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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 34, Number 5        May/June   2018          Sivan/Tammuz  5778

 

**New MJISD Class “The Jewish Context of the Book of Romans” starts May 8

**KA Shavuot Service, May 19

**Vince & Deborah Kline-Iantorno Concert, June 16

 

The Rebirth of Israel—70 Years of God’s Faithfulness

 

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

No one thought it would be easy or automatic especially in the early years.  In November 1947, the U.N. was considering Resolution 181 for the Partition of Palestine; one part Arab state, one part Jewish state.  The day before the vote, the CIA urged President Truman not to support the idea as it would surely cause get turmoil.  The memo predicted “the Jews will be able to hold out no more than two years.”  It certainly appeared that such was the case to so many people including many countries.  Even many within Jewish Palestine wondered.  But as they say, appearances can be deceiving.  The modern State of Israel was proclaimed as reborn on 4 Iyar/May 14, 1948 (April 19 this year) and the Middle East has never been the same.  Despite the dire predictions of a short existence, Israel has survived and thrived.  At 70 years old, the Jewish homeland is respected by many as an innovator in such areas as agriculture, bio-medicine, the arts and science.  In 1948 there were 650,000 Jews in the Eretz Yisrael; today there are 6.8 million Jews having surpassed the USA Jewish population of 5.8 million several years ago. Indeed, am Yisrael chai/the people of Israel live!   It has all come with a lot of blood, sweat and tears.  Neither is Israel a perfect utopia as it has its share of problems and detractors.  Many still hold out hope that the Palestinian cousins, instead of rioting and violence, will be willing to further discuss what was offered to them in 1947.   With obvious appreciation for the Jewish hard work and sacrifice, many people (both Jews and Christians) see something bigger in these events of the last 70 years.

One misses the biggest variable in the Israel equation if the promises of Scripture are minimized.  4,000 years ago, God promised our father Abraham that because of his faithfulness to follow God, there would be certain blessings.

“Now Adonai said to Avram, “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you.  I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing” (Beresheet/Genesis 12:1-2).

Abraham was in and out of the land during his life; and so has it been with subsequent Jewish generations.  But the promise of a Jewish homeland was never revoked even the darkest days of Israel’s disobedience.  The land itself even seemed to reflect the promises of God.  As our people were dispersed, the land itself seemed to be in mourning as it sat desolate for many centuries.  With the return of the people also came the blossoming of the land.  I would propose that we are short-sighted if we fail to see God himself deeply involved in the last 70 years.  And if the last 70 years have been a rather surprising blessing, what might the near future hold?  Here again we have some amazing answers in the Tanakh:

“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you from all the countries, and return you to your own soil.  Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put my Spirit inside you and cause you to live by my commandments, respect my rulings and obey them.  You will live in the land I gave to your ancestors.  You will be my people, and I will be your God” (Yechezkel/Ezekiel 36:24-28).

The last 70 years of Israel’s physical rebirth is truly something to celebrate.  The Tanakh seems confirmed as the ancient promises are fulfilled before our very eyes.  And it is this same Tanakh which predicts something important to follow the physical rebirth.  Evidently the Jewish state is a harbinger of the promised spiritual rebirth of our people.  God predicts that after returning to the ancient homeland, He will pour out His Ruach/Spirit so we may come into a renewed relationship with the God of our fathers.  Of course there is even today substantial debate of how that might happen and if a Messiah might facilitate this.  We Messianic Jews are part of Am Yisrael and see the Jewish Yeshua as the positive connection in our personal relationship with God.  The promise given to Ezekiel is also why Messianic Jews tend to “respect God’s rulings” and continue (even stronger now) in living as Jews.

So millions of fellow-Jews, as well as millions of Bible-believing Christians, rejoice at this 70th birthday for the modern state of Israel.  Through all the birthpangs and travail of the Jewish experience, there is something bigger happening here.  There are too many “coincidences” in history.  That is why some people say “history is His-story.”  Behind it all there is our faithful Father in Heaven who is very much working still today.  Can we see and appreciate Him?

 

Upcoming Events

May 3, Thursday, 6:00pm-8:30pm.  National Day of Prayer Service.  Join us for this nationwide observance as we pray for the local, national and international community.  Since we are a Jewish representative, we will have our special focus on Israel and the Middle East.   All this with the Jewish philosophy of prayer through Siddur and intercession. All welcome from the Jewish and Christian community.

May 5, Saturday, 1:30pm- 3:30pm  Dance Workshop.  Come Ralph and Mindy Seta of Messianic Dance Camps International will be teaching at KA.  Beginners and Advanced all welcome to attend.

May 19, Saturday, 7:30pm.  KA Shavuot Service.  Come out for this joyous celebration of the giving of the Torah plus the giving of the Ruach/Holy Spirit.  There will be lots of music and dance as well as important liturgy for the holy day.  All this followed by our Mt. Sinai Ice Cream Social to celebrate the “milk of the Word.”  Invite a friend!

June 3, Sunday, 11am-5pm.  Messianic Community Picnic.   The UMJC is hosting a wonderful day of food, fellowship, games, Israeli dance and live music.  Several worship bands will be performing including headliner Lev Shelo with Corry Bell.  12 synagogues (UMJC + MJAA) and other Jewish ministries will be attending this special event at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley (Orange County).  Free event with $5 entry fee per vehicle.   Bring the entire family to this great opportunity to meet with believers from all over SoCal.

June 16, Saturday, 7:30pm.  Free Concert with Vince & Deborah Kline-IantornoJoin us for this lively concert including Israeli, messianic and Spanish Jewish music.  They will share a full concert including original songs from their latest CD.  Everyone invited and bring friend to this great celebration!   Free concert, love offering received.  .

June 29, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Welcome in the summer season with this great sunset service at La Jolla Shores on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.  Bring your dinner, a chair or blanket as we celebrate Shabbat together at this beautiful location.  Bring your surfboard for a 4pm surf session with the Rabbi at the checkered flag!

July 11-13, Wednesday-Friday. 9:00am-4:00pm  KA Messianic Jewish Day Camp— Make your plans for your kids to attend this fun and educational event.  Starts with morning Jewish studies classes for various age groups and an afternoon fieldtrip everyday including a surf camp.  The camp concludes with a beautiful Shabbat Dinner and program for the families and led by the kids.  $59 per camper, ages K-High School.  Space is limited so call our office to sign up and invite a Jewish friend!

July 18-21  Wednesday-Saturday, UMJC International Conference in Orlando.  Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this amazing event.  There will be educational workshops, worship concerts with a variety of artists and inspiring Shabbat services.  A wonderful destination for the entire family!  More info and registration at umjc.org.  Early discounts end soon.

 

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 “Wisdom For Our Journey—Book of Proverbs.”  This series will take a deeper look at the wisdom written in Mishley and how it can guide our everyday life.   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 May 8, “The Jewish Context of the Book of Romans”, a 10-week course.  The course will take an in depth study of the message, theology and practical application of this amazing letter of Rabbi Shaul.  Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the Jewish culture and background of Romans.  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  $60 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” Classes: Saturday 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 Vayikra/Leviticus.   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,                     Marco Martinez, Laurie Herlickman, Gabe Pacheco,

Frank Rosas, Elliot Klayman,                           Joyce Klayman, Aaron White                                                                      

Tovik Liberman

 

Shamashim/Servants

Eric Kragenbrink                                               Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                          Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                   Tony Savarese

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: Lyndia Lewis

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.

Clairemont/UTC, Rome and Deborah Remigio, 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

Mt. Helix/Spring Valley, Gabe & Barbara Pacheco, 3rd Friday Shabbat dinner, 6pm

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 is now open!  Check out our large selection of 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.

 

Donate

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

 

Kehilat Ariel

5185 Acuna Street

San Diego, CA 92117

858-430-6433

 

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)

 

Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetching) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

 

 

 

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 34, Number 3        January/February   2018          Tevet/Shevat  5778

 

**New class “Future Events, the Middle East and You! Starts January 9

**Free Beginning Hebrew Class starts January 20.

**Tu B’shvat Family Hike on February 4.

 

**A Year-end Financial Blessing—In the last 2 months we have raised over $42,000 to go towards our new fencing and pavement. If you have not yet contributed, would you prayerfully consider a generous year-end gift towards these vital projects on our new property?  You can send a check to our mailing address listed below or donate directly online at kehilatariel.org.  Thank you for supporting the vision of a synagogue for Yeshua in San Diego!

 

A Great New Year’s Resolution—Honoring God by Being a Better Person

by Joyce Klayman

 

It is an honor to worship each Shabbat at Kehilat Ariel.  On Shabbat mornings we assemble to enjoy the love and kindness that flows from this embracing congregation, as well as the inspiring worship music and the wise words of experience from our Rabbi.  We are filled.  Yet many of us are caught in a dilemma.  How do we connect our worship on Shabbat to the six remaining days of the week?  How can we best bring the values of our faith to the workplace, to our family, to the market place and everywhere we go?  How do we love our neighbor, pursue peace and seek justice in our everyday lives?  How do we live out the words of Micah:  “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness and walk humbly with your God“?

How we treat our parents, spouses and children reflect our commitment to Messiah.  Even our checkbooks indicate the place of our heart.  Of course, our reputation in the workplace is a reflection of who we are, regardless of our occupational position, whether we be a migrant worker or a corporate executive.  Where and how we choose to spend our spare time is also a window into who we are and who we serve.

We are citizens of this world and Yeshua desires for us to promote the common good, to treat others with dignity and to welcome the stranger.  Our choices should not reflect simply our own interests or ideology but our commitment to our faith and its values.  I am reminded of an encounter with my preteen son many years ago.  My husband and I decided we would spend some time serving meals to the homeless.  We invited our children to join us.  Our son, a quiet and introspective child, was ambivalent.  He stated, “If I say no, then I am a terrible person.  If I say yes, I will be uncomfortable the whole time.”  He had to weigh the options: be a terrible person or be uncomfortable.  His choice to serve others reflected his values rather than his personal contentment.

In the Book of Matthew we read Yeshua’s words about serving “the least of these,” to “hunger and thirst for righteousness,” and to be a “peacemaker.”  We are called to promote human dignity, to defend the poor and to seek the common good.  Being a believer means we walk with the Lord daily, seeking to live peaceably with all people.  Our faith changes who we are, what we do and how we think.  It defines our values. Living our faith, mirroring Yeshua, in the ordinary, everyday tasks is an essential part of what it means to serve the L-rd daily. Let us recommit our lives so as to honor G-d, with the life of service that Yeshua has empowered us to live in this new year of 2018!

Joyce Klayman is a member of our synagogue Board of Directors

 

Upcoming Events

Jan 6 Saturday, 1:30pm—Pear Republic Band at KA.  David Kasdan and Mark Erickson will lead worship at our Shabbat service at 10:30am.  They will also share their new original Messianic music that afternoon at 1:30pm on our patio.  Free concert so invite a friend!

 January 9, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm.— New 7-week class, “Future Events, the Middle East and You!” at our Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diegotaught by Rabbi Barney Kasdan.  The course will take an in depth study of what the Tanakh says about the near future and how it all relates to our personal lives today.  The Jewish view of the rapture, Great Tribuation, return of Messiah and the coming Kingdom in Israel. The class will be offered onsite at Kehilat Ariel or online. Fee is $60.00. Contact the KA office to register and to receive the syllabus which includes the assigned reading. These classes can be applied to our Certificate of Messianic Jewish Studies.

 Jan 20  Saturday, 1:30-2:30pm.  Beginning Hebrew  Learn the language of the Scriptures and the Siddur in this 5-week course taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  The free class will meet in the Social Hall after services.  All adults and kids encouraged to attend.  If not now, when?

Feb 3, Saturday, 1:15 pm. KA Congregational Meeting following Shabbat Service. We will receive various reports from the committees (including info about our first year in our new property) and approve our 2018 budget. Make it a priority to attend. Youth hosted Oneg luncheon.

Feb 4  Sunday, 9:00am-noon. Tu B’shvat Family Hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve.  Bring water and a nosh as we celebrate the Torah holiday for appreciating God’s creation. Moderate 3-mile hike starts at the Visitor Center parking lot at 9:00am.  Bring the whole family!

Feb 16-18  Friday-Sunday, MJAA Southwest Regional Conference at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, CA. Worship services, seminars by many outstanding teachers (including our own Rabbi Barney).  Also concerts by Paul Wilbur and Joel Chernoff.  More information at mjaa.org.

 

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 January 9, “Future Events, the Middle East and You!”, a 7-week course.  The course will take an in depth study of what the Tanakh says about the near future and how it all relates to our personal lives today.  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  $60 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” Classes: Saturday 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                                                                                            

 

Shamashim/Servants

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: Lyndia Lewis

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.

Clairemont/UTC, Rome and Deborah Remigio, 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.

 

Donate

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

 

Kehilat Ariel

5185 Acuna Street

San Diego, CA 92117

 

 

 

Nu? News

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 sdrunforthehungry.org 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                                                                                            

Shamashim/Servants

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.

Donate

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

Kehilat Ariel

5185 Acuna Street

San Diego, CA 92117

858-430-6433

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)

 Nu? News is published bi-monthly by Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue. We welcome your testimonies, poems, humor (no kvetching) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org