What We Believe
Zola Levitt Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization guided by the standard of Romans 1:16 — “To the Jew first and also to the Gentile.”
We hold to a strictly literal and inerrant Bible interpretation, salvation through Christ alone, an imminent pre-tribulation Rapture of all Believers, and the establishment of a thousand-year kingdom on Earth.
The evangelism of the unbelievers and the exhortation of the believers take precedence over all other activities of this ministry.
Read more about end-times prophecy events.
What We Do
Founded in 1979, we are principally a teaching and evangelistic association.
- Our national television program, Our Jewish Roots (formerly Zola Levitt Presents), airs on nearly a hundred independent stations and teaches the Bible with an emphasis on Israel, prophecy, and the Jewish roots of Christianity.
- Our free monthly Levitt Letter newsletter users gives a concise Biblical perspective with updates on recent events in Israel. The Levitt Letter is mailed to more than 40,000 households and 9,400 online per month.
- Our Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies correspondence course teaches the Jewish roots of the Christian faith to more than 3,000 currently-enrolled students.
- Our online store carries a large number of teaching materials.
- We offer two tours each year to Israel and Petra in Jordan, with an option to visit Greece and Ephesus in Turkey in the fall only.
- We offer speakers for churches, civic groups, university conferences and the like to speak on the subject of the Holy Land, End-times Prophecy, and general bible discussions.
Zola Levitt Ministries has sent hundreds of books to the Holy Land and planted thousands of trees throughout Israel.
Our policy is to protect our donors’ confidential information. We will not sell or trade a donor’s personal information to any other entity in existence without the written permission of the donor.
About David and Kirsten Hart
David and Kirsten Hart — the new studio co-hosts for Our Jewish Roots — live in Florida. David, originally from California, and Kirsten from New York each toured extensively with various ministries since the 1970s, but teamed up after marrying in 1990.
Besides both of them working with television ministries since the ’80s, David studied music at Azusa Pacific University (CA), served as lead vocalist for the Gospel group TRUTH (a song he recorded — “Jesus Never Fails” — landed the group in the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame!), and as vocal director for The Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World. Kirsten sang back up for Grammy-winner Larnelle Harris, the USO tour group Re-Creation, and The Spurrlows.
They have two adult sons. Tyler served in the U.S. Army and married Kari in 2013. Ryan lived in Israel and worked as a video production specialist with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem before moving back to the US.
Living in Florida, David currently leads worship for a local church and Kirsten speaks to women’s conferences and retreats across the country. They particularly enjoy leading music for Holy Land tours and believe that singing about Yeshua in His land is life changing.
With their background of leading music in local churches and traveling for ministry, they are excited about their journey with Zola Levitt Ministries.
About Joshua and Caleb (the Bearded Bible Brothers)
Brothers Joshua and Caleb were born into a Messianic Jewish family that was involved in spreading the Gospel of Yeshua/Jesus. The brothers grew up under the leadership and tutelage of great warriors of the faith, including their missionary godparents, who inspired them with a desire to reach the lost.
During the summer when he was 18, Joshua began traveling the world as a missionary to share the love of Yeshua and fulfill the Great Commission. His outreach ranged from public preaching to acts of service including plumbing, painting, and supporting international ministries. Later, he joined younger brother Caleb in pursuing a degree in radio, television, and film — a potent combination that empowered them to creatively communicate the Gospel.
In a significant juncture, they joined Berg Productions in March 2006 — just before Zola Levitt’s heavenly birthday. Berg produces Our Jewish Roots (formerly Zola Levitt Presents), the weekly television program of Zola Levitt Ministries. Caleb remained with the Berg team as a camera operator, editor, graphic artist, and animator, while Joshua returned to the road.
Joshua’s freelancing enabled him to evangelize around the world. He worked in African orphanages, leper colonies in India, disaster-stricken Haiti, and in Myanmar, fighting against human trafficking. Through video, Joshua shared with the Western world the struggles of those in need. He traveled with a team for 10 years, helping with and documenting relief efforts while sharing hope through stories of restoration. An ordained minister, Joshua also worked with leading ancient Greek textural critics in Greece to preserve the remaining original manuscripts of the New Testament.
Joshua and Caleb also created and acted for movies, in which they portrayed the roles of Yeshua and/or His disciples. Soon, they discovered the power of social media for reaching an isolated world with the Gospel. Using humor and visual spectacle, they began teaching as the “Bearded Bible Brothers” for Zola Levitt Ministries’ online platforms. After gaining a loyal online following as respected Bible teachers, they became the messengers for Our Jewish Roots, further extending their reach to share the timeless wisdom of their well-cemented faith.
About Jeffrey Seif
Dr. Jeff Seif succeeded Zola at the teaching helm of Zola Levitt Ministries and as the ministry’s principal spokesperson. He continued teaching the ZLM message on television, writing books and articles, and ministering in churches across America. Jeff and Zola co-created our correspondence course, The Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies.
Jeff received a master’s degree and doctorate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas; he taught over 400 students each semester in Bible colleges and pastored at least four churches over a span of twenty years.
About Sarah Liberman
Sarah Liberman was born to Jewish parents in Israel and grew up the Galilee region. Her parents came to faith in Yeshua (Jesus) through meeting Jewish believers and she grew up in a Messianic home. She earned a degree in communications from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an M.B.A shortly after that.
After marrying her husband, they moved to California, where she worked in corporate sales and marketing, living the American dream. In 2009, they moved back to Israel and she now lives with her husband and three children in a rural area near Caesarea.
In 2014, she recorded her first worship album, I Am Before You, and she became a worship leader. In 2016, she recorded a second album, A Pure Heart, and a third album in 2019, God of Miracles.
In addition to filming Hebrew Lessons for Our Jewish Roots and writing our Personal Letter newsletter, she travels throughout Israel and around the world, speaking as well as singing and leading worship.
About Dov Schwarz
Dov Schwarz, a Jewish believer in Messiah Yeshua, now lives in Israel. As a pastor, radio host, and author, Dov understands how the Body of Messiah should relate to God’s Land, and builds bridges to effect restoration between Israel and the Nations. He and Suzanne have two children.
About Eitan Shishkoff
Eitan Shishkoff and his wife, Connie, came to saving faith in Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah while living on a commune in the mountains of New Mexico in 1972.
Since then he has served in cross cultural evangelism, headed a day school at a Messianic synagogue, and then became pastor of the congregation.
God called them to Israel in 1992. Settling in Haifa, Eitan served on the pastoral staff of Kehilat HaCarmel. In 1995 he founded Ohalei Rahamim (Tents of Mercy) a Hebrew-speaking Messianic congregation and humanitarian aid center. Eitan and Connie have four grown children, seven grandsons and two granddaughters.
About Chaim Malespin
Chaim Malespin made aliyah from the U.S. in 1999. Graduating from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in 2013, Chaim currently directs the Aliyah Return Center, training international interns, developing infrastructure in the Galilee, and promoting Israel and the Nations working together for Zion’s sake. He and Deanna have three children.
About Todd Baker
With his extensive background in Jewish Evangelism, Todd has led over 45 Gospel outreaches to Israel since 2001. A former tour guide, Todd founded and leads ZLM’s To The Jew First Gospel Outreach to Israel.
Todd received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Lee University in 1992, a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy/Apologetics from Trinity Seminary under the auspices of Liverpool University, Liverpool, England, in 2006.
Todd has pastored Shalom, Shalom Messianic Congregation—which he started with Zola Levitt—in Dallas, Texas since 1999. He devotedly served as a chaplain at Medical City Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Dallas, Texas, from 1994 to 2009.
Dr. Baker is an author of several books including Messengers of Messiah: Witnessing Encounters With the Chosen People, a speaker, and a teacher who has been interviewed on radio and television. He is currently a theological consultant for Zola Levitt Ministries.
About Myles & Katharine Weiss
Myles and Katharine entered into partnership with ZLM in 2011 just as production began on the Ruth: Your People Shall Be My People TV series. In a twist that only God could provide, Ruth’s story is the Weisses’ story (gentile leads Jew to redemption). They had even based their marriage seminar on the Book of Ruth. They know it well.
Myles is a native of NYC, where he attended Hebrew school until his Bar Mitzvah. He received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Ministerial Arts and Biblical Counseling from Christian Life International Bible College in Novato, California, and his Master of Arts from Azusa Pacific University near Los Angeles. He is ordained with the Evangelical Church Alliance.
Katharine, a native California Catholic, was born again during her college years. A gentile, she pointed Myles to his Messiah in 1984.
Together they lead Beth Shalom a Messianic congregation and carry the Gospel of Jesus wherever they are led, including to Israel and into churches, where they help connect Jews to their Jewish Messiah and Christians to the Jewishness of their faith. They have been accompanied on this journey by their two sons who traveled the world with Mom and Dad and the Gospel.
About Tom McCall
Dr. Thomas McCall, previously the Senior Theologian of our ministry, has written many articles for the Levitt Letter. He held a Th.M. in Old Testament studies and a Th.D. in Semitic languages and Old Testament. He served as Zola’s co-author, mentor, pastor, and friend for nearly 30 years. He died January 29, 2021.
Zola Levitt was the most beloved and well-known Messianic Jewish Bible teacher and Middle East commentator of his day. He was a Jewish Christian thoroughly educated in the synagogues and brought to the Messiah in 1971. He held music degrees from Duquesne University and Indiana University (doctoral coursework completed), and an Honorary Th.D. from Faith Bible College. He played the oboe, English horn, recorder, and piano.
He is best known for hosting the weekly national television program Zola Levitt Presents. He formerly hosted two top-rated radio talk shows — The Heart of the Matter in Dallas, and the nationally syndicated Zola Levitt Live.
Zola was a widely published author with more than 50 books in several languages, and the composer of some 200 spiritual songs, personally performed on most of his albums.
Zola lectured and hosted on more than 100 tours to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, the areas of the seven churches, Mediterranean islands, European capitals, etc. He taught a course on “Christ in the Old Testament” at Dallas Baptist University and gave seminars at other education institutions.
Zola Levitt, founder and patriarch of Zola Levitt Ministries, died peacefully on April 19, 2006 at his home in Dallas, Texas, following a courageous two-month battle with lung cancer. He was 67 years old.
Those he left behind mourn his passing but celebrate his “promotion the Head Office.” They include his beloved wife Sandra; a son Mark, who takes the lead in administrating this ever-expanding worldwide ministry; a son Aaron, who participates behind the scenes, helping with writing, editing, and more; and a stepson Will. With Ken Berg—Zola’s faithful producer of 28 years—and a dedicated staff of professionals, the Levitt legacy continues, as it will until the Second Coming of our Lord.
- Mark Levitt — Secretary/Treasurer, Executive Director
- Becky Marble — Bookkeeper
- Jane Derrick — Office Manager
- Sandra Luttrell — Travel Manager
- Ken Berg (Berg Productions) — Television Producer
- Clayton Herring (Berg Productions) — TV Air Time Syndicator
Board of Trustees
- Mr. David Hitt, Chairman, President — Richardson, TX
- David Hitt is an attorney practicing in the Dallas area. He has served on the Zola Levitt Ministries board as its chairman since 2007, and he believes that Zola Levitt Ministries’ support of Israel is essential in a time when the whole world seems to have turned against her. David holds degrees in accounting, physics, and law. He is a voting, independent, volunteer board member who will remain active through at least January 2025.
- Mr. Mark Levitt, Executive Director, Secretary/Treasurer — Dallas, TX
- In 1988, Mark became the ministry’s executive director. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a variety of sales and marketing experience. His compensation has been calculated on cost-of-living-adjustments which he has declined since 2007. Mark is a voting, volunteer board member who will remain active through at least January 2025.
- Mr. Lou Hays, Director, Audit Committee — Oklahoma
- Now retired in Oklahoma, Lou Hays was our ministry’s Levitt Letter editor in the mid-2000s and a close personal friend of Zola for decades. A master chess player and savvy golfer (he wrote a book!), he’s also an accomplished entrepreneur, owning and operating a travel agency and ice cream store.
An avid volunteer with animal rescue, Lou is a sincere Believer in Yeshua and a strong supporter of Israel. Lou is a voting, independent, volunteer board member who will remain active with the ministry’s board through at least January 2025.
- Mr. Mark Nelson, Director, Audit Committee — Dallas, TX
- Mark Nelson is the son of Pastor Ted Nelson, a friend and founding board member of Zola Levitt Ministries, who served from 1979–2008. Mark shares the same beliefs and passions for Christ as Zola Levitt Ministries.
While an active member of his church, Mark works for the return of the church to its biblical authority and Jewish heritage. He has a business background in corporate sales, management, commercial real estate, and strategic consulting, serving both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Mark is a voting, independent, volunteer board member who will remain active with the ministry’s board through at least January 2025.
- Mr. H. J. (“Jay”) Ledbetter J. D., Director — Centennial, CO
- Jay has been active in the ministry since the 1980s. He was an early financial contributor, and soon joined the ministry, where he served as General Counsel. He helped Zola develop his writings and directed the ministry’s Israel tours.
Jay is a Vietnam-era veteran, and served as an infantry officer overseas during Desert Storm. He has assisted Mark Levitt over the years with the ministry’s legal and business issues. Jay has authored a couple of books on Passover, and conducts annual Christ-in-the-Passover celebrations. He has an active law practice in Denver, Colorado. Jay is a voting, independent, volunteer board member who will remain active with the ministry’s board through at least January 2025.
- Margot Dokken, Director — Southern California
- After her mother led her to Zola Levitt Ministries, Margot was hooked on Zola’s unique teaching subject and style. In early 2006, she began assisting editor Lou Hays working on the Levitt Letter. After Zola died, she accepted Lou’s blue pencil and editor’s chair and served the ministry until she retired November 2021. She continues to help the ministry where needed and happily joined its Board of Directors in November 2022.
In addition to church, Margot is active in pickleball and animal rescue. She also participates in her local chapters of American Association of University Women and Daughters of the American Revolution. Margot is a voting, independent volunteer board member who will remain active with the ministry’s board through at least January 2025.
- 2003 IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter
- Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certification
- 2021 Audit
- 2021 Form 990 Tax Return
- 2022 Audit
- 2022 Form 990 Tax Return