Board Member Ari Sorko-Ram
A man of varied backgrounds, Ari began his career as a film actor. He has appeared in TV shows in Israel and the United States, such as Hawaii 5-0, Entebbe, The Finest Hour, and was an actor in TV series such as Chips and Sweating Bullets. He left Hollywood to emigrate to Israel, and became an Israeli citizen in 1976.
Ari and Shira Sorko-Ram married in 1977 and have been ministering in Israel since then. As Messianic Jews, Ari and Shria direct Maoz Israel Ministries. They have pioneered several Messianic Jewish congregations in the Tel Aviv area and sponsored national conferences for the Israeli believers.
Maoz also encourages and sponsors Jews returning to the Land of Israel. They help immigrants set up small businesses, and have fought for the civil rights of the Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) in the Land of Israel. They also translate and publish books in Hebrew.
In September 2002, they established istandwithisreal.com, a benevolence fund for the poor and needy among Messianic Jewish believers in Israel, and victims of terrorism. Since that time, they have distributed more than $4,500,000 to the hurting in Israel. They also reach out in support of Arab leaders.
Ari belongs to the Israel Empowerment lobby, registered and approved by the Knesset. He hosted several Knesset members twice to the President’s Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC and is working with the Knesset to bring Chinese business people to Israel.
Maoz’ ministry headquarters is in Tel Aviv, Israel. The USA administration office is located in Grand Prairie, Texas. They also have offices in Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Brazil and Ireland. They are endorsed as a Jewish Ministry to Israel by the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, and the many churches and organizations around the world. Maoz is a member of ECFA.
Ari and Shira reside in Ramat HaSharon, Israel. They have two sabra (born in Israel) children, and six grandchildren.