Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue will have it’s very first service at the new building this Shabbat, March 11th, Located at 5185 Acuna Street San Diego, Ca 92117
Sitting in the audience at the International Union of Messianic Jewish Congrgations Annual Conference in Woodland Hills, California in July 2013, I was moved by Rabbi Kirk Gliebe’s call to Avodah. It was personal, heartfelt and passionate. I agree with the President in that as his own people, we are collectively and individually chosen and uniquely gifted by HaShem for his purposes, for unique Avodah. It is only through submission to G-D and obedience to his calling that we are empowered to accomplish any great work, or supernatural Avodah. I write to encourage my sisters to consider going farther and stretching ourselves. A special need exists, and I invite my sisters to prayerfully consider where we, as women and believers, can serve as leaders within the Messianic movement. Let’s see where we could bring our talents and gifts to bear within our congregations and communities or even fill in gaps in UMJC leadership!
Consider Rebecca. In Genesis 24:1-20 we find the story of Abraham’s servant tasked with finding a wife for Isaac. While the focus of this Torah reading may naturally lead one to Abraham or Isaac, I would like to detail some characteristics that are demonstrated by Rebecca. These characteristics will form an outline or template for strong, faithful women – those of us called to “Radical Avodah” as shared by Rabbi Jamie Cowen at the Conference.
The servant is told by Abraham to seek a wife for Isaac among his countrymen. The servant is called to preserve a current component of G-D’s plan (the line of Abraham) while concurrently seeking the new direction (a new family member) to enable Isaac to follow G-D’s plan. In some ways the UMJC itself represents the servant. The UMJC is called by G-D to preserve the Torah and the Jewish Community by supporting Messianic Congregations. Concurrently it supports new directions as the Ruach points the way. Only through humility and openness to G-D can we expect to know his perfect will and be empowered to walk in it.
When the servant did not know the way he should go on his own, Abraham told him “Adonai will send an angel before you.” While we may not know exactly what “women in leadership” might look like now, we can trust that if it is G-D’s design he will see to it that we have direction. The servant prayed specifically for success and signs. We should do the same for this new direction. Let us seek his favor, success and signs which will provide confirmation and encouragement as we traverse this new path.
Are we open to change that HaShem may bring or are we comfortable with the way we have always done things? We can be certain that the Ruach led Rebecca to the well that day. She was obedient. She was willing. Rebecca had all the necessary gifts and was the choice of HaShem. Sisters, it is time to inventory our gifts and talents. Let us see if G-D is not calling us to do more than what we are doing now. We are an important part of the UMJC. We are Messianic. Do some have education? Do some have experience? Are some natural leaders within their congregations? The UMJC could use those who are qualified. Who is G-D calling? Could it be you?
What would be the cost to you if you were chosen and walked in obedience? In our reading, Rebecca hurried to give the servant a drink, willingly. She worked without delay; as the scriptures read, “she quickly emptied her jug into the trough and ran to the well.” It was the end of the day, evening. Rebecca was probably completing her final tasks of the day when this man comes to her with ten camels! She not only waters them but continues to do so “until they are full.” We can see from this example that the price of obedience is hard work and sacrifice. Some may not hear a call, others will perceive the sacrifice as too great, the price too high. But for those who hear the call of Adonai, we have the duty to fulfill his purpose in our lives! Are you listening for his voice? Could you, dear reader, be here now, at this time in history, with your unique gifts, for such a time as this?
I am interested to see where this conversation may go. I want to be a Rebecca. I want to be that woman called for his purpose and fulfill that calling for which I was created. I may not know the details yet, but I realize that as women, we have many opportunities to serve. We are wives, mothers, teachers and far more. At this time and at this juncture in our movement, I believe it is time to consider HER AVODAH and what that looks like in our Union and within our congregations. I look forward to seeing my sisters continue to grow and bring fresh insight and direction to Messianic Judaism. You can make a contribution, are you willing?
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua.
Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue is proud to announce that Aaron and Jen White are the winners of last night’s raffle drawing.
Mazal Tov! – Congratulations!
Shalom Kehilat Ariel family and friends:
Here we are on the week of Hanukkah 2016 and we can say we have essentially met our goal for the finances needed to purchase a home for our messianic synagogue. How appropriate at this season of rededication of the Temple! Back on the first week of November, it sounded daunting: $300,000 in 60 days. We are all very blessed and thrilled about God’s provision…through your faithfulness to support our vision of a synagogue property for Yeshua in San Diego. B”H! A huge thank you to all who have given so generously to our Mishkan (Tabernacle) Offering for this purpose.
Please keep us in prayer as we now await final approval from a Credit Union for our mortgage loan.
If you have not yet contributed to the cause, there is still a need for some extra funds for repairs and furnishings. Would you prayerfully consider a generous year-end gift to support our ministry as we continue to lift the Light of Messiah within the Jewish community?
Checks can be mailed to (and postmarked by December 31):
PO Box 178755
San Diego, CA 92177
Another option is to purchase your last minute raffle ticket to win 2 tickets to Israel with a messianic study tour. This includes airfare from the west coast, hotel and most meals. You might win this $9990 package with your $100 ticket or get 5 tickets for $400. Tickets can be purchased either by contacting our office directly at 858-490-4355 no later than December 30 or at the KA Hanukkah Service on Saturday, December 31, 10:30am. Winner will be announced after sunset on December 31 so call today!
Many thanks and a wonderful Hanukkah in Yeshua to all!
Rabbi Barney Kasdan
Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue in Escrow to Purchase Retired Cruise Ship to Become First Ever Floating Synagogue
Posted on November 28, 2016 by messianicmeow
San Diego, CA – Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue in San Diego announced recently they were in escrow to purchase their own building for the first time in the congregation’s 35 year history. Most Messianic congregations rent space from local churches, but it is always a goal to eventually purchase their own building. Typically, congregations will build from the ground up or purchase former church buildings from churches that have gone under. In this instance, Kehilat Ariel will be a pioneer in using a state of the art, out of service cruise ship to act as their headquarters and place of meeting.
“We knew it was time to purchase a building of our own, but a building on land in San Diego is really expensive,” Rabbi Barney Kasdan explained. “A retired cruise ship will cost less and give added benefits that we wouldn’t have in a typical building: We’ll be permanently docked on the ocean, so the view will be fantastic. We’ll even be able to do Tashlikh right off of the deck. Not to mention it will be a great spot for spectators of our immersion services and congregational surf sessions. It’s our tradition to have ‘Shabbat at the Shores’ every summer and now we won’t have to worry about finding a spot on the beach. On top of this, we can double as a hotel or housing for out of town friends and relatives. We’ll also be able to provide emergency housing/shelter for anyone in a dire situation. We’ll even have a brig for any counter missionaries that might try to crash our services.”
Kasdan says Kehilat Ariel still needs to raise around $150,000 in the next month in order to be able to purchase their new congregational home. For more information about how to help out you can visit http://www.kehilatariel.org/wordpress/?p=5255
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Shalom members and friends of Kehilat Ariel:
Our messianic synagogue continues to be blessed as we press forward in purchasing a new property in San Diego. In the month of November we raised over $170,000. Our goal is to raise $100,000 more in the month of December. A huge thank you to all those who have given to our Mishkan Offering for this project! If you have not donated yet, would you prayerfully consider a generous gift to help us meet our goal? Use the following link:
Another beautiful way to support our vision is to buy some raffle tickets to win a trip for two to Israel. Check out the attached flyer for details and contact our office to participate in this wonderful opportunity. A $100 ticket may get you and a friend on this messianic Jewish tour and trip of a lifetime! Call our office today at 858.490.4355, or pick up your tickets at the KA services. Todah rabah/thank you so much!
Rabbi Barney Kasdan
Win a trip to Israel for two! “March 19-April 2, 2017, join us for a unique Messianic Journey of Israel in partnership with the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America. The teachers on this (2 to 3 bus) tour will be Dr. Michael Rydelnik (professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute and teacher/host of Open Line Radio answering your Bible questions) along with his good friend Rabbi Larry Feldman (President of the MJAA and rabbi of Shuvah Israel Messianic congregation, Irvine, CA). Space is limited, so register now for this amazing trip. Hope you can come with us.” – Messianic Journeys
Tour dates are from March 19, 2017 to April 2, 2017
To purchase tickets contact Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue at 858-490-4355
Tickets priced $100.00 each
Purchase four raffle tickets and get one free.
Winning ticket is good for a trip for two individuals.
The value of this biblical trip for two is $9,990.00.
A limited number will be sold.
Drawing to be held after sunset on December 31, 2016.
ALL proceeds go to the Kehilat Ariel Building Fund / Mishkan Offering.
Ticket purchases are NOT tax deductible and NON-Refundable.
Shalom Family and friends of Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue:
Many of you attended our 35th Anniversary Celebration last Saturday night featuring the wonderful classic jazz guitar concert with Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda. Many people brought their Mishkan Offering to present for our purchase of the new synagogue property currently in escrow. We were very blessed to receive the offering of over $100,000! That is a giant step forward towards our goal of $300,000. We are still in need of about $150,000 in the next 46 days. A big thank you to all those who have given their Mishkan Offering already! If you have not contributed yet to this exciting project, will you prayerfully consider a generous gift towards purchasing a synagogue for Yeshua in San Diego? You can use the PayPal link below to send your love offering even today or call our office for more information about the Mishkan Pledge Card.
Kadima! Forward in Messiah!
Rabbi Barney Kasdan
Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue (KA) is in escrow to purchase property in San Diego, California!
It’s not every day that a Messianic Synagogue get’s a chance to purchase their very own building and property.
Everyone seems to be asking for money, and there are many great causes and nonprofits that benefit from everyday people giving money. Religious institutions, by virtue of their characteristics, operate on limited funding that is mainly dependent on their congregants. We at KA are similar to those religious institutions who’s main budget comes through their congregants. For many years, on the anniversary date of the founding of KA, we have held fundraisers in the hopes of one day owning our very own synagogue. The fundraisers have been a way to generate extra funds, separate from normal giving, in order to be prepared for a down payment on a building. Many people have enjoyed our fundraisers because they each had a different theme. One year there was Salsa dancing and the Tijuana taco man who made the best tacos. Another year there was a spaghetti making contest. And who could forget the Hawaiian Luau? The Rabbi sure knows how to dance! All these, and more, have made it possible to grow a small amount of money into a decent down payment. Owning our own building, which will help us to better reach the Jewish community with the Good New of Yeshua/Jesus, has been our dream and vision for a very long time. So we prayed and gave and prayed some more.
There is an astounding story of giving that is mentioned in Exodus chapter 35. Basically, Moshe was given the task of building a place of worship with specific instructions not to deviate from the copy of the blueprints that Adonai gave him to follow. This was a community effort.
20 “Then the whole community of the people of Isra’el withdrew from Moshe’s presence; (LY: ii) 21 and they came, everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit made him willing, and brought Adonai’s offering for the work on the tent of meeting, for the service in it and for the holy garments. 22 Both men and women came, as many as had willing hearts; they brought nose-rings, earrings, signet-rings, belts, all kinds of gold jewelry — everyone bringing an offering of gold to Adonai. 23 Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn; fine linen; tanned ram skins or fine leather brought them. 24 Everyone contributing silver or bronze brought his offering for Adonai, and everyone who had acacia-wood suitable for any of the work brought it. 25 All the women who were skilled at spinning got to work and brought what they had spun, the blue, purple and scarlet yarn and the fine linen. 26 Likewise the women whose heart stirred them to use their skill spun the goat’s hair. 27 The leaders brought the onyx stones and the stones to be set, for the ritual vest and the breasplate; 28 the spices; and the oil for the light, for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. 29 Thus every man and woman of the people of Isra’el whose heart impelled him to contribute to any of the work Adonai had ordered through Moshe brought it to Adonai as a voluntary offering.” Exodus 35: 20-29 Complete Jewish Bible
What do we learn from this? “everyone whose heart stirred him…” “as many as had willing hearts;” “the women whose heart stirred…” “Thus every man and woman of the people of Isra’el whose heart impelled him to contribute to any of the work Adonai had ordered through Moshe brought it to Adonai as a voluntary offering.” You may be reading this and thinking that there isn’t much that you can give, or that your gift won’t make a difference. But imagine with me; we are there and your heart is stirred. HaShem gave you freedom from death and brought you back to life with the rights to own property and have a family. The difference, however, is that there is already a building standing and many of these wonderful articles of value to build the mishkan are represented within the people who willingly gave from their hearts. The people in Exodus understood that the mishkan represented the eternal and a connection to the living God.
As HaShem stirs your heart, bring Adonai’s offering for the work on the tent of meeting “Mishkan.” Take hold of the freedom in Yeshua/Jesus, and be a part of a legacy that began in Genesis and winds it’s way all the way through to the Book of Revelation.
While in escrow, during this time of due diligence, we must raise $300,000.00. Please pray for this grand endeavor and that the windows of heaven will pour out His blessing upon us for His work. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
Please join us for our 35th Anniversary, with a Fundraiser Concert performed by the international guitar duo of Benedetti and Svoboda as they share an inspirational program.
Saturday, November 12, 7:30pm
3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Tickets prices are $50, $35, or $20 (plus a raffle and a dessert nosh)
Donate here: PayPal.me/KehilatAriel
Together let’s complete the vision of a synagogue for Yeshua in San Diego!