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Volume 33, Number 1         September/October  2016          Elul/Tishrei  5777

**Breaking news!….KA in negotiations to purchase a synagogue property!

 **High Holy Days start October 2.

 Please keep our synagogue in prayer as we have a final offer in on the church property that is for sale in our area.   More details to come.   If our offer is accepted then you will hear more on how you can be part of planting one of the few Messianic Synagogue buildings in the Western USA!

Give Heed To The Sound Of The Shofar!

 By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

Fall is indeed a special time of year. The kids are back to school. Schedules once again become more predictable. Even in Southern California, the weather may have just a touch of coolness to it which reminds us all of the approach of a new season. Of course, it is a unique time if you are Jewish as well for we embark on the most holy time of our religious calendar; namely the High Holy Days. Commencing on the evening of the first of Tishrei (October 2 this year), our people around the world will be assembling together to contemplate the meaning of Rosh Hashanah (New Year). So many themes are evident during the services; repentance, prayer, reviewing the year in light of God’s call on our life. Certainly the most graphic symbol of Rosh Hashanah must be the shofar/ram’s horn. Why is a shofar sounded at this most serious occasion? Some of the answer lies in the traditional Psalm that is read during the shofar service at Rosh Hashanah.

“O clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy. For the Lord Most High is to be feared, a great King over all the earth. God has ascended with a shout, the Lord, with the sound of a shofar” [Tehillim/Psalm 47:1-2, 5].

Among the many lessons of the shofar, it is a call for his people to acknowledge the Kingship of HaShem. Too often during the year we may forget that we are not the boss! The King of the universe has put us here, given us life and blessed us in so many ways. Lest we entirely forget, the shofar should jolt us into the remembrance that we bend the knee to a greater King. In fact, the very notes that are sounded with the shofar remind us of some essential realities. The first sound, called “tekia”, is the long sustained note that ends abruptly. Roughly translated “blowing”, this note was often sounded to make important announcements such as the arrival of a holy day. Interestingly, it was often used in the ancient society to announce the arrival of a king, hence, the centrality of Psalm 47 every Rosh Hashanah. The second series of notes is called “shevarim” (broken) because it breaks up the one note into three distinct segments of the same length. “Terua” is the third sound of the shofar. This consists of nine staccato notes that give a sense of urgency. Translated as “alarm”, the terua was often used in biblical times as a wake-up call for the troops as they faced a battle. The final note of the shofar is “tekia gedolah” or the great blast that often marked the end of an important occasion, such as Rosh Hashanah.

No wonder the sound of the shofar is quite awesome and respected in the Jewish community! At Rosh Hashanah we are reminded by its shrill sounds that we are appearing before the King of Kings, blessed be He. Likewise we should understand that we are indeed standing in a distinctive spiritual battle on this Holy Day as we examine our soul and try to set things right with our God and fellow man.

Yet, it should be noted (pun intended) that there is a special prophetic symbolism associated with the shofar often alluded to within Jewish tradition. The distinctive sounds are to remind us of our future, both as individuals and as a collective people. One Midrash from the middle ages makes a rather astounding statement:

“Messiah ben David, Elijah and Zerubbabel, peace be upon him, will ascend the Mount of Olives. And Messiah will command Elijah to blow the shofar. The light of the six days of creation will return and will be seen, the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and God will send full healing to all the sick of Israel. The second blast which Elijah will blow will make the dead rise. They will rise from the dust and each man will recognize his fellow man, and so will husband and wife, father and son, brother and brother. All will come to the Messiah from the four corners of the earth…. The Children of Israel will fly on the wings of eagles and come to the Messiah…”(Ma’ase Daniel as Quoted in Messiah Texts, p.143 by Raphael Patai).

Indeed, the sound of the shofar is our wake-up call every Rosh Hashanah. It beacons us to consider the past and reflect on our present relationship with God. Yet there is coming a day when all the symbolism of the shofar service will be translated into the prophetic future. Perhaps Elijah will be the Baal Tekia (shofar blower) in the great day when the Mashiach, Yeshua of Nazareth, returns to fulfill the second part of his messianic mission. As the New Covenant confirms; “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with the shout (terua), with the voice of the archangel, and with the shofar of God; and the dead in Messiah shall rise first” (I Thessalonians 4:16). On the evening of October 2 we come one year closer to our messianic redemption. As we enter this new year 5777, let us give heed to the sound of the shofar and understand its prophetic message to us all. L’shana tova/Happy New Year!

 Upcoming Events

Sept 10, Saturday, 10:30 am. New CD Release Shabbat Service.   Sojourner Music Group (leaders Eric and Joanne Kragenbrink) will share some of their worship music from their newly completed messianic CD.   Get your autographed copy as well.

Sept 12, Mondays, 6:30-8:00 pm. SOAR Bible Study and Support Group.   All women are invited to join this uplifting & challenging 8-week Havurah.  Notebook on how to live your life abundantly in Messiah.  $10 per session.  Sign up at KA or contact facilitator Donna Jacobson for details.

Oct 2, Sunday, 8:00 pm. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service.  Usher in the spiritual New Year celebrating the goodness of Messiah! This will be a traditional service including the sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn) and a message on the importance of the holiday for all believers in Yeshua.  Special Note: All services are free but reservations are required for all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for non-members of KA.  Call the KA office to reserve your seats and invite a Jewish friend.


Oct 3, Monday, 10:30 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service.  We will continue in prayer and meditation at this traditional service.
Oct 3, Monday, 4:00 pm. Tashlich Service at La Jolla Shores.  Join us for this beautiful time as we cast bread crumbs into the sea to remind us of the important truths of the High Holiday season, “Thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19). We will also have an immersion service for new believers in Messiah. Bring your own dinner (and bread crumbs) and meet us on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.
Oct 11, Tuesday, 7:30 pm. Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service.  We will have a special assembly for this holiest day of the biblical calendar. We will enter into the congregational fast starting sundown Tuesday through sundown Wednesday as we pray for our spiritual lives and for our people of Israel. Special Note: In the spirit of “tzedakah”(helping others), we are suggesting that all worshipers bring to service some non-perishable food items or a check donation which will in turn be given to help some needy families through Jewish Family Service. It would be fitting to donate the value of the amount which we would normally have eaten when not fasting.
Oct 12, Wednesday, 10:30 am Yom Kippur Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and fasting at this traditional service.
Oct 12, Wednesday, 5:30 pm. Neilah Service. The closing service plus Yizkor, followed by a dairy potluck at 6:30 pm to break the fast.  Bring your favorite non-meat dish to share with all.
Oct 22, Saturday, 10:30 am. Sukkot Service. Join us for this exciting praise service as we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be able to have Kiddush in the Sukkah and there will be a great time of Davidic worship and praise. There will also be a special message on the significance of the holy day for all believers in Messiah.  Don’t miss it and invite a friend!
Oct 24, Monday, 7:00 pm. Simchat Torah Service. This will be a fitting close to the fall Holy Days as we “rejoice in the Torah.” There will be plenty of music and dance as we celebrate God’s gift of the Word.

 

November 12, Saturday, 7:00pm.  KA Anniversary Celebration!
We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 35 years of our messianic synagogue.   This year’s celebration includes a classical/jazz guitar concert presented by the international duo George Sbovada and Fred Benedetti!  Save the date and plan to attend!   Ticket prices: Reserved Seating $40, General Seating $25.  Dessert nosh included.  For information and tickets, call the KA office.   All proceeds go towards the KA Building Fund and (hopefully) our new building!

 

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 “I Yochanan/I John and the month of Elul.”  This series will take a fresh look at this Jewish New Testament letter in preparation for the High Holy Days. Children’s Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes (Nursery through High School) 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!   Talk to Coordinator Mauxi Martinez.

 

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 classes:  Free 2-week course starting Sept.6 =“Science and the Bible” presented by Jim Scarborough.   7-week class starting Sept.20 = “Introduction to Talmud” Taught by Rabbi Kasdan, this course will look at the cultural and historical context of the rabbinic commentary.   We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  $60 per student.  Come out and grow in 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 Devarim/Deuteronomy.   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 men 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 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              Elliot Klayman, Anita Hill, Laurie Herlickman,

                                                                                     Fernando Esquer, Marco Martinez

Shamashim/Servants

Eric Kragenbrink                                                           Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                      Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                               Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                             Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                             Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                 Rene Wallace

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

Security: Gabe Pacheco                                                   Prayer: Ron & Rene Wallace

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.

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.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked 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 Messianic Jewish Family Bible!  Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

 

Donate

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

 

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 

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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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 32, Number 6         July/August  2016          Tamuz/Av  5776

 

**UMJC International Conference in SoCal, July 13-16

**5F Youth Summer Program, July-August

**Jonathan Settel in free concert, August 6

**SD Messianic Community Picnic on Mission Bay, August 21

 

The Star of David   by Rabbi Barney Kasdan

There are many beautiful symbols associated with Judaism but perhaps the most recognizable one today is the Star of David. It might surprise many people, however, to realize the star, as a strictly Jewish symbol, is a rather modern development. To look at the origins of the Star of David is to take a look into a diverse and interesting history.  The earliest apparent mention of this symbol is found in the Talmud. In describing the reign of King Solomon, the mention is made of how he had power over demonic forces by the emblem on his ring known as the “Seal of Solomon” (Gittin 68). Although the specific design of this seal is not described in this passage, it is also called the “Shield of David” (Magen David) because according to later tradition this also appeared on King David’s battle gear. The first concrete evidence in archaeology was found in the city of Sidon. This consisted of a ring with a seal on it in the shape of a six-pointed star, which was dated from the seventh century BCE. For those who have been to Israel, you will remember the famous six-pointed star on the synagogue of Capernaum. This structure has been dated from the second century CE but it is believed to be directly over the site of an earlier synagogue, the one likely used by Yeshua himself (Luke 4:31-37).

For the centuries to follow, the Star of David diversified beyond the Jewish community, with traces being found in Moslem and Christian circles as well. In the year 1190 CE, the hexagram was adapted by Christian groups in Spain as a notary for documents. Of course, the Jewish community continued to use the star as is noted by the King of Prague who  gave the Jewish community use of the symbol for a Jewish flag in 1354. The Encyclopedia Judaica makes an interesting note that the symbol seems to have been especially used among the earlier “Judeo-Christians”, i.e., Messianic Jews! (See Encyclopedia Judaica article on Magen David). By the Middle Ages, the star of David seems to have taken on a more focused emphasis. The Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) expanded the concept of the star from being merely the “Magen David”, the shield of David, to “the shield of the Son of David”; namely, the Messiah himself! Of course, according to traditional Judaism, there would be no greater warrior and deliver than the Messiah, so this interpretation is a very logical progression.

The Jewish star basically fell into disuse again until the rise of modern Zionism in the nineteenth century. At that time it was revived as a particularly Jewish symbol to identify the faith and political aspirations of our people. On the dark side, the satanic movement of Nazism turned the symbol into a mark of persecution as Jews were forced to wear the yellow star, millions dying in the process. One might think that the star as a Jewish symbol would be tarnished forever, but despite the horrific disaster, I believe G-d’s justice has won out. Hitler and his evil kingdom were brought down, but the Star of David today graces the flag of the modern state of Israel. No wonder the Star of David has become the most cherished symbol of our people today.

Besides this distinctive history of the Magen David, Messianic Jews also see an important spiritual truth associated with it. We would agree with those in rabbinic tradition who saw some kind of “messianic” connection with this particular symbol. After all, the Torah says that the great deliverer of Israel, the Messiah, will have some association with a star. As Balaam predicted concerning the future salvation of the Jewish people:
“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; a star (Heb. kochav) shall come forth from Jacob, and a scepter shall rise from Israel, and shall crush through the forehead of Moab, and tear down all the sons of Sheth” (Numbers 24:17)

That this verse was interpreted in a messianic way is clear from the events of the last Roman revolt (132-135 CE). You will remember the famous Jewish military leader named Bar Kozba who was leading the Jewish rebels in a last ditch effort. Somehow, it became apparent to the leading Rabbi of the day, Rabbi Akiva, that this Bar Kozba must be our long awaited Messiah. The Rabbi was so convinced that he publicly called upon our people to accept him as the fulfillment of the promise of Numbers 24, even giving the General a new name; Bar Kochba (Son of the Star)! Sadly, this was proven to be a false hope as tens of thousands of Jews perished under the Roman sword.

I honestly can’t blame Rabbi Akiva for wanting the Messianic redemption in his day, or even looking for this person in connection with the star. What is unfortunate is that the Rabbi along with many of our people may have missed the true Messianic redemption and the star just a few years earlier:
“I, Yeshua, have sent my angel to testify to you these things for the congregations. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” (Revelation 22:16-17)

Indeed, a Star has arisen from David who has fulfilled the first part of that redemptive plan and who will complete G-d’s plan at His glorious return to Zion. No wonder the symbol of the Star of David is especially precious to those who have acknowledged Yeshua of Nazareth as that promised One!.

Upcoming Events

July 9, Saturday, 1pm.  Mid-Year Congregational Meeting.

We will be electing our new Board of Directors at this Oneg Luncheon hosted by our Youth Group.  KA members please make this a priority.

July 13-16  Wednesday-Saturday, UMJC International Conference in Ontario, CA

Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this amazing event.  The theme is “From Strength to Strength” and there will be educational workshops, a reunion concert with Israel’s Hope and inspiring Shabbat services. At the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Ontario close by in SoCal. Join the 5-K Fun Walk/Run in the park to benefit a worthy cause.  More info and registration at umjc.org**Note:  No KA Shabbat Service on July 16 but join us at the Conference for an international Shabbat celebration!

July 29, Friday, 5pm– Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores. 

Welcome in Shabbes 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 including live music and Israeli folkdance.  Bring your surfboard for a 4pm surf session with the Rabbi at the checkered flag!

August 6, Saturday, 7:30 pm.  Concert with Jonathan Settel.

This international messianic recording artist will share his joyous music plus from his new CD.   Free event, love offering received.   Invite your friends!

August 21, Sunday, 11am-5pm.  SD Messianic Community Picnic. 

We will have our annual get-together with Tree of Life Congregation and other Jewish organizations for a time of food, fellowship and games.  Meeting at De Anza Cove on Mission Bay.  Bring your picnic lunch, chair and your family for this fun event.

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 “A Fresh Look at the Jewish Way of Worship.”  This summer series will take a contemporary look at the ancient traditions of our heritage. Children’s Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

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.  Current class is “Rabbi Shaul’s Letters to the Thessalonians.”  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan, this course will be a detailed study of the cultural and historical context of the message of the Letters.   We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  $60 per student.  Come out and grow in your Jewish roots!    **Note:  MJISD classes will take the summer break from July 12 – August 30.

 Youth Summer Program

All teens are invited to the summer 5-F Club (Film, Faith, Fellowship, Fun and Food!)  Meeting 2nd & 4thMondays, 6pm at KA through July/August.   Make a film, study theater, learn about Israel.  $60 per student.  ContactPlanetbubbleministries@gmail.com

“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 Bemidbar/Numbers.   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.

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 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              Elliot Klayman, Anita Hill, Eddie Niewald, Laurie Herlickman,

                                                                                            Fernando Esquer

Shamashim/Servants

Eric Kragenbrink                                                             Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                      Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                             Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                             Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                  Rene Wallace

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

Security: Gabe Pacheco                                           Prayer: Ron & Rene Wallace

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas

Social Action: Eric Tauber                                           Translation: Jeanette Haas

TV Outreach:  Lety Levy                                              Ushers: Tony Savavese

Website: Rome Remigio                                             Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton

 

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.

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.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked 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 Messianic Jewish Family Bible!  Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

 

Donate

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

 

Kehilat Ariel

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 

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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Volume 32, Number 5         May/June  2016          Iyar/Sivan  5776

 

**Israel Fest, May 15

**Shavuot Service, June 11

**UMJC International Conference in SoCal, July 13-16

Yom Hashoah-Remembering the Lessons of the Holocaust

by Rabbi Barney Kasdan

It defies logic. It is incomprehensible. How can we imagine the depths of the Holocaust? Six million people murdered simply because they were identified as Jews. Among those were 1.5 million Jewish children who were killed because they represented the future of our people. We can never forget that additional victims included an estimated five million Gentiles who were murdered for various reasons, some of them for their stand for their Jewish neighbors. These were not war casualties (some 30 million total) but people targeted for death because of their race or belief. That the Christian community should also be concerned about Yom Hashoah is best illustrated by the insightful quote of German Pastor Martin Niemaller (himself a prisoner of Dachau): “It is shocking to realize that Hitler essentially accomplished his ‘final solution to the Jewish problem’ in the lands that his Nazi troops conquered. One can only wonder what would have happened if the Nazis would have not been defeated by the Allied forces”.

Thankfully, the last question is merely hypothetical. Am Yisrael Chai! Out of the darkness of Nazi Europe rose the light of the modern state of Israel. The Jewish community worldwide is finding renewed growth and strength. Yet, Yom Hashoah leaves many people with some lingering and disturbing questions. Many still wonder what the Holocaust tells us about G-d. It seems the better question is what the Holocaust tells us about the human heart. As for G-d himself, I believe He tells us through the prophets what He has been doing at times of this kind of suffering for Israel:

“In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them; and He lifted them and carried them all the days of old” [Isaiah 63:10].

While we grieve (as G-d does) as we remember the 1/3 of our people who perished, we should also recall that if it wasn’t for the intervention of the Holy One, the remaining 2/3 would not have survived! While the skeptic is tempted to blame G-d for things like the Holocaust, the person of faith actually becomes stronger. We can see with spiritual eyes the victory of G-d’s kingdom over the falleness of mankind in this present age.

What makes the Holocaust even more difficult to understand for many of our people is how such atrocities could occur in a so-called Christian Europe? For this, I will not offer a superficial answer. Clearly, many of these people, while claiming to be Christians were not following his clear teachings. Yeshua even warned of people who would claim to be his but whom he didn’t even know! In his words, “a good tree cannot produce bad fruit” [cf. Matthew 7:18-23]. Many people are heartened by the fact that both the Catholic and Lutheran churches in recent years have sought forgiveness for any anti-semitism, theological or otherwise. The sad history between the church and synagogue is a deep wound that has caused a massive chasm between the Jewish people and our own Messiah, Yeshua. What is the most important lesson to be learned from the tragedy of the Holocaust? If mankind is not to fall into such wickedness again, we must live the words of Yeshua as he was asked which was the greatest of the mitzvot:

“The foremost is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our G-d, The Lord is One; And you shall love the Lord your G-d with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. [Mark 12:29-31].

Upcoming Events

May 7, Saturday, 10:30am. Yom HaShoah Service We will remember the lessons of the Holocaust with special music and a candle-lighting ceremony at this important Shabbat service.

May 15, Sunday, 12-5pm. Israel Fest & 5K Friendship Walk Celebrate the Israel’s 68th Birthday with our wider Jewish community at SD Jewish Academy, 11860 Carmel Creek Rd., SD. Registration & Friendship Walk are 12-2pm. Join our team at www.friendshipwalksd.com/kehilatariel.Israel & support special needs kids in the Friendship Circle. Israel Fest, 2-5pm with music, Israeli folk dance, kosher food, vendors and entertainers galore.  Am Yisrael Chai!

June 9, Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm.  KA Music and Dance Teams at SD County FairZemer Yeshua and Echad B’rikud will give a special program in this open air concert at this large public venue!   Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event.

June 11, 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!  Remember to bring your UMJC Omer Offering to support the work of Messianic Judaism here and internationally.   Prayer Guides for the 50 Day Omer are at umjc.org.

June 18, Saturday, 10:30am- Shabbat Service with Israeli Speaker.  Akiva Cohen will be sharing a report about his work with young adults and special needs kids in the Land.  Come hear what God is doing in these special areas.

June 24, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the ShoresWelcome 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 13-16  Wednesday-Saturday, UMJC International Conference in Ontario, CA- Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this amazing event.  The theme is “From Strength to Strength” and there will be educational workshops, a reunion concert with Israel’s Hope and inspiring Shabbat services. At the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Ontario close by in SoCal. Join the 5-K Fun Walk/Run in the park to benefit a worthy cause.  More info and early registration discounts at umjc.org.

 

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 “Counting the Omer and the Story of Ruth.”  This 7-week series will take a contemporary look at the ancient Scroll which is read this time of year in the Jewish world. Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

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.  Current class is “The Jewish Yeshua in the Gospel of Mark.”  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan, this 8-week course will be a detailed study of the cultural and historical context of the message of the Gospels.   We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  $60 per student.  Come out and grow in your Jewish roots!

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study in The Book of Revelation from 7:00-8:30pm.  Bring your teen to connect with other messianic youth!  Call Michael and Jeannie, 619-562-8688, for more details.

“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.

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 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              Elliot Klayman, Anita Hill, Eddie Niewald,

                                                                                           Laurie Herlickman, Fernando Esquer

Shamashim/Servants

Eric Kragenbrink                                                                 Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                           Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                       Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                                    Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                                   Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                         Rene Wallace

Marco Martinez                                                                   Mauxi Martinez

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.

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.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked 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 Messianic Jewish Family Bible!  Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

 

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

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 

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 32, Number 4 March/April 2016 Adar II/Nisan 5776

**KOS Kafe event on March 5

**Purim Service on March 24.

**KA Seder at Four Points by Sheraton on April 23.

THE LEGACY OF JEWISH U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

By Rabbi Elliot Klayman

It is no secret that Jews have been more influential in various disciplines than their small proportionality would otherwise predict. There have been eight Jewish Justices to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States, and Jews comprise an unprecedented one-third of the sitting Justices today: two women, Ellen Kegan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and one man, Stephen Breyer. Two past justices were fairly short term, Abe Fortas, who left under some scandal, and Arthur Goldberg, who departed to become the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Three of the most distinguished Justices of all time were Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo and Felix Frankfurter. The Supreme Court last month lost Antonin Scalia, a principled conservative judge, whose decisions in his two decades on the bench impacted society. While we await the outcome of Justice Scalia’s replacement, it is well to take a lesson from the three great past Jewish Justices, Brandeis, Cardozo and Frankfurter, who served well in their progressive postures.

Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish Justice (1856-1941) served on the Supreme Court 1916-1939. Although not religious, he was in touch with his historical Jewish values. While on the Court his decisions evidenced a distinct orientation toward the plight of the unfortunate. He lauded the right to privacy. Part of this may have been connected to a secret in his “ancestral closet.” Both his parents and their ancestors were associated with Frankism, a Jewish cult, which embraced Jacob Frank as the messiah. When it proved false, many adherents sought to cover up their affiliation.

Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938) served on the Supreme Court 1932-38. He also meted out Jewish justice, first as a judge on the highest appeals court in New York, and then as Justice of the Supreme Court for six years. He was of Sephardic Jewish origin and was certainly aware of the plight of the Jews who were forcefully converted, and the targets of the Spanish Expulsion and the Inquisitions that terrorized his people. His decisions on the court demonstrated a quest for moral and principled judgments that favored the collective whole. This included upholding FDR’s New Deal legislation, producing work relief, recovery and reform, in response to the Great Depression. He upheld social security and unemployment insurance legislation, which provides a safety net for all Americans.

Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) was born in Vienna, Austria and would eventually serve on the Supreme Court 1939-62. Descended from a long line of rabbis, he immigrated with his parents to the U.S. at age 12, settling in New York City on the Lower East Side, a bastion of Jewish émigrés. Frankfurter graduated from City College of New York, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Harvard Law School where he excelled. Along with Brandeis,

he lobbied President Wilson to support the Balfour Declaration, a British government statement supporting the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. He participated in the creation of the American Jewish Congress, a national democratic organization of Jewish leaders from all over the US. He served as a Zionist delegate to the Paris Peace Conference. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Franklin Roosevelt and while there he was the de facto leader of the court, siding with the justices who struck down legislation that impeded Blacks from voting, and upheld equality in public education for all.

This triad of remarkable Jewish Justices had these traits in common:

(1) They were not religious but they all shared Jewish ethical values

(2) They were all progressive — forward looking

(3) They all left an enduring positive legacy.

Today we face a vacancy in the court due to the death of the Honorable Antonin Scalia. May his replacement be full of integrity and wisdom with a heart for the plight of the poor and disenfranchised, in the image of Brandeis, Cardozo and Frankfurter. The Torah says it this way: “Tzedek, Tzedek tirdof / Justice, Justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20).

Rabbi Elliot Klayman is on the Board of Directors of Kehilat Ariel and has been involved in the leadership of the Messianic Jewish movement since the 1970s. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and is a retired Professor of Law at The Ohio State University. He also is Editor of The Messianic Outreach journal which addresses many of the issues facing Messianic Judaism and the Jewish community.

Upcoming Events

March 5, Saturday, KOS (Kafe on a Shtick), 7:00 pm. Fundraiser Gala for this messianic arts venue will be held at the La Jolla Women’s Club. Info and tickets at planetbubble.org

March 24 Thursday, 7:00 pm. Purim Celebration. Come dressed in costume as we celebrate the story of Esther. There will be the reading of the megillah and joyful music as we remember God’s faithfulness to our people. In the spirit of Shlach Manot, please bring a non-perishable food item as we bless Jewish Family Service.

April 23, Saturday, 6:30 pm. KA Passover Seder – at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kearny Mesa. Make your reservation now for our annual celebration and be thinking of friends to invite to this unique service. We will read through the traditional Hagadah and make the connection to Messiah. Also lots of holiday music and folkdance. $55 for adults, $25 for kids under 12. Call our office for tickets or purchase on our website. Come celebrate the feast of our redemption!

April 24, Sunday, 8:00 pm. Bikkurim Service – Resurrection of Messiah on the third day of Passover. Join us for this time of praise as we celebrate this biblical holy day in the context of our faith in Messiah.

May 7, Saturday, 10:30 am. Yom Hashoah Service. Join us as we remember the lessons of the Holocaust with a special candle-lighting program.

July 13-16 Thursday-Sunday, UMJC International Conference in Ontario, CA Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this amazing event. The theme is “From Strength to Strength” and there will be educational workshops, a reunion concert with Israel’s Hope and inspiring Shabbat services. At the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Ontario close by in SoCal. More info and registration at umjc.org.

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 “The Life of King David” which is a Jewish study of this great King and the applications to our own day.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

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 class started February 23: “The Book of Zechariah.” Taught by Rabbi Kasdan, this 7-week course will be a detailed study of what the Jewish Prophets say about Israel, the current Middle East conflict and the return of Messiah. We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses. $60 per student. Come out and grow in your Jewish roots!

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group: Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study in The Book of Revelation from 7:00-8:30pm. Bring your teen to connect with other messianic youth! Call Michael and Jeannie, 619-562-8688, for more details.

“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 Shemot/Exodus. 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.

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 and edcuational 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 Elliot Klayman, Anita Hill, Eddie Niewald, Laurie

Herlickman, Fernando Esquer

Shamashim/Servants

Eric Kragenbrink Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace Rene Wallace

Marco Martinez Mauxi Martinez

Gabe Pacheco Barbara Pacheco

Eddie Niewald Yrena Niewald

Committee Coordinators

Audio: James Paraiso CD Duplication: Angel Duran

Dance: Sue Rubin Facebook: Gabe Pacheco

Facilities: Jim Scarborough International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald

Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink Office: Jan Folb

Oneg: Maria Duran Prayer: Ron & Rene Wallace

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas

Social Action: Eric Tauber Translation: Beth Reid

TV Outreach: Lety Levy Ushers: Tony Savavese

Website: Rome Remigio Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton

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.

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.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked 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 Messianic Jewish Family Bible! Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

Upcoming KA Outreach Events

For those who live in various parts of SoCal, please note the following events in your area. Invite a Jewish or Christian friend!

March 16 – Seder at El Cajon Wesleyan Church

March 18 – Seder at Shoreline Church in San Clemente

March 20 – Seder at Bostonia Baptist Church in El Cajon

March 23 – Seder (with KA music and dance teams) at New Hope Church in Chula Vista

March 25 – Seder at The Branch Church in Clairemont

April 18 – Seder (with KA music and dance teams) at North Coast Church in Vista

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

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

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 32, Number 3         January/February 2016          Shevat/Adar  5776

 

** Free Beginning Hebrew Class starts Jan.23

** Tu B’shvat Family Hike, January 24

** Starting January 29 – KA Community Shabbat Dinners

 

 The Vatican, Orthodox Rabbis…and Messianic Jews?

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 There can be little doubt that some earth-shaking events are taking place in our day.   In this case, I am not speaking of physical earthquakes but of a spiritual tsunami of change in the relationship between Jews and Christians.  Of course there is a huge spectrum of denominations within both religions, but let’s focus on the recent interaction between Roman Catholics and some Orthodox rabbis.  Both groups have made recent statements that are both welcomed and yet perplexing at the same time.  In marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, the Vatican issued a lengthy paper entitled “The Gifts and Callings of God are Irrevocable: Romans 11:29” (www.Vatican.va released December 10, 2015) which is a reflection on the relationship of the two groups since the Holocaust.  There is much to appreciate in this thought provoking document.  Among the details, it is affirmed that there is a “fundamental esteem for Judaism” because “Christianity possesses Jewish roots which determine relations between the two in a unique way.”  Of course this thought is very biblical as Rabbi Shaul/Paul reminded the Gentile believers (in Rome ironically?) that they are not the root but the root of Israel supports them (Romans 11:17-18).  If only such teaching had controlled the medieval church!   Too often there was not only a rejection of its Jewish roots, but the church actually endorsed a supersessionist/replacement theology.  Such a rejection of the Jewish people often led to Christian anti-Semitism and, as the document says, the “terrible shadow of the Shoah.”  In contrast to rejecting the Jewish roots, the statement affirms that “Jesus was a Jew, was at home in the Jewish tradition of his time, and was decisively shaped by this religious milieu. His first disciples gathered around him had the same heritage and were defined by the same Jewish tradition in their everyday life. “ Wow!  These are simple historical facts but too often missing in the understanding of many believers even today.  On the basis of this fresh expression, the Vatican calls for increased dialogue, mutual understanding and joining the Jewish and Christian communities together in our common moral values.

Interestingly, as the Vatican was releasing this updated assessment, there was a group of dozens of Orthodox Rabbis from around the world who released their own statement  (cjcuc.com on December 3, 2015).   It reads in part:

“We recognize that since the Second Vatican Council the official teachings of the Catholic Church about Judaism have changed fundamentally and irrevocably. The promulgation of Nostra Aetate fifty years ago started the process of reconciliation between our two communities. Nostra Aetate and the later official Church documents it inspired unequivocally reject any form of anti-Semitism, affirm the eternal Covenant between G-d and the Jewish people, reject deicide and stress the unique relationship between Christians and Jews, who were called “our elder brothers” by Pope John Paul II and “our fathers in faith” by Pope Benedict XVI. On this basis, Catholics and other Christian officials started an honest dialogue with Jews that has grown during the last five decades. We appreciate the Church’s affirmation of Israel’s unique place in sacred history and the ultimate world redemption.”

There are many good statements imbedded in the new statements for which Messianic Jews can be thankful. Having said this, there are also some areas of questions and concerns.  The Vatican statement, while rightly affirming the ongoing covenant with Israel, says that Jews are not excluded from God’s salvation because they do not believe in Yeshua as Messiah.  As it says, “That the Jews are participants in God’s salvation is theologically unquestionable, but how that can be possible without confessing Christ explicitly, is and remains an unfathomable divine mystery.”   Certainly God works in some mysterious ways but I would say this is so “mysterious” that it appears to be unbiblical.  It then takes the logical step of standing against “institutional Jewish mission.”  If they mean that Jews do not have to convert and join the Roman Catholic Church (or any other church), then I agree.   But does this necessitate not sharing in love the Good News of Yeshua with our people?  It seems to me that a missing link in this whole dialogue is the option of Messianic Judaism which is a Jewish way to follow Yeshua at yet retain one’s Jewish heritage.   Maybe that is why Rabbi Shaul/Paul, himself a traditional Jew, saw Yeshua as part of our Jewish tradition when he reminded (again the Romans!) “I am not ashamed of the Good News, for it is the power of God for salvation, for everyone who believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).   Most Messianic Jews welcome and participate in the increased dialogue and understanding between our various faith communities.  When Jews and Christians can unite in our common values, society will be blessed with the light of Torah and of the Living Torah/Yeshua.  We have so much in common yet the basic question (and let’s admit it, controversy) is this:  Is Yeshua the Messiah for all or do we wait for someone else?  If he isn’t the Messiah for us Jews, then how can he be the Messiah for the Catholics?  We aren’t quite there yet…but it looks like God is continuing to move us all towards His ultimate goal of final redemption.

 

Upcoming Events

 Jan 23  Saturday, 1:30-2:45pm.  Beginning Hebrew Learn the language of the Scriptures in this 5-week course taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  The free class will meet in the Yeshiva Room after services.  All adults and kids encouraged to attend.  If not now, when?

Jan 24  Sunday, 2:00pm-4:30pm. Tu B’shvat Family Hike at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.  Bring water and a nosh as we celebrate the Torah holiday to celebrate God’s nature. Easy 2-mile hike starts inside the park at the Nature Center at 2:00pm.  Parking is free on Hwy 101 or $12 per car within the Reserve.  Bring the whole family for this beautiful walk!  

**New!   Starting January 29 – KA Community Shabbat Dinners.  These quarterly get-togethers will be a various homes as are aimed at connecting with new friends.  Sign up after Shabbat services or call our office to either host or attend.

Feb 6  Saturday, 1:15 pm. KA Congregational Meeting following Shabbat Service. We will receive various reports from the committees and approve our 2016 budget. Make it a priority to attend. Youth hosted Oneg luncheon.

Feb 12-14  Friday-Sunday, MJAA Southwest Regional Conference at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, CA. Worship services, seminars by many outstanding teachers.  Also concerts by Paul Wilbur and Deborah Kline-Iantorno.  More information at mjaa.org.

Save the Date!  July 13-16  Thursday-Sunday, UMJC International Conference in Ontario, CA.  Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this amazing event.  The theme is “Tzedik—Pursuing Social Justice” and there will be educational workshops, worship concerts with Judah and Jen Morrison and inspiring Shabbat services. At the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Ontario close by in SoCal. More info and registration at umjc.org.

 

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 “The Life of King David” which is a Jewish study of this great King and the applications to our own day.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

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 MJTI class starts January 5: “Sephardic Jewry from the Spanish Expulsion and Beyond.”  Taught by Rabbi Elliot Klayman, this 6-week course will be a detailed study based on his extensive graduate studies on this timely topic.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  $60 per student.  Course can also be taken online from anywhere.  Come out and grow in your Jewish roots!

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study in Shmot/Exodus from 7:00-8:30pm.  Connect with other messianic youth! 

Call Michael and Jeannie, 619-562-8688, for more details.

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha 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 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 TVCheck out our TV outreach and edcuational 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            Fernando Esquer, Laurie Herlickman, Anita Hill,

                                                                                          Elliot Klayman, Eddie Niewald.

                                                                                     

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                 Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                          Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                    Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                              Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                            Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                            Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                  Rene Wallace

Marco Martinez                                                           Mauxi Martinez

Committee Coordinators

Audio: James Paraiso                                                  CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                         Facebook: Gabe Pacheco

Facilities: Jim Scarborough                                         International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                    

Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink                             Office: Jan Folb                                                            

Oneg: Maria Duran                                                     Prayer: Patty Kolb                                                       

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas                               

Social Action: Eric Tauber                                           Translation: Beth Reid                                           

TV Outreach:  Lety Levy                                              Ushers: Tony Savarese                                               

Website: Rome Remigio                                             Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton              

            

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.

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.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked 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 Messianic Jewish Family Bible!  Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

 Rabbi Kasdan’s New Book on Ephesians: Our Rabbi has had his 4th book published: “Rabbi Paul Enlightens the Ephesians on Walking with Messiah Yeshua” (Messianic Jewish Publishers).  This commentary explores the Jewish context of Shaul and his message to these followers of Messiah.  $17.99 plus tax.  Contact our office to pick up your copy.

“…biblically sound and locates Rabbi Shaul in his Jewish world….” Akiva Cohen, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University

 

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

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 

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 32, Number 2         November/December  2015         Cheshvan/Kislev  5776

 

**KA 34th Anniversary Celebration, Nov.21

**Kid’s Hebrew School, new semester Dec.5

**Next Israel Trip in May 2016

 

Bringing a Blessing to Israel 

By Yrena Niewald and Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

It has been a difficult month for our Israeli brothers and sisters in the Land.  Will the Arab cousins ever accept the fact of the Jewish state?   Will anyone step forward who will see the great blessing of peace between Israel and its neighbors?   We can wonder many times but the Tenach is clear:

“For I the Lord will take you from the nations, gather you out of all the countries and bring you back you your own land”   [Yechezkel/Ezekiel 36:25).

For Bible believers (both Jews and Christians) it is a certainty that the modern return to Eretz Yisrael is an act of God.  Israel is not perfect or sinless but she has proven many times (eg. Egypt and Jordan) that peace is available for anyone who wishes a sincere agreement.  It has been noted that if the Arab nations would put down all their weapons, there would be peace.   If Israel put down all its weapons, there would be no more Israel.  It is the sad reality of the moment.   But there is a promise of better things to come:

“Moreover I will give you a new heart and a new spirit within you.  I will remove the stony heart from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Ruach within you”   [Ezekiel 36:26-27].

We believe some of these promises (even the Ruach) is manifesting in our present day as well.   It will be completed at the return of Mashiach.   In the meantime, we have some opportunities to do something for the Middle East in the spirit of Tikun Olam/repairing the world.  How about going to Israel with Kehilat Ariel on a mission of blessing?   Regardless if it is your first time to Israel or a repeat visit, going to the Land is certainly a blessing but especially for those who desire to bless the people of Israel – and not simply to tour.  This is the vision of the next KA Mission to Israel planned for May 29 – June 8, 2016.  Our tour guide will be an Israeli Messianic Jewish Rabbi and longtime ministry partner of KA who serves in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and who still has special connections with active IDF soldiers.  As part of our mission we will be visiting IDF soldiers and bringing gifts such as new socks, t-shirts, underwear as well as sending money in advance for the purchase of much needed LED headlamps for us to hand deliver to the soldiers.  We will connect with them, encourage them and most likely have an opportunity to pray with them!   We can’t think of a better time to go to Israel and encourage those who sacrifice their lives for the safety and peace of Jerusalem!  Additionally, we will be meeting with an Ethiopian Messianic Jewish Rabbi in Jerusalem who is establishing a new Beta Yisrael congregation and who also need encouragement, new tennis shoes and clothing.   The KA mission to Israel is unique because we will be meeting with messianic ministry partners in our hotel in the evenings; people that we know personally and support with your tithes and offerings!     Other special highlights planned for the mission are doing a prayer walk along the old city wall (Isaiah 62:6), Temple Mount siftings/archaeological dig and Dan River rafting!  This is a trip you won’t want to miss!

For more information, obtain a brochure at the KA Information Table or contact the KA office or talk to Eddie or Yrena Niewald (760-846-1298), Ron or Rene Wallace, or Rabbi Barney or register online at www.inspiredtravel.com/keha2016.  Prayerfully consider joining us for this trip to bring a blessing to our people Israel at this vital time!    “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent”!  (Isaiah 62:1a)

  

Upcoming Events

 November 21, Saturday, 6:00pm.  KA 34th Anniversary Celebration–We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 34 years of our messianic synagogue.   Join us for an evening of scrumptious appetizers & desserts.  Our headliner will be Rob Styler, founder of 2nd Adam Performing Arts, with his unique biblical portrayals.  Adults $25/ Kids $10 with proceeds going towards some projects on the shul property.  Get your tickets after service or contact our office.  Support your Temple!

November 26, Thursday, 8:00am.  5K Walk/Run For The Hungry in Downtown SD—Join us Thanksgiving morning for this event to support Jewish Family Service and Jacobs Food Bank.  To register with Team Kehilat Ariel, go to sandiegorunforthehungry.org.  It’s a mitzvah!

December 5, Saturday, 9:00-10:00am.  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.  Learn to read Hebrew, chant the Torah and the blessings.  There is a fee plus other requirements.  Call our office or talk to Rabbi Kasdan for more details.

December 12, Saturday, 10:30am.  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!

May 29- June 8, 2016 Mission to Israel—  Experience the land of Israel from a  distinctive Messianic Jewish perspective. A very special benefit is our licensed tour guide – a Messianic Rabbi who has lived in Israel for 20 years!  We will visit the Western Wall, the Sea of Galilee, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and more.  We are also developing a Humanitarian Option for those visitors that are interested in donating some of the time to volunteer in Israel.  To sign up or for more information email KA2Israel2016@gmail.com or call the KA office 858-490-4355.

Next year in Jerusalem!

 

 

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 “The Life of King David” which is a Jewish study of this great King and the applications to our own day.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

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.  Current MJTI class: “Paul—The Misunderstood Rabbi.”  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan, this 6-week course will be a detailed study based on his new commentary on Ephesians.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  $60 per student.  Course can also be taken online from anywhere.  Come out and grow in your Jewish roots!

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study in Shmot/Exodus from 7:00-8:30pm.  Connect with other messianic youth!

Call Michael and Jeannie, 619-562-8688, for more details.

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha in one year. Currently in Beresheet/Genesis.   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 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.

                                   

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                     

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas

Board of Directors

Elliot Klayman, Anita Hill, Eddie Niewald, Laurie Herlickman, Fernando Esquer

                                                                                     

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                 Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                          Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                    Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                              Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                            Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                            Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                  Rene Wallace

Marco Martinez                                                           Mauxi Martinez

Committee Coordinators

Audio: James Paraiso                               CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                      Facebook: Gabe Pacheco

Facilities: Jim Scarborough                    International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald

Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink       Office: Jan Folb

Oneg: Devorah Montelongo                    Prayer: Patty Kolb

Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas

Social Action: Eric Tauber                       Translation: Paty Garibay

TV Outreach:  Lety Levy                           Ushers: Tony Savarese

Website: Rome Remigio                          Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton

 

 

 

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.

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.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked 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 Messianic Jewish Family Bible!  Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

 

Rabbi Kasdan’s New Book on Ephesians: Our Rabbi has had his 4th book published: “Rabbi Paul Enlightens the Ephesians on Walking with Messiah Yeshua” (Messianic Jewish Publishers).  This commentary explores the Jewish context of Shaul and his message to these followers of Messiah.  $17.99 plus tax.  Contact our office to pick up your copy.

“…biblically sound and locates Rabbi Shaul in his Jewish world….” Akiva Cohen, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University

 

      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

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 

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

Nu? News

Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 32, Number 1         September/October  2015           Elul/Tishrei  5776

 

**High Holy Days begin Sept.13 (free but reservations required for

non-members)

**KOS Messianic Coffee House, Sept.26

**Next Israel Trip in May 2016

 

 

Shmitah and the Promise of Rosh Hashanah

    By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

The Fall Holy Days on the Jewish calendar always hold special meaning.  Unlike its secular cousin (New Year’s Day, January 1), the Jewish New Year is not about partying, Time Square or making short-lived resolutions.  The Fall Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot are more about repentance and having a closer walk with God.  It is a season of teshuvah/returning to where we find our most complete life and fulfillment.  Most of us who are Jewish have indelible memories of shofars, long synagogue services and fasting as we connect with our traditions which are meant to point us to our loving Father in Heaven.  This year we have another reminder that God is searching for us at this season.

You may have heard that this is the end of a “shmitah/sabbatical” year on the Jewish calendar.  Of the 613 laws of the Torah, this one is especially informative….and difficult.  Every 7th year, the farmland in Israel is to remain quiet with no planting, pruning or harvesting allowed (Leviticus 25:3-6).  It is also interesting what the Torah does NOT forbid during this time.  There is no prohibition of eating previously harvested produce or eating imported produce from outside Israel.  The rabbinic authorities also included some creative exemptions.  It is considered acceptable to eat produce even from Israel if it is grown and harvested by non-Jews.  Likewise, some modern Israeli farmers “sell” their land to a non-Jew for the shmitah year much the same way as selling our chametz at Passover to a non-Jew.  Another creative response has been the Israeli development of hydroponics (plants grown directly in only enriched water).   By growing produce that is not connected to the land, the spirit of the Torah is not broken!  Please do not get lost in the details of the shmitah without seeing the bigger spiritual lesson.  The internet has been abuzz with all sorts of speculations on the meaning of this shmitah year.  Some are looking for a major stock market crash soon; others are buying their survivalist supplies and moving to the mountains.  Of course all of these seem to be unaware that the Torah applies the shmitah strictly to the Jewish people and the land of Israel.  One financial advisor (a self-confessed agnostic) had some great advice as he found out about the shmitah craze among some believers:   sell your stocks and invest in cannabis/the marijuana industry!

So what are the real lessons of the shmitah laws in the Torah?  It’s evidently about learning to trust God at all times.  Even though good Biblical interpretation requires us to apply the laws only to the land of Israel, the Torah is also a picture of God’s spiritual truth for the entire world.  Shmitah is not just given for some sensationalist TV programs but for the world to take a sober look at our life and where we are placing our values.  I am not a prophet or an economist and I do not care to speculate on what the world economy will be doing this year.  Actually, even if the international economies are going fantastic, the shmitah reminds us not to put our faith in this shakey world.  As our Messiah said: “What good is it to gain the whole world and yet lose your own soul” (Matthew 16:26).  The shmitah is not about panic or fear but refocusing our faith in God and the Mashiach.  There is a good reason why the sabbatical year starts and ends at Rosh Hashanah.  It is not really about economics but a vivid reminder to make teshuvah and return to a simple trust in Yeshua.  No matter what happens in this upcoming year, may we reflect on the spiritual truth of the Torah.  As we taste the traditional apples and honey at Rosh Hashanah, may be confident that God has everything under control.   L’shana Tova/Happy New Year!

 

Upcoming Events

September 4-7, Friday – Monday.  Dor Segulah/UMJC Regional Youth Camp in San Bernardino Mountains.  Make sure your teen attends this great gathering of youth from several SoCal synagogues.  Lots of fun and adventure (can you say Paintball?) plus Bible studies and Shabbat services in God’s nature.  Still a few spaces available.   Contact Michael and Jeannie Stinton for details.

Sept 13, Sunday,8:00 pm. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service.  Usher in the spiritual New Year celebrating the goodness of Messiah! This will be a traditional service including the sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn) and a message on the importance of the holiday for all believers in Yeshua.  Special Note: All services are free but reservations are required for all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for non-members of KA.  Call the KA office to reserve your seats and invite a Jewish friend.

Sept 14, Monday, 10:30 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service.  We will continue in prayer and meditation at this traditional service.

Sept 14, Monday, 4:00 pm. Tashlich Service at La Jolla Shores.  Join us for this beautiful time as we cast bread crumbs into the sea to remind us of the important truths of the High Holiday season, “Thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19). We will also have an immersion service for new believers in Messiah. Bring your own dinner (and bread crumbs) and meet us on the grassy area by the main lifeguard tower.

Sept 22, Tuesday, 7:30 pm. Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service.  We will have a special assembly for this holiest day of the biblical calendar. We will enter into the congregational fast starting sundown Tuesday through sundown Wednesday as we pray for our spiritual lives and for our people of Israel. Special Note: In the spirit of “tzedakah”(helping others), we are suggesting that all worshipers bring to service some non-perishable food items or a check donation which will in turn be given to help some needy families through Jewish Family Service. It would be fitting to donate the value of the amount which we would normally have eaten when not fasting

Sept 23, Wednesday, 10:30 am Yom Kippur Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and fasting at this traditional service.

Sept 23, Wednesday, 5:30 pm. Neilah Service. The closing service plus Yizkor, followed by a dairy potluck at 6:30 pm to break the fast.  Bring your favorite non-meat dish to share with all.

Oct 3, Saturday, 10:30 am. Sukkot Service. Join us for this exciting praise service as we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be able to have Kiddush in the Sukkah and there will be a great time of Davidic worship and praise. There will also be a special message on the significance of the holy day for all believers in Messiah. Followed by a Sisterhood Hosted Luncheon with donations going to their mitzvah projects.  Don’t miss it and invite a friend!

Oct 5, Monday, 7:00 pm. Simchat Torah Service. This will be a fitting close to the fall Holy Days as we “rejoice in the Torah.” There will be plenty of music and dance as we celebrate God’s gift of the Word.

November 21, Saturday, 6pm.  KA Anniversary Celebration! We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 34 years of our messianic synagogue.   Save the date and plan to attend!

May 29- June 8, 2016 Mission to Israel—  Experience the land of Israel from a  distinctive Messianic Jewish perspective. A very special benefit is our licensed tour guide – a Messianic Rabbi who has lived in Israel for 20 years!  We will visit the Western Wall, the Sea of Galilee, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and more.  We are also developing a Humanitarian Option for those visitors that are interested in donating some of the time to volunteer in Israel.  To sign up or for more information email KA2Israel2016@gmail.com or call the KA office 858-490-4355.

Next year in Jerusalem!

  

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 “Habakkuk—Embracing God” which is a Jewish study of this vital prophet and the applications to our own day.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

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 class starts Sept. 1: “Understanding and Celebrating the Jewish Holidays.”  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan, this 4-week course will be a detailed study on how to live within Messianic Judaism.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  $40 per student.  Come out and grow in your Jewish roots!

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study in Shmot/Exodus from 7:00-8:30pm.  Connect with other messianic youth!

Call Michael and Jeannie, 619-562-8688, for more details.

A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha in one year. Currently in Devarim/Deuteronomy.   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 and edcuational 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.

                                

 KA Leadership

 KA Zekeynim/Elders                           Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio,                Fernando Esquer, Elliot Klayman,  Anita

Frank Rosas                                                    Hill,  Laurie Herlickman, EddieNiewald.

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                            Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                    Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                              Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                         Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                      Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                      Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                            Rene Wallace

Marco Martinez                                                      Mauxi Martinez

  Committee Coordinators

 Audio: Gabe Pacheco                          CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                 Facebook: Gabe Pacheco

Facilities: Jim Scarborough               International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald

Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink   Office: Jan Folb

Oneg: Devorah Montelongo               Prayer: Patty Kolb

Resource Center: Amy Todd           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

 

 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.

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, Allen and Pat Levy Andrews, every Fri, 6pm.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked 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 Messianic Jewish Family Bible!  Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

 Rabbi Kasdan’s New Book on Ephesians

Our Rabbi has had his 4th book published: “Rabbi Paul Enlightens the Ephesians on Walking with Messiah Yeshua” (Messianic Jewish Publishers).  This commentary explores the Jewish context of Shaul and his message to these followers of Messiah.  $17.99 plus tax.  There will be a special book signing after service on Sept.5.  If you cannot make that, contact our office to pick up your copy.

“…biblically sound and locates Rabbi Shaul in his Jewish world….” Akiva Cohen, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University

 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

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 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 31, Number 6 July/August 2015 Tammuz/Av 5775

**KA Music/Dance Team at SD County Fair, July 2

**KOS Messianic Coffee House, July 11

**SD Messianic Community Picnic on Mission Bay, August 30

**Next Israel Trip in May 2016

Cultural Correctness or Torah Revelation?

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

It has certainly been a breathtaking series of events in recent days! All of us grieved at the racist shooting at the South Carolina church. Yet this has set off a tidal wave of discussions and actions in response. The root of racism seems to still be imbedded in many areas of our society. Will it ever totally disappear? The grief had no yet subsided when we got hit with a totally different controversy as the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across all 50 states. Again we are in the midst of a national discussion of the merits and meaning of this landmark decision. On one hand, the decision is not that surprising. After all, over 30 States had already approved same-sex marriage in their local domain. We also know the statistics that over 60% of American citizens now approve such unions. Most of the Jewish community (including us Messianic Jews) appreciates the protections granted to USA minorities. Every Passover we recall the time when we ourselves were oppressed and our call as a people to always help the less fortunate. Social Justice is not just a goal but it a Jewish value in our DNA. But what happens when the seemingly “rights” of others contradict our Jewish tradition found in the Tanakh/Hebrew Scriptures? Are these two entities mutually exclusive or can they co-exist?

Just for the record, it is abundantly clear that the Scriptures uphold marriage as the unique, spiritual union between one man and one woman. As Yeshua was one day questioned by some rabbis about his view on marriage and divorce, he responded by quoting the Torah:

“Have you not read that the One who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female’ [Gen. 1:27], and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’ [Gen.2:24]? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matt 19:3-6)

Our nation is understandably focused on the need for equal civil rights and social justice. Our American culture (whatever that is?) has moved towards civil protections of the LGBT community. It might

surprise some to hear that many of us in the religious community are actually supportive of such protections. But now we come to a challenging new dilemma: Will the larger community stand up for the civil rights of the religious community? Will the Jewish and Christian communities be forced to adapt to a definition that contradicts our Sacred Scripture? As a Messianic Rabbi, I can accept that the non-religious American society will follow the shifting sands of cultural values. The LGBT community is free to do whatever they want, although they (like all of us) should keep in mind that every person will someday give account for our choices before the One who created us.

Many believers seem to be shocked and dismayed at the current state of these events. We may be part of the 40% who disagree with Court’s definition of marriage. Of course, even the Justices of the Court were split on this new decision. But is it so surprising? In fact, Bible believers have been down this road many times in the past. Moses in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, Rabbi Shaul in Rome….they all faced a tidal wave of cultural correctness and even full on paganism that opposed their religious values. It didn’t seem to stop their faith in God and His Word. In fact, even in the midst of such opposition the religious movements of these men survived…and even thrived! Maybe all this is actually a good test from above. Will it be the culture of the world or the Torah? Can we uphold the truth in a spirit of Messiah’s love for all people? Some will be tempted to curse the darkness. I say it is a great opportunity to light a candle.

Upcoming Events

July 2, Thursday, 2:00-3:30pm. A Music and Dance Teams at SD County Fair. Zemer Yeshua and Nagila B’ariel will give a special program in this open air concert at this large public venue! Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event.

July 11, Saturday, 7pm. KOS Messianic Coffee House (Jazz Night) ! Kafe On A Shtick…. Enjoy some good entertainment and a tasty nosh with a Messianic flair. It’s a place to experience some creative arts, gather with friends and have fun. At the Kehilat Ariel Social Hall. See ya then! Talk to Carrie Paraiso and check out www.planetbubble.org or 619-504-7311.

July 16-19, UMJC International Conference in Baltimore. Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this annual event. The theme is “Tzedik—Pursuing Social Justice” and there will be educational workshops, worship concerts with Judah and Jen Morrison and inspiring Shabbat services. More info and registration at umjc.org.

July 24, Friday, 5pm- Sunset. Shabbat at the Shores. Invite your friends to 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 25, Saturday, 1pm. Mid-Year Congregational Meeting. We will be electing our new Board of Directors at this Oneg Luncheon hosted by our Youth Group to raise funds for their summer camp. KA members please make this a priority.

August 21, Friday, 5pm- Sunset. Shabbat at the Shores. Invite your friends to 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!

August 30, Sunday, 11am-5pm. SD Messianic Community Picnic. We will have our annual get-together with Tree of Life Congregation and other Jewish organizations for a time of food, fellowship and games. Meeting at De Anza Cove on Mission Bay. Bring your picnic lunch, chair and your family for this fun event.

September 4-7, Friday – Monday. Dor Segulah/UMJC Regional Youth Camp in San Bernardino Mountains. Make sure your teen attends this great gathering of youth from several SoCal synagogues. Lots of fun and adventure (can you say Paintball?) plus Bible studies and Shabbat services in God’s nature. Still a few spaces available. Contact Michael and Jeannie Stinton for details.

May 2016 Mission to Israel– Start saving your shekels now for this opportunity to personally experience the land of Israel from a Messianic perspective. A very special benefit is our licensed tour guide – a Messianic Rabbi who has lived in Israel for 20 years! We will visit the Western Wall, the Sea of Galilee, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and more. We are also developing a Humanitarian Option for those visitors that are interested in donating some of the time to volunteer in Israel. The dates of trip are May 29-Jun 8, 2016. To add your name to the interest list and for more information email KA2Israel2016@gmail.com or call the KA office 858-490-4355. Next year in Jerusalem!

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 “Habakkuk—Embracing God” which is a Jewish study of this vital prophet and the applications to our own day.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

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. Current class in an in depth study “Messianic Judaism in the Talmud.” Taught by Rabbi Kasdan, this course will be a unique study on what the classical rabbis said about Yeshua and the early Messianic Jews. We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses. Come out and grow in your Jewish roots!

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group: Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study in Genesis from 7:00-8:30pm. Connect with other messianic youth! ** Call Michael and Jeannie, 619-562-8688, for more details.

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha in one year. Currently in Bemidbar/Numbers. 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 and edcuational 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.

KA Leadership

KA Zekeynim/Elders Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas Elliot Klayman, Alice Hoover, Anita Hill, Eddie Niewald, Lynn Migdal

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay  Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace Rene Wallace

Marco Martinez Mauxi Martinez

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin Facebook: Gabe Pacheco

Facilities: Jim Scarborough International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald

Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink Office: Jan Folb

Oneg: Devorah Montelongo Prayer: Patty Kolb

Resource Center: Amy Todd 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

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.

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

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

NEW! 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, Allen and Pat Levy Andrews, every Fri, 6pm.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked 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 Messianic Jewish Family Bible! Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

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

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

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 31, Number 5         May/June 2015           Iyar/Sivan 5775

 

**Shavuot Service, May 23

**New Messianic Coffee House opens June 6

**KA Music/Dance Team at SD County Fair, July 2

 

 

When We Dance

   By Sue Rubin (KA Dance Coordinator)

 

When we dance we take every thought captive, we love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, soul and strength.

When we dance we keep our eyes on you, your eyes are the only ones that matter, Father, you know the thoughts and intents of our hearts.

When we dance we hear the sounds of your creation, the music of every living thing, you take delight in all you have made, you are God over all the earth.

When we dance our arms reach high to praise you, draw us close to you and fill us with your Ruach HaKodesh, let us worship you in spirit and in truth.

When we dance we twirl without fear, we know you are always there; you will never leave us or forsake us, you have gone to prepare a place for us that we may always be with you.

When we dance we leap for joy at your blessings, you fill our cups to overflowing, you give us a future and a hope.

When we dance let every movement that we make point toward your great love; there is no greater love than this; that one lay down his life for his friend. Yeshua, you have called us friends and we exalt your Holy name!

 

Upcoming Events

May 23, 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!  Remember to bring your UMJC Omer Offering to support the work of Messianic Judaism here and internationally.   Prayer Guides for the 50 Day Omer are at umjc.org.

June 6, Saturday, 10:30am.  Shabbat Service with special Beta Yisrael Ethiopian  Speaker.  Messianic Rabbi Kokeb Gedamu will be sharing a report from his recent trip to his homeland.  Come hear what God is doing in Ethiopia among the Jewish tribe.

June 6, New Messianic Coffee House opens!  Kafe On A Shtick. Enjoy some good entertainment and some tasty nosh with a Messianic flair. Oy Vey! It’s a place to experience some creative arts, gather with friends & have fun. We are gathering at the newly designed Music Room at Kehilat Ariel. See ya then! Talk to Carrie Paraiso and check out www.planetbubble.org or call her at 619.504.7311.

June 19, 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 2, Thursday, 2:00-3:30pm.  KA Music and Dance Teams at SD County Fair.  Zemer Yeshua and Nagila B’ariel will give a special program in this open air concert at this large public venue!   Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event.

July 16-19, UMJC International Conference in Baltimore.  Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this annual event.  The theme is “Tzedik—Pursuing Social Justice” and there will be educational workshops, worship concerts with Judah and Jen Morrison and inspiring Shabbat services.  More info and registration at umjc.org.

July 24, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Continue the summer season with another 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!

 May 2016 Mission to Israel. Start saving your shekels now for this opportunity to personally experience the land of Israel from a Messianic perspective. A very special benefit is our tour guide – a Messianic Rabbi who has lived in Israel for 20 years. We will visit the Western Wall, the Sea of Galilee, Qumran and  the Dead Sea Scrolls, and more. We are also developing a Humanitarian Option for those visitors that are interested in donating some of the time to volunteer in Israel. The dates of the trip are May 29-June 8, 2016. To add your name to the interest list & for more information email KA2Israel2016@gmail.com or call the KA office at 858.490.4355.

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 “The 13 Middot—What is God Like?” which is an Jewish study of the attributes of God.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

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.  Current class in an in depth study “Jewish Apologetics—Answering Jewish Objections to Yeshua.”  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan, this course will take a fresh look at some of the reasons we believe Yeshua is the Promised One.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  Come out and grow in your Jewish roots!

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm.  Connect with other messianic youth!

**Saturday, May 30 – ATF reunion! We will join Beth Shalom in La Jolla in the afternoon for a time of fellowship then we will convene at KA where Bread of Life youth will also join us for dinner (5:30/$2 per person) and fellowship followed by worship and a time of sharing.  Call Michael and Jeannie, 619-562-8688, for more details.

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha 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.  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 and edcuational 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.

 

 

KA Leadership

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                          Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas              Elliot Klayman, Alice Hoover, Anita Hill,

Eddie Niewald, Lynn Migdal

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                  Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                           Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                     Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                               Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                             Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                             Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                 Rene Wallace

Marco Martinez                                                           Mauxi Martinez

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)

**NEW! Rancho Bernardo, Bob & Jeanette Haas, 1st & 3rd Weds, 7pm.

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.

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

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera, every Weds, 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, Allen and Pat Levy Andrews, every Fri, 6pm.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked 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 Messianic Jewish Family Bible!  Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

 

Donate

 If you would like to send 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

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 

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 31, Number 4         March/April 2015            Adar/Nisan  5775

 

**Purim Celebration, March 5, 7pm.

**Men’s Retreat at Camp Mountain Chai, March 6-8

**Passover Seder, April 4, 6:30pm

  

Purim and Bibi Addresses Congress?

 By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

In the late winter, we come to one of the most unusual holidays on the Jewish calendar called Purim.  Even the name itself reminds us of some of the strange details of this ancient observance.  “Purim”, translated lots or dice, commemorates the day of deliverance in ancient Persia/modern Iran.  You remember the story…it was at this time of year that a wicked tyrant by the name of Haman (boo!) cast the lots to appoint the day of destruction for the Jews in the ancient land of Persia (modern Iran).  You see, this guy had a problem with Jews.  There was a certain Jew by the name of Mordechai (yea!) who refused to bow before this pagan government ruler.  What started as a personal offense against one Jew soon turned into a national vendetta as Haman vented against all Jews in the land.  For his argument, Haman used some classic anti-Semitic sentiments as he tries to persuade the King:

“There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people, and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain”  (Esther 3:8).

Not exactly a time of pluralism and tolerance in Persia!  Haman figured if he didn’t anger the King by pointing out the religious differences of Judaism, he could get to the Jews by accusing them of being unpatriotic.  He seemed to be getting the ear of King Ahasuerus when something amazing happened.  A plot was uncovered where some rebels were going to overthrow the King.  Curiously, the person who overheard the plot and exposed it turned out to be the “unpatriotic” Jew named Mordechai!  Obviously, events had turned in favor of the Jewish community just as it all seemed so dark.  Some would call this a coincidence, but to any Bible believer, there is no such thing as that.  It has been said that a coincidence is where G-d does a miracle but chooses to remain anonymous.  That saying would be a good theme statement for the entire holiday of Purim.  The Book of Esther is the one scroll of the entire Bible where the name “God” is not even in the text.  Yet, the presence of our Heavenly Father is seen clearly to those who have eyes to see.  Even in those dark days of ancient capital of Shushan, God arranges for Mordechai to be at the right place at the right time.  But that was not enough.  How could Mordechai get the attention of the pagan King?   We could also look at the “coincidence” of a Jewish girl winning the Miss Shushan Beauty Contest to become part of the King’s court.  This girl by the name of Esther also happens to be the cousin of Mordechai.  The coincidences are beginning to add up!  The Scroll of Esther retells the story of the ultimate deliverance of all the Jewish community in those days.

Every year at this time we are reminded of some of these vital lessons of Purim.  We celebrate by joyously retelling the events of our deliverance from ancient tyrants.  Yet, the same G-d of our fathers, the G-d of Mordechai and Esther, lives today as well.  Purim is more than just a fun costume party and hamentashen.  All of these customs are to remind us of our Father who still keeps His covenant today.  This is great news for our people Israel!  At a time when our people in the Land (and even worldwide) are faced with some renewed fears of anti-Semitism, Purim should speak to us loud and clear.  There are still the Hamans of the world (even one former President of Iran/Persia) seeking the destruction of the covenant people.  Is it another coincidence that the Prime Minister of Israel is addressing the U.S. Congress about the dangers of modern Persia/Iran this very week of Purim?!  Jewish history has a weird way of repeating itself…which is a good thing.  Purim is a time of joy as we recount the deliverance of that past generation.  How timely it is that Purim 5775 comes even as many are standing against modern Israel.  Yet, that is the very point of the holy day.  It is the same G-d who remembers His covenant and will complete His promise of Israel’s ultimate redemption. 

“So these days were to be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation, every family, every province and every city; and these days of Purim were not to fail from among the Jews, or their memory fade from their descendants” [Esther 9:28].  This year, let’s remember because God is still faithful.  Chag sameyach!   Happy Purim!

 

Upcoming Events

March 5  Thursday, 7:00 pm. Purim Celebration. Come dressed in costume as we celebrate the story of Esther.  There will be the reading of the megillah and joyful music as we remember God’s faithfulness to our people.  In the spirit of Shlach Manot, please bring a non-perishable food item as we bless Jewish Family Service.

March 6-8  Friday-Sunday, KA Men’s Retreat at Camp Mountain ChaiAll men are invited to this great gathering in the San Bernardino mountains at this Jewish retreat center.  Shabbat services, special workshops and plenty of free time for hiking, basketball, etc.  Registration is $120 which includes 2 nights lodging and 5 kosher meals.  Sign up in the lobby and get to know your brothers!   Call our office for more info.   2 spots still available!

April 4, Saturday, 6:30 pm. KA Passover Seder –  at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley. Make your reservation now for our annual celebration and be thinking of friends to invite to this unique service. We will read through the traditional Hagadah with lots of holiday music and folkdance.  $55 for adults, $25 for kids under 12.  Call our office for tickets or purchase on our website. Come celebrate the feast of our redemption!

April 5, Sunday, 8:00 pm. Bikkurim Service (Resurrection of Messiah on the third day of Passover) Join us for this time of praise as we celebrate this biblical holy day in the context of our faith in Messiah.

April 18, Saturday, 10:30 am. Yom Hashoah Service. Join us as we remember the lessons of the Holocaust with a special candle-lighting program.

 

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 “The 13 Midot—What is God Like?” which is an Jewish study of the attributes of God.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which 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 upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!

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.  Current class in an in depth study “The Jewish Context of the Book of Acts.”  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan, this course will take a fresh look at the early Yeshua movement and how it spread in the Jewish community and the non-Jewish world.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  Come out and grow in your Jewish roots!

“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group:  Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm.  Connect with other messianic youth!

“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the Torah class will take you through the parasha 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 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 and edcuational 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.

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                 Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas              Elliot Klayman, Alice Hoover, Anita Hill, Eddie

                                                                                                       Niewald, Lynn Migdal

                                                                                                   

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                  Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                         Donna Jacobson

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                  Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                               Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                           Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                           Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                 Rene Wallace

Marco Martinez                                                          Mauxi Martiniz

Committee Coordinators

Audio: Gabe Pacheco                                                  CD Duplication: Luis Garibay

Dance: Sue Rubin                                                         Facilities: Jim Scarborough

International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald                Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink

Office: Jan Folb                                                            Oneg: Devorah 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              

            

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.

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

Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera,  every Weds, 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.

Tijuana, BC, 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 KA Mayim Chayim Resource Center is stocked with Judaica art, holiday items, new music and a variety of books on Jewish studies.  Want to know more about the upcoming Jewish holidays?  Check out Rabbi Barney’s book “God’s Appointed Times”, a very practical guide published by Messianic Jewish Publishers.  Call our office for order information or an appointment if you wish to stop by.

 

Donate

 If you would like to send 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

P.O. Box 178755

San Diego, CA 92177

 

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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