Israel and the Los Angeles Jewish community have lost one of their most tireless supporters and good friends. Scott Bauer, senior pastor of the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, succumbed to a ruptured aneurysm on Oct. 24. He was 49.
Among his most passionate pursuits was his love and support for Israel and the Jewish people. This was evidenced both in many messages to his congregation and on his nationally broadcast radio program, and through his leadership and participation in activities to educate and mobilize the Christian community to stand with Israel.
His encouragement and guidance were instrumental in the founding of the Israel-Christian Nexus. He was active in the planning of the recent solidarity event held at Stephen S. Wise Temple that brought together more than 2,000 Christians and Jews for an evening of support and prayer for Israel. he enjoyed meeting on a regular basis with key Southern California Christian and Jewish clergy for prayer and fellowship.
More than 6,000 people attended Bauer's memorial service on Oct. 29 where Rabbi Steven Jacobs of Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills, a longtime friend and associate, spoke on behalf of the Jewish community.
Survivors include his wife, Rebecca, an author and ordained minister; three children; parents; and extended family.