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Winners For Trip For Two To Israel!

January 1, 2017 by  
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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!

Mishkan (Tabernacle) Offering Update!

December 29, 2016 by  
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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):
Kehilat Ariel
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

The Messianic Meow – Unity Through Laughter

December 12, 2016 by  
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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

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Update Mishkan Offering!

December 1, 2016 by  
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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!

November 27, 2016 by  
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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.


Mishkan Offering Update

November 18, 2016 by  
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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

“Mishkan Offering” As We Build A Synagogue For Yeshua!

November 3, 2016 by  
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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:

Together let’s complete the vision of a synagogue for Yeshua in San Diego!


June 1, 2015 by  
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March 22, 2015 by  
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Social Action Coördinator’s Report on the Reach Out for Israel rally, 7/20/2014

July 22, 2014 by  
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The United Jewish Federation of San Diego held a rally in support of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”. There appeared to be a few hundred in attendance with American and Israeli flags waving side-by-side and news trucks from Channels 5, 7 & 8.  While it is sad that our community should feel a need to justify Israel’s right to protect herself, the outpouring of support from our civic and religious leaders was heartening.


Congressional Representatives Susan Davis, Scott Peters and Marty Block all spoke proudly of Congress’ bi-partisan resolution affirming Israel’s right to defend herself against Hamas.  There were also words of support from Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman and regards from Toni Atkins and Juan Vargas.  Scott Peters told a personal story: while on vacation in Israel, he fell in love with the land and th2014-07-20 15.58.51e people.  He later learned that Israel’s Iron Dome defense system had intercepted a missile bound for the very hotel in which he and his wife had been staying.


Ori, an Israeli teenager from a kibbutz near Sha’ar Hanegev, San Diego’s s ister city in Israel, got emotional as he told us how his entire kibbutz had to scatter because it lay on the border with Gaza.  He told us how his community had been fired upon from Gaza and how the IDF did not respond because they didn’t want to spark “another war”.  He then told us how warmly he was welcomed and how he now felt that he had another family in San Diego.  Good thing I brought a handkerchief.


To be hon2014-07-20 15.00.14est, I wasn’t sure how many from KA had turned out. But when the music started playing, we started dancing.  That’s when we came out in force.  Even the police and security guards smiled at our circle of joy.  Once again, we showed ourselves to be a vibrant part of our wider Jewish community and I am proud of our shul.


I don’t know how many –if any- came out from the Christian churches that I contacted.  But it is my intention to keep them in the loop for future events.

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