Rabbi Barney Kasdan
Rabbi Barney Kasdan was born and raised in Southern California and brought up in a secular Jewish family. In his college years he started reading the Tenakh as well as the New Testament and came to his faith in Yeshua as Messiah in 1971. Subsequently he studied at Biola University (BA History), Talbot School of Theology (M.Div.) and completed one year of graduate studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Kasdan is ordained with the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) and has served in various positions including as its President from 1998-2002. He has written numerous articles on Messianic Judaism and is the author of the popular books God’s Appointed Times, God’s Appointed Customs, the 400-page commentary entitled Matthew Presents Yeshua, King Messiah and his latest book Rabbi Paul Enlightens the Ephesians on Walking with Messiah Yeshua (all by Messianic Jewish Publications). In addition to his congregational duties, he served as a chaplain for the San Diego Police Department for 11 years. He speaks frequently in various venues about the importance of modern Israel and the Jewishness of Yeshua with the hope of helping the Jewish and Christian communities to better understand each other. Rabbi Barney and his wife Liz (also a Messianic Jew) reside in San Diego and have four grown children.