Chosen People Ministries

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Chosen People Ministries, established in 1894, does direct evangelistic work on campuses, in urban areas, in homes, and also plants Messianic congregations, as we believe every Christian - Jewish or Gentile - should be part of a local church. The ministry engages in missionary, religious and relief activities in relation to the Jewish people and to local churches. It is headquartered in New York City, with 200 worldwide staff members, comprised of administrators and missionaries. In addition to the United States, we serve in 16 countries around the globe, including Israel.

Chosen People Ministries is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. Contributions to the ministry are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a Charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and is a member of the Christian Leadership Alliance, Missio Nexus, and the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism.

Contact information

Mailing address:
241 E. 51st Street
New York, NY 10022-6502


Phone: (212) 223-2252


Organization details

EIN: 131659171

CEO/President: Dr. Mitch Glaser

Chairman: Tom McHugh

Board size: 10

Founder: Mr. Leopold Cohn

Year founded: 1894

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Chosen People Ministries began in Brooklyn, New York in 1894 through the efforts of Rabbi Leopold Cohen, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant whose life was transformed when he accepted Jesus as the Messiah. The ministry has grown throughout the last 124 years and is now operating in 17 countries around the globe. We serve the Lord through Messianic outreach centers where we focus our ministries in local areas. Often we have both centers and congregations'or multiple congregations'in a given area, as we do in Jerusalem, New York City, Los Angeles, South Florida, and other places around the globe. Literature and Media - The ministry currently produces and distributes various literature (tracts, pamphlets, books), music (tapes, CDs), and videotapes. The intent of these materials is to evangelize the Jewish people and to disciple believers in the delicate art of introducing the Messiah to the Jewish people.

Chosen People Ministries: US Ministries

Chosen People Ministries has operated its international headquarters from New York City for the past 18 years. In 2013, we dedicated a building that we purchased and renovated in Brooklyn, New York, in the heart of a busy orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The Brooklyn building houses our seminary program, The Charles L. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies (described below), one of our two New York Messianic congregations, and is the hub of our operations in Brooklyn, which includes a summer evangelistic outreach, Shalom Brooklyn. Our well-established Manhattan-based Messianic congregation meets on Saturdays on the West side of Manhattan.

Recognizing the great need in Jewish missions for more seminary-trained leadership, Chosen People Ministries and the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University established the Charles L. Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies in New York. Our program is accredited through the New York Board of Regents, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Association of Theological Schools.

In addition to New York, we have established branches and Regional Directors located in Boston, Chicago, Southern California, Seattle, Virginia, and South Florida. Also, we own two Messianic outreach centers in Boynton Beach, Florida and Chicago, Illinois where we also have a Messianic congregation. In addition, we planted or supported the planting of other Messianic congregations around the country; in Irvine, California, two in Virginia, and an affiliate congregation in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area.

Chosen People Ministries: Israel

Chosen People Ministries has worked in Israel since the 1930's and have resident missionaries serving throughout the country. We established two Messianic Centers in Israel'in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv'where we regularly conduct evangelistic ministries, including short-term missions' trips from the United States. Our Jerusalem Center serves as our main headquarters in Israel and was established over ten years ago. In June 2017, we dedicated a Messianic Center in Ramat Gan, a busy suburb of Tel Aviv, one of the largest municipal regions in Israel. It is now a thriving space that already reaches young families in the community. Our usual schedule of events each week include a weekly cafe outreach with live music, Bible studies, seminars for young people and families, leadership training programs, and even a Hebrew language Mothers of Preschoolers program.

Mission statement

Chosen People Ministries exists to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same.

Statement of faith

Doctrinal Statement
The Chosen People Ministries' Doctrinal Statement affirms our commitment to the essence of historic, evangelical faith and our core theological emphases when it comes to Jewish evangelism.

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, which is, therefore, inerrant and infallible in the original autographs. We believe in the sole authority of the sixty-six books of the Bible. (Ps 107:11; 119:160: Mark 7:6-13; John 10:35; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We believe that there is one infinite and perfect God (Deut 6:4; Lev 19:2; Deut 33:27; Isa 6:1-3; 40:28-31; Acts 17:24; Ps. 90:2), eternally existing in three distinct and equal persons-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each possesses the characteristics of personality as well as the nature and perfections of deity. (Matt 28:19-20; John 1:1-3; 15:26; 16:12-15; Col. 1:15-20; Heb 1:1-4).

We believe that God is sovereign and created all things for his glory. (Gen 1-2; Job 38-41; Ps. 19:1-4; Isa 37:16; Jer. 10: 11-12; Rom 4:17; Heb 11:3)

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image and likeness (Gen 1-2). Through Adam's sin, all people are born guilty before God with a nature in rebellion against him (Gen 3; Rom 3:10-18, 23; 5:12-21; Eph 2:1-3).

We believe that God made an everlasting and irrevocable covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Gen 12:1-3; 15:9-21; 17:1-8). It includes the unconditional election of Israel as God's chosen people, the gift of the land of Israel, and the promise of the Messiah through whom all the families of the earth will be blessed (2 Sam 7:6-16; Jer 31:23-40; Romans 9-11; Gal 3:6-4:7).

We believe that God the Son preexisted as the eternal Word, took on human nature, and was known as Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah (John 1:1-18). We believe in His full deity (Is 9:6-7; John 10:30; 20:28; Acts 2:14-36; Col. 2:9), His virgin conception (Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18 :25; Lk 1:34-35), His full humanity (Heb 2:14-18; 4:15), and His sinless life (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26; 1 Pet 2:22 [Isa 53:9]).
We believe Jesus the Messiah revealed the mind of God (Deut 18:15; Acts 3:22-24; Matt 13:57; John 1:18; Heb 1:1-4), offered Himself once and for all as the only atoning, substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of humanity (Heb 4:4:14-5:10; 7:1-3; 9:6-10:18; 1 John 2:2; Rev 1:5), and continues to intercede for His people (Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25; 9:24). As the risen Messiah, He exercises divine authority from God's right hand and will return to reign (2 Sam 7:12-16; Matt 2:1-11; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 2:30-36).

We believe in the full deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; Eph 4:30). He bears witness to Yeshua through the Word of God (John 14:25-27; 16;13; 1 Cor 2:10-11). He convicts (John 16:7-11), regenerates individuals (John 3:3-5) and baptizes them into the Body of Messiah (1 Cor 6:11; 12:13; Titus 3:5). He indwells, fills, guides, helps, gifts, and produces in believers the fruit of the Spirit (John 14:15-21; 1 Cor 6:19; Eph 1:13-14; 5:18). We believe that no particular gift is given to every believer (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12:1-31; Eph 4:11).

We believe that salvation for both Jews and Gentiles is available only through Jesus and His finished work (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). This salvation is a gift from God, received through faith alone and not by works (John 10:28-30; Rom 8:28-30; Eph 2:8-9; Rom 3:21-4:25; Heb 13:5). True believers in Messiah are sealed by the Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph 1:13-14).

We believe that the Church is comprised of both Jews and Gentiles who have accepted Jesus as the promised deliverer (Eph 2:11-3:6). Gentiles who have come to faith in Messiah Jesus are fellow heirs in the kingdom of God with Jewish believers (Eph 3:6; Gal 3:1-4:6). This belief in the universal body of Messiah encourages both Jews and Gentiles to live together in unity (Acts 14:23; 15:24-28; Rom 14:1-15:21; Col. 2:16-23; Heb 10:24-25). We also affirm the right of individual congregations to express their cultural diversity and the importance of Gentiles reaching out to Jewish people in evangelism as part of their call from God (1 Cor 9:20-21).

We believe that Messiah will return to earth to reign from Israel over the millennial kingdom (Dan 9:27; Matt 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-27; 1 Thess 1:10; 2 Thess 2; Rev 20:1-6). When all His enemies are put under his feet, He will hand over the Kingdom to the Father (1 Cor 15:20-28).

We believe that the final state of those who have trusted in Messiah will be eternal bliss in the presence of God. We believe that the eternal state of those who have not trusted in Messiah will be one of conscious suffering in hell. (Matt 25:46; John 3:36; 2 Thess 1:8-9; 2 Pet 3:13; Rev 14:11; 20:11-15; 21:1-22:6).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating812 of 84444 of 46
Fund acquisition rating778 of 84443 of 46
Resource allocation rating706 of 84439 of 46
Asset utilization rating676 of 84436 of 46

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$505,512$609,230$393,618$476,918$314,498
Short-term investments$5,077,673$5,040,456$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$128,528$134,216$122,539$128,728
Total current assets$6,118,066$6,802,918$1,449,320$1,848,691$1,781,993
Long-term investments$0$0$4,093,538$4,986,659$4,506,178
Fixed assets$11,609,325$11,785,862$10,902,871$11,213,919$11,472,678
Other long-term assets$868,799$1,012,491$1,932,846$817,848$863,877
Total long-term assets$12,478,124$12,798,353$16,929,255$17,018,426$16,842,733
Total assets$18,596,190$19,601,271$18,378,575$18,867,117$18,624,726
Payables and accrued expenses$559,461$734,334$379,452$795,837$384,331
Other current liabilities$237,433$237,364$251,260$297,403$293,962
Total current liabilities$796,894$971,698$630,712$1,093,240$678,293
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$863,870$897,248$1,031,157$1,075,206$1,176,181
Total long-term liabilities$863,870$897,248$1,031,157$1,075,206$1,176,181
Total liabilities$1,660,764$1,868,946$1,661,869$2,168,446$1,854,474
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$2,977,032$3,468,656$2,803,470$2,655,133$3,065,418
Permanently restricted$0$0$330,711$330,711$341,580
Net assets$16,935,426$17,732,325$16,716,706$16,698,671$16,770,252
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,164,652$16,463,461$15,137,119$13,803,849$13,736,348
Program service revenue$128,242$135,025$133,691$122,684$135,503
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$51,721$58,097$21,561$34,113$18,961
Other revenue$292,214$378,420$184,320$162,946$212,188
Total other revenue$472,177$571,542$339,572$319,743$366,652
Total revenue$15,636,829$17,035,003$15,476,691$14,123,592$14,103,000
Program services$12,676,473$12,204,948$11,509,131$10,566,851$9,881,725
Management and general$1,624,721$1,860,579$1,685,771$1,633,444$1,521,173
Total expenses$16,528,583$16,230,002$15,699,572$14,241,739$13,378,339
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($891,754)$805,001($222,881)($118,147)$724,661
Other changes in net assets$94,855$210,618$0$46,566($55,299)
Total change in net assets($796,899)$1,015,619($222,881)($71,581)$669,362


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/6/2021. To update the information below, please email:


In the latter part of the 19th century people were on the move for many different reasons. Political and social upheavals in Europe continued throughout the turn of the century. This turmoil generated an intense longing, both for material stability and religious freedom.

During this time of tremendous change, Leopold Cohn was born in Berezna, a small town in eastern Hungary. His life became interwoven with these people on the move. In the community of Berezna, Orthodox Judaism was a way of life. Traditional Judaism was all-pervasive in its impact on a daily existence, and there was zeal for the Torah (Law). It was not surprising, then, that Leopold Cohn became a rabbi.

During his years of rabbinical study, certain portions of Scripture led Leopold Cohn to seek more knowledge about the Messiah. He searched the Scriptures and questioned other rabbis, but still found no satisfactory answers. A noted rabbi even advised him to go to America where, he said, people knew more about the Messiah. Strange advice, it would seem, yet this noted rabbi said he would lose his position if he were to discuss the Messiah. Later, Leopold Cohn recalled this incident and felt that the rabbi knew something about the Messiah, Jesus.

Cohn knew that there was but one course for him to follow: he must share the knowledge of the Messiah, Yeshua, with his Jewish people. He explained an early encounter with members of the local community: "I showed them from the Scriptures that to believe in Yeshua was Jewish faith, real Jewish faith." This became Leopold Cohn's life calling. It also became a guiding principle for CPM, which he founded in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, in 1894. Leopold Cohn began this ministry by holding meetings in a store that was a renovated horse stable. He founded his work upon faith, in response to the Scriptural exhortation of Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." The ministry's first Bible meeting was attended by eight Jewish people. The Lord continued to bless this work, and in the course of his lifetime, Leopold Cohn led over 1,000 people to the Lord.

Responsible Jewish evangelism has characterized Chosen People Ministries from its inception. Over the years, different aspects of our ministry's outreach have continued and expanded. The early work was a real family ministry. Mothers would come to the mission to participate in women's activities. They would also bring their children, who took part in the different programs. These programs in turn resulted in fathers coming to the mission. Through the dedicated work of early workers, many individuals and entire families came to believe in Jesus. There are many Jewish Christian family trees whose spiritual roots began through the outreach of Chosen People Ministries. Several of them, including some of our own staff, are in full-time service for the Lord.

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