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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 30, Number 6          July August 2014            Tammuz/Av  5774

 

**KA Music/Dance Team at SD County Fair, July 4

**Jonathan Settel in free concert, July 12

**SD Messianic Community Picnic on Mission Bay, August 3

**Sisterhood Retreat + Youth Camp in August

 

 

Yeshua, the Most Famous Jew

 

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

Whether people love him, despise him or try to ignore him, there can be little doubt that Yeshua of Nazareth is the most famous Jew in history.  No one has had such international impact on the lives of people from various countries and cultures.  Yet we almost forget that Yeshua started his amazing religious movement in the Land of Israel among our Jewish people.  This charismatic rabbi and self-proclaimed Messiah has caused much controversy among many but also great attraction among others within the Jewish community.  Take for example the following quote from another famous Jew:

 

“As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene . . . . No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot (a witty remark).”

— Quote taken from “What Life Means to Einstein,” The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929. Einstein was a physicist and professor at Princeton University. He lived from 1879-1955.

This fascination with Yeshua within the Jewish community has certainly grown stronger in recent years.  Why are an increasing number of contemporary Jews intrigued with this rabbi from Nazareth?

 

First, we can’t help but notice that the entire historical context of Yeshua is thoroughly Jewish.  He was born of a Jewish mother in the first century Land of Israel.  He was circumcised on the eighth day and dedicated in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem according to Jewish custom (Luke 2:21-38).  Yeshua grew up in a traditional kosher home, regularly attended his local synagogue and no doubt diligently studied his Jewish culture and faith (Luke 4:14-22).  The Gospels record the fact that he faithfully celebrated all the Jewish festivals such as Passover, Tabernacles and Hanukkah.  Like all observant Jews of that time, he spoke Hebrew (along with Aramaic) and often quoted the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) as he taught the riches of the Torah.  It should not surprise us that Yeshua also looked like a “normal” member of the Jewish community.  He wore the traditional tzitzit/fringes on his garments (Matthew 9:20) and was even called “rabbi” by other esteemed rabbis (John 3:1-16).  With all due respect to the great Renaissance painters and Cecil B. DeMille movie depictions, Jesus was a traditional Jew!

We could say that a funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century.  The Jewish Yeshua was eventually transformed into the non-Jewish Jesus.  Yet we live in a day when many people, both Jews and Christians, are yearning to rediscover the Jewish Yeshua.  This has led many of us Jews to read carefully the original source material; not the religious books about the Middle Ages, but the New Testament written by Yeshua’s earliest Jewish followers.  Many of us find ourselves, like Albert Einstein, “enthralled” with the original understanding of Yeshua.

 

Besides the Jewish context of the Gospels, many are drawn to Yeshua because of his amazing message.  People from all nations have been captivated by the power and truth of the Messiah’s teaching.  The universal appeal of his message has attracted followers from all tribes and tongues of the world.  While some world religions and pagan expressions seem to teach violence and subjugation, Yeshua’s focus is love.  And not just an emotional sentimentality but on a self-sacrificing love that would even care for a potential enemy (Matthew 5:43-48).  He often emphasized the priority of shalom/peace because the God of Israel is the creator of such blessing (Matthew 5:9).  In addition to these universal values, Yeshua had much to say about some values that are of special significance to the Jewish people.  In Judaism, the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is one of the highest priorities.  We are taught that the world, as good as it might be at times, is in a fallen state.  Part of our calling as Jews is to assist in repairing some of the problems of humanity.  No wonder that it is often Jewish people who are highly involved in a wide variety of humanitarian aid and benevolence projects.  After all, it’s a mitzvah (good deed or commandment).  I am sure that many of us from a Jewish background feel a strong connection to Yeshua as we consider his values.  The Gospels record his ministry to the Jewish crowds where he brought healing and feed the hungry multitudes.  He brought words of comfort to the grieving and hope to those who had lost all hope.  Yeshua’s message went beyond this present age on planet earth but it was inclusive of the heartfelt values of Tikkun Olam.  His life and teaching actually tied heaven and earth together as he said: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (cf. Matthew 5:16).

One of the most important values within the Jewish community is the love for the Torah/5 books of Moses.  It is highly unfortunate, in my estimation, that some Christian theologies either devalue or completely do-away with this part of the Bible.  I realize that not every part of the Torah relates to Christians, as the New Testament itself teaches.  But sadly this can confuse some of us on the Jewish side into thinking that Yeshua and the New Testament obliterate the Torah for Jewish people.  This is contrary to what Yeshua himself clearly taught when he said: “Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).  It seems clear that most Jews are not going to consider a Messiah who does away with the Torah.  But many of us can appreciate a Messiah who will give us a deeper understanding of the Torah through the lens of the New Covenant.  Despite some of this confusion, many Jews resonate with the direct teachings of Yeshua.   As we read his words we find ourselves captivated by the spiritual depth and yet simple clarity of his Torah values.  Many of us Messianic Jews have found that he has the words of life which are perfectly consistent with a Jewish understanding of the whole of Scripture.  For these reasons a number of Jews from every generation have taken note of the rabbi from Nazareth.  I feel blessed to live in a day when more and more people are taking a fresh look at this most famous Jew of history.

**This article first appeared in the Jewish Voice Today magazine, July 2014.

 

Upcoming Events

 

July 4, KA Music and Dance Teams at SD County Fair.  Zemer Yeshua and Nagila B’ariel will give a special program in this open air concert.  Prime time on the 4th of July!  Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event.

July 12, Saturday, 1pm.  Mid-Year Congregational Meeting.  We will be electing our new Board of Directors at this Oneg Luncheon hosted by our Youth Group.  KA members please make this a priority.

July 12, Saturday, 7:30 pm.  Concert with Jonathan Settel.  This international messianic recording artist will share his joyous music plus from his new CD.   Free event, love offering received.   Invite your friends!

July 17-20, UMJC International Conference in Chicago.  Join hundreds of messianic believers for this annual event.  The theme is “Limud—To Learn and To Teach” and there will be educational workshops, worship concerts with Marty and Misha Goetz and inspiring Shabbat services.  More info and registration at umjc.org.

August 3, Sunday, 11am-5pm.  SD Messianic Community Picnic.  We will have our annual get-together with Tree of Life Congregation and other Jewish organizations for a time of food, fellowship and games.  Meeting at De Anza Cove on Mission Bay.  Bring your picnic lunch, chair and your family for this fun event.

August 15-17, KA Sisterhood Retreat, Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center. This will be a wonderful time with the messianic sisters in a nice retreat setting.  Special speaker is Jamie Lash from Jewish Jewels Ministry in Florida.  Call our office for more information.

August 23, Saturday, 10:30am. Bat Mitzvah of Abbey and Lindsay Mellado.  Join us as the sisters are called up to the Torah on this beautiful occasion.

August 29, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Join us for this great sunset service at La Jolla Shores on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.  Bring your dinner, a chair or blanket as we celebrate Shabbat together at this beautiful location.  Bring your surfboard for a 4pm surf session with the Rabbi at the checkered flag!

August 29 – September 1, Friday – Monday.  UMJC Regional Youth Camp in San Bernardino Mountains.  Make sure your teen attends this great gathering of youth from 10 different synagogues.  Lots of fun and adventure (can you say Paintball?) plus Bible studies and Shabbat services in God’s nature.  Still a few spaces available.   Contact Michael and Jeannie Stinton for details.

November 7-9, UMJC West Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  Save the date for this first-ever messianic Jewish event in Las Vegas.  Join 12 different messianic synagogues from around the west as we come together for music, Shabbat services and concert with Deborah Kline-Iantorno.  Don’t miss it!  Info at umjc.org.

 

Weekly Services

 

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with Yeshua.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm.  Current  class: “Chanting the Torah”.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  Summer break from July 22-August 26.

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm.  Connect with other messianic youth!

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha in one year. Currently in Bemidbar/Numbers.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith!  There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.  Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club:  All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today.  Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with.   Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am.  Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects.   Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting.  All women and daughters are welcome!

Messiah TV:  Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                             Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas             Tovik Liberman, Ron Wallace, Alice Hoover,       

                                                                                                        Elliot Klayman

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                              Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                  

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                            Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                         Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                                    Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                                   Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                          Rene Wallace

 

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                  CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                         Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                     Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                             Oneg: Devorah Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                        Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                               Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay                                           TV Outreach:  Lety Levy     

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                                Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton              

            

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera,  every Weds, 6pm.                                                                

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

San Marcos (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

Yuma, AZ, Alan and Pat Levy Andrews, every Fri, 6pm.

TijuanaBC, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez,  1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 30, Number 5          May/June 2014            Iyar/Sivan  5774

 

**Shavuot Service, June 3

**Chagigat L’chaim B’Mashiach Drama at KA, June 27&28

**KA Music/Dance Team at SD County Fair, July 4

 

“Why Judaistic and Hellenistic Cultures Matter:

Salvation is from the Jews”

By Patricia Levy Andrews

 

The following was a research essay submitted for the recent MJTI class “Jewishness of the New Testament”

 

Rabbi, theologian, and philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel contends that, “The vital issue for the Church is to decide whether to look for roots in Judaism and consider itself an extension of Judaism, or to look for roots in pagan Hellenism and consider itself as anantithesis to Judaism.” [1] The very real differences between Hellenism and Judaism have a direct impact upon one’s exegesis of the scriptures. By comparing the languages, cultures and theologies of each, the importance of a Hebraic approach to the scriptures becomes clear, as does the reality that the Christian church has adhered to a Hellenistic approach.

The Hellenistic View

Hellenistic religion is any of the various systems of beliefs and practices of the people who lived under the influence of ancient Greek culture during the Hellenistic period and the Roman Empire (c. 300 BCE to 300 CE). [2] Hellenist Stoic and Peripatetic philosophies each

planted cultural seeds that filtered into the Christian culture. Stoic theology holds that the world is ruled by judicious legislation, a principle of reason (logos). It teaches that humans should live in agreement with reason/nature because humans have the “seed-like reason” that is a part of the divine principle of reason within humans. Hence, “reason”, “rational thought”, and “logic” are buzzwords of the the Stoics, for whom virtue and apatheia (“without passions,” being without negative or disturbing emotions) are the chief goal. The Peripatetics concentrated their efforts on biology, natural science, and logic. [3] Analytical, logical, rational, unemotional, scientific thinking and philosophies prevailed within the polytheistic, syncretistic religious culture of Hellenism.  Heschel describes how the Hellenistic teachings of Marcion of Sinope in early church history effected the dejudaization of Christianity:

“The spiritual alienation from Israel is most forcefully expressed in the teaching of Marcion, who affirmed the contrariety and abrupt discontinuity between the God of the Hebrew Bible and the God whom Jesus had come to reveal. Marcion wanted a Christianity free from any vestige of Judaism. He saw his task as that of showing the complete opposition between the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels. Although in the year 144 of the Christian era the church expelled the apostle of discontinuity and anathematized his doctrines, Marcion remains a

formidable menace, a satanic challenge. In the modern Christian community the power of Marcionism is much more alive and widespread than is generally realized. Notwithstanding the work of generations of dedicated scholars who have opened up new vistas in the nderstanding of the history and literature of ancient Israel and their relation to Christianity, there is an abiding tendency to

stress the discontinuity between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.” [4]

Heschel passionately responds to a modern quote that reflects Marcion’s influence on Christian theology, “… ‘for the Christian the Old Testament is not revelation, but is essentially related to God’s revelation in Christ as hunger is to food and despair is to hope … . The God

who spoke to Israel no longer speaks to us in the time of the new Covenant.’ Here is the spiritual resurrection of Marcion. Was not the God of Israel the God of Jesus? How dare a Christian substitute his own conception of God for Jesus’ understanding of God and still call

himself a Christian?” [ibid]

Antonia Tripolitis further describes Marcion’s anti-Hebraic doctrine, which obliterates the unity of the Shema, the monotheism of Judaism, and advocates “… the existence of two Gods who have nothing in common. One is the unknowable supreme God who is good and

merciful and the Father of Jesus Christ, and the other is the God of creation, the demiurge of the cosmos and subordinate to the superior God.” Furthermore, the Creator God is responsible for “… the world’s misfortune, evil, and death.” Marcion also held that, “The Christ sent by the superior God is not the one prophesied in the Old Testament.” And he believed that “ …the Jewish Messiah will come at some future time to restore the Jewish kingdom just as the prophets declared, but he has nothing to do with humankind’s salvation.” [5] Marcion’s theology certainly resembles the polytheistic nature of the Greek and Roman religions of his day.

Marcion was, and remains influential because, as Tripolitis explains, “Unlike other Gnostic teachers, Marcion proceeded to found a church. In general, Gnostic groups organized as schools in which the teachings were transmitted, interpreted, and kept secret. Marcion was

the first Gnostic to establish a church with an organization, liturgy, and Scripture that was very similar to that of the church of Rome. He was also the first to develop a New Testament canon, which included an abridged version of the Gospel of Luke and a modified version of the 10 Pauline letters. The Pastoral Epistles (1, 2 Timothy, and Titus) and the Epistle to the Hebrew were excluded.” [ibid]  This “divorce from all things Jewish” continued. “By 167 the enforced Hellenization of the Jews reached its peak; the Jews were compelled, under penalty of death ‘to depart from the laws of their fathers, and to cease living by the laws of God. Further, the sanctuary in Jerusalem was to be polluted and called after Zeus Olympius’ (II Macc. 6:1, 2).” [6]

The Hebraic View

In contrast, the Hebraic view is able to restore the natural, God given perspective to the scriptures. For example, Marvin Wilson uses the nature of the Hebrew language to describe the contours of Hebrew thought:

“Hebrew is a verb-based language. Therefore, Hebraic thought naturally prompts response and action. Marvin Wilson explains: “In Hebrew grammar, the position of emphasis is usually the beginning of the clause. Unfortunately, our English translation

of the Hebrew text does not always reveal this emphasis. So it should not be forgotten that Hebrew—unlike English—usually confronts the listener immediately with a verbal form. . . even before the subject itself is designated.” Wilson explains that “Laziness,

inertia, or passivity were hardly marks of the Hebrews’ lifestyle. Rather, the Hebrews were mainly a doing and feeling people. Thus their language has few abstract terms. Rather, Hebrew may be called primarily a language of the senses. The words originally

expressed concrete or material things and movements or actions which struck the senses or started the emotions. Only secondarily and in metaphor could they be used to denote abstract or metaphysical ideas.” [7]   In fact, in the Hebrew Bible abstract thoughts or immaterial conceptions are conveyed through material or physical terminology, for example, phrases such as “lift up the eyes” (to

look), “burn in one’s nostrils” (to be angry), “unstop someone’s ears” (to disclose or reveal something), “hard-heartedness” (to have no compassion), “stiff-necked” (to be stubborn), “gird your loins” (to ready or brace oneself), and “set one’s face to go” (to be determined to go). Moreover, Wilson informs us that “Hebrews liked the concrete and tended to avoid the abstract”, and “In Hebrew thought the essence of true godliness is tied primarily to a relationship not to a creed.” [ibid]  Not only that, but Wilson also compares stoic modern Western culture with that of the Hebrews:

“Modern man in the Western world thinks he has an image to defend. He is supposed to be macho and keep his cool. He is expected to be made of steel, always in control. He does not allow himself to become vulnerable by revealing much of his emotions. It is usually considered unmanly for him to cry. Yet Jesus, the exemplary man, wept (Luke 19:41; John 11:35). This display of emotion was in sharp contrast to the Greco-Roman world of the Stoics, who sought to be indifferent to pleasure or pain; they were determined never to submit or to yield; they were resolved to overcome their emotions and desires. The Hebrews, however, were a very passionate people; they did not hide or suppress their emotion.” [ibid] The Stoic subjugation of emotion could be said to be the perfect description of proper church behavior in some church circles today. Wilson also addresses another aspect of Hebrew culture, block logic:

“The use of what may be termed block logic is another important contour of Hebrew thought. Greek logic, which has to a large extent influenced the Western world, was different. The Greeks often used a tightly contained step logic whereby one would argue

from premises to a conclusion, each step linked tightly to the next in coherent, rational, logical fashion. The conclusion, however, was usually limited to one point of view—the human being’s perception of reality.  By contrast, the Hebrews often made use of block logic. That is, concepts were expressed in self-contained units or blocks of thought. These blocks did not necessarily fit together in any obviously rational or harmonious pattern, particularly when one block represented the human perspective on truth and the other represented the divine. This way of thinking created a propensity for paradox, antinomy, or apparent contradiction, as one block stood in tension—and often illogical relation—to the other. Hence, polarity of thought or dialectic often characterized block logic. … It is particularly difficult for

Westerners—those whose thought-patterns have been influenced more by the Greeks and Romans than by the Hebrews—to piece together the block logic of Scripture. For example, Pharaoh hardened his heart, but God hardened Pharaoh’s heart; God

is both wrathful and merciful; Jesus is the “Lamb of God” and the “Lion of the tribe of Judah”; Hell is the “blackest darkness” and the “fiery lake”; in weakness is strength; to find life, one must lose it; the way up (exaltation) is the way down (humility); and whoever comes to Jesus he will never drive away, yet no one can come “unless the Father draws him.” [ibid]   So, we see that Hellenistic based Christian theology and culture is largely intellectual, abstract and theoretical, whereas Hebraic-Semitic based Jewish culture and theology is

concrete, physical, and practical. Interestingly, the word we use to describe the study and understanding of God is itself Greek: “Theology (from Greek Θεός meaning “god” and λογία, – logy, meaning ‘study of’) is the systematic and rational study of concepts of deity and of the nature of religious truths…” [emphasis, mine] [8] Thus, it is unsurprising that “Theology has been particularly prominent in Christian thought…”, which is based in Hellenism, while from the Jewish perspective, “…the genius of Judaism has been directed more toward the practices of the faith than toward abstract speculation, more to what God would have men do than to what God is.” [9]

The Hellenistic lens focuses on beliefs about God, whereas the Hebraic lens zooms in on what God would have us do. The first often reaches closed-ended static conclusions; the second is organic, malleable, ever-changing. The first is based in faith and creed, the second, in relationship and action. The first comes predominantly from the mind, the second from the whole being. Greco-Roman language and culture obscure scripture, whereas Jewish language and culture elucidate scripture quite clearly. Heschel challenges us with a statement: “The extent of Christianity’s identification with the Hebrew Bible is a test of its authenticity as well as of Jewish authenticity. Lack of such identification lies at the heart of the malaise of Protestantism today.” [4]

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[1] Marvin R. Wilson Our Father Abraham, Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, p. 16,

– Abraham Heschel, The Insecurity of Freedom (New York: Schocken Books, 1972), pp.

169-70

[2] TimeMaps.com

http://www.timemaps.com/civilization/Hellenistic-period#culture]

[3] Professor Christine M. Thomas, Lecture Notes 2003 Religion and Western Civilization:

Ancient

•Patrick V. Reid, Readings in Western Religious Thought: The Ancient World, pp. 159-71 (New

York: Paulist, 1987).

•Margaret L. King, Western Civilization: A Social and Cultural History: Volume I: Prehistory–

1750: Brief Edition, pp. 84-92 (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2001).

“8 of “8

http://www.religion.ucsb.edu/faculty/thomas/classes/rgst80a/lectures/lec14.html]

[4] Heschel, Abraham Joshua (1955-01-01). Insecurity of Freedom (Kindle Locations

2858-2869). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

[5] Antonia Tripolitis Religions of the Hellenistic-Roman Age, pp. 120-121 (Wm. B. Eerdmans

Publishing Co., 2002) Google Play eBook edition.

[6] Gafni, Isaiah. “Antiochus°.” Encyclopaedia Judaica. Ed. Michael Berenbaum and Fred

Skolnik. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 202-204. Gale Virtual

Reference Library. Web. 3 Dec. 2013.

[7] Wilson, Marvin R. (1989-04-01). Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

(pp. 137-150). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. Kindle Edition.

[8] Wordnetweb.princeton.edu. Retrieved 11-11-12.

[9] Jacobs, Louis, and Ellen M. Umansky. “Theology.” Encyclopaedia Judaica. Ed. Michael

Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. 2nd ed. Vol. 19. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007.

694-699. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 19 Dec. 2013.

Document URL http://bit.ly/1beE7yZ

 

Upcoming Events

May 18, Sunday, 10am-4pm.  Friendship Walk and Israel Festival.  A great way to celebrate Yom Ha-Atzmaut Independence Day!  Many KA members will be walking to support special needs kids in SD and in Israel. Then thousands from the Jewish community will come together for the Israel celebration with music, food, dance and schmoozing.  At Nobel Athletic Fields in UTC.  Sign up for the Walk at friendshipwalksd.com/teamariel. 

June 3, Tuesday, 7:30pm.  KA Shavuot Service.  Come out for this joyous celebration of the giving of the Torah plus the giving of the Ruach/Holy Spirit.  There will be lots of music and dance as well as important liturgy for the holy day.  All this followed by our Mt. Sinai Ice Cream Social to celebrate the “milk of the Word.”  Invite a friend!  Remember to bring your UMJC Omer Offering to support the work of Messianic Judaism here and internationally.   Prayer Guides for the 50 Day Omer are at umjc.org.

June 13, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Welcome in the summer season with this great sunset service at La Jolla Shores on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.  Bring your dinner, a chair or blanket as we celebrate Shabbat together at this beautiful location.  Bring your surfboard for a 4pm surf session with the Rabbi at the checkered flag.

June 21, Saturday, 10:30am.  Shabbat Service with special Israeli speakers.  Simcha and Bella Davidov will share the latest update from their life and ministry in Israel.

June 27 & 28, Friday/ Saturday, 7 pm. Chagigat L’chaim B’mashiach Musical Drama at KA.  Come out for this creative presentation of how the Jewish holy days and history have many important lessons for us today.  A great program for all your Jewish and Christian friends.  Tickets available at KA services or through our office.  Don’t miss it! 

July 4, KA Music and Dance Teams at SD County Fair.  Zemer Yeshua and Nagila B’ariel will give a special program in this open air concert.  Prime time on the 4th of July!  Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event.

July 12, Saturday, 7:30 pm.  Concert with Jonathan Settel.  This international messianic recording artist will share his joyous music plus from his new CD.   Free event, love offering received.   Invite your friends!

July 17-20, UMJC International Conference in Chicago.  Join hundreds of messianic believers for this annual event.  The theme is “Limud—To Learn and To Teach” and there will be educational workshops, worship concerts with Marty and Misha Goetz and inspiring Shabbat services.  More info and registration at umjc.org.

August 15-17, KA Sisterhood Retreat in Murietta.  This will be a wonderful time with the messianic sisters in a nice retreat setting.  Special speaker is Jamie Lash from Jewish Jewels Ministry in Florida.  Call our office for more information.

November 7-9, UMJC West Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  Save the date for this first-ever messianic Jewish event in Las Vegas.

 

Weekly Services

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with Yeshua.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm.  Current  MJTI class: “Rabbinic Literature”, which looks at the history, theology and culture of the Talmudic rabbis. Taught by Elliot Klayman.  $99 per student.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses. 

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm.  Connect with other messianic youth!

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha in one year. Currently in Vayikra/Leviticus.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith!  There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.  Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club:  All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today.  Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with.   Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am.  Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

SisterhoodThis dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects.   Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting.  All women and daughters are welcome!

Messiah TV:  Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                     Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio,                                     Alice Hoover, Elliot Klayman

Frank Rosas                                                                        Tovik Liberman, Ron Wallace,                                                                                                 

 

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                       Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                  

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                       Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                   Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                                Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                                               Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                                      Rene Wallace

 

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                    CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                            Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                                   Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                                Oneg: Devorah Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                           Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                                              Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay                                             TV Outreach:  Lety Levy     

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                                 Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton              

            

 

 

 

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm.  Shabbat dinner.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera, every Weds, 6pm.                                                                

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

San Marcos (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

Yuma, AZ, Allen and Pat Levy Andrews, every Fri, 6pm.

TijuanaBC, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

 

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

 

Donate

 If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, you can donate online at kehilatariel.org or send a check to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 

Did you know that there are many creative ways to invest in our Messianic ministry?   Consider designating part of your Will or create a Charitable Gift Annuity that not only blesses the work of God’s Kingdom but also provides a financial return.  Contact our office for more information.

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

 

 Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 30, Number 4          March/April 2014            Adar II/Nisan  5774

 

**Purim Shpiel Celebration, March 15

**KA Passover Seder, April 15

 

What Can Christians Learn From The Jewish Holidays?

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

We have witnessed many blessings in recent decades with the growth of the modern Messianic Jewish movement.  For us Jewish believers in Yeshua, it has provided a practical way to express our heritage through our messianic synagogues and our home life.  Many would agree that embracing Yeshua has increased our understanding and appreciation of the Jewish holidays.  But what about non-Jews within the messianic movement?   And what can Christians within the Church learn from the Jewish holidays?   I believe there are many vital lessons to be gleaned.

 

#1 The Jewish holidays reflect accurate shadows of the things of God. 

The New Testament says it this way: “So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or New Moon or Shabbat.  These are a shadow of things that are coming, but the body is of the Messiah” (Complete  Jewish Bible, Colossians 2:16-17).

I have heard numerous teachings on this passage that conclude that the Jewish festivals are now irrelevant.  It is true that we are not to judge others based on their observance (or non-observance) level of the feasts.  I believe some of the misunderstanding stems from mistranslation in this verse.  Many translations insert the phrase “mere” or “only” a shadow thus implying that the Jewish holidays are not worth much to Christians.  This is highly unfortunate especially when one realizes that those words are not in the original language.  Instead of denigrating the feasts, it seems that Shaul/Paul is actually underlining the truth that the feasts are positive shadows of God’s reality!  True, we do not venerate the holiday in itself.  But a shadow does indeed reflect a real object.  The Jewish holy days are not just cultural or sociological expressions of a people.  For Bible believers, these holy days present beautiful shadows of who our God is and what His plans are for this world.  Passover is more than matzah ball soup.  It reminds us of God’s work of redemption both from the slavery of Egypt as well as from the spiritual slavery of our sin.  Rosh Hashanah is more than the shofar/ram’s horn.  It is a wonderful shadow reminding us of the Messiah’s return.  Certainly there are many Christians who say we do not need these shadows.  But the irony is that they often substitute other shadows (holidays and customs) in their place.  I sincerely do not wish to judge anyone on such things but my point is that too often Christians have ignored the amazing shadows given by God to reflect His heart and His plans.

 

#2 The Jewish holidays model proper appreciation for the Jewish roots of the New Testament faith.

While the verse in Colossians reminds us to refrain from the judgment of others on these things, Shaul/Paul writes elsewhere about another reason for Christians to appreciate the Jewish culture.  He wrote to some non-Jewish believers who may have questioned the importance of this truth when he said: “You—a wild olive—were grafted in among them (Jewish believers) and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree, then don’t boast…remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you” (CJB Romans 11:17-18).  It is clear that the New Testament is not advocating a mandatory legalism in regards to Christians and the Jewish holidays.  But on the other hand, the New Testament does encourage all believers (non-Jewish included) to understand and appreciate the original context of their faith in Yeshua.  This messianic faith did not come from Athens or the Renaissance of Europe!  Since the olive tree is a biblical symbol of Israel (cf. Jeremiah 11:16), the message of the New Testament is undeniable rooted in the history and culture of Israel.  By studying and understanding the Jewish holidays, Christians can gain a fresh appreciation of their true spiritual roots.  If this had been the clear understanding in Church history, there certainly would have been a much better relationship between Christians and Jews.  A few years ago in a USA city, a rock was thrown through a window of a Jewish home where a Hanukkah menorah was clearly displayed.  This sad act of anti-Semitism was countered in a marvelous way.  In a show of solidarity, multiple Christian homes placed a Hanukkah menorah in their own windows.  When Christians understand the Jewish holidays, they invariably appreciate the Jewish roots of their own faith in Yeshua as Messiah.  This is not to be confused with a “replacement theology” where Christians replace Jews.  But I like to call it “appreciation theology” where Christians affirm their true origins.

 

#3  The Jewish holidays clarify the true Messiah.

If the Jewish festivals are given by God as a good shadow of spiritual realities, then it is quite logical that those holidays point us to the greatest reality of all; the coming Messiah.  Passover is a 3500 year old holiday celebrating redemption.  It cannot be a coincidence that it was at a seder  where Yeshua of Nazareth told his Jewish disciples that the meal was symbolic of his work for all of us;  the Lamb offered for the world (cf. Matthew 26).  It should not be surprising that Yeshua not only celebrated Hanukkah in Jerusalem but used that holiday to clearly proclaim his messiahship (cf. John 10).  The fact is that every Jewish/Biblical holiday is an amazing teaching tool that can draw us closer to our Redeemer.  In the Torah, the festivals are called “God’s Appointed Times” (Leviticus 23).  They are special times where God himself says He wants an appointment with you!  Put it on your calendar and don’t miss it.  All of us (Jews, Christians, Intermarried families) have so much to learn as we understand and celebrate the wonderful holidays given from above.

 

**If you would like to learn more about the Jewish holidays and how they relate to Yeshua, you can order a copy of Rabbi Kasdan’s popular bookGod’s Appointed Times.  Go to messianicjewish.net to pick up your copy or drop by the KA Resource Center.

 

Upcoming Events

 

March 15  Saturday, 7:00 pm. Purim Celebration. Come dressed in costume as we celebrate the story of Esther.  There will be an original shpiel/reading of the megillah and joyful music as we remember God’s faithfulness to our people.  In the spirit of Shlach Manot, please bring a non-perishable food item as we bless Jewish Family Service.

 

March 26-April1.  UMJC Dan to Beersheva Tzedaka Bike Tour.  Two KA members will join this amazing bike ride throughout Israel as they distribute tzedaka/financial aid to needy organizations.  If you would like to bless Israel in this practical way, you can donate through our website a gift designated “Israel Bike Tour”.  Todah rabah!

 

April 15, Tuesday, 6:30 pm. KA Passover Seder –  at the Town & Country Resort in Mission Valley. Make your reservation now for our annual celebration and be thinking of friends to invite to this unique service. We will read through the traditional Hagadah with lots of holiday music and folkdance.  $55 for adults, $25 for kids under 12.  Call our office for tickets or purchase on our website. Come celebrate the feast of our redemption!

April 16, Wednesday, 8:00 pm. Bikkurim Service (Resurrection of Messiah on the third day of Passover) Join us for this time of praise as we celebrate this biblical holy day in the context of our faith in Messiah.

April 26, Saturday, 10:30 am. Yom Hashoah Service. Join us as we remember the lessons of the Holocaust.

July 17-20, UMJC International Conference in Chicago.  Join hundreds of messianic believers for this annual event.  The theme is “Limud—To Learn and To Teach” and there will be educational workshops, worship concerts with Marty and Misha Goetz and inspiring Shabbat services.  More info and registration at umjc.org.

November 7-9, UMJC West Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  Save the date for this first-ever messianic Jewish event in Las Vegas.

 

Weekly Services

 

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with Yeshua.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm.  Current  5-week class: “Things Bubbe Used To Say”, wisdom from the world of Yiddish. New 10-week course starting March 25 “Highlights in the Book of Isaiah”.  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  $60 per student.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm.  Connect with other messianic youth!

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha in one year. Currently in Vayikra/Leviticus.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith!  There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.  Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club:  All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today.  Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with.   Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am.  Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects.   Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting.  All women and daughters are welcome!

Messiah TV:  Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                          Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas                Tovik Liberman, Ron Wallace, Alice Hoover, Elliot Klayman

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                    Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                 

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                     Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                               Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                            Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                           Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                Rene Wallace

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                  CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                        Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                        Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                             Oneg: Devorah Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                        Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                                 Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay                                            TV Outreach:  Lety Levy

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                                Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm.  Shabbat dinner.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera,  every Weds, 6pm.                                                        

Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez,  1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

San Marcos (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Young Adults (21-40), various events planned.

Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

 

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

Donate

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, you can donate online at kehilatariel.org or send a check to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

January/February 2014 – Parashat Shemot Exodus 1:1-6:1

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 30, Number 3 January/February 2014 Shevet/Adar I 5774

**TU B’SHVAT FAMILY HIKE, JANUARY 19

**GREG SILVERMAN IN CONCERT, FEBRUARY 1

 

Parashat Shemot

Exodus 1:1-6:1

by Tamar Klayman (a drash from her adult Bat Mitzvah)

Synagogue Intern, Kehilat Ariel, San Diego

 

God’s character and the evidence of his labor are revealed throughout Scripture, even down to the jot and tittle. This week, as we approach the reading of Exodus, it’s evident that every detail from the most visible to the least is clearly ordered and plays out to piece together the greater picture. The Exodus, just to clarify, was not the Exodus ship from 1947 that carried Jewish immigrants (Holocaust survivors) from various sectors of Europe to Palestine to form what became Israel in 1948 when the state was founded. Nor was the Exodus a 1960 Academy Award-winning film featuring Paul Newman as the Haganah rebel who smuggled over 600 Jewish inmates out of a DP camp for their voyage to Palestine. The Exodus at hand is one of the greatest and most miraculous moments of Jewish history. Despite frequent attempts by minimalist Bible scholars and others who have relentlessly tried to refute its historicity or deny its Mosaic authorship, this Exodus encounter was an undeniable demonstration of God’s love and constant pursuit of man.

Exodus, from the Greek word, “Exodos” means “the road out” or refers to a mass departure. The first two chapters of the book recount not only the era of bondage to a land and people outside of Israel’s jurisdiction and sphere of freedom, but also the birth of the one who would bring deliverance to his people from the hand of the Egyptians under divinely orchestrated circumstances. In Joseph’s era, 70 of the children of Israel were already in Egypt, and they would multiply to well over a million. In time, a Pharaoh arose who “knew not Joseph” and, fearing the Hebrews would rise up and overtake the Egyptians, he forced them into slavery.

But God remembered his covenant with Abraham and with Abraham’s descendants.

He spared a baby Levite from Pharaoh’s mass infanticide, hiding this future redeemer in, of all places, Pharaoh’s own palace! Pharaoh’s own daughter had found him in the Nile, drawing him out, and therefore had given him the Egyptian name Moshe, meaning “To draw out.” Little did she know her adopted son would “draw out” the very nation of Israel right from under her father’s restraint. But God did not want to use an aristocrat educated in law, literature, language and leadership as his instrument of Israel’s salvation. Instead, God had Moses run out of Egypt, chased into the desert to become a fugitive, desert dweller, and keeper of sheep.

In his formative years, Moses learned that to lead God’s people he must first be faithful leading sheep. In order to lead the Hebrew people in the wilderness, he would

first need to live and care for sheep in that very same wilderness. In due season, while tending the flock, the Lord appeared to Moses out of a burning bush. He called out, “Moses, Moses!” And he responded, “Hineni! (Here I am)!” According to Midrash Shemot Rabbah: A pagan once asked a Rabbi: “Why did God choose a bush from which to appear?” He answered: “Had he appeared in a carob tree or a sycamore, you would have asked the same question. However, it would be wrong to let you go without a reply, so I will tell you why it was a bush: to teach you that no place is devoid of God’s presence, not even a lowly bush.”

Moses was the cornerstone that foreshadowed the Messiah, Yeshua. Yeshua brought us out of slavery of sin, eternal bondage. As Moses was a Levitical priest interceding on behalf of Israel, so Yeshua intercedes with the father on our behalf. Just as Moses faced down Pharaoh, the tyrant who held Israel in captivity, so did Yeshua face down Satan, who holds all those unredeemed in captivity to sin.

Finally, Moses exemplified the kind of leaders God wants to raise up: those humble, inadequate, and dependent not on their education, background or self-elevated abilities, but on him alone. Our limitations do not define us. God chose Moses, a shepherd who stood before the king of all Egypt. As an imperfect, flawed, awkward in speech, weak, criminal, fugitive and marginalized man, Moses led the million-man nation out of bondage to the Promised Land.

Brothers and sisters, I urge you to fight off indifference in your lives, to repel the lethargic trance accepted as normal in the modern world, to stand your ground in faith and virtue, and to press on by running the race. For by not taking a stand, you have already taken a stand. But by embracing your God-given destiny and standing in faith, although all odds may seem to come up against you, you will prevail mightily in fulfilling what you were born to accomplish. Seasons come, seasons go; but His word and promises to you are “L’olam va’ed,” forever and ever. If God can speak out of a dirty bush to a dusty desert shepherd, he can speak to you and invite you to be a part of his plan. So, how will you answer the call?

Upcoming Events

Jan. 19, Sunday, 9:00am-noon. Tu B’shvat Family Hike at Mission Trails Regional Park in Mission Gorge. All are invited to meet at the Mission Trails parking lot at 9:00am for this nice 3.6-mile walk to the Padre Dam (round trip). On an easy paved path so all welcome, even your dog on leash. Bring water and a nosh as we celebrate the Torah holiday for trees in this beautiful spot.

Feb. 1, Saturday, 7:00pm. Special Concert with Greg Silverman. This messianic musician has his PhD in Jewish Music and has presented concerts nationwide. Greg will present various numbers from his own original music and keyboard compositions. A great event to invite a Jewish or Christian friend. Free concert and a love offering will be received.

Feb. 8, Saturday, 1:15 pm. KA Congregational Meeting.following Shabbat Service. We will receive various reports from the committees and approve our 2014 budget. Make it a priority to attend. Youth hosted Oneg luncheon.

Feb. 9, Sunday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Boot Camp Study Seminar with Dr. Stuart Dauermann. Want to sharpen your understanding of how to study the Scriptures? Want to get a fresh perspective for this new year? Come out to the great opportunity to study and dialogue about the #1 bestseller, the Bible! Limited seating for 30 people to maximize the personal interaction. $60 per person with lunch on your own. Sign up by calling our office today!

Feb. 14-16. MJAA Southwest Regional Conference. at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center in Irvine, CA. Worship services, seminars by many outstanding teachers (including our own Rabbi Barney). Also concerts by Paul Wilbur and Lev Shelo with Corry Bell. More information at mjaa.org.

Weekly Services

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with Yeshua.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego: Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm. Current 8-week class: “Biblical Archaeology” taught by Rabbi Kasdan. Join us as we explore the most recent discoveries in the Middle East as they relate to the Bible. We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group: Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm. Connect with other messianic youth!

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha in one year. Currently in Shemot/Exodus. A great way to learn the foundations of our faith! There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time. Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club:All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today. Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with. Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am. Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects. Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting. All women and daughters are welcome!

Messiah TV: Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua. Seen cross-country! Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

KA Leadership

KA ZEKEYNIM/ ELDERS                                                        BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas                                          Alice Hoover, Elliot Klayman, Tovik

Liberman, Gabi Ring, Ron Wallace

SHAMASHIM/SERVANTS

Luis Garibay                                                                                                  Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                                                    Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                                               Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                                                            Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                                                            Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                                                   Rene Wallace

COMMITTEE COORDINATORS

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                                                  CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                                                        Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                                                    Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                                                            Oneg: Devorah Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                                                       Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                                                             Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay                                                                          TV Outreach: Lety Levy

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                                                               Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton

HAVUROT/SMALL GROUPS    (CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside,Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Shabbat dinner.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas, Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera, every Weds, 6pm.

Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

San Marcos (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Young Adults (21-40), various events planned.

Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

Donate

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, you candonate online at kehilatariel.org or send a check to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

THANK YOU! AND MAY GOD RETURN A SPECIAL BLESSING TO YOU AS YOU BLESS OUR PEOPLE! (GENESIS 12:3)

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is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

November/December 2013 – The Night Before Chanukah (also a Yiddish quiz!)

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 30, Number 2          November/December 2013             Kislev/Tevet  5774

 

**”Peter, Paul and Mary Alive” in concert Nov.16

**Kid’s Hebrew School begins Dec.7

 

Upcoming Events

 

November 9 & 16, Saturday, 9:00pm. “The Miracle of Israel” documentary on TV in San Diego 

Get ready for a wonderful messianic outreach event!   Our friends at Jewish Voice Ministry (led by Rabbi Jonathan Bernis) have put together a top-notch documentary movie entitled “The Miracle of Israel.”  This educational film covers some of the miracles around the history of the Jewish people: the modern state, the regathering from the nations and the messianic expectation.  What is very special is that this movie is being aired on many major TV stations nationwide.  Over 1 million people have viewed the movie so far and several thousand have requested more information about Yeshua and Messianic Judaism, with many local messianic synagogues doing the follow up.  Kehilat Ariel of San Diego is closely involved with this project and ready for the follow up in our local community.  The movie is showing at primetime locally on Saturday, Nov. 9, 9-10pm on KFMB/CBS channel 8 and Saturday., Nov. 16, 9-10pm on KSWB/Fox channel 5. Tune in & pass this along to your Jewish & Christian friends!

 

November 16, Saturday, 6pm.  KA Anniversary Celebration with “Peter, Paul and Mary Alive”!

Where were you in 1963?   The musical trio Peter, Paul and Mary were with Martin Luther King at his famous speech in DC.  The classic tunes of this group made a huge impact at that dramatic time of history.  There is a tribute band that accurately captures the sound and the message with such hits as “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”, “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “If I Had a Hammer.”  “Peter, Paul & Mary Alive” will give a special concert at Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue on Saturday, November 16, 7:00pm at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.  This professional trio led by Messianic Cantor Peter Gordon has done concerts nationwide and is the only tribute band endorsed by Peter Yarrow himself (the Jewish one).  The evening event marks the 32nd Anniversary celebration of the synagogue and all proceeds will go towards our ongoing work in the Jewish community.  Space is limited and all tickets are reserved seating ($50/$35/$25).  You and your friends are invited to this special event.  Get your tickets today through kehilatariel.org or call 858-490-4355.  Hope to see you there as we support our shul!

November 30, Saturday, 10:30am.  KA Hanukkah Service.  Come out for this special Shabbat celebration as we recall the miracles of the season.  Holiday music, latke potluck luncheon and a special message on the meaning of Hanukkah for all believers in Messiah.  Invite a friend for this “enlightening” time (Yochanan/John 10:22).   Nes gadol hayah sham!

December 7, Saturday, 9:00-10:am.  Kid’s Hebrew School Begins.   We start a new 15-week semester for all kids 10-13 years old who desire to have a KA Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  There is a fee plus other requirements.  Call our office or talk to Rabbi Kasdan for more details.

 

Weekly Services

 

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with Yeshua.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm.  Current Class (onsite or online): “The Jewishness of the New Testament” offered by MJTI.  $99 for this 6-week intensive class taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  New 8-week class starting Nov.26: “Biblical Archaeology”.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  Join us!

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm.  Connect with other messianic youth!

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha in one year. Currently in Breisheet/Genesis.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith!  There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.  Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club:  All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today.  Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with.   Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am.  Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects.   Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting.  All women and daughters are welcome!

Messiah TV:  Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

 

The Night Before Chanukah (also a Yiddish quiz!)

‘Twas the night before Chanukah, boichiks and maidels
Not a sound could be heard, not even the dreidels
The menorah was set by the chimney alight
In the kitchen, the Bubbie was hopping a bite
Salami, Pastrami, a glaisele tay
And zoyere pickles mit bagels– Oy vay!

Gezint and geschmock the kinderlach felt
While dreaming of taiglach and Chanukah gelt
The alarm clock was sitting, a kloppin’ and tickin’
And Bubbie was carving a shtickele chicken
A tummel arose, like the wildest k’duchas
Santa had fallen right on his tuchas!

I put on my slippers, ains, tzvay, drei
While Bubbie was eating herring on rye
I grabbed for my bathrobe and buttoned my gottkes
And Bubbie was just devouring the latkes
To the window I ran, and to my surprise
A little red yarmulka greeted my eyes.

When he got to the door and saw the menorah
“Yiddishe kinder,” he cried, “Kenahorah!”
I thought I was in a Goyishe hoise!
As long as I’m here, I’ll leave a few toys.”
“Come into the kitchen, I’ll get you a dish
Mit a gupel, a leffel, and a shtickele fish.”

With smacks of delight he started his fressen
Chopped liver, knaidlach, and kreplach gegessen
Along with his meal he had a few schnapps
When it came to eating, this boy sure was tops
He asked for some knishes with pepper and salt
But they were so hot he yelled out “Gevalt!”

He loosened his hoysen and ran from the tish
“Your koshereh meals are simply delish!”
As he went through the door he said “See y’all later
I’ll be back next Pesach in time for the seder!”
So, hutzmir and zeitzmir and “Bleibtz mir gezint”
he called out cheerily into the wind.

More rapid than eagles, his prancers they came
As he whistled and shouted and called them by name
“Come, Izzie, now Moishe, now Yossel and Sammy!
On Oyving, and Maxie, and Hymie and Manny!”
He gave a geshrai, as he drove out of sight
“A gut yontiff to all, and to all a good night!”

Anonymous…with apologies to Clement Moore and Santa

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                          Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas                Tovik Liberman, Ron Wallace, Alice Hoover, Gabi Ring, Elliot Klayman

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                    Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                 

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                     Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                               Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                            Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                           Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                Rene Wallace

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                  CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                        Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                        Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                             Oneg: Maria Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                        Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                                 Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay                                            TV Outreach:  Lety Levy

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                                Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton              Synagogue Intern: Tamar Klayman

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm.  Shabbat dinner.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera,  every Weds, 6pm.                                                        

Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez,  1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

San Marcos (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Young Adults (21-40), Tamar Klayman,  various events planned.

Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

 

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

 

Donate

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, you can donate online at kehilatariel.org or send a check to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

September/October 2013 – The High Holy Days and The Parables of Yeshua

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter
Volume 30, Number 1 September/October 2013 Tishrei/Cheshvan 5774
**High Holy Days begin Sept.4
**Free Beginning Hebrew Class starts Oct.5
The High Holy Days and The Parables of Yeshua
by Rabbi Barney Kasdan
When one mentions the concept of “parables”, many people assume that they are a uniquely New Testament concept. But, like many “new” things of the New Testament, the parabolic form of teaching is not so new after all. As far back as Asaph (one of King David’s musicians @1000 BCE) we find the following reference: “Listen, O my people, to my Torah; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old” [Psalm 78:1-2]. The Hebrew word for parable is “mashal” which has the meaning of a comparison, a saying or an illustration. Understanding this, we realize that the largest book of parables is not even in the New Testament but is in fact the book we call Mishley (Proverbs). This book of the Tenach is full of rich comparisons and illustrations into practical wisdom. Later, the Greeks called this genre of literature “parabole” which comes from two words meaning “to cast alongside” which is surely a good way to compare things. The definition of this Jewish way of teaching therefore could be “a true to life narrative which conveys a specific truth by way of comparing something known to that which is unknown.” The Talmud (Rabbinic commentaries), like the Hebrew Scriptures, is rich in parabolic teaching. The classical rabbis especially loved to illustrate a point by the use of these interesting stories. In fact, it is said “Let not the parable be lightly esteemed in your eyes, since by its means one can master the whole of the words of the Torah!” [Shir HaShirim Rabba 1:1]. At one point, the rabbis even use a parable to illustrate a parable! They note that a man once had a problem of trying to transport a jug of boiling water. What was the solution? Put a handle on the jug so it may be moved. Such are the parables for the Scriptures; they are practical handles by which to make the Torah accessible.
With this rich Jewish heritage found in the mashal/parable, it should not surprise anyone that Yeshua of Nazareth often used this distinctive tool as a means of communicating his teaching. As he addressed the crowds, Yeshua spoke of such things as hidden coins, leavened bread and lost sheep. Every parable from his

lips was to focus the people’s attention on one powerful comparison: that which is known (e.g. coins, bread, sheep) with that which was not so well known (e.g. the spiritual Kingdom of G-d). To elaborate on this point, let us consider the first recorded parable spoken by Yeshua, often called the Parable of the Soils [Matthew 13]. It is here that our Messiah teaches us about His kingdom from the gritty reality of the soil of Israel. You may recall that this is a story about a farmer (G-d) who went to sow seed (The Word) and this seed fell on four different kinds of soils. Each is informative for us, especially as we enter into the High Holy Days.
1. The Compacted Soil: Some seed fell on the hardened path and could not take root. This is compared to the hardened person who wants nothing to do with the things of G-d or the Messiah. This still seems to describe the state of the majority of those in the world. Such a person may even talk of religion but the lack of spiritual fruit is apparent.
2. The Rocky Soil: Some seed is said to have fallen on rocky soil which could actually take root quickly yet, because there was not much soil, it died quickly as well. This is compared to a superficial believer; that is, one who seems to accept the message of Messiah yet fades sometime thereafter. Specifically, we are told it is some affliction or troubles which dry out the new plant like the summer sun. How many people have started the faith walk with zeal and good intentions only to fall away when some tzuris/troubles hit!
3. The Thorny Soil: Other seed fell on acceptable soil but it had many thorns which choked out the life of the new plant. What are the thorns? The distractions and cares of this life. That should be a sobering thought for many believers today. We may have new life in Messiah but too often we allow other cares distract us from G-d’s perfect plan for our lives.
4. The Fertile Soil: This seed fell on good soil, took strong root and continues to bear much fruit for the things of G-d. Hopefully this describes our lives as those who are seeking to walk the talk. We may not be perfect and we certainly have not arrived yet, but at least the spiritual fruit of a follower of Yeshua is there for all to see.
What a simple yet powerful lesson this was for the first century Jewish followers of Yeshua as the Messiah. They understood about farmers, seed and different kinds of soils. Through the dynamic use of parables, they could now understand more of that which was not so well known; namely, the Kingdom to come. These lucid word pictures have much to teach us as well. As Yeshua said, “Blessed are your eyes because they see; and your ears because they hear” {Matthew 13:16]. What kind of soil describes our spiritual life and attitude towards God? What can we do to improve our relationship with God this upcoming year? We would do well to carefully consider the spiritual lessons of Yeshua’s parables as we enter this new spiritual year of 5774. L’shana Tova/Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events
Sept 4, Wednesday, 8:00 pm. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service. Usher in the spiritual New Year celebrating the goodness of Messiah! This will be a traditional service including the sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn) and a message on the importance of the holiday for all believers in Yeshua.
Special Note: All services are free but reservations are required for all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for non-members of KA. Call the KA office to reserve your seats and invite a Jewish friend.
Sept 5, Thursday, 10:30 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and meditation at this traditional service.
Sept 5, Thursday, 4:00 pm. Tashlich Service at La Jolla Shores. Join us for this beautiful time as we cast bread crumbs into the sea to remind us of the important truths of the High Holiday season, “Thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19). We will also have an immersion service for new believers in Messiah. Bring your own dinner (and bread crumbs) and meet us on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.
Sept 13, Friday, 7:30 pm. Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service. We will have a special assembly for this holiest day of the biblical calendar. We will enter into the congregational fast starting sundown Friday through sundown Saturday as we pray for our spiritual lives and for our people of Israel.
Special Note: In the spirit of “tzedakah”(helping others), we are suggesting that all worshipers bring to service some package food items or a check donation which will in turn be given to help some needy families through Jewish Family Service. It would be fitting to donate the value of the amount which we normally would have eaten when not fasting.
Sept 14, Saturday, 10:30 am Yom Kippur Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and fasting at this traditional service.
Sept 14, Saturday, 5:30 pm. Neilah Service. The closing service plus Yizkor, followed by a potluck at 6:30 pm to break the fast. Bring your favorite dish to share with all.
Sept 21, Saturday, 10:30 am. Sukkot Service. Join us for this exciting praise service as we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be able to have Kiddush in the Sukkah and there will be a great time of Davidic worship and praise. There will also be a special message on the significance of the holy day for all believers in Messiah. Followed by a Youth Hosted Luncheon with donations going to their mitzvah projects. Don’t miss it and invite a friend!

Sept 26, Thursday, 7:00 pm. Simchat Torah Service. This will be a fitting close to the fall Holy Days as we “rejoice in the Torah.” There will be plenty of music and dance as we celebrate God’s gift of the Word.
Oct 5-Nov 9, Saturday, 1:30-2:30pm. Free Beginning Hebrew Class. This 5-week course will have you reading and understanding our beautiful language. All welcome (adults and kids) to this free opportunity! If not now, when?
Oct 26, Saturday, 10:30am. Bat Mitzvah of Moriah Seymann. Join us for this special Shabbat as Moriah is called to the Torah. Oneg luncheon following.
November 16, Saturday, 6pm. KA Anniversary Celebration! We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 32 years of our messianic synagogue. Save the date and plan to attend!
Weekly Services
Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “The Messianic Meaning of the High Holy Days” which is an in-depth study of the connection between our religious calendar and Yeshua.
Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.
Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!
Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego: Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm. New class starting Sept.10, “Book of Micah–A Messianic Perspective”. This
5-week course will take an in depth look at this foundational scroll and what it means to us today. $40 per student. Call our office for further information. New course starting Oct.15 (onsite or online): “The Jewishness of the New Testament” offered by MJTI. $99 for this 6-week intensive class. Both courses taught by Rabbi Kasdan.
“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group: Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm. Connect with other messianic youth!

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Bemidbar/Numbers. A great way to learn the foundations of our faith! There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time. Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.
Men’s Club: All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today. Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with. Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am. Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.
Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets bi-monthly for study, friendship and service projects. Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting. All women and daughters are welcome!
Messiah TV: Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua. Seen cross-country! Check your local cable listings and spread the word.
KA Leadership
KA Zekeynim/Elders Board of Directors
Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Alice Hoover, Elliot Klayman,
Frank Rosas Tovik Liberman, Gabi Ring, Ron Wallace
Shamashim/Servants
Deborah Remigio
Luis Garibay Paty Garibay
Eric Kragenbrink Joanne Kragenbrink
Joan Savarese Tony Savarese
Jeannie Stinton Michael Stinton
Tovik Liberman Colleen Liberman
Ron Wallace Rene Wallace
Committee Coordinators
Audio: Gabe Pacheco CD Duplication: Luis Garibay
Dance: Sue Rubin Facilities: Jim Scarborough
International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink
Office: Jan Folb Oneg: Maria Montelongo
Prayer: Patty Kolb Resource Center: Alice Hoover
Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas Social Action: Eric Tauber
Translation: Paty Garibay TV Outreach: Lety Levy
Ushers: Tony Savavese Website: Rome Remigio
Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton Synagogue Intern: Tamar Klayman

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)
Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.
UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th Weds, 7:00 pm.
Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7:00 pm.
Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs, 10 am.
Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Shabbat dinner.
Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas, Various events planned.
Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera, every Weds, 6pm.
Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday, 7pm.
Sisterhood, bi-monthly meeting, Shabbat, 1pm.
Carlsbad (women), every Tuesday, 10am.
Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA, 7pm.
Young Adults (21-40), Tamar Klayman, various events planned.
Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.
Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.
Speaking Engagements for Rabbi Kasdan
Sept 9- Oct 21: “Messiah in the Jewish Holy Days”. Class at Maranatha Bible College (Rancho Penasquitos), Mondays 7:00-9:00pm.
Donate
If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, you can donate online at kehilatariel.org or send a check to:
Kehilat Ariel
P.O. Box 178755
San Diego, CA 92177
Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)
Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

May/June 2013 – Why Be Part of a Messianic Synagogue?

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 29, Number 5           May/June 2013              Sivan/Tamuz  5773

 

**Shavuot Service, May 14

**KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip, June 23-July 4

**UMJC International Conference in LA, July 25-28

 

Why Be Part of a Messianic Synagogue?

by Rabbi Barney Kasdan

We live in a day of amazing religious diversity and options. Many are drawn to varying alternatives from the eastern and metaphysical traditions. In the Judeo-Christian world, there are a plethora of options of both churches and synagogues. While many would claim a personal, spiritual faith today, it often does not translate into involvement in any religious community. With this almost unending array of choices, why would a person (Jew or non-Jew) choose to affiliate with a messianic synagogue? In our 32 years of existence at Kehilat Ariel, I have seen some compelling reasons.

First, a messianic synagogue enables a Jewish person to continue in their rich heritage even while they embrace Yeshua as Messiah. This may seem obvious to some but, frankly, it has not always been the case in history. More often than not, if a Jewish person wanted to believe in Yeshua they were pressured to give up their identity and assimilate into the Gentile forms of Christianity. While we affirm the vital place of the church, it is very difficult in practical terms for a Jew to retain their biblical identity. Messianic synagogues provide a community for Jewish believers to continue with our holy days and culture. It has been one of the greatest ironies of history that many times when a Jew professed belief in their Jewish Messiah that they were then asked to change their culture! If Yeshua is indeed the Messiah, then we would expect him to be the final piece of the puzzle for our faith, not to take us away from it. In his own words, Yeshua said he came not to abolish the Torah and the Prophets, but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17). The life of his earliest believers (all Jews) also testifies that this is how they understood the teaching of Yeshua. Decades after his resurrection, it is recorded that there were many thousands of Messianic Jews in Jerusalem and that they were all zealous for the Torah (Acts 21:20). Saul/Paul who is often misunderstood on this point, even exhorts the Jewish believers in Yeshua to continue in their God-given calling and not become “uncircumcised” (I Corinthians 7:17-18). Most contemporary Jewish believers appreciate their heritage and know that they should live it somehow. The messianic synagogue is the most logical solution. It offers the Jewish believer a place to not only talk about their heritage but to live it out in practical terms. Instead of just reminiscing about by-gone days of our bar mitzvah, we can continue to grow in our faith within the blessing of our Jewish heritage. It also provides a natural place for non-Jewish followers of Yeshua to learn about their roots and even to apply it to their everyday life.

Not only that, but the messianic synagogue provides the most viable answer for the kids of Messianic Jews. Understandably, the average church does not provide a Hebrew School, bar mitzvah training or High Holy Days. Yet the average synagogue, while strong on Jewish heritage, does not incorporate Yeshua as the cornerstone of our faith. Only in the messianic synagogue can we have the best of both worlds; both of which are important in the eyes of G-d. Messianic Jewish kids will more naturally be able to integrate their heritage with their faith in Messiah without neglecting either.

A final reason to be part of a Messianic synagogue?   You are needed!   An important Jewish value over the generations has been “community.”  It is difficult to live a Jewish lifestyle or be a follower of Yeshua in our own secluded world.  We may have “faith” but we can actually be in disobedience to the One in whom we have that faith.  The Jewish believers in the first century were exhorted “not to forsake the assembling together, as is the habit of some” (Hebrews 10:25).  These are challenging times and the messianic community is here to offer support, guidance and deep friendships.  The simple reality is that we all need that kind of mutual encouragement today….and we are also needed to help bring such encouragement!  For Jewish believers, inter-married families and non-Jewish members, the messianic synagogue provides a wonderful spiritual home.  Are you fulfilling your calling in Messiah?

 

Upcoming Events

May 14, Saturday, 7:30pm.  KA Shavuot Service.  Come out for this joyous celebration of the giving of the Torah plus the giving of the Ruach/Holy Spirit.  There will be lots of music and dance as well as important liturgy for the holy day.  All this followed by our Mt. Sinai Cheesecake Social to celebrate the “milk of the Word.”  Invite a friend!

May 19, Sunday, 10am-6pm.  KA @ Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance.   (sold out!)  A group of 40 will be visiting this world-famous museum in West LA. With our tour guide Dvora Kasdan (rabbi’s daughter).  We will also enjoy the Jewish shops in the area and dinner at a deli.

June 8, Saturday, 7:30pm.  Special Concert with Maurice Sklar.  This world-class violinist has traveled the world sharing his special music and testimony as a Messianic Jew.  Free event.  Love offering received.   Invite a Jewish friend who loves music!

June 14, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Welcome in the summer season with this great sunset service at La Jolla Shores on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.  Bring your dinner, a chair or blanket as we celebrate Shabbat together at this beautiful location.  Bring your surfboard for a 4pm surf session with the Rabbi at the checkered flag!

TBA, KA Music and Dance Teams at SD County Fair.  Zemer Yeshua and Nagila B’ariel will give a special program in this open air concert.  Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event!

June 23-July 5:  KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip.  Join us for our next mission to Israel led by Rabbi Kasdan.  8-day study tour followed by a 3-day Mitzvah Project of renovating a bomb shelter at an Israeli apartment complex.  This is part of a larger trip with our denomination (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, UMJC) including many other believers from around the world.  2 spots left for the unique trip!   More info at umjc.org or talk to Rabbi Kasdan.   This year in Jerusalem!

July 25-28:  UMJC International Conference in LA.  Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe at this unique gathering!   Worship services, Shabbat, teaching workshops and wonderful fellowship with this international crowd.  Special concerts from a variety on messianic artists including Lev Shelo, Roman and Alaina as well as Misha Goetz.  At Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills (LA valley).  Make your reservations and more details at umjc.org.   Don’t miss this local event!

 

Weekly Services

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Foundations of Messianic Judaism” which is an in-depth study of our beliefs based on the Tenakh and New Covenant.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 4 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm. 

“Genesis–A Messianic Perspective”.   This 9-week course will take an in depth look at this foundational scroll and what it means to us today.  $60 per student.  Call our office for further information.

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Vayikra/Leviticus.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith!  There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.  Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club:  All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today.  Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with.   Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am.  Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects.   Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting.  All women and daughters are welcome!

Messiah TV:  Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                          Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas                Luis Garabay, Patty Kolb, Tovik Liberman, Bob Haas, Ron Wallace

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                        Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                                 Joanne Kragenbrink

Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                     Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                                  Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                                  Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                       Rene Wallace

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                      CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                             Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                         Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                                 Oneg: Maria Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                            Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                                  Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay                                               TV Outreach:  Lety Levy

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                                   Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton             Synagogue Intern: Tamar Klayman

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm.  Shabbat dinner.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera,  every Weds, 6pm.                                                        

Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez,  1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

Carlsbad (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

(NEW) Young Adults (21-40), Tamar Klayman,  3rd Sun, 6:30pm, various events planned.

(NEW) Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

 

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

Donate

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, you can donate online at kehilatariel.org or send a check to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

July/August 2013 – Judaism and Christianity—Connections and Distinctives

August 14, 2013 by  
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Judaism and Christianity—Connections and Distinctives

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

It seems that more and more these days that people are appreciating the connection between Judaism and Christianity. It wasn’t always this way and indeed there have been some dark chapters of history between these two great religions. But the positive connections are all around us, if we just take a closer look. This stretches from the Liberty Bell inscribed with a verse from the Torah (Leviticus 25:10) to the structure of the Western law system with its checks and balances. Some insist that the USA is strictly a “Christian nation” but the historical reality is that we are a nation based on “Judeo-Christian” values. This certainly is part of the explanation why the USA has been such a blessed haven for us Jews for so many generations. I believe it also must be factored into the blessing that has clearly been upon our country for over 235 years. It is actually a manifestation of the ancient promise to our forefather Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you” (Genesis 12:3).

What is of special interest today is that it is not just one side or the other who is appreciating our inherent connection. It is coming from many Jews and Christians of various denominations. A trip to a local Christian bookstore will reveal new books on “Jewish Roots”, “Our Father Abraham” plus many others. In the Jewish community we have also recently seen books on “Kosher Jesus” and even a “Jewish Annotated New Testament.” So what are some of these newly appreciated connections?

#1:

 

the Hebrew Scriptures. Many are rediscovering the fact that we both share the same Scriptures found in the Tanakh (Torah/Prophets/Writings). OK, so Christians tend to call it the “Old Testament.” Nonetheless, most people realize that it is the exact same Hebrew text that is the source of these holy writings. Even though Christians (and Messianic Jews) include the New Testament, it cannot be overlooked that both Christians and Jews have a huge amount of common scriptural heritage.

#2:

 

the God of Israel. This is obviously a direct result of point #1. Since the revelation to Moses and the forefathers, Jews have held to the description of the oneness of God and His uniqueness as the only God, Creator of all things. The most foundational declaration in the Tanakh is affirmed by Jews three times daily: “Shema Yisrael! The Lord is God, the Lord is One!” (Deuteronomy 6:4). There has certainly been considerable debate between Jews and Christians as to what this means. Sometimes it has sounded almost as if there might be three gods. Whatever one’s interpretation of the Shema might be, it should be noted that Yeshua, in the New Testament, clearly agreed and even called this the greatest commandment for both Jewish and Christians (Mark 12:28-34). Other religions of the world may have good things to say but they vary on the self-revelation of God. Jews and Christians, while dialoguing about the meaning of this, should be in unity about our common belief in the only God.

#3

 

: the Mitzvah of Love.

The Scriptures teach that you can tell a person by the fruit they bear in their lives. For the bulk of the godless world, the fruit is pretty obvious. Just check out the evening news if you want confirmation of this depressing truth! Many times this holds true even for religious groups, especially to the radicals among them. Some religions and philosophies just seem to have a bad root. Judaism and Christianity are not without their historical controversies. But these tragic actions were not a direct result of the root of the tree but of people actually straying from the clear teachings of Scripture. To the Jewish imperative to love God (Deuteronomy 6:5) and to love others (Leviticus 19:18), Christians should give a hearty “amen!” In fact, a rabbi (Shaul/Paul) who wrote much of the New Testament put it this way: “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; love therefore is the fulfillment of the Torah” (Romans 13:10). Yes, there have been moral failings. But it is not coincidental that many times it has been both Jews and Christians standing up for social justice, building hospitals and helping the downtrodden. When properly understood, it has been another one of our common connections.

So clearly there are many good connections between Judaism and Christianity. Likewise, there are some obvious distinctives to each religion.

#1:

 

Differing Cultures.

To see some of the differences, just follow a Jewish friend for a week. Then follow a Christian friend. One has to keep a healthy sense of humor when it comes to the “holiday season.” Will it be a Christmas tree or a Hanukkah menorah…or both? Will it be matzah at a Seder or a ham dinner at Easter? Will you be mowing the lawn on Saturday or Sunday? Of course these are generalizations but the distinctive cultures hold true for the bulk of society. While some people get upset with the differences, many are coming to appreciate a positive point even here. After all, God has created so many diverse tribes and tongues. Maybe we should appreciate the diversity while holding to our own convictions. Jews and Christians have so much to learn from each other if we will just look a little beyond our own world

view. We need not compromise our own beliefs in order to have a constructive dialogue with those who differ from us.

#2:

 

Oh yeah…that Messiah Issue.

It is not surprising that most Christians and Jews agree on one other foundational issue: that we disagree on the identity of Yeshua of Nazareth. Who was this one who came from Galilee? Was he just a zealous Jewish reformer or was he more? Was he a great rabbi or was he (as he claimed) the Mashiach, sent from the God of Israel? Both Jews and Christians believe in the concept of a coming Messiah to establish God’s order on earth. In fact, the Christians got that belief directly from the Jews! So despite some rather apparent cultural differences, the watershed difference is about the identity of the true Messiah. Is it Yeshua or do we keep looking for someone else?

It is here that we Messianic Jews can be helpful. Most of our Jewish people are not interested in converting to a different religion or a different culture. In fact, most are vehemently opposed to such ideas. But what if there is a Jewish way to follow Yeshua? What if we can believe in him within our Jewish heritage? What if we can even have houses of worship called “messianic synagogues” where we (and our children) can continue in our God-given tradition?

It is true that there are some important differences between Judaism and Christianity. But there are also many strong connections that cannot be broken. Maybe all of us can be a bridge of greater understanding and appreciation between these two groups, even as we prepare for the return of the Mashiach.

Upcoming Events

July 12, Friday, 5pm- Sunset. Shabbat at the Shores.

Join us for this great sunset service at La Jolla Shores on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower. Bring your dinner, a chair or blanket as we celebrate Shabbat together at this beautiful location. Bring your surfboard for a 4pm surf session with the Rabbi at the checkered flag!

July 13, Saturday, 1pm. Mid-Year Congregational Meeting.

We will be electing our new Board of Directors at this Oneg Luncheon hosted by our Youth Group. KA members please make this a priority.

July 25-28: UMJC International Conference in LA.

Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe at this unique gathering! Worship services, Shabbat, teaching workshops and wonderful fellowship with this international

crowd. Special concerts from a variety on messianic artists including Lev Shelo, Roman and Alaina as well as Misha Goetz. At Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills (LA valley). Make your reservations and more details at umjc.org. Don’t miss this local event!

Special Note: There will be no services at KA on Shabbat, July 27 but come up to the free service at the conference. All other classes and events require registration.

August 25, Sunday, 11am-5pm. SD Messianic Community Picnic.

We will have our annual get-together with Tree of Life Congregation and other Jewish organizations for a time of food, fellowship and games. Meeting at De Anza Cove on Mission Bay. Bring your picnic lunch, chair and your family for this fun event.

September 4-5, Weds-Thurs. Rosh Hashana

services begin the High Holy Days (early this year). Wednesday 8:00pm; Thursday 10:30am, Tashlich at La Jolla Shores on Thursday 4:00pm. All services are free but you must call our office for reservations. Save the dates and invite a Jewish friend to these inspirational services!

Weekly Services

Shabbat Morning Services

: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Foundations of Messianic Judaism” which is an in-depth study of our beliefs based on the Tenakh and New Covenant.

Children Shabbat School

: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 4 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry

: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego

: Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm.

“Genesis–A Messianic Perspective”

. This 9-week course will take an in depth look at this foundational scroll and what it means to us today. $60 per student. Call our office for further information. Summer break from July 23 – August 31.

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:

Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm. Connect with other messianic youth!

“A Taste of Torah” Classes

: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Bemidbar/Numbers. A great way to learn the foundations of our faith! There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time. Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club:

All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today. Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with. Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am. Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood:

This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects. Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting. All women and daughters are welcome!

Messiah TV:

Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua. Seen cross-country! Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

KA Leadership

KA Zekeynim/Elders Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas Bob Haas, Luis Garabay, Patty Kolb, Tovik Liberman, Ron Wallace

Shamashim/Servants

Deborah Remigio

Luis Garibay Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink Joanne Kragenbrink

Joan Savarese Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace Rene Wallace

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb Oneg: Maria Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay TV Outreach: Lety Levy

Ushers: Tony Savavese Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton

Havurot/Small Groups

(connect with the community!)

Del Cerro

, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla

, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad

, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park

, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside,

Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Shabbat dinner.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship)

, Bob & Jeannette Haas, Various events planned.

Espanol

, Luciano & Lucia Rivera, every Weds, 6pm.

Tijuana

, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

Sisterhood

, monthly meeting.

Carlsbad (women)

, every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club

, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Hiking Havurah

, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

Donate

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, you can donate online at kehilatariel.org or send a check to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

Nu? News

is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

Nu? News

Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 29, Number 5           May/June 2013              Sivan/Tamuz  5773

 

**Shavuot Service, May 14

**KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip, June 23-July 4

**UMJC International Conference in LA, July 25-28

 

Why Be Part of a Messianic Synagogue?

by Rabbi Barney Kasdan

We live in a day of amazing religious diversity and options. Many are drawn to varying alternatives from the eastern and metaphysical traditions. In the Judeo-Christian world, there are a plethora of options of both churches and synagogues. While many would claim a personal, spiritual faith today, it often does not translate into involvement in any religious community. With this almost unending array of choices, why would a person (Jew or non-Jew) choose to affiliate with a messianic synagogue? In our 32 years of existence at Kehilat Ariel, I have seen some compelling reasons.

First, a messianic synagogue enables a Jewish person to continue in their rich heritage even while they embrace Yeshua as Messiah. This may seem obvious to some but, frankly, it has not always been the case in history. More often than not, if a Jewish person wanted to believe in Yeshua they were pressured to give up their identity and assimilate into the Gentile forms of Christianity. While we affirm the vital place of the church, it is very difficult in practical terms for a Jew to retain their biblical identity. Messianic synagogues provide a community for Jewish believers to continue with our holy days and culture. It has been one of the greatest ironies of history that many times when a Jew professed belief in their Jewish Messiah that they were then asked to change their culture! If Yeshua is indeed the Messiah, then we would expect him to be the final piece of the puzzle for our faith, not to take us away from it. In his own words, Yeshua said he came not to abolish the Torah and the Prophets, but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17). The life of his earliest believers (all Jews) also testifies that this is how they understood the teaching of Yeshua. Decades after his resurrection, it is recorded that there were many thousands of Messianic Jews in Jerusalem and that they were all zealous for the Torah (Acts 21:20). Saul/Paul who is often misunderstood on this point, even exhorts the Jewish believers in Yeshua to continue in their God-given calling and not become “uncircumcised” (I Corinthians 7:17-18). Most contemporary Jewish believers appreciate their heritage and know that they should live it somehow. The messianic synagogue is the most logical solution. It offers the Jewish believer a place to not only talk about their heritage but to live it out in practical terms. Instead of just reminiscing about by-gone days of our bar mitzvah, we can continue to grow in our faith within the blessing of our Jewish heritage. It also provides a natural place for non-Jewish followers of Yeshua to learn about their roots and even to apply it to their everyday life.

Not only that, but the messianic synagogue provides the most viable answer for the kids of Messianic Jews. Understandably, the average church does not provide a Hebrew School, bar mitzvah training or High Holy Days. Yet the average synagogue, while strong on Jewish heritage, does not incorporate Yeshua as the cornerstone of our faith. Only in the messianic synagogue can we have the best of both worlds; both of which are important in the eyes of G-d. Messianic Jewish kids will more naturally be able to integrate their heritage with their faith in Messiah without neglecting either.

A final reason to be part of a Messianic synagogue?   You are needed!   An important Jewish value over the generations has been “community.”  It is difficult to live a Jewish lifestyle or be a follower of Yeshua in our own secluded world.  We may have “faith” but we can actually be in disobedience to the One in whom we have that faith.  The Jewish believers in the first century were exhorted “not to forsake the assembling together, as is the habit of some” (Hebrews 10:25).  These are challenging times and the messianic community is here to offer support, guidance and deep friendships.  The simple reality is that we all need that kind of mutual encouragement today….and we are also needed to help bring such encouragement!  For Jewish believers, inter-married families and non-Jewish members, the messianic synagogue provides a wonderful spiritual home.  Are you fulfilling your calling in Messiah?

 

Upcoming Events

May 14, Tuesday, 7:30pm.  KA Shavuot Service.  Come out for this joyous celebration of the giving of the Torah plus the giving of the Ruach/Holy Spirit.  There will be lots of music and dance as well as important liturgy for the holy day.  All this followed by our Mt. Sinai Cheesecake Social to celebrate the “milk of the Word.”  Invite a friend!

May 19, Sunday, 10am-6pm.  KA @ Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance.   (sold out!)  A group of 40 will be visiting this world-famous museum in West LA. With our tour guide Dvora Kasdan (rabbi’s daughter).  We will also enjoy the Jewish shops in the area and dinner at a deli.

June 8, Saturday, 7:30pm.  Special Concert with Maurice Sklar.  This world-class violinist has traveled the world sharing his special music and testimony as a Messianic Jew.  Free event.  Love offering received.   Invite a Jewish friend who loves music!

June 14, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Welcome in the summer season with this great sunset service at La Jolla Shores on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.  Bring your dinner, a chair or blanket as we celebrate Shabbat together at this beautiful location.  Bring your surfboard for a 4pm surf session with the Rabbi at the checkered flag!

TBA, KA Music and Dance Teams at SD County Fair.  Zemer Yeshua and Nagila B’ariel will give a special program in this open air concert.  Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event!

June 23-July 5:  KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip.  Join us for our next mission to Israel led by Rabbi Kasdan.  8-day study tour followed by a 3-day Mitzvah Project of renovating a bomb shelter at an Israeli apartment complex.  This is part of a larger trip with our denomination (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, UMJC) including many other believers from around the world.  2 spots left for the unique trip!   More info at umjc.org or talk to Rabbi Kasdan.   This year in Jerusalem!

July 25-28:  UMJC International Conference in LA.  Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe at this unique gathering!   Worship services, Shabbat, teaching workshops and wonderful fellowship with this international crowd.  Special concerts from a variety on messianic artists including Lev Shelo, Roman and Alaina as well as Misha Goetz.  At Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills (LA valley).  Make your reservations and more details at umjc.org.   Don’t miss this local event!

 

Weekly Services

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Foundations of Messianic Judaism” which is an in-depth study of our beliefs based on the Tenakh and New Covenant.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 4 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm. 

“Genesis–A Messianic Perspective”.   This 9-week course will take an in depth look at this foundational scroll and what it means to us today.  $60 per student.  Call our office for further information.

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Vayikra/Leviticus.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith!  There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.  Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club:  All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today.  Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with.   Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am.  Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects.   Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting.  All women and daughters are welcome!

Messiah TV:  Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                          Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas                Luis Garabay, Patty Kolb, Tovik Liberman, Bob Haas, Ron Wallace

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                        Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                                 Joanne Kragenbrink

Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                     Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                                  Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                                  Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                       Rene Wallace

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                      CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                             Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                         Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                                 Oneg: Maria Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                            Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                                  Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay                                               TV Outreach:  Lety Levy

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                                   Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm.  Shabbat dinner.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera,  every Weds, 6pm.                                                        

Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez,  1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

Carlsbad (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

(NEW) Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

 

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

Donate

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, you can donate online at kehilatariel.org or send a check to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

January/February 2013 – Israel and the Arab Spring – Part 2?

March 7, 2013 by  
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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 29, Number 3 January/February 2013 Shevat/Adar 5773

**Ted Pearce in concert, Jan.26

**Purim Service, Feb.23

**KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip, June 23-July 4, 2013

Israel and the Arab Spring – Part 2?

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

Once again the Middle East is shaking. After some 1200 missiles launched at Israel over the last year (and 500 this last week alone!), is it a surprise to anyone that Israel responded? But evidently some people are surprised because they are unaware of what the Jewish state confronts everyday. For sure, the Israelis do not wish this confrontation and have taken so many positive actions to avoid it. Most Israelis are open to the existence of a Palestinian State in the Middle East. Of course this is exactly what was offered to the Arabs by the United Nations way back in November 1947. At that time the Jewish people accepted the partition plan that would create both a Jewish State as well as an Arab State. Sadly, the Arab leadership flatly rejected this offer and war soon followed. Consequently, the modern state of Israel was officially birthed on May 14, 1948 and within hours strongly approved by a UN vote which included the USA and even the USSR. There have subsequently been many years of peace and blessing but also many flare-ups of this ancient conflict. It is sadly ironic that since 2005 Israel handed over the Gaza strip (acquired after one of the Arab wars) back to the Palestinians with the hope that with the Israelis gone, there would be a promise to stop the rocket attacks on Israel. Well, Israel is out of Gaza and apparently things have gotten worse. Unfortunately, the recent declaration of the UN to upgrade the Palestinian status, thus by-passing direct negotiations, only adds more confusion to the picture. Why can’t the Palestinian leadership negotiate a peace agreement? Then again, who is the real leadership: Fatah in the West Bank or Hamas in Gaza which still calls for the destruction of Israel? Not a very good partner for peace!

Fast-forwarding to the present day, it has not even been two years since the amazing “Arab Spring” broke out in the Middle East. Optimists were hopeful that this would bring a new wave of human rights, peace and some form of democracy to these long oppressed nations. What is the fruit that we see today? Hamas, a radical group committed to the destruction of Israel, gained control of Gaza and even caused a split with their own Palestinian brothers Fatah in the West Bank. Egypt elected the Muslim Brotherhood which was so bad that it was even banned in Egypt during the last 30 years. Until the recent Gaza campaign there was a massive network of tunnels running from Egypt to Gaza providing Hamas with a steady flow for its military arsenal. It should be noted that among the discoveries this last week were weapons smuggled from Libya (another Arab Spring participant) to Hamas via the Egyptian tunnels. So much for the hope for a chance of attitude in the Arab world for new negotiations towards peace.

With the sad developments of the recent confrontation, people from every spectrum have been forced to reevaluate their perspective on the Middle East. While Israel many times does not get fair treatment in the secular press, many have spoken out in support of Israel’s right to defend itself from this aggression. From our President to both Houses of the US Congress, statements have been made that the onus is on Hamas to stop the missile attacks. There are certainly those who accuse Israel of being the aggressor and occupier, but the current facts speak for themselves. If there were no rockets landing in Israel, there would be no conflict. Enough is enough. There is still a window of opportunity for peace in the Middle East. We continue to witness the bad fruit of jihad, rockets and hate speech. Maybe enough people will see that there is plenty of land in the Middle East for all peoples and that the good fruit comes from peaceful co-existence. As a Messianic Jew, I encourage all people to be aware of the modern history of the Middle East. Those of us who believe in the Torah/Bible know that there is predicted some difficult times before the coming of God’s Peace Plan. The rabbinic commentaries call the last days “the birthpangs of the Messiah”, noting that world events will be like a women’s labor. There will be some pain and struggle but then the birth of the messianic age. In the meantime, all would do well to heed the promise of the Hebrew prophets “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17).

 

Upcoming Events

Jan 7 Monday, 7:00pm. Beginning Hebrew. Learn the language of the Scriptures in the 10-week course. Classes at KA and Oceanside. Fee required. Call the office for more info.

Jan 15 Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm. New course on ”Israel, the Middle East and Future Events” at the Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego. This 12-week course at KA is an overview of the current situation and what it means to you! $60 per person. Raise the bar on your Jewish education and come out for a great time of  learning.

Jan 26 Saturday, 7:30 pm. Ted Pearce in Concert. Come out to hear this international recording artist as he shares some of his messianic classics as well as his new material. Free concert, love offering received. Invite a friend to the wonderful evening!

Jan 27  Sunday, 9:00am-noon. Tu B’shvat Family Hike at San Elijo Lagoon in Cardiff. All are invited to meet at the KA parking lot at 8:30am if you want to carpool. Bring water and a nosh as we celebrate the Torah holiday for trees. Easy 2-mile hike starts from the Visitor Center in the park.

Feb 2  Saturday, 1:15 pm. KA Congregational Meeting following Shabbat Service. We will receive various reports from the committees and approve our 2013 budget. Make it a priority to attend. Youth hosted Oneg luncheon.

Feb 15-17 MJAA Southwest Regional Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine, CA. Worship services, seminars by many outstanding teachers (including our own Rabbi Barney). Also concerts by Deborah Kline-Lantorno and Paul Wilbur. More information at <http://messianicconferences.org>.
Feb 23 Saturday, 7:00 pm. Purim Celebration. Come dressed in costume as we celebrate the story of Esther. There will be a reading of the megillah and joyful music as we remember God’s faithfulness to our people.

March 26 Tuesday, 6:30pm. KA Passover Seder at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in Mission Valley, San Diego. Purchase your tickets now after any Shabbat Service or through the KA Office Tuesday-Friday by appointment. Adults: $52 / Kids: $26 (12 & under) – chicken, beef or vegetarian. Parking included.

June 23-July 4: KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip. Join us for our next mission to Israel led by Rabbi Kasdan. One week study tour followed by a 3-day Mitzvah Project of renovating a bomb shelter at an Israeli apartment complex. This is part of a larger trip with our denomination (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, UMJC) including many other believers from around the world. Get you deposit in for the unique trip! More info at umjc.org or talk to Rabbi Kasdan. This year in Jerusalem!

July 25-28: UMJC International Conference in LA. Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe at this unique gathering! Worship services, Shabbat, teaching workshops and wonderful fellowship with this international crowd. Special concerts from a variety on messianic artists. At Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills (LA valley). Make your reservations and more details at umjc.org. Plan to be there!

 

Weekly Services

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Foundations of Messianic Judaism” which is an in-depth study of our beliefs based on the Tenakh and New Covenant.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 4 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Shabbat Dance Review is held every Shabbat, 10:00-10:25am in the upstairs classroom area. All welcome to learn!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego: Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm. New Course Starting January 15:“Israel, the Middle East and Future Events”. This 12-week course will take an updated look at the current Middle East situation and what the Scriptures predict. Find out how it all affects you! $60 per student. Call our office for further information.

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Shmot/Exodus. A great way to learn the foundations of our faith! There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time. Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club: All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today. Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with. Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am. Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects. Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting. All women and daughters are welcome!

Messiah TV: Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua. Seen cross-country! Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

KA Leadership

KA Zekeynim/Elders Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas Luis Garabay, Patty Kolb, Tovik Liberman, Bob Haas, Ron Wallace

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink         Joanne Kragenbrink

Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese              Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton            Michael Stinton

 

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                  CD Duplication: David Stephens

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                        Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                        Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                           Oneg: Maria Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                       Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                             Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay                                          TV Outreach: Lety Levy

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                               Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton         Rabbinic Intern: Yisrael Vazquez

 

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Shabbat dinner.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas, Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera, every Weds, 6pm.

Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

Carlsbad (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

  

Donate

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, please send it to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

September/October 2012 – Give Heed To The Sound Of The Shofar!

January 30, 2013 by  
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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 29, Number 1 September/October 2012 Elul/Tishrei 5773

 

 

**High Holy Days begin Sept.16

**KA Fundraiser Dinner, Nov.3

 

 

Give Heed To The Sound Of The Shofar!

 

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

Fall is indeed a special time of year. The kids are back to school. Schedules once again become more predictable. Even in Southern California, the weather may have just a touch of coolness to it which reminds us all of the approach of a new season. Of course, it is a unique time if you are Jewish as well for we embark on the most holy time of our religious calendar; namely the High Holy Days. Commencing on the evening of the first of Tishrei (September 16 this year), our people around the world will be assembling together to contemplate the meaning of Rosh Hashanah (New Year). So many themes are evident during the services; repentance, prayer, reviewing the year in light of God’s call on our life. Certainly the most graphic symbol of Rosh Hashanah must be the shofar/ram’s horn. Why is a shofar sounded at this most serious occasion? Some of the answer lies in the traditional Psalm that is read during the shofar service at Rosh Hashanah.

 

“O clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy. For the Lord Most High is to be feared, a great King over all the earth. God has ascended with a shout, the Lord, with the sound of a shofar” [Tehillim/Psalm 47:1-2, 5].

 

Among the many lessons of the shofar, it is a call for his people to acknowledge the Kingship of HaShem. Too often during the year we may forget that we are not the boss! The King of the universe has put us here, given us life and blessed us in so many ways. Lest we entirely forget, the shofar should jolt us into the remembrance that we bend the knee to a greater King. In fact, the very notes that are sounded with the shofar remind us of some essential realities. The first sound, called “tekia”, is the long sustained note that ends abruptly. Roughly translated “blowing”, this note was often sounded to make important announcements such as the arrival of a holy day. Interestingly, it was often used in the ancient society to announce the arrival of a king, hence, the centrality of Psalm 47 every Rosh Hashanah. The second series of notes is called “shevarim” (broken) because it breaks up the one note into three distinct segments of the same

 

 

 

 

length. “Terua” is the third sound of the shofar. This consists of nine staccato notes that give a sense of urgency. Translated as “alarm”, the terua was often used in biblical times as a wake-up call for the troops as they faced a battle. The final note of the shofar is “tekia gedolah” or the great blast that often marked the end of an important occasion, such as Rosh Hashanah.

 

No wonder the sound of the shofar is quite awesome and respected in the Jewish community! At Rosh Hashanah we are reminded by its shrill sounds that we are appearing before the King of Kings, blessed be He. Likewise we should understand that we are indeed standing in a distinctive spiritual battle on this Holy Day as we examine our soul and try to set things right with our God and fellow man.

 

Yet, it should be noted that there is a special prophetic symbolism associated with the shofar often alluded to within Jewish tradition. The distinctive sounds are to remind us of our future, both as individuals and as a collective people. One Midrash from the middle ages makes a rather astounding statement:

 

“Messiah ben David, Elijah and Zerubbabel, peace be upon him, will ascend the Mount of Olives. And Messiah will command Elijah to blow the shofar. The light of the six days of creation will return and will be seen, the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and God will send full healing to all the sick of Israel. The second blast which Elijah will blow will make the dead rise. They will rise from the dust and each man will recognize his fellow man, and so will husband and wife, father and son, brother and brother. All will come to the Messiah from the four corners of the earth…. The Children of Israel will fly on the wings of eagles and come to the Messiah…”(Ma’ase Daniel as Quoted in Messiah Texts, p.143 by Raphael Patai).

 

Indeed, the sound of the shofar is our wake-up call every Rosh Hashanah. It beacons us to consider the past and reflect on our present relationship with God. Yet there is coming a day when all the symbolism of the shofar service will be translated into the prophetic future. Perhaps Elijah will be the Baal Tekia (shofar blower) in the great day when the Mashiach, Yeshua of Nazareth, returns to fulfill the second part of his messianic mission. As the New Covenant confirms; “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with the shout (terua), with the voice of the archangel, and with the shofar of God; and the dead in Messiah shall rise first”

(I Thessalonians 4:16). On the evening of September 16 we come one year closer to our messianic redemption. As we enter this new year 5773, let us give heed to the sound of the shofar and understand its prophetic message to us all. L’shana tova/Happy New Year!

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Sept 8, Saturday, 10:30am. Bar Mitzvah of Isaac Jurist. Join us for this special Shabbat as Isaac is called to the Torah. Oneg luncheon following.

Sept 16, Sunday, 8:00 pm. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service. Usher in the spiritual New Year celebrating the goodness of Messiah! This will be a traditional service including the sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn) and a message on the importance of the holiday for all believers in Yeshua.

 

 

 

 

Special Note: All services are free but reservations are required for all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for non-members of KA. Call the KA office to reserve your seats and invite a Jewish friend.

Sept 17, Monday, 10:30 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service. We will
continue in prayer and meditation at this traditional service.
Sept 17, Monday, 4:00 pm. Tashlich Service at La Jolla Shores. Join us for this beautiful time as we cast bread crumbs into the sea to remind us of the important truths of the High Holiday season, “Thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19). We
will also have an immersion service for new believers in Messiah. Bring your own dinner (and bread crumbs) and meet us on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.
Sept 25, Tuesday, 7:30 pm. Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service. We will have a special assembly for this holiest day of the biblical calendar. We will enter into the congregational fast starting sundown Tuesday through sundown Wednesday as we pray for our spiritual lives and for our people of Israel. Special Note: In the spirit of “tzedakah”(helping others), we are suggesting that all worshipers bring to service some package food items or a check donation which will in turn be given to help some needy families through Jewish Family Service. It would be fitting to donate the value of the amount which we would normally would have eaten when not fasting.
Sept 26, Wednesday, 10:30 am Yom Kippur Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and fasting at this traditional service.
Sept 26, Wednesday, 5:30 pm. Neilah Service. The closing service followed by a potluck at 6:30 pm to break the fast. Bring your favorite dish to share with all.
Oct 6, Saturday, 10:30 am. Sukkot Service. Join us for this exciting praise service as we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be able to have Kiddush in the Sukkah and there will be a great time of Davidic worship and praise. There will also be a special message on the significance of the holy day for all believers in Messiah. Followed by a Youth Hosted Luncheon with donations going to their mitzvah projects.

Oct 8, Monday, 7:00 pm. Simchat Torah Service. This will be a fitting close to the fall Holy Days as we “rejoice in the Torah.” There will be plenty of music and dance as we celebrate God’s gift of the Word. Also a special Adult Bnai Mitzvah participants will be leading the service.

November 3, Saturday, 6pm. KA Anniversary Celebration!
We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 31 years of our messianic synagogue. Pasta Taste-testing Dinner from your home-made recipes plus special show: “American ‘No Idol’ Talent Contest”. Tickets $25 per person, $5 for kids under 12. At the KA Social Hall with proceeds going to some synagogue building projects. Pick up your tickets at the shul or call our office. Invite all friends who appreciate our ministry.

 

 

Weekly Services

 

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Zechariah—God Remembers” which is a chapter by chapter study of this amazing prophet from the Tenakh.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 4 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dance Ministry: All are welcome to attend the Dance review of the current Shabbat worship dances for each Shabbat, 10:00-10:25am in the upstairs classroom area.

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego: Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30. New 5-week course starting Sept.4, 7pm-8:30pm: “Understanding Jewish Customs” which is a detailed study as such vital Jewish traditions as kashrut, tallit and tefillin. $40 per student. The MJISD classes can lead to a certificate of Messianic Jewish Studies. Special Course: “Introduction to Talmud” starting Oct.16. This 6-week course will be taught on-site locally and on-line internationally. Accredited course through the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI). $150 per student. Call our office for further information.

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Devarim/Deuteronomy. A great way to learn the foundations of our faith! There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time. Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club: All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today. Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with. Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am. Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service. Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting. All women are welcome!

 

 

 

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                         Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas     Luis Garabay, Patty Kolb, Tovik

Liberman, Bob Haas, Ron Wallace

 

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                      Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink

Joanne Kragenbrink                                           Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                  Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                             Michael Stinton

 

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                       CD Duplication: David Stephens

Dance: Sue Rubin                                             Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                  Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                Oneg: Maria Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                             Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                       Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                     Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton       Rabbinic Intern: Yisrael Vazquez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

 

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

Encinitas, Michael & Jan Folb, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 1st & 3rd Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas, Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano Rivera, Shabbat 4pm-sunset at KA upstairs. Potluck Havdalah.

Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Thur & last Fri 7pm, plus 3rd Saturday, 9am.

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

 

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

 

Donate

 

 

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, please send it to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

July/August 2012 – “Kosher Jesus”…but not the Messiah?

January 30, 2013 by  
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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

 

Volume 28, Number 6           July/August 2012              Tammuz/Av  5772

 

 

 

**Shabbat at the Shores, July 13

 

**Messianic Community Picnic, August 26

 

**UMJC Regional Youth Camp, August 31- September 3

 

 

 

“Kosher Jesus”…but not the Messiah?

 

 

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

 

We all know that one of the encouraging phenomena in our day is the increasing interest in the Jewishness of Yeshua.  A recent book by famous TV Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (“Shalom in the Home” cable program) has certainly added to the discussion.  His latest book is entitled “Kosher Jesus” and takes a look at reclaiming Jesus for the Jewish community.  Rabbi Boteach has taken some major heat from some of his rabbinic colleagues although he quickly makes it clear that he does not believe Yeshua is the Messiah for us Jews.  But having said that, he explores the Jewish background of the first-century Yeshua (a name he never uses) and encourages both Jews and Christians to reevaluate their previous conclusions.  Simply put, Yeshua was a great rabbi teaching wonderful Jewish wisdom.  He also loved his people greatly while equally hating the Romans and their occupation of Judea.  Yeshua died as a martyr, comparable to Bar Kochba a century later.  What is even stranger is that after his tragic death, Rabbi Yeshua was changed from a Jewish sympathizer to a Roman sympathizer!   This was done, according to Boteach, with some creative dedacting and re-writing of the Gospels.   So the final product?—a kosher Jesus who thought he might be the Messiah but who obviously is not.

 

What are Messianic Jews to say to all this?   First, the positives.  It is great that the new book has increased the dialogue about the undeniable Jewishness of Yeshua.   Our Jewish people have much to learn from this most influential Jew of history.   Instead of fear, Boteach says we should have a more open heart to the real Yeshua.  Sadly, many

 

of us have excommunicated Jesus from the Jewish community largely because of the bad relationship so often between the church and the synagogue.  But as the rabbi puts it, Jesus did not burn a synagogue or put Zyklon B in a gas chamber.  It will take some major adjustment in perspective but we live in a day when many are reevaluating the long-held presuppositions.  We Messianic Jews can appreciate this call to a new openness and dialogue.

 

Now for the problems which are many.  Rabbi Shmuley insists that “Jews will never accept the divinity of Jesus.”  Ironically, I would say this is one of those long-held presuppositions!   The book never mentions the tens of thousands of present-day Jews who embrace Yeshua as the Divine Mashiach.  The Rabbi can simply say we are not Jews (by the historical presupposition) but the fact that there are over 200 messianic synagogues around the USA (not Christian converts) challenges that bold assertion.  No mention is made of why many of us Messianic Jews have come to our faith in Yeshua.  Ignored are the powerful verses of the Tenakh like Isaiah 9:5-6 “a son…called Mighty God?”   Or Proverbs 30:1-4 “Do you know the Creator’s Name, or His son’s Name?”  Although Rabbi Boteach doubts Yeshua’s Davidic descent, the New Testament is clear on that historical fact.  I was disappointed to see many of the Rabbi’s problematic interpretations of the New Testament as he attributed them to mistakes and Jewish ignorance.  Matthew and Luke would not have been that stupid.  The apparent problems pointed out by Boteach all have logical answers especially as one studies in the original languages.   I wonder if the Rabbi took any biblical Greek?

 

 

Another expected response is his sharp criticism of Shaul/Paul.   It is tempting to receive a kosher Jesus and yet to throw Paul under the bus.  Although the book questions Paul’s Jewish credentials and education, would he be so foolish as to name his mentor Rabbi Gamliel and other details of his early life if it were not so?   It would be so easy to disprove such claims by the living witnesses!  But that actually leads Rabbi Boteach to lean heavily on his theory that the original Jewish Jesus was changed by later New Testament editors.  The Rabbi admits that his views of Jesus and Paul are greatly influenced by modern Jewish scholar Hyam Maccoby, author of such works as “The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity.”  That should speak for itself.   What is highly ironic is that the Rabbi seems to put a lot more faith in the words of contemporary Jewish scholars than the original Jewish sources and the eyewitnesses of the Gospels!  Those original Jewish men and women saw the works of Yeshua and heard his exact words which they faithfully recorded.  Many of those same disciples followed Yeshua, not just as a Roman rebel, but as the Mashiach promised to our people.  Perhaps Rabbi Boteach’s book will cause many more people to question and even read the original source called the Jewish New Testament.  Maybe then many more of us Jews will conclude:  “Kosher Jesus”….and also the Messiah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

July 4, Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm.  KA Music and Dance Teams at SD County Fair.  Zemer Yeshua and Nagila B’ariel will give a special program in this open air concert.  Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event!

 

July 13, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Welcome in the summer season with this great sunset service at La Jolla Shores on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.  Bring your dinner, a chair or blanket as we celebrate Shabbat together at this beautiful location.  Bring your surfboard for a 4pm surf session with the Rabbi at the checkered flag!

 

July 14, Saturday, 1pm.  Mid-Year Congregational Meeting.  We will be electing our new Board of Directors at this Oneg Luncheon hosted by our Youth Group.  KA members please make this a priority.

 

July 19-22.  UMJC International Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.  Join hundreds of messianic believers from around the globe for this annual gathering.  Special concerts, workshops and fellowship with the mishpacah.  Conference details and hotel information at umjc.org.

 

August 9-11.  Asheville Music Festival.  Three days of music, arts and drama from the young messianic Jewish community worldwide joining in this outdoor setting in North Carolina.  All will be blessed and pass the word.  More details at AMF12.com.

 

August 17, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Welcome in the summer season with this great sunset service at La Jolla Shores on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.  Bring your dinner, a chair or blanket as we celebrate Shabbat together at this beautiful location.  Bring your surfboard for a 4pm surf session with the Rabbi at the checkered flag!

 

August 31-Sept 3.  UMJC Regional Youth Camp.  Send your kids and youth to this great Shabbaton weekend with other messianic kids from all over the west coast.  Held in the San Bernardino mountains, 2 hours from San Diego.  Great program, teachers, sports and fellowship.  Contact our office or Education Directors Michael and Jeannie Stinton for more info.  Don’t miss it!

 

Weekly Services

 

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Zechariah—God Remembers” which is a chapter by chapter study of this amazing prophet from the Tenakh.

 

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 4 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

 

Dance Ministry: Beginning Dance Workshop is held every Shabbat, 10:00-10:25am in the upstairs classroom area. All welcome to learn!

 

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30. No classes July or August.  The MJISD classes can lead to a certificate of Messianic Jewish Studies.   Call our office for further information.

 

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Devarim/Numbers.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith!  There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.  Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

 

Men’s Club:  All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today.  Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with.   Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am.  Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

 

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service.   Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting.  All women are welcome!

 

 

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                               Board of Directors

 

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio,               Luis Garabay, Patty Kolb, Tovik Liberman

Frank Rosas                                               Laurie Herlickman, Bob Haas

 

 

 

 

Shamashim/Servants

 

Luis Garibay                                              Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                       Joanne Kragenbrink

Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                            Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                          Michael Stinton

 

Committee Coordinators

 

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                  CD Duplication: David Stephens

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                        Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                        Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                           Oneg: Maria Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                       Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                                Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                               Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton             Rabbinic Intern: Yisrael Vazquez

 

 

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

 

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Encinitas, Michael & Jan Folb, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 1st & 3rd Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano Rivera,  Shabbat 4pm-sunset at KA upstairs.  Potluck Havdalah.

Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez,  1sr & 3rd Weds 7pm plus 3rd Saturday, 10am.

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

 

 

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

 

Donate

 

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, please send it to:

 

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

 

Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

November/December 2012 – A Rabbi You Should Know More About: Rabbi Akiva ben Joseph (ca. 40-137 CE)

January 28, 2013 by  
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Nu? News

Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 29, Number 2           November/December 2012              Cheshvan/Kislev  5773

 

**KA “Pasta Idol Talent Show” and Fundraiser Dinner, Nov.3

**Kids Hebrew School begins Dec.3

**KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip, June 23-July 4, 2013

 

A Rabbi You Should Know More About:

Rabbi Akiva ben Joseph (ca. 40-137 CE)

By Dr. Beth Reid (KA member)

Are you struggling with Hebrew as an adult and wondering if it is worth it? Don’t give up! Rabbi Akiva was an illiterate shepherd who didn’t learn to read until he was 40! But he studied and went on to become a major contributor to the Mishnah and an authority on Jewish tradition. He is referred to in the Talmud as “Rosh le-Chachamim”(Head of all the Sages).  Akiva came from a humble background and probably was a servant on someone else’s farm until he got married. He began life as a shepherd whose family was too poor for him to study or even get married. But a young woman from a wealthy family, Rachel, married him and supported him while he learned to read and later studied Torah. He never forgot his humble background and championed the common people in his rabbinic decisions. He had many disciples who studied under him. His favorite saying was: “Whatever God does He does for the best.”
In discussions of the Torah, Akiva developed his own style of logic, taking a seemingly minor aspect of a verse or even a word’s numeric value, using this to put forth his side of the discussion. Other rabbis were astounded and often confounded by this. Even when he was still a student, Akiva sometimes made a winning point, gaining him respect among scholars and teachers of the academy. Still, with all this, he remained modest.
There was a long-standing division of opinion between the patricians and plebians in the Land and among the rabbis. The wealthy patricians included land-owners of large estates and the priests, the Shammaitic wing, whose interests sometimes conflicted with those of the lower class small farmers, nomadic herdsmen and shopkeepers, the Hillelite wing. The policy was that both groups would be represented, one by the Nasi (roughly speaking, the president) and the other by the Bet Ha Din (vice president). Remembering his roots, Akiva always argued in favor of the poor and lower classes.  He is best known for systematizing the Halakah, the material about religious practice. In Akiva’s time this information was difficult to study or use because there was no organization to it. So Akiva set himself the task of logically arranging the Mishnah (the oral traditions), the Midrash (explanation of the Halakot) and the Halakot.
Around 110-112 CE the Roman Emperor Trajan made an edict that the Jews could rebuild their temple in Jerusalem (it had been destroyed in 70 CE). The edict was vaguely worded but it gave rise to much hope among the Jews and the feeling that a Messianic Age was about to begin. It also may have caused Akiva to later endorse the rebel leader Simon Bar Kosiva as Messiah, whom he renamed Bar Kochba (son of a star), saying, “A star has broken out from Jacob” (cf. Numbers 24:17).  This was Akiva’s one black mark on an otherwise unblemished career. In kindness, it should be pointed out that Akiva was 92 when the rebellion broke out and his faculties seemed to be failing him; he had reversed himself on a few of his decisions, something which he had never done before.
Before the Jews could begin rebuilding the Temple, Trajan died and Hadrian took his place as Emperor. Hadrian visited Jerusalem in 130 CE and let it be known that he planned to build a temple, but not to God. His plan was for a temple to himself and Jupiter on the exact place of the Jewish Temple ruins. This, among other things, provoked the Second Jewish Revolt leading to the banning of Jews from Jerusalem among other punishments. Because the Messianic Jews recognized Yeshua as Messiah, they did not participate, finally separating them from Judaism in the eyes of the rebels.  Akiva refused to obey the Roman edict which forbade the study and teaching of Torah. He was arrested and tortured by being skinned alive. He preached and quoted scripture during the process, impressing his Roman torturers. He died with the Shema on his lips. Despite the fact that Messianic Jews disagree with Akiva’s conclusions concerning Yeshua as Messiah, we can give him due respect as a late-blooming scholar and martyr for the Jewish cause.  He is certainly a rabbi who made a great impact at a crucial time of the history of our people in the Land.  While the failed Bar Kochba revolt has proven that Akiva’s choice could not be the messiah, many are taking another look at a captivating rabbi from Galilee.

Historical Source:  Finkelstein, Louis. Akiva: Scholar, Saint and Martyr. New York: Atheneum, 1970.

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

November 3, Saturday, 6pm.  KA Anniversary Celebration!
We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 31 years of our messianic synagogue.   Pasta Taste-testing Dinner from your home-made recipes plus entertaining show: “KA Pasta Idol Talent Competition”.   Tickets $25 per person, $10 for kids 12 and under.  At the KA Social Hall with proceeds going to some synagogue building projects.  Pick up your tickets at the shul or call our office.  Go to our website and click on Pasta blog for some funny commercials!   Invite all friends who appreciate our ministry in the Jewish community.

November 22, Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), 8:15am.  United Run/Walk For The Hungry.  A group of KAniks are walking the 5K event and raising support for
the SD Food Bank as well as Jewish Family Service.  A great way to help out the needy on this day of thanks.   If you would like to join our group contact the KA office or register individually at unitedrunforthehungry.org.

November 24, Saturday, 10:30am.   Bnai Mitzvah for the Lazar family.   Join us for this special time as 13-year old Joe is called to the Torah as well as participating parents James and Jennifer.  Oneg luncheon to follow.

December 1, Saturday, 9:00-10:am.  Kid’s Hebrew School Begins.   We start a new 15-week semester for all kids 10-13 years old who desire to have a KA
Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  There is a fee plus other requirements.  Talk to Rabbi Kasdan for more details.

December 15, Saturday, 10:30am.  KA Hanukkah Service.  Come out for this special Shabbat celebration as we recall the miracles of the season.

Holiday music, latke potluck luncheon and a special message on the meaning of Hanukkah for all believers in Messiah.  Invite a friend for this great time.   Nes gadol hayah sham!

 

June 23-July 4, 2013:  KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip.  Join us for our next mission to Israel led by Rabbi Kasdan.  One week study tour followed by a 3-day Mitzvah Project of renovating a bomb shelter at an Israeli apartment complex.  This is part of a larger trip with our denomination (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, UMJC) including many other believers from around the world.  Get you deposit in for the unique trip!   More info at umjc.org or talk to Rabbi Kasdan.   Next year in Jerusalem!

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Weekly Services

Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Zechariah—God Remembers” which is a chapter by chapter study of this amazing prophet from the Tenakh.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 4 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Beginning Dance Workshop is held every Shabbat, 10:00-10:25am in the upstairs classroom area. All welcome to learn!

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-9:00pm.    Current Course:  “Introduction to Talmud”.   This 6-week course will be taught onsite locally and online internationally.  Accredited course through the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI).  $99 per student.  Call our office for further information.

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in Bresheet/Genesis.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith!  There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.  Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club:  All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we deal with today.  Always some good discussion and study along with service projects for men to be involved with.   Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am.  Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.

Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service.   Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting.  All women are welcome!

Messiah TV:  Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                          Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas                Luis Garabay, Patty Kolb, Tovik Liberman, Bob Haas, Ron Wallace

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                    Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                 

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                     Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                               Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                               Michael Stinton

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                  CD Duplication: David Stephens

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                        Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                        Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                             Oneg: Maria Montelongo

Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                        Resource Center: Alice Hoover

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                                 Social Action: Eric Tauber

Translation: Paty Garibay                                            TV Outreach:  Lety Levy

Ushers: Tony Savavese                                                Website: Rome Remigio

Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton              Rabbinic Intern: Yisrael Vazquez

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.

Encinitas, Michael & Jan Folb, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm.  Shabbat dinner.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano Rivera,  Shabbat 4pm-sunset at KA upstairs.  Potluck Havdalah.                                                   

Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez,  1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm plus 3rd Saturday, 9am.

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

Carlsbad (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

 

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

Donate

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, please send it to:

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

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