How it works

It's easy! It's fun!

It fits your schedule!

Here is what happens:

  • Each of our Teachers has created their own courses, each consisting of one to seven lessons, where they teach a subject of interest to Christians.  Their styles are informal, loving and approachable.
  • You get complete access to ALL of our video lessons, to watch and enjoy over and over again!
  • Root Source members are invited – and encouraged! – to reach out to our teachers and interact with them, via comments on video lessons and blog posts, through email, and any other convenient way.
  • Root source provides a free newsletter (which you can unsubscribe from at any time) that provides timely news and exclusive content. You will love it!
  • Most importantly, Root Source is a community. We recognize that we are on the cutting edge of this important aspect of the End Times, that is, Christians and Jews reaching out to each other and building relationships based on shared values. We all believe that God wants His children to love one another, and Root Source provides a platform for just that.
  • If you want to support our work, please click here.
  • You will immediately find yourself eagerly looking for the next wonderfully refreshing lesson in Root Source!
Join Root Source, and you will find many ways to learn deeper and reach higher.
FOR PASTORS
Who subscribes to Root Source?

We have found that the most common profile of a subscriber to Root Source is a Christian who is strong in their faith in Christ, walks in community with other believers, and has a love for Israel, the Jewish people, and/or the Old Testament scriptures. Of course, many pastors fall into this category and so we do have pastors and small group leaders on our site who use what they learn to enrich their own teaching. Another typical profile of subscriber is a person who lives in a remote rural area, or a remote part of the world, and wants to feel connected to the nation of Israel.

Jews and Christians believe different things. How is it beneficial for Christians to learn from Jews who do not see Jesus as the Messiah?

Probably the best way to answer this question is to request that you “Try Root Source out yourself for a month, and see what it is like” and then you will know. Barring that, here are a few comments that may help explain it. One of the major discoveries that Root Source students make is how complementary the teaching is, and how it augments their Christian faith, not contradicting it. The “root source” that Jews and Christians share is the Hebrew scriptures. Jews have been studying them for thousands of years, and have made incredibly insightful observations about them. Jewish thought allows disagreement on texts and so just like in the Christian world, there can be multiple Jewish views on what a passage means and how it can be applied to life. Therefore the teaching on Root Source is never from the position of: “here is THE way to understand this text”, but rather “here are some of the ways that this text has been viewed throughout Jewish history, and I (as the teacher) particularly appreciate the view of this particular rabbi who said this.”

What about the keeping of the Law?

Is that not a big area of disagreement? Root Source teachers are Orthodox Jews. They believe that the words of the Bible are inspired by God, true and applicable today, and that Jews should strive to follow the law as written. That being said, you will find several things in our the teachings. First, the Law is not a main topic or focus of the classes. Second, Jews do NOT encourage non-Jews to keep the law; there isn’t even a basis within Judaism for making that request. So when a certain commandment is mentioned in classes, it is not taught with an intent to persuade, but simply to inform. Third, the stereotype that many Christians have of Jews being “legalistic” is often shattered for Christians who subscribe to Root Source. You just won’t find an attitude within Root Source of a Jew knowing best, or having all the answers. In fact, Jewish teachers know that one of the best ways they themselves can learn from others is to teach and hear and respond the questions being asked.

Are you part of the Hebrew Roots movement?

No. Our teachers are Orthodox Jews.

What is the background of your Christian co-founder?

Bob O’Dell, the Christian co-founder of Root Source, was saved in a Baptist church, and has attended Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ, and both charismatic and non-charismatic non-denominational church gatherings over the years. His work in hi-tech put him in daily contact with Israeli Jews for over 25 years, and he was blessed to have had the opportunity to visit Israel 40 times in that period. His beliefs are mainstream within the Christian faith (e.g., the Apostle’s Creed).

Does Root Source teach about the End Times?

Yes, our teaching includes many topics and this is one of them. The Jewish and Christian views of the End Times are surprisingly similar. Both groups desire and pray fervently for the coming of the Messiah, and see his coming (or second coming in the case of Christians), for similar purposes.

What does the book Israel FIRST!, written by Gidon and Bob in 2015, have to do with the activities of Root Source?

The marketing of a book about the Blood Moons, Shemitah, Genesis 12:3 promises to Israel, and the Jubilee, was not a part of the original vision of Root Source. Gidon had an idea to leverage Bob’s study of those topics into free video lessons in March 2015, and ultimately a book in September 2015 that we believe was the first time ever that an Orthodox Jew and an Evangelical Christian co-wrote a book on Christian prophecy. The book was the #1 New Release in the Amazon category “Christian Prophecy” during the end of the last Shemitah Year and the final Blood Moon. While the “Blood Moons” is a topic that has troubled many pastors, our perspective takes those concerns very seriously, while also presenting a fresh perspective that says “Yes, the Blood Moons have meaning, but no, they do not predict Armageddon nor Messiah.” The book and free videos have brought awareness to tens of thousands of Christians to the larger work of Root Source.

From where do you get your theology of interaction between Christians and Jews?

About one year after starting Root Source, and within six months of bringing on Jewish teachers and getting the site up and running, we sought out Dr. Marvin Wilson, who wrote the book entitled Our Father Abraham: The Jewish Roots of Christianity more than 25 years ago, which has become the standard text for this field. After setting up Root Source we were amazed to discover that our activity and approach, as well as the reasons for our approach, were captured beautifully in this book. We asked Dr. Wilson to interview us, which he did over the course of a full day in 2015, asking many pointed questions to us. The result of that lengthy interview was the endorsement statement and video we posted on Root Source. The full interview was also posted on Root Source, (here are the links for parts onetwothree and four) where Dr. Wilson spoke about how he sees the relationship between Christians and Jews, and the role of Root Source.

Has Root Source made an impact in Jewish Christian relations?

The following short video gives Bob’s personal perspective on that topic, after about one year of full operation of the Root Source site.

More questions?

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments or you can email us directly at gidon@root-source.com or bob@root-source.com. Also please let us know if we can help you in any way to educate your congregation about Israel or the Jewish People.

FOR TEACHERS

Dear Teacher

Thank you for joining Root Source, delighted to have you on board with us!

Adding your lessons can be somewhat complex at first, but we hope to make the system simpler as we go on, and in any case it will get easier for you as you add more and more lessons.

To make things less overwhelming for you:-), this document will only describe the process for creating your teacher page and an overview of creating content pages. Detailed procedures for creating those pages will follow.

Let's add you in the system!

We need to add you as an author. Please provide the following information to our webmaster, Joanna Marie Rolle (joanna@root-source.com) She will set you up with a login and teacher page.

  • Title if applicable
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Profile pic (preferably at least 100×100 pixels)
  • An introductory video of yourself (for your teacher page, preferably 15-60 seconds long)
  • A bio, 50-150 words long
  • A link to your website if applicable
  • Any school or schools you are affiliated with if applicable
FOR FOUNDATION

September 22, 2020

Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation
P.O. Box 194
Paducah, KY 42002-0194

Dear Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation Trustees,

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce to you Root Source, a 501(c)3 that exists to enable, encourage, and enrich relationships between pro-Israel Christians and Jews on a basis of mutual respect and love. The great divide between Jews and Christians has been a tragedy for both faith communities. But today, we are witness to the phenomenon of Christians hungry to learn about their Jewish and Hebrew roots from authentic Jewish sources. 

That’s why Root Source brings knowledgeable, authentic Israeli teachers and inquisitive Christians together to study the Jewish texts foundational to Christian faith. We offer an online hub of educational resources where Christians can learn deeper biblical truth from Orthodox Jewish teachings—all at no cost. Courses include Biblical Archeology, Women in the Bible, Biblical Hebrew, and more. We nurture relationship building between Jews and Christians and encourage inquisitiveness while respecting the Christian faith.

Since 2015, we’ve seen over 10 million Root Source website visits and over 50,000 newsletter subscribers. We currently have over 1000 lessons recorded by an educational faculty of twelve English-speaking Israeli Jews. COVID-19 permitting, we host small study groups in the U.S., Israel, and elsewhere. By 2022, our goal is to provide hundreds of thousands of Christians globally with an understanding of the Torah and recruit 200 Jewish rabbis to engage Christians interested in going deeper into the roots of their faith.

We humbly request $10,000 for the purpose of our “Christian Outreach” initiative which will expand our capacity to engage hundreds of thousands Christians online. Millions of Christians around the world have lacked authentic Jewish-related content from reliable sources. To strengthen the bridge to understanding, we will hire a marketing manager to expand our digital outreach efforts to Christians thirsty to learn. Together with upgrading our website, multiplying our Torah teaching offerings, recruiting many more Jewish teachers, expanding our funding partners circle, and holding Root Source Live sessions over Zoom, we have not forgotten the most important component of an educational organization—reaching Christian students.

We have already initiated relationships with leaders in Africa, China, India, and of course the United States. Our free email list currently includes over twenty thousand recipients, and our website videos and YouTube channel have each had approximately half a million visits

A marketing professional with expertise in the Christian market will work towards measurable goals. These goals include: 100,000 newsletter subscribers, 30,000 opens per email, one million YouTube views, and country-specific programs. The total project budget is $120,000. Additional funds are being raised from other committed individual donors and foundation partners.

The grant will be monitored with detailed accounting to ensure compliance with the law and the guidelines for use of the funds. Our management staff and board are: Gidon Ariel (co-founder and Executive Director), Bob O’Dell (co-founder), Revis Ward Daggett, Ann Stacy, Albert J. McCarn, Ann Stacy, Galen Walters, Shelly Jones, Sydney Hewitt, and Wendy Halloun. 

A grant from the Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation would help bridge the divide between Christians and Jews and bring the world closer to the fulfillment of Isaiahs’ prophecy: “the Earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the seas” (Isaiah 11:9). In a time when cultural division is at a high, we can be part of the solution, healing thousands of years of animosity between these two faith communities. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Gratefully,  

Gidon Ariel, Co-Founder and Executive Director
gidon@root-source.com

(516) 321-1846
www.root-source.com

1114 Haskell Drive
Melissa, TX 75454-2171
EIN: 85-0583428

Attached: Fulfillment summary of http://carsonmyre.org/guide.html; IRS Letter of Determination

Fulfillment Summary of http://carsonmyre.org/guide.html

General Requirements:

  1. Tax identification number: 85-0583428
  2. Federal non-profit, tax-exempt agency status: IRS Letter of Determination attached
  3. Relevant Foundation funding categories
    1. Christian education
    2. Preservation of America’s Judeo-Christian cultural, societal, and family values

Expectations:

  1. History of success: Since our founding in 2015, we have impacted 50,000 newsletter subscribers and have seen 10 million website and Youtube channel visits.
  2. Expectation of success: We will hire a top industry marketing consultant with a proven track record.
  3. A solid operational plan or strategy for successful use of grant funds: Our Executive Director will work closely with the marketing consultant.
  4. Management and Governing board: Our Executive Director and Board members’ names listed above.
  5. Foundation evaluation with measurable effectiveness and achievement: We will provide access to dynamic metrics (email subscribers and website and Youtube channel views) and provide reporting by email at the frequency the Foundation requests.

Letter of Inquiry Summary:

  1. Point-of-Contact (POC):
    1. E-mail address: gidon@root-source.com 
    2. Phone: (516) 321-1846
    3. Postal address: 1114 Haskell Drive,  Melissa, TX 75454-2171
  2. Organization description: Root Source is a primarily online platform dedicated to providing authentic quality educational resources to Christians by Jewish teachers, and building bridges of relationship between these two faith communities.
  3. Proof of tax-exempt status: IRS Letter of Determination attached.
  4. Foundation categories and description of how our activity accomplishes its goals:
    1. Christian education: We engage Christians with authentic quality educational resources provided by Jewish teachers.
    2. Preservation of America’s Judeo-Christian cultural, societal, and family values: We build bridges of relationship between the Christian and Jewish faith communities.
  5. Anticipated benefits and beneficiaries: 100,000 Christians worldwide will be exposed to authentic Jewish roots of their Christian faith.
  6. Brief description of the specific project: A marketing project aimed at achieving measurable results of impact on Christians all over the world. 
  7. Amount requested: $10,000.
  8. Overall budget for the project: $120,000.
  9. Other sources of funding for the project: Other committed individual donors and foundation partners.
  10. Management staff and Governing Board: Our Executive Director and Board members’ names listed above.
  11. Grant monitoring method: Email subscribers and website and Youtube channel views metrics.