May/June 2010 – “What Would Your Mother Think?!” Ask this Jewish Mom!
Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter
Volume 26, Number 5 May/June 2010 Iyar/Sivan 5770
“What Would Your Mother Think?!”
Ask this Jewish Mom!
By Ruth Shulberg
I was brought up in a traditionally Jewish home in the Lower East Side of New York City. Needless to say, everyone I knew in my school and neighborhood was Jewish as well. As a young child I loved seeing my mother light the candles on Friday night although she didn’t spend much time in the synagogue. My father mainly went to the services during Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashannah. I loved going with him. I loved seeing him wearing his tallit as he prayed. I loved the family getting together for the Passover seder every year.
Unfortunately after I got married, religion was no longer a greater part of my life. I was more concerned about making a living, although I still continued to go to my fathers seders and loved them very much.
My first husband died when my son David was 3 years old and my daughter Debbie was 5. My parents helped to take care of them while I went to work and therefore David was very influenced by my father’s traditions.
In 1974, after marrying my current husband Harry, our family moved to California to seek the good life. As time went by David met and fell in love with Debbie. She was not of the Jewish faith but they were married. Joshua, their son, was born and they decided that it was time for them to think more about their religion. My son and his wife had been believers in Yeshua for some time, but now they felt the need to be involved with a congregation.
They spent a number of weeks visiting various groups until finally they found themselves at Kehilat Ariel. They didn’t tell me about this but David called one day and said he would like to take me somewhere on Saturday. He wouldn’t tell me where. He wanted it to be a surprise. To make a long story short, it was the biggest surprise of my life! The name Jesus was never uttered by my parents, although I thought he was probably alright for Gentiles. I must admit I fell in love with Kehilat Ariel, its people, its Rabbi and his wife and when I saw the young men wearing Tallit, I felt like my father was in the room. I was flooded with warm memories of the past.
After attending the Messianic Synagogue several times, I began to understand that Yeshua was not just for my Christian friends but He is the one promised to us Jews too. It all came together one evening in April of 1994 when I prayed with our Rabbi and my son to receive Yeshua as my personal Messiah and Savior. G-d has blessed me so much, but I must say that things have not always been easy. Rabbi Barney was by my side a year ago when I went through a very traumatic surgery. The family of Kehilat Ariel has been by my side through many experiences. I was immersed in water one and a half years ago which has brought me even closer to Yeshua.
So many things have happened to bring me peace. I have many things to work on but I know that G-d and Yeshua will help me see it through. In the words of Yeshua’s prayer: “Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”-Matthew 6
This testimony article was first printed in the Nu News in May 1996. Our beloved Ruth Shulberg, of blessed memory, is now in the presence of her Messiah. “To be absent from the body is to be at home with the L-rd” II Corinthians 5:8
May 8, Saturday, 10:30am. Israeli Special Speaker Rony Jordan will be sharing about his practical mitzvah ministry of remodeling Israeli bomb shelters to bless other Israelis.
May 15, Saturday, 7:30pm. Free Concert with Jonathan Settel. We will be blessed as this international recording artist shares a special time at KA. Original and traditional Hebrew melodies…and in Espanol too! Jonathan will share some insight from his travels in the Jewish world. Love offering received. Invite your friends and family!
May 18, Tuesday, 7:30pm. Shavuot Service. Join us for a joyful celebration of this holy day remembering the giving of the Torah and the giving of the Spirit. Yes, they go together! Music, dance, Torah service all to help us understand the message of Shavuot/Pentecost. Remember to bring your first fruits offering ($50 suggested for the 50 days) as we bless Israel through the worldwide UMJC offering. Mt. Sinai Ice Cream Social after service too!
May 30, Sunday, UMJC Regional Picnic and Celebration. 10:00am-5:00pm. At Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley 92708 in Orange County. Members for 12 different messianic synagogues around California and Nevada will be gathering for this great event. Fun, music, Israeli dance, softball and bring your own picnic lunch. Free event, $5 park entrance per vehicle. In the Forest Shelter Group Area. Invite your family and friends to this free event!
June 17, Thursday, 1:00pm-2:00pm. Zemer Yeshua Band and Nagila B’Ariel Dance Group performing at the SD County Fair. Bring your dancing shoes as we take the light of Messiah to this big public event. At the Infield Stage.
June 25, Friday, 5:00pm-sunset. Shabbat at the Shores. Bring your chair, blanket and dinner for this special open-air service to welcome in the Shabbat at La Jolla Shores. Meeting on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower. All surfers meet the rabbi at the checkered flag at 3pm for a surf session!
July 28-31. UMJC International Conference in Seattle. This will be a great time of gathering with the messianic family from around the world! Dynamic worship services, concerts, seminars and a very special Shabbat together. Go to umjc.org for all the details.
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 12 Sons of Jacob” which is an in-depth study on both the history and the future of the various tribes of Israel.
Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 2 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.
Dance Ministry Dance workshop every other month at 1:30 pm meeting upstairs. Contact our office for the latest information.
Midweek Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego: Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 on Tuesday. From 7:00-8:30 Current class : “Messianic Jewish Theology II”. This fascinating study takes a look at some of the major doctrines of Judaism such as man, sin and salvation. Textbook is “Aspects of Rabbinic Theology” by Solomom Schechter. The MJISD classes can lead to a certificate of Messianic Jewish Studies. $60 per student for the 14-week class taught by Rabbi Kasdan. Call for 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.
Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas Frank Rosas, Valerie Cooper,
Audio: Gabe Pacheco
Dance: Diana Martin
Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink
Office: Donna Jacobson
Resource Center: Alice Hoover
Social Action Committee: Sharon Lynn
Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas
Translation: Paty Garibay
Website: Mark Rantz
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Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, (619)501-7778, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.
Escondido, Mark & Kathy Rantz, (760)294-9619, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm.
Men’s Club (at KA), Rome Remigio 858-243-3126, 2nd & 4th Mon, 7:00pm.
Encinitas, Michael & Jan Folb, (760)436-8828, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.
Oceanside, Diana Israel, (760)231-7005, 1st & 3rd Thurs. 7:00 pm.
Singles, Bob & Jeannette Haas, 415-370-8449. various events planned.
Espanol, Luciano Rivera, 619-475-0430. Shabbat 4pm-sunset at KA upstairs. Potluck.
If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, please send it to:
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)