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January/February 2011 – Parsha Va’Era – Adonai our Savior and Deliverer


Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter
Volume 27, Number 3                       January/February 2011                     Shevat/Adar I  5771

**Tu B’shvat Hike – January 16
**Lev Shelo Band in concert – January 22

**MJAA Conference in Irvine – February 18-20

Parsha Va’Era – Adonai our Savior and Deliverer

By Mark Rantz, Rabbinical Intern
 

 “I am the L-rd, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments”. – Shemot/Exodus 6:6

In narrative form, as displayed within both a promise and fulfillment motif, Adonai, in the Book of Exodus reveals for us that of the redemption, formation and the establishing of His people Israel as His most central objective. Whereas Genesis reveals the origins of His chosen Nation, the Book of Exodus explains for us how the Abrahamic family came to be the chosen nation. In Bresheet/Genesis 12, Adonai promises to Abraham that He will bless those who bless the future nation and curse those who curse or oppose them.  So too, in Exodus – we see that fulfillment in Adonai rescuing our people from the brutal slavery of the Egyptians and enacting His wrath upon them. In the end, we see in Exodus 1-18, Adonai delivering Israel in order to establish his Torah (Instruction) with His people (Exodus 19-24), and to call them out to worship Him as the only true G-d, where they received His instruction to build the Holy Temple, being the sole place where He might be worshipped. (Exodus 25-40)

In this, Israel as a people is called out by G-d as His very own, and treasured by Adonai as to the fulfillment of his promises. Yet in that choosing, the Torah reminds us Israel’s state declaring, “For you are a people holy to the L-rd your G-d. The L-rd your G-d has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The L-rd did not set his affection on you or choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you we the fewest of all peoples”. (Deuteronomy 7:6-7)  In this we are reminded that the worthiness of the Jews as a people is not of volition of their own, where we were so great that we earned our place of honor, for it is out of G-d’s mercy and election of which we stand. It was the grace, or undeserved kindness of Adonai, which has held our people fast from Dor L’Dor, and in all things, and at all times He alone has been our deliverer!

So as we embark on a new  secular calendar year, with hopes of an even greater 2011 than a 2010, we too must hold fast to the promises of Adonai who alone has the power to grant us a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) Yet in the same way that our people, after 400 years of servitude in Egypt may have lost hope for their deliverance, so too we often loose sight of G-d’s promises over us and instead place our attention on our circumstances of our lives. We know the promises of the L-rd, and have even felt His Ruach move in our lives, but for many of us, the moment the slightest wave of difficulty or attack comes we begin to crumble in that our eyes were not set upon on Him.  As the old year passes away and the new “2011” arrives, many of us will seek to make resolutions for the coming year. For some it might be to be a better parent or spouse or to loose 10 pounds. But for us at Kehilat Ariel, may our hearts desire be above all else that we do not look to the circumstances of life, but instead firmly place our eyes on the one who has always has His sights on us!

In our text, Adonai declared to Israel, that He would bring them from under the bondage and burden of their taskmasters and that He would redeem them with an outstretched arm. In love, G-d saw our plight in Egypt and intervened on our behalf and for our deliverance! So too, at the right time, our Heavenly Father sent the promised Mashiach so that we all, (both Jew and Gentile) might be rescued in full from the curse of sin and death. Yeshua said he came not to be served himself, but instead to serve and give his life a ransom for many.(Matt. 20:28) Therefore, let us fix our eyes on Him who has never lost sight of us and know that in every season and in every generation, Adonai is our sole hope and deliverer!

Upcoming Events

January 16, Sunday, 9:ooam.  Tu B’shvat Hike. Everyone is invited for this hike for all ages as we celebrate the New Year for Trees and God’s wonderous creation.  Meet at the San Diego River for an easy (paved path) 3 mile walk starting at the parking lot by the Carl’s Jr. Restaurant on Mission Center Road by Hazard Center Drive in Mission Valley.  Bring water and a nosh for the trip and invite a fellow hiker.

January 22, Saturday, 7:30pm.  Concert with “Lev Shelo” Band. This dynamic messianic group will be sharing from their new CD and leading us in a great time of celebration.  Free event.  Love offering received.  Bring your friends!

February 5, Saturday, 1pm.  KA Congregational Meeting. All official members are asked to make this a priority and all attendees are welcome to attend as observers.  We will receive reports from our Coordinators and hear about some of the great things that have happened at our shul this last year.  Our membership will also be approving our 2011 Budget as we move forward with some great goals.  Oneg Luncheon provided by the KA Youth.

February 18-20, Friday-Sunday.  Messianic Jewish Alliance of America  Southwest Conference.Join hundreds of messianic believers at this annual event with fellowship from many different congregations.  Concerts and informative workshops.  Info and registration at mjaa.org

March 19, Saturday, 7:00pm.  Purim Service. Come one, come all to our annual celebration of God’s faithfulness!  We will read Megillat Esther and act out a shpiel.  Dress in your best costume (Biblical or otherwise) and maybe you will win our contest.  Yea Mordechai!

April 19, Tuesday, 6:30pm.  KA Passover Seder.  Get your tickets early (now!) for this highlight of our spiritual year.  We will enjoy a full catered dinner with holiday specialties and read through the Haggadah as we remember our deliverance from bondage.  Lots of music, dance and friends so don’t miss it.  At the Town and Country Convention Center in Mission Valley.  Contact our office for tickets or pick them up after Shabbat services.  Next year Jerusalem!

Israel Study/Mitzvah Tour,  June 26-July 12, 2011. Rabbi Kasdan will be leading an amazing study tour of the Land to the key historical sites and enjoying modern Israel.  This will be followed by an opportunity to bless many families of Israelis by doing some remodel work at a needy apartment building bomb shelter.  Contact Rabbi for more information and plan on attending an informational meeting on Saturday, January 29, 1pm in the Social Hall during Oneg.

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 “Things To Come” which is a study of what the Bible says about events of the near future.  That means your future!
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 12-week class:   “Messianic Prophecy” which is an in-depth study of the predictions of the coming Mashiach in the Scriptures and how the rabbis have interpreted those verses.   Bring your Hebrew Tenakh but Hebrew reading skills not manitory. The MJISD classes can lead to a certificate of Messianic Jewish Studies.   $60 fee for this 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 Shemot/Exodus.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith!  There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.  Contact Rabbinic Intern Mark Rantz or Luciano Rivera for info.

Men’s Club

All men are invited to this group 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.   Contact Rome Remigio for more information at 858-243-3126.

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, Frank Rosas                 Mark Rantz, Valerie Cooper, Rome Remigio, Anna Martin, Gabe Pacheco

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                    Paty Garibay
Donna Jacobson                                                           Murray Jacobson
Eric Kragenbrink                                                               Mark Rantz
Joanne Kragenbrink                                                     Debbie Remigio
Joan Savarese                                                               Tony Savarese
Jeannie Stinton                                                               Michael Stinton

Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                  CD Duplication: David Stephens
Dance: Diana Martin                                                     Facilities: Jim Scarborough
Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink
Office: Donna Jacobson                                                 Oneg: Maria Montelongo
Resource Center: Alice Hoover
Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas
Translation
: Paty Garibay                                                         Ushers: Elisabeth Sant’ana
Website: Mark Rantz                                                 Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton

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Havurot/Small Groups

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.
Carlsbad, Yrena Friedmann (760)931-1298, 1st & 3rd Thurs. 7:00 pm.
Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   415-370-8449.  various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano Rivera, 619-475-0430.  Shabbat 4pm-sunset at KA upstairs.  Potluck.

Sisterhood, contact the KA office for details about the next monthly meeting.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements of Rabbi Barney Kasdan:

January 11 & 25, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm at The Rock Church Men’s Group in Point Loma.
“What Jewish Tradition Teaches Us About Our Walk As Men”.
February 6, Sunday, 9:30am at The Father’s House in San Marcos.
“Preparing For Israel Trip 2011”.
February 20, Sunday, 2pm at Messianic Jewish Alliance Conference in Irvine.
“Renewing Our Joy Within Our Jewish Heritage”

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)