Vine of David presents the story of Abram (Bram) Poljak, pioneer of the Messianic Jewish movement, told in his own words. Follow the dramatic story of the pivotal character of twentieth-century Messianic Judaism as he flees the Gestapo, labors for Messianic Jewish refugees, battles with missionaries, endures internment, survives the blitz, witnesses the War of Independence, establishes Messianic communities in Israel, Switzerland, Germany, and France, and commits himself on a mission to redeem the German people for the sin of the Holocaust. An amazing trip through history and the story of a hero of faith for today.
Poljak’s vast body of writings might have been lost if not for the dedication of two of his disciples, Karl and Annedore Krauter, who spent their whole married life preserving and disseminating his teaching. In 2015, First Fruits of Zion announced the establishment of our Jerusalem office, the Bram Center for Messianic Jewish Learning. We named the Bram Center after Abram (Bram) Poljak, an early pioneer of Messianic Judaism in Israel and Europe. The Bram Center is a place for Messianic Jewish learning to take place in the heart of Jerusalem— especially for Messianic Israelis. The announcement about the Bram Center came as a surprise to Abram Poljak’s surviving disciples in Switzerland and Germany.
About Abram Poljak
Abram (Bram) Poljak was a pioneer and pivotal character of the twentieth-century Messianic Jewish movement. After a miraculous escape from a Nazi prison, he put his energies behind Jewish Christian refugees and a Jewish expression of Yeshua-faith. He established several ministry ventures, numerous publications and periodicals, educational initiatives, and even agricultural colonies. He spoke to crowds across three continents and his publications were translated and circulated in fifty-six countries. He founded various associations such as the Jewish Christian Union and the Kingdom Brotherhood—international movements of disciples of Yeshua committed to his teaching and to the idea of Jewish Christianity. His talent as a writer and his background in journalism enabled him to fill numerous books and publication in which he chronicled his progress and the progress of the movement that he led under the banner of “the cross in the Star of David.”.