Meet our Founders

A man of varied backgrounds, Ari played professional rugby in France for the French National Rugby team before becoming a professional football player in the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals. He attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Southern California, studying psychology, after which he worked as a Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff. From there, Ari became a film actor, appearing in over 100 films and TV shows in Israel and the United States, such as Hawaii 5-0, Entebbe, and The Finest Hour. In addition, he was a lead actor in TV series such as Chips and Sweating Bullets. He left Hollywood to return to Israel, the land of his forefathers, where he became an Israeli citizen in 1976.

Shira, who hails from Dallas, Texas, graduated from Southern Methodist University, but has lived in Israel since 1967, where she became an Israeli citizen. She has worked as a director and producer of documentary films. One project, “Dry Bones," a film on the prophetic significance of Israel’s rebirth, is acclaimed around the world and was seen by Golda Meir. In addition, Shira has written for many publications concerning the Messianic Jewish Movement and the Christians’ part in Israel’s spiritual resurrection. She produces the monthly Maoz Israel Report, providing a prophetic, political, and spiritual perspective of current events in Israel.

Shira and Ari Sorko-Ram married in 1977, and have been ministering in Israel together since then. As Messianic Jews, they have been pioneers of the Messianic Jewish movement in Israel. They direct Maoz Israel Ministries, currently lead a Messianic Jewish congregation in the Tel Aviv area, and have sponsored many national conferences for Israeli leaders and believers. In addition, they encourage born-again Jews to return to the land of Israel, help immigrants set up small businesses, help them with immigration, and contend for the civil rights of Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) in the land of Israel.

Ari and Shira reside in Ramat Hasharon, Israel. They have two sabra (born in Israel) children, four  granddaughters and two grandsons.

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