January/February 2013 – Israel and the Arab Spring – Part 2?
Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter
Volume 29, Number 3 January/February 2013 Shevat/Adar 5773
**Ted Pearce in concert, Jan.26
**Purim Service, Feb.23
**KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip, June 23-July 4, 2013
Israel and the Arab Spring – Part 2?
By Rabbi Barney Kasdan
Once again the Middle East is shaking. After some 1200 missiles launched at Israel over the last year (and 500 this last week alone!), is it a surprise to anyone that Israel responded? But evidently some people are surprised because they are unaware of what the Jewish state confronts everyday. For sure, the Israelis do not wish this confrontation and have taken so many positive actions to avoid it. Most Israelis are open to the existence of a Palestinian State in the Middle East. Of course this is exactly what was offered to the Arabs by the United Nations way back in November 1947. At that time the Jewish people accepted the partition plan that would create both a Jewish State as well as an Arab State. Sadly, the Arab leadership flatly rejected this offer and war soon followed. Consequently, the modern state of Israel was officially birthed on May 14, 1948 and within hours strongly approved by a UN vote which included the USA and even the USSR. There have subsequently been many years of peace and blessing but also many flare-ups of this ancient conflict. It is sadly ironic that since 2005 Israel handed over the Gaza strip (acquired after one of the Arab wars) back to the Palestinians with the hope that with the Israelis gone, there would be a promise to stop the rocket attacks on Israel. Well, Israel is out of Gaza and apparently things have gotten worse. Unfortunately, the recent declaration of the UN to upgrade the Palestinian status, thus by-passing direct negotiations, only adds more confusion to the picture. Why can’t the Palestinian leadership negotiate a peace agreement? Then again, who is the real leadership: Fatah in the West Bank or Hamas in Gaza which still calls for the destruction of Israel? Not a very good partner for peace!
Fast-forwarding to the present day, it has not even been two years since the amazing “Arab Spring” broke out in the Middle East. Optimists were hopeful that this would bring a new wave of human rights, peace and some form of democracy to these long oppressed nations. What is the fruit that we see today? Hamas, a radical group committed to the destruction of Israel, gained control of Gaza and even caused a split with their own Palestinian brothers Fatah in the West Bank. Egypt elected the Muslim Brotherhood which was so bad that it was even banned in Egypt during the last 30 years. Until the recent Gaza campaign there was a massive network of tunnels running from Egypt to Gaza providing Hamas with a steady flow for its military arsenal. It should be noted that among the discoveries this last week were weapons smuggled from Libya (another Arab Spring participant) to Hamas via the Egyptian tunnels. So much for the hope for a chance of attitude in the Arab world for new negotiations towards peace.
With the sad developments of the recent confrontation, people from every spectrum have been forced to reevaluate their perspective on the Middle East. While Israel many times does not get fair treatment in the secular press, many have spoken out in support of Israel’s right to defend itself from this aggression. From our President to both Houses of the US Congress, statements have been made that the onus is on Hamas to stop the missile attacks. There are certainly those who accuse Israel of being the aggressor and occupier, but the current facts speak for themselves. If there were no rockets landing in Israel, there would be no conflict. Enough is enough. There is still a window of opportunity for peace in the Middle East. We continue to witness the bad fruit of jihad, rockets and hate speech. Maybe enough people will see that there is plenty of land in the Middle East for all peoples and that the good fruit comes from peaceful co-existence. As a Messianic Jew, I encourage all people to be aware of the modern history of the Middle East. Those of us who believe in the Torah/Bible know that there is predicted some difficult times before the coming of God’s Peace Plan. The rabbinic commentaries call the last days “the birthpangs of the Messiah”, noting that world events will be like a women’s labor. There will be some pain and struggle but then the birth of the messianic age. In the meantime, all would do well to heed the promise of the Hebrew prophets “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17).
Jan 7 Monday, 7:00pm. Beginning Hebrew. Learn the language of the Scriptures in the 10-week course. Classes at KA and Oceanside. Fee required. Call the office for more info.
Jan 15 Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm. New course on ”Israel, the Middle East and Future Events” at the Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego. This 12-week course at KA is an overview of the current situation and what it means to you! $60 per person. Raise the bar on your Jewish education and come out for a great time of learning.
Jan 26 Saturday, 7:30 pm. Ted Pearce in Concert. Come out to hear this international recording artist as he shares some of his messianic classics as well as his new material. Free concert, love offering received. Invite a friend to the wonderful evening!
Jan 27 Sunday, 9:00am-noon. Tu B’shvat Family Hike at San Elijo Lagoon in Cardiff. All are invited to meet at the KA parking lot at 8:30am if you want to carpool. Bring water and a nosh as we celebrate the Torah holiday for trees. Easy 2-mile hike starts from the Visitor Center in the park.
Feb 2 Saturday, 1:15 pm. KA Congregational Meeting following Shabbat Service. We will receive various reports from the committees and approve our 2013 budget. Make it a priority to attend. Youth hosted Oneg luncheon.
Feb 15-17 MJAA Southwest Regional Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine, CA. Worship services, seminars by many outstanding teachers (including our own Rabbi Barney). Also concerts by Deborah Kline-Lantorno and Paul Wilbur. More information at <http://messianicconferences.org>.
Feb 23 Saturday, 7:00 pm. Purim Celebration. Come dressed in costume as we celebrate the story of Esther. There will be a reading of the megillah and joyful music as we remember God’s faithfulness to our people.
March 26 Tuesday, 6:30pm. KA Passover Seder at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in Mission Valley, San Diego. Purchase your tickets now after any Shabbat Service or through the KA Office Tuesday-Friday by appointment. Adults: $52 / Kids: $26 (12 & under) – chicken, beef or vegetarian. Parking included.
June 23-July 4: KA Israel Study and Humanitarian Trip. Join us for our next mission to Israel led by Rabbi Kasdan. One week study tour followed by a 3-day Mitzvah Project of renovating a bomb shelter at an Israeli apartment complex. This is part of a larger trip with our denomination (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, UMJC) including many other believers from around the world. Get you deposit in for the unique trip! More info at umjc.org or talk to Rabbi Kasdan. This year in Jerusalem!
July 25-28: UMJC International Conference in LA. Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe at this unique gathering! Worship services, Shabbat, teaching workshops and wonderful fellowship with this international crowd. Special concerts from a variety on messianic artists. At Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills (LA valley). Make your reservations and more details at umjc.org. Plan to be there!
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 “Foundations of Messianic Judaism” which is an in-depth study of our beliefs based on the Tenakh and New Covenant.
Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 4 through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.
Dance Ministry: Shabbat Dance Review is held every Shabbat, 10:00-10:25am in the upstairs classroom area. All welcome to learn!
Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego: Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm. New Course Starting January 15:“Israel, the Middle East and Future Events”. This 12-week course will take an updated look at the current Middle East situation and what the Scriptures predict. Find out how it all affects you! $60 per student. Call our office for further 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 Shmot/Exodus. A great way to learn the foundations of our faith! There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time. Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.
Men’s Club: All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA) 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. Also a group meets every Wednesday 5am. Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more information.
Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and service projects. Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting. All women and daughters are welcome!
Messiah TV: Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua. Seen cross-country! Check your local cable listings and spread the word.
KA Zekeynim/Elders Board of Directors
Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas Luis Garabay, Patty Kolb, Tovik Liberman, Bob Haas, Ron Wallace
Luis Garibay Paty Garibay
Eric Kragenbrink Joanne Kragenbrink
Joan Savarese Tony Savarese
Jeannie Stinton Michael Stinton
Audio: Gabe Pacheco CD Duplication: David Stephens
Dance: Sue Rubin Facilities: Jim Scarborough
International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink
Office: Jan Folb Oneg: Maria Montelongo
Prayer: Patty Kolb Resource Center: Alice Hoover
Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas Social Action: Eric Tauber
Translation: Paty Garibay TV Outreach: Lety Levy
Ushers: Tony Savavese Website: Rome Remigio
Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton Rabbinic Intern: Yisrael Vazquez
Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)
Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.
UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.
Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.
Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.
Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Shabbat dinner.
Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas, Various events planned.
Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera, every Weds, 6pm.
Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.
Sisterhood, monthly meeting.
Carlsbad (women), every Tuesday, 10am.
Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.
Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.
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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)
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