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Baruch Haba! Welcome!

Welcome to the website for Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue of San Diego, California.  The congregation was planted in November, 1981, by our Rabbi Barney Kasdan and his wife Liz with 17 people at the first Shabbat service.  Today we have a weekly service of over 200 people consisting of mostly Jews from various backgrounds (orthodox to secular) as well as non-Jews and intermarried families.  Everyone is welcome no matter what background you may be from (Jew or Gentile, believer or seeker).  Kehilat Ariel is a community where Jewish followers of Yeshua can enjoy their faith with their God-given heritage and non-Jews can learn more about the Jewish roots of their own faith in Yeshua.

Kehilat Ariel (Congregation of the Lion of G-d) is a synagogue of both Jews and Gentiles who believe that Yeshua (Jesus of Nazareth) is the promised Messiah of the Jewish Scriptures.  As a Messianic Jewish Synagogue, we also hold to the essential doctrines of all the Scriptures (both Tenach and New Testament) such as mankind’s need for spiritual redemption and the provision of G-d through the life, death and resurrection of Yeshua as the Messiah (Isaiah 53, Hebrews 9).  What is distinctive about our group is that while we believe in Yeshua, we also believe in maintaining the inherent Jewish roots of the faith.  Hence, we celebrate the Biblical Jewish holy days (i.e. Sukkot, Passover, etc.) as well as many of the customs from our rich Jewish heritage.  For us, the Messianic Synagogue is a practical way to express the New Covenant faith within the Jewish cultural framework from where it originated.  Please join us for one of our inspiring services!