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November/December 2017 Newsletter

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 34, Number 2        November/December   2017          Cheshvan/Kislev  5778

**Wine & Nosh Art Show at KA, Nov.11

**KA Kid’s Hebrew School begins Nov.18

**Russian Speaker on Dec.2


Prayer- A “Fringe” Benefit of the Believer

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

Of all the customs of spoken by G-d to our people, perhaps the tallit (prayer shawl) stands out as the most obvious symbol of the Jew’s call to prayer.

“The L-rd said to Moses, Speak to the Israelites and say to them: Throughout the generations to come you are to make fringes on the corner of your garments, with a blue thread on each fringe. You will have these fringes to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the L-rd that you may obey them….” [Bamidbar/Numbers 15:37-38].

In earliest times (and with Orthodox practice today), this command was followed by wearing fringes/tzitzitot on our everyday garments. Over time, the custom became more broadly associated with worship and prayer; hence, the tallit/prayer shawl which is worn today at synagogue services or in personal devotion time. This important custom reminds us just how important prayer is for all believers. Sometimes people may question if they need such a holy garment to assist their prayer life. Technically, perhaps not. But it is G-d himself who says that there are certain garments which will help His people to keep the right focus for prayer and worship (cf. all the priestly garments of Exodus 28).

So what does the tallit teach us about prayer? First, it teaches us the proper source of prayer. We are drawn to this point by the use of the blue thread as a part of the tzitzit which, of course, is the color of the heavens. It is a simple yet profound truth that prayer is a call to the Sovereign of the universe. In fact, by the very act of pausing in a time of prayer, we are in essence saying that we are not in charge! At that holy moment we are submitting ourselves to the One who is our G-d. It is a sobering thought that when we neglect our call to prayer that we are in reality falling into the sin of arrogance. Today, many people say they don’t have time for real prayer. But the fact of the matter is that if we are too busy to pray, we are too busy! The tread of blue was to be a vivid reminder to our people that we must always humble ourselves, put aside our ways and seek our Father in heaven. It is interesting to note that the precise blue dye was from a snail in the Mediterranean Sea called “techelet” which disappeared from the Middle East about 2,000 years ago. Within the last few decades, many rabbinic scholars are claiming to have found this long lost snail to the shores of Israel! It seems to be another sign from Hashem and a fresh call to prayer.

A second lesson from the tallit is that prayer must have the correct focus. “You will look and remember…” Prayer is not primarily our time to bring our wish list to G-d for his instant approval. While in prayer, the tallit is to remind us to align ourselves with G-d’s kingdom and his values first. The most effective prayer is the one that applies the promises already spoken by G-d in his Word. The prayer shawl teaches us this lesson by its very construction.  Each corner of the garment has 4 fringes which are in turn folded in half, thus equal to the number 8.  These tzitzitot are then tied in 5 knots, so far totaling the number 13. Add to this the numerical value of the word “tzitzit”/ 600, and you come to the grand total of 613; the number of the commandments of the Torah.  To look of the tallit is to be reminded of our need to apply God’s commandments.  Have you noticed that many times it seems that G-d is not so interested in changing our situation as He is in changing us! There is nothing like a good season of prayer to give us a fresh perspective on what the Father expects of us and how we best align ourselves with His wishes. What a practical tool the tallit is for this purpose. As we wrap ourselves in the fringes, it is a graphic reminder to set aside our own ideas and to seek the wisdom of Messiah.

The final lesson that can be gleaned from the tallit is found in the exhortation “to remember and obey….” As the Jew comes to prayer, we don the tallit to challenge us to make the full circle complete. What good is our prayer and devotion if we are not going to follow up with obedience to the Father’s word? The prayer shawl is a holy garment that helps us to remember that “faith without works is dead” (Yaacov/James 2:17). In reality, we have missed the whole purpose of prayer if we do not apply the wise counsel of Hashem. It seems that this is why Yeshua honored the request of the woman who touched the fringe on his garment (Matityahu/Matthew 9:20). As she sought the L-rd’s healing, she reached out as an act of outward faith. Not only did Yeshua the Messiah wear the fringes/tzitzitot, but he brought out the powerful symbolism of this custom to the Jewish crowds which followed him.

Prayer is a wonderful open line of dialogue for anyone who will call on the Father through the Mashiach. Do we today still remember it’s importance as we look upon the fringes? Are you tapping into this great “fringe” benefit for your own life? Abba is waiting.

Upcoming Events

November 11Saturday6:00pm.  KA 36th Anniversary Celebration!
We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 36 years (double chai) of our messianic synagogue.   We are hosting a “Wine & Nosh Art Show” featuring the work of professional artist Steffi Geiser Rubin.  She has created some amazing paintings on a Jewish perspective of the story of Yeshua.  Tickets are $50 adult and $25 for age 13-18.  No children for this event please.  Tickets are available at our services or call the KA office at 858-430-6433.  You will also have opportunity to purchase some of these unique framable prints for your home.  All proceeds go towards the KA Building Fund and some important projects for our new building.   Come out for this fun event and support the vision of our Messianic synagogue in San Diego!


November 18Saturday9:00-10:00am.  Kid’s Hebrew School Begins.   We start a new 15-week semester for all kids 10-13 years old who desire to have a KA Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  There is a fee plus other requirements.  Call our office or talk to Rabbi Kasdan for more details.

November 23Thursday8:00am.  Run For The Hungry.   Join our team on Thanksgiving morning for this annual 5K walk/10K run.   All proceeds go to the SD Food Bank to bless local families in need.  Go to to register. It’s a Thanksgiving mitzvah!

December 2Saturday10:30am.  Russian Special Speaker, Boris Goldin.  Boris will share about the exciting messianic work among Russian Jews through Chosen People Ministries.  Invite a Russian friend!

December 16Saturday10:30am.  KA Hanukkah Service.  Come out for this special Shabbat celebration as we recall the miracles of the season.  Holiday music, latke potluck luncheon and a special message on the meaning of Hanukkah for all believers in Messiah.  Invite a friend for this “enlightening” time (Yochanan/John 10:22).   Nes gadol hayah sham!

Weekly Services

Shabbat Morning Services: at 5185 Acuna Street in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “The Early Yeshua Movement in the Book of Acts.”  This series will take a deeper look at the history, philosophy and personalities of the first century Messianic movement.   Children’s Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes (Nursery through Young Adults) that include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the Social Hall. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service.

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:  Join the Prayer Minyan at 6:30-7:00pm as we lift up the needs o Israel and our synagogue.  New class starts Oct.31, “Walking with Yeshua”, a 6-week Messianic discipleship course.  Find out how we got the Bible, who is the Holy Spirit, discovering God’s will and many other topics relevant to our daily life.  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  $50 fee plus book.  These classes can be applied to our Certificate of Messianic Jewish Studies.  Also available online for distant learners.  Grow in your faith and your Jewish roots!


“A Taste of Torah” ClassesSaturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class is taught by various teachers and will take you through the parasha in one year. Currently in Beresheet/Genesis.   A great way to learn the foundations of our faith and enjoy some lively discussions!  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.

SisterhoodThis 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 and educational 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.  In San Diego area, tune in Mondays, 10:00pm on Time Warner channel 19.  Also Tuesdays, 9:30pm on Cox 23 south or 18 north.

**For some excellent Messianic Jewish resources, follow KA on facebook and youtube!

KA Leadership

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                       Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas,                 Marco Martinez, Laurie Herlickman, Gabe Pacheco, Joyce Klayman, Aaron White

 Elliot Klayman, Tovik Liberman                                                                                            


Eric Kragenbrink                                                           Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                      Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                               Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                             Michael Stinton

Colleen Liberman

Marco Martinez                                                                                Mauxi Martinez

Gabe Pacheco                                                                                   Barbara Pacheco

Eddie Niewald                                                                                   Yrena Niewald

Committee Coordinators

Audio: James Paraiso                                                  CD Duplication: Angel Duran

Dance: Mauxi Martinez                                              Facebook: Gabe Pacheco

Facilities: Jim Scarborough                                         International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald

Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink                             Office: Jan Folb

Oneg: Maria Duran and Elva Mendez

Security: Gabe Pacheco                                                Prayer: Patty Kolb

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas

Social Action: Eric Tauber                                           Translation: Jeanette Haas

TV Outreach:  Lety Levy                                              Ushers: Tony Savavese

Website: Rome Remigio                                             Youth Directors: Aaron and Jenny White

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Covered 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.

Young Adult Midrash,  Eric Tauber, every Shabbat 11:45am.

Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas,   Various events planned.

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera,  every Weds, 6pm.

Rancho Bernardo, Bob and Jeannette Haas, 1st & 3rd Weds. 7:00pm

Sisterhood, bi-monthly meeting and Shabbat luncheon.

San Marcos (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

Yuma, AZ, Alan and Pat Levy Andrews, every Fri, 6pm.

TijuanaBC, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez,  1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday 7pm.

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 Messianic Resources

The newly renovated KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center will be opening again soon with Judaica art, holiday items, new music and a variety of books on Jewish studies.  Want to study a Messianic Jewish translation of the entire Bible?  Check out the brand new Complete Jewish Study Bible!  Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

KA Counseling Office Open

Need to talk?  Marriage and Family Therapist Sharon Leslie Bain is available for all ages.  Affordable rates.  Call 760-445-8192 for information.


Would you prayerfully consider a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community?  You can donate online at or send a check to:

Kehilat Ariel

5185 Acuna Street

San Diego, CA 92117


Did you know that there are many creative ways to invest in our Messianic ministry?   Consider designating part of your Will or create a Charitable Gift Annuity that not only blesses the work of God’s Kingdom but also provides a financial return.  Contact our office for more information.

Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless our people! (Genesis 12:3)

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