Art Katz’s Conversion to Yeshua ישוע המשיח
Art recounts his conversion experience as an unbelieving atheist and former Marxist, apprehended by a God whom he was not seeking, significantly and symbolically in Jerusalem, his conversion experience has been powerfully used to bring other of Art’s Jewish kinsmen to the faith of their fathers.
Art Katz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929 of Jewish parents. Raised through the depression years and turbulence of World War II, and inducted into Marxist and existentialist ideologies, as well as merchant marine and military experiences, Art was brought to a final moral crisis as a high school teacher—able to raise, but not able to answer the groaning perplexities of the modern age.
During a leave of absence and on a hitch-hiking odyssey through Europe and the Middle East, the cynical and unbelieving atheist, vehement anti-religionist and anti-Christian was radically apprehended by a God who was actively seeking him. The actual journal of that experience, Ben Israel — Odyssey of a Modern Jew, recounts his quest for the true meaning to life, which climaxed significantly and symbolically in Jerusalem.