Rabbi Yehudah “Tochukwu” ben Shomeyr (Kris Shoemaker) was raised in a Christian Home and accepted the Messiah Yeshua at the tender age of six, and dedicated his life to full service for Him at age thirteen. From that point on Rabbi Yehudah has been involved in a multitude of various ministries from Churches and Synagogues to youth, street, camp, jail and nursing home ministries to name a few.
He is a graduate of the Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville Tennessee and has received his B.A. in Bible and Missions (1996), had his Hatafat Dam Brit (Jewish Conversion) preformed on him in 2004. He was trained under three separate Rabbis and was ordained (Shmicah) as a Natsari Rabbi in June of 2007 but has since forfeited that ordination, but was then ordained as Rabbi by A.D. International in October of 2010.
Rabbi Yehudah was also made a chief and given a title among the Igbo People in 2010 and made official by Eze Chukwuemeka-Eri at Obu_gad in Aguleri during the Ovala Festival. His title in Igboland is “Odum Biara Ana Igbo Nwanne Di Uto” which means, “The Lion who came to Igboland is a sweet brother.” As well as taking on a title, Rabbi Yehudah also has adopted an Igbo name, “Tochukwu” which means the exact same thing as his Hebrew name, which is Yehudah, meaning, “Praise God.”
As of Oct. 2013 He is a member of the Ohanaeze Society of Canada.
Rabbi Yehudah is a Husband, Father, part time Home Health Aide and is an international speaker and has many profiles and teaching sites on the web. Rabbi Yehudah’s unique calling is to reach out to the 3 major monotheistic religions on the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as to locate, identify and help re-gather the Lost Tribes of Israel.
Both Rabbi Yehudah and his wife discovered their Jewish Roots later in life, they made their return to Natsari Judaism fairly early on in their marriage.
Rabbi Yehudah is available for speaking engagements and seminars regarding the Jewish faith, holidays and customs, the Hebraic Roots of the Christian Faith, Torah Studies and the Igbo's connection to Israel.
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