What Does it Mean to be a "Messianic" Jew? A Messianic Jew is a Jewish person who believes that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah. The term refers to one who respects the Torah and lovingly observes the traditions and customs G-d has given to our Jewish people. He or she is part of the Jewish community. The Messianic Jew is motivated by G-d's love and grace to live a lifestyle of observance of Shabbat, festivals, and fellowship as part of a Messianic Jewish Synagogue.