets at Christ Church Jerusalem (completed in 1849) which was established by Messianic Rabbi Michael Solomon Alexander. Over 100 years later, Anglican minister Alfred Sawyer invited the Berger brothers to begin a Messianic Jewish congregation there. The church, located at the Jaffa Gate in the Old City, is a simple Gothic building which, on the inside, is more similar to a synagogue. Jews, Arabs and Gentile Christians worship together in Hebrew.