Who We Are

Rabbi Dr. John Fischer

Dr. Fischer was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1946 to survivors of the Holocaust.  He immigrated to the United States  in 1949. He married 4 Jun 1972 to Patrice and they have two children and three grandchildren.  Rabbi John has six earned college and university degrees, two of them doctorates (a Ph.D. and a Th.D.). Dr. Fischer has spoken and taught repeatedly throughout the United States and around the world. He has lectured in Israel, Russia, France, Germany, Hungary, the Ukraine, Canada, and South Africa. He is the author of numerous academic articles and books.

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Dr. Patrice Fischer

Dr. Patrice Fischer was born near Rochester, NY. She has four earned degrees and has done post graduate study both in the US and Israel. She has helped establish two Messianic synagogues and has taught at both the university and seminary level. Patrice presently serves as Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at St. Petersburg Seminary and Yeshiva, where she has taught since 1984, and is Vice President of its Board of Directors. She has been a guest lecturer in Jerusalem, Berlin, as well as in the Ukraine, where her grandparents are from.  Patrice also functions as an Associate Rabbi at Congregation Ohr Chadash in Clearwater. Among other written contributions, Patrice co-authored The Distortion and wrote chapters for two books, Voices of Messianic Judaism and The Enduring Paradox. She has also served as an editor and translator for two Messianic Bibles.

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Cantorial Team

Our Cantorial Team is comprised of a talented group of people. Each member provides their unique voice and style. Our Cantorial team is lead by Mr. Richard Turnage, who has served our community with distinction for many years. Richard also serves a vital role preparing our candidates for Bar and Bat Mitzvah.  Other members include Mr. Jacob Kolosey and Jenni White.

Congregation Ohr Chadash is a member of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations.

Our Rabbis are members of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council