Avi Mizrachi, the Executive Director of Dugit Messianic Outreach Center and Pastor of Adonai Roi congregation, was born in Tel Aviv in a Jewish home. After serving in the Israeli Air Force, he decided to visit his sister in America, where he met Yeshua as Savior and Lord. In 1984, he married Chaya and returned to Israel. In 1985, God opened the door for them to study at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas and they returned to Israel in 1987.
Upon returning to Israel, Avi was employed by Dugit, a Christian Art Gallery and Bookstore, operating under the auspices of the Southern Baptists in Tel Aviv. Avi worked there until the store was closed in 1992. At the urging of the Holy Spirit, Avi was led to establish a center for outreach. After signing a contract and lease with the Southern Baptists and renovating the space, Dugit was opened anew as a Messianic Outreach Center in December of 1993. In December 2003, Dugit was officially moved to Beit Esther on Brenner Street, essentially tripling the space available for this expanding ministry.
Additionally, in the summer of 1996, Avi was led to found a new Messianic Congregation in Tel Aviv. The name impressed upon him by the Lord was “Adonai Roi”, Hebrew for “The Lord is my Shepherd”. The Congregation began with a few people meeting together in a private home. The small group grew consistently and in September 2001, the 5-year old congregation moved into Beit Esther, where they continue to meet today. Services are held at 5:00 pm every Shabbat in the main hall on the first floor. Offices are located on the third floor. Adonai Roi Messianic congregation is registered in Israel as a non-profit organization, “Agape”.