Sparks of Messiah Online Torah School is an online Torah school for Messianic Jews and Gentiles. Leveraging the power of technology and the latest teaching strategies, we provide a quality Torah education that will nurture and grow the spark of discipleship in every young follower of Yeshua.
Sparks of Messiah Online Torah School is a project of Behold! Messianic Jewish Education.
Jonathan Hughes, M.Ed.
Director and Teacher
Jonathan has been a disciple of Yeshua since he was a young man and has been working with kids for over 20 years. He founded Behold! Messianic Jewish Education and Sparks of Messiah Online Torah School to be able to inspire and equip the next generation of Messianic Jews and Gentiles for a lifetime of Kingdom work. He brings his passion for Torah learning and his 11+ years of professional teaching experience to provide an engaging, practical learning experience for every student. He received a Master of Education in Quality School degree in the spring of 2011. Jonathan currently attends Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue and is actively involved in their children’s programs.
Whitney has been a disciple of our Master Yeshua since she was a young teenager. She has a passion for learning and loves teaching the younger generation about the Torah and the wisdom of Messiah. She is most passionate about enlightening children to the importance of good character traits and deeds. She understands the importance of setting a foundation and sense of identity in children early on and hopes to ignite a spark of joy into the hearts of Yeshua’s young disciples. Whitney has experience teaching and working with elementary age students both at Beth Immanuel’s Torah School and at a local elementary. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish at a religious University and in recent years has spent her time studying Hebrew and Mussar.
Bezi Lizzi is a Messianic Gentile with a love for God, passion for Torah, and immense desire to see God’ kingdom come through disciples of Yeshua. He has always enjoyed working with children from teaching swimming lessons to kids of all ages and backgrounds to most recently working with special needs kids at the elementary school of his home town of Junction City, Oregon. He earned a BA in Education and Religion with a minor in Biblical languages from Southern Adventist University where he met his beautiful and loving wife, Tori. Together they attended Tikvat David Messianic synagogue just two hours south of the university before graduating and moving to their current location of Days Creek, Oregon to be close to family. Bezi couldn’t be more excited about working with youth in the Messianic world, combining both his love for Torah, Yeshua, and the children to whom his kingdom belongs.
Teacher and Accountant
Abby is a Messianic Gentile with a deep love for learning and teaching others. She recognizes the importance of passing our faith on to the next generation and regularly teaches weekly Shabbat classes for teen girls. She is also involved in teaching Hebrew and Torah to elementary-aged children at Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue’s Torah School. Abby believes making connections enhances learning and works to get to know each of her students individually.
Special Session Teacher
Shalom friends! My name is Roman, I’m married to my super awesome wife Alaina, we have three amazing children (ages 6, 4, and 1). I am an artist and singer songwriter. I’ve been involved musically in various children's programs, schools and camps over the years. My wife and I have a little duet band and our favorite audiences are always kids. Our family loves to play music, cook, travel and create a lot of art (messier the better.) I really look forward to meeting you (virtually)!
Israel Nick Amic
Israel Nick Amic has been teaching for the past 20 years in the Messianic Movement on a wide variety of subjects in adult, youth, and children’s education—including enjoying the position of youth leader for five years for one of the premier Messianic congregations in Southern California. Outside of the Messianic world, he taught in public school for two years and co-owned and ran a tutoring agency for over 12 years. He brings his background in Chassidut, Yeshiva-style education, and a commitment to including the teachings of the Apostolic Writings (New Testament) into every class he teaches. He has a passion to help raise up the next generation of followers of Messiah. He is committed to transmitting his education, received in the larger Jewish world, to tomorrow’s Messianic leaders. He currently attends Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue in Hudson, WI, where he leads programs for young adults and enjoys educating on various platforms for the larger Messianic world.
Yoshi McLeod has been active in teaching teenagers in the Messianic Jewish community for over 8 years. He grew up in Seattle’s oldest messianic synagogue, Beit Hashofar, and has spent extensive time learning in the wider Jewish community, as well as in Israel. These experiences have given him a passion for passing a love for Yeshua faith within traditional Judaism on to the next generation. His love for teaching is evident in his many years serving as a camp counselor for Messianic summer camps. In that role, Yoshi has taught Torah and davening and learned how to cultivate meaningful mentor relationships with his students. Yoshi received a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies in 2012 from the University of Washington. He currently attends Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue in Hudson, WI, and teaches in their children’s Torah school.
Max has a deep love for exploring and contributing to an authentic, Jewish expression of faith in Yeshua as the Messiah. By reading current and developing scholarship on Yeshua and his first followers, he hopes to share his findings with others – discovering what it means to be a disciple of a Jewish rabbi. He has gained counseling experience through his background in education, volunteering at his Messianic Synagogue, and in First Fruit of Zion’s youth summer program, Camp Tzadi. As a Gentile himself, his passion is to instill a strong and mature Gentile identity within Messianic Judaism and has researched topics in Jew and Gentile interactions and relationships since becoming a disciple in his teens. A violinist by training, Max recently earned his double majors in Violin Performance and Music Education, now teaching orchestra in local public schools. He remains active in perfecting his craft and pursuing performance opportunities at his local Messianic Synagogue, churches, orchestras, or other events and venues.
To provide an interactive and engaging learning experience, we use a Learning Management System called Moodle. Moodle is a user friendly and adaptive way to organize class materials, communicate with students and parents, and foster collaboration between students. For the live, online classroom component we use Zoom.us.