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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 33, Number 6         July/August  2017          Tamuz/Av  5777

 

**Holocaust Survivor Ruth Sax speaking at KA, July 1

**KA Jewish Day Camp for kids, July 18-20

**KOS Café Arts under the Stars, July 22

**Shabbat @ the Shores, August 25

 

 

Holy Cow!

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

If you keep up on the news in Israel, you know that there can be some “very unusual” reports.  A few years ago, one such report caused quite a stir. I am referring to the mysterious and controversial “Parah Adumah” (red cow) that was reportedly born on an Orthodox kibbutz, Kfar Hassidim, near Haifa. Why all the excitement from both the Jewish and Christian communities? We must turn back to the Torah, Numbers 19:1-22, to see the uniqueness of this sacrifice as stipulated by G-d himself:

“Then the L-rd spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, This is the statute of the law which the L-rd has commanded, saying ‘Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect, and on which a yoke has never been placed. And you shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence…Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight” v.1-5.

Among the unusual characteristics of this sacrifice, we find that this is the only one that must be a particular color. Likewise, of all the sacrifices of the Torah, this is the only one that had to be performed outside the camp instead of on the altar. These things alone would be enough to grab our attention, yet there is more.

“Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place, and the congregation of the sons of Israel shall keep it as water to remove impurity; it is purification from sin” v.9.

Oddly enough, this is the only sacrifice where G-d commands that the ashes of the burnt animal be kept. And this was for a unique purpose as the parah adumah was the key sacrifice for purifying the priesthood and their sacred utensils from sin and uncleanliness. As the Passover lamb was essential to bring our people into covenant relationship with our Heavenly Father, the red heifer was that which kept us cleansed in our service to HaShem. Rabbis and scholars have been somewhat mystified by this unique sacrifice throughout the ages. One statement in the rabbinic commentaries states that even “Solomon was wiser than all men, but when he came to the section of the Parah Adumah he admitted, “I said, I will get wisdom, but it was far from me” (Kohelet Raba 7:23). Rashi, one of the greatest commentators ever, admitted that is was something he could never understand. Yet, the importance of the red heifer is emphasized not only in the Torah but in 12 chapters of the Mishna (an entire tratate called Parah) which are devoted to this strange ritual! No wonder there has been considerable excitement over the birth of this new red heifer in Israel. Some of the Orthodox see it as the vital link to start up the Temple sacrifices and the priesthood once again. In our Israel trip last March, we visited the Temple Institute where most of the instruments and clothing for the priests have already been produced according to the mandate of the Torah and the Talmud. Many of the Orthodox have stated that these things cannot be used until the Temple is rebuilt and the ashes of a perfect parah adumah are found to cleanse the utensils.

Before we all get too carried away in the excitement, we should note some glitches that arose. The red heifer of the kibbutz came into question as to its kosher status. You see, they have discovered at least three white hairs on its tail which would disqualify it. There are also many people who fear this animal will be a ticking time bomb for Israel as some fanatics may try to seize the Temple Mount in order to build the Temple. If nothing else, all this reminds us that life is never dull in Israel, even when it comes to the cows!

While many seem to be caught up in the recent commotion, a question is posed to those of us, Jews and Gentiles, who believe in Yeshua as the Messiah. What does all this mean to us? On the one hand, I am sure many believers are also excited that things keep moving closer to the end of the present age. As we see some of these events of the Scriptures come into focus, we realize anew that Mashiach is coming! Yet, I believe we miss an important point if we feel the need for a red heifer in order to be cleansed before G-d. In fact, such excitement about the parah adumah seems to imply that Yeshua is not the Messiah and that we must have the cleansing of our sins through the sacrifices of the rebuilt Temple. The New Covenant scriptures remind us of the opposite truth; namely, that Yeshua himself fulfilled the ministry of the parah adumah in his first coming to Jerusalem. Significantly, it is the letter written to the Jewish believers of the first century that states:

For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to G-d, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living G-d? (Hebrews 9:13-14)

Indeed, the death of Yeshua as our Messiah is a beautiful fulfillment of the symbolism associated with the parah adumah. He was without defect (sin). Like the red heifer, Yeshua’s death took place outside the camp. The ongoing effect of his sacrifice, similar to the ashes of the heifer, cleanses his people for priestly service. As interesting as all the recent events are, it seems Messianic believers have even a better reason to be excited. Instead of getting caught up in the “holy cow”, I hope we are more caught up in the “holy Mashiach”! Are you ready for His return? Are you fulfilling your calling as a priest cleansed to serve the Living G-d?

Upcoming Events

June 30, 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 1, Saturday, 10:30am. Holocaust Survivor Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax at KA.  Don’t miss this special Shabbat as Ruth shares her eyewitness account of surviving Theresienstadt and Auschwitz.  Her new written biography will also be available.  Invite a friend who needs to her this inspirational true story.

July 4, Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm.  KA Music and Dance Teams at SD County Fair.  Zemer 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.

July 8, Saturday, 1pm.  Mid-Year Congregational Meeting.  We will be electing our new Board of Directors at this Oneg Luncheon hosted by our Youth Group.  We will also have a confirmation vote for new Elders: Elliot Klayman and Tovik Liberman.  KA members please make this a priority.

July 12-15  Thursday-Sunday, UMJC International Conference in Chicago.  Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this amazing event.  There will be educational workshops, worship concerts with a variety of artists and inspiring Shabbat services. More info and registration at umjc.org.

July 18-20 Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm. KA Messianic Jewish Day Camp.   This great event is for all kids and youth (grades K-12). There will be Bible study, Jewish studies, Hebrew and some fun outings. Even an afternoon Surf Camp with the Rabbi! $49 fee and contact Coordinator Liz Kasdan for details. All welcome and invite a Jewish friend!

July 22, Saturday, 6:00pm.  KOS Café. Kaffe on a Shtick is having a worship/arts under the stars on the KA patio.  Music, dance, poetry, painting and food.  Free admission and nosh can be purchased.

August 25, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Welcome in the Sabbath 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!

 Weekly Services

 

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

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

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   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 9-week class, “The Jewish Context of the Book of Hebrews” begins May 2 taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  This will be an in depth study of this intriguing New Testament book.  We also 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 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, 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 and Elva Mendez

Security: Gabe Pacheco                                              Prayer:

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, TBD

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

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

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

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

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

Sisterhood, bi-monthly meeting and Shabbat luncheon.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Donate

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

 

Kehilat Ariel

5185 Acuna Street

San Diego, CA 92117

 

New phone:  858-430-6433

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 33, Number 5         May/June  2017          Iyar/Sivan  5777

 

**Israel Fest San Diego, May 21

**Free Concert with Israeli Band Miqedem, May 26

**Holocaust Survivor Ruth Sax speaking at KA, June 24

**UMJC International Conference in Chicago, July 12-15

 

Remembering Our Vows at Shavuot

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

36 years ago my wife, Liz Kaye, and I stood under the Chuppah as we were married at the LA Athletic Club. No, we didn’t bring our tennis rackets. But as a part of our traditional yet Messianic ceremony, we filled out a traditional Ketubah (wedding contract). Throughout Jewish history, the Ketubah has been an important statement of the conditions and agreements between the husband and wife. The beautiful contract still hangs on our living room wall as a reminder of the vows which we took in 1981.

Every year in the late spring I am also reminded of another important wedding anniversary. This one is celebrated in the holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost in Greek) which is the time when the marriage took place between G-d and His people Israel. You remember the history. At Passover we recount the redemption from the slavery of Egypt. Yet this nation of former slaves was taken into the wilderness on their way to the promised land. Unfortuately, it was a bit of a detour in the Sinai for various reasons. However, it was just 50 days after the first Passover that the people found themselves at the foot of Mount Sinai. Moshe ascended the cloud-covered mountain (reminiscent of a chuppah) and received the divine revelation of the Torah from the very presence of G-d. As with the Jewish wedding ceremony, the written words of Torah could rightly picture the Ketubah between the groom (G-d) and the bride (Israel). Likewise, there was a public statement of marriage at that time as the bride responded “na’aseh v’nishmah” (All that the L-rd has spoken, we will do) cf. Shmot/Exodus 19:8. This was perhaps the most powerful “I do” in history! From that time of Shavuot one could say that our people entered into a sanctified relationship with the Holy One. Of course this marriage, like most, has had its ups and downs. Even at some stages of the last 3500 years it seemed that divorce was inevitable. But by G-d’s grace, He has never cancelled the Ketubah with Israel as the New Testament verifies.  Rabbi Shaul put it this way as he speaks of Israel and the Jewish people:  “The gifts and callings of God are irrevocable” (cf. Romans 11:29). It should be noted that while G-d has never forsaken his people, the door has been opened to others beyond Israel to also enter this personal marriage relationship with our Groom. For those of us who believe in Yeshua as G-d’s Messiah, it is quite fitting that He is called the groom for all true believers, Jew or non-Jew. How perfect is the symbolism as we see Yeshua lifting the cup of the New Covenant as if to enter into the betrothal stage of the marriage with his disciples at that last meal together.

This is where we stand at this point of history. G-d entered into the marriage with all the people who said “I do” on that first Shavuot. How appropriate it is to look at this holiday as the spiritual anniversary for all who have said “I do” to the great bridegroom, Messiah Yeshua. As with our earthly anniversaries, it seems that Shavuot is the perfect time to consider our original vows (as found in the Holy Scriptures) and to prayerfully evaluate them. G-d has certainly fulfilled his part of the contract. How do you measure up to those vows of the Ketubah on this upcoming anniversary on May 30?  Chag Shavuot semayach!

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

May 21, Sunday, 12-5pm. Israel Fest & 5K Friendship Walk. Celebrate the Israel’s 69th Birthday with our wider Jewish community at SD Jewish Academy, 11860 Carmel Creek Rd., SD. Registration & Friendship Walk are 12-2pm. Join our team in Friendship of some special needs kids. Israel Fest, 2:30-6:30pm with music, Israeli folk dance, kosher food, vendors and entertainers galore.  Am Yisrael Chai!

May 26, Friday, 7:30pm.  Free Concert with Israeli Band Miqedem. Join us for these lively recording artists of messianic Israelis from Jerusalem.  They will share a full concert including original songs from their latest CD.  Everyone invited and bring an Israeli friend!   Free concert, love offering received.  .

May 30, Tuesday, 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.

June 11, Sunday, 11am-5pm.  Messianic West Regional Picnic.    This year the event is a Regional Gathering which will include messianics from 12 UMJC congregations, several MJAA congregations as well as KA and Tree of Life Congregation and other Jewish organizations.  A great time of food, fellowship, Israeli folkdance and games.  Meeting at De Anza Cove on Mission Bay.  Bring your picnic lunch, chair and your family for this fun event!

June 30, 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!

June 24, Saturday, 10:30am. Holocaust Survivor Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax at KA.  Don’t miss this special Shabbat as Ruth shares her eyewitness account of surviving Theresienstadt and Auschwitz.  Her new written biography will also be available.  Invite a friend who needs to her this inspirational true story.

July 4, Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm.  KA Music and Dance Teams at SD County Fair.  Zemer 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.

July 12-15  Thursday-Sunday, UMJC International Conference in Chicago.  Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this amazing event.  There will be educational workshops, worship concerts with a variety of artists and inspiring Shabbat services. More info and registration at umjc.org.

 

Weekly Services

 

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

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

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   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 9-week class, “The Jewish Context of the Book of Hebrews” begins May 2 taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  This will be an in depth study of this intriguing New Testament book.  We also 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 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, 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 and Elva Mendez

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.

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

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

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

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

Sisterhood, bi-monthly meeting and Shabbat luncheon.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Donate

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

 

Kehilat Ariel

5185 Acuna Street

San Diego, CA 92117

 

New phone:  858-430-6433

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 33, Number 4         March/April  2017          Adar/Nissan  5777

 

**First Shabbat Service at the new KA,  March 11

**Public Torah Processional, March 5

**KA Community Seder, April 10

   

Shalom Kehilat Ariel family and friends:

The Mishkan is on the move!

The blessings continue to flow as Kehilat Ariel is hosting its first Shabbat service at our new property on March 11, 10:30am.   As the photos testify, many volunteers and contractors have been busy preparing our new synagogue with all aspects from packing, moving, painting, tile, audio/visual etc.   It is looking wonderful and the big projects will be mostly completed by next week.  Of course it is through God’s blessing and your generous Mishkan offerings that this new property is purchased and renovated for the glory of our Messiah Yeshua.  It is such a mechayah/pleasure to see so many people working together to joyfully create the first-ever Messianic synagogue property in San Diego! 

If you have not yet contributed to the cause, there is still a need for some extra funds for renovations and furnishings.  Would you prayerfully consider a generous gift to support our ministry as we continue to build a synagogue for Yeshua within the Jewish community?  Checks can be mailed to:

Kehilat Ariel

5185 Acuna St.

San Diego, CA 92117   —     Or directly on our website “Donate” button or at PayPal.Me/KehilatAriel    

NEW PHONE: 858.430.6433

 

Many thanks and may God return the blessing to you (Genesis 12:3)!     We hope to see you at our first Shabbat service,   Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

PS- You are also invited to join us for a joyous Torah Processional as we march the scrolls from our old home (3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd) to our new shul (5185 Acuna Street, 92117).  This will be this Sunday, March 5, 12:00 noon starting at our old location and proceeding 2.7 miles to our new home.   You can either park at our new location and catch a car shuttle or park on the street by the old location for the start.   Since the First Baptist Church is meeting at that time, please do not use their parking lots.   All walkers and leashed dogs welcomed for this historic procession!  Kadima b’Yeshua/Moving forward in Yeshua!

  

Upcoming Events

March 5  Sunday, 12:00 noon. Public Torah Processional.  Check the info in the above article.

March 11  Saturday, 10:30am. Dedication First Shabbat.  Check the info in the above article.

 March 11  Saturday, 7:00 pm. Purim Celebration.  The simchah of the day continues!   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.  What a perfect time to celebrate God’s faithfulness to KA and to us personally!  In the spirit of Shlach Manot, please bring a non-perishable food item as we bless Jewish Family Service.

 March 25  Saturday, 10:30 am. Israel speaker.  Special speaker (and former KA member) Steve Wearp will be sharing about their ministry work in Judea and Samaria (West Bank).  He will especially be addressing the problems of the BDS movement and the real life situations on the ground.

 April 10, Monday, 6:30 pm. KA Passover Seder –  At the Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive 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, $27 for kids under 12.  Call our office for tickets. Come celebrate the feast of our redemption!

April 12, Sunday, 7:00 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 22, Saturday, 10:30 am. Yom Hashoah Service. Join us as we remember the lessons of the Holocaust with a special candle-lighting program.  We will also hear a special testimony from a survivor and eyewitness.

July 12-15  Thursday-Sunday, UMJC International Conference in Chicago.  Join hundreds of messianic believers from all over the globe for this amazing event.  There will be educational workshops, worship concerts with a variety of artists and inspiring Shabbat services. More info and registration at umjc.org.

 Weekly Services

 

Shabbat Morning Services: at 5185 Acuna Street., in Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “Biblical Archaeology—The Stones Cry Out.”  This series will take a deeper look at some of the amazing recent discoveries in the Middle East and what they tell us about the Bible, both Tanakh and New Covenant.   Children’s Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes (Nursery through College) that include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.

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

 

Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:   Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30pm in the Social Hall. New 7-week class, “Intro to Judaism” on March 14 taught by Rabbi Barney Kasdan.  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 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 bi-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/Elva Mendez 

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.

College/Young Adult, Eric Tauber, during Shabbat School.

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.

Young Adult Midrash, Eric Tauber, every Shabbat, 11:50am at KA

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 Complete Jewish Study 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

5185 Acuna St.

San Diego, CA 92117

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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.  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 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!)

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 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)

 

 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 3         January/February 2015            Tevet/Shevat  5775

 

**Free Beginning Hebrew Class starts Jan.24

**Tu B’shvat Family Hike, Feb.1

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

 

Tu B’shvat—Jewish Lessons from the Trees

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

A beautiful reality about Jewish tradition and customs is that it is usually very connected to our everyday life. Our faith is not just doctrine to adhere to but also something to see (fringes), hear (shofar) and even taste (matzah). The lesser known holiday of Tu B’shvat likewise fits this model. Since it falls in the middle of winter (this year on Feb.4), it does not receive the emphasis as the Torah mandated holy days like Passover and Sukkot. Its name is derived from the date of the Jewish calendar as it occurs on the 15th day of the month Shevet, “Tu” being the Hebrew numerical value for 15. It is said in the Talmud that there are four new years for Israel: 1st of Nisan, 1st of Elul, 1st of Tishrei and the 15th of Shevet. While the first three have themes revolving around the holy days of Passover and Rosh Hashanah, Tu B’shvat is said to be the new year for trees. Traditionally, this was the time when the blossoms of the trees were counted and the fruit tithe was calculated for the upcoming year. So important was this time that the Mishna designates Tu B’shvat as “Rosh Hashana l’elanot” or a new year for trees (Tractate Rosh Hashana 1:1). Since the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, the practical tithe element has, of course, fallen into disuse. However, the general themes of Tu B’shvat are still very applicable in our day. With the renewed emphasis on respect for the environment in our generation (going green, anyone?), a holiday that focuses on trees should fit quite nicely. Too often even believers take the beauty of the natural world for granted. It seems fitting to have a holiday where we can thank God for his creation and his provision through the fruit of the natural world. An old custom is being renewed in our day as some people are holding Tu B’shvat seders. This is a meal where 15 different kinds of fruit are tasted as we acknowledge the One who is the Creator of all. No wonder that the 15th of Shevet has also become a time to plant new trees in our communities and especially in the renewed land of Israel. It is also a good Jewish tradition to take a hike around Tu B’shvat in order to connect firsthand with God’s handiwork (join the KA outing on Feb.1).Though often taken for granted, trees are a wonderful symbol of life, protection and fruitfulness for which we can all give thanks.

For Messianic Jews and all believers in the New Covenant, there is an extra spiritual lesson to be gleaned from the holiday of Tu B’shvat. An important symbol of our people Israel is that of a tree, as it is written, “The Lord called your name, a green olive tree, beautiful in fruit and form” (Jeremiah 11:16). The prophet goes on to speak with great grief about the imminent destruction of the olive tree in his generation with the coming Babylonian armies. That would be sad news if that was where the story stopped. However, Jeremiah gives many assuring prophecies of the later restoration of the olive tree. Rabbi Shaul picks up on this idea in his writings to the followers of Yeshua in the city of Rome where he confirms that God is restoring the olive tree through Messiah’s work. Natural branches are coming back to life as Jews receive the final revelation of God in Yeshua. What is perhaps more incredible is that many “wild branches” (non-Jews) are also being grafted into the olive tree of Israel’s faith as they too follow Messiah (Romans 11:17). I like to think of Messianic Judaism not as a “new religion” but as the re-sprouting of the ancient olive tree. Yeshua as the Mashiach is simply the last piece of the puzzle. Tu B’shvat is a time of renewal and hope. As we understand and celebrate this day, may we rejoice in the greatest symbol of hope in our day– the renewed olive tree in our midst.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

Jan 6-Feb 10  Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm.  MJTI Course “Holocaust Studies—This new course will explore many of the questions concerning this troubling time of history.  Taught by Rabbi Elliot Klayman.  See details below.

Jan 24  Saturday, 1:30-2:30pm.  Beginning Hebrew–  Learn the language of the Scriptures in this 7-week course taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  The free class will meet in the Social Hall after services.  All adults and kids encouraged to attend.  If not now, when?

Feb 1  Sunday, 9:00am-noon. Tu B’shvat Family Hike at San Elijo Lagoon in Cardiff.  Bring water and a nosh as we celebrate the Torah holiday for trees. Easy 2-mile hike starts at the north end of N. Rios Ave in Solana Beach at 9:00am.  Bring the whole family and your leashed dog!

Feb 7  Saturday, 1:15 pm. KA Congregational Meeting following Shabbat Service. We will receive various reports from the committees and approve our 2015 budget. Make it a priority to attend. Youth hosted Oneg luncheon.

Feb 13-15  Friday-Sunday, MJAA Southwest Regional Conference— at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, CA. Worship services, seminars by many outstanding teachers (including our own Rabbi Barney).  Also concert by Paul Wilbur.  More information at mjaa.org.

March 6-8  Friday-Sunday, KA Men’s Retreat at Camp Mountain Chai—All 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.  Early registration is only $120 which includes 2 nights lodging and 5 kosher meals.  Sign up in the lobby and get to know your brothers!   Talk to James Lazar for more info.

 

 

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 “Paul—The Misunderstood Rabbi” which is an in-depth study of the Apostle in his Jewish and rabbinic context.

Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Pre-School  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 6-week class starting Jan.6, taught by Rabbi Elliot Klayman: “Holocaust Studies” which is a detailed study of this important time of Jewish history.  Explore some deeper questions such as the responses of the Christian world and the American Jewish community.  Also the biggest question: Where was God?  $99 per student as this is a MJTI Foundations Course.  Course can also be taken online from any computer at your convenience!  Sign up at mjti.org or show up at class.  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,

Lynn Migdal, 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

 

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 Jewish Jesus?  Check out Rabbi Barney’s latest book “Matthew Presents Yeshua, King Messiah”, a 400-page commentary 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)

 

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

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 31, Number 2         November/December 2014            Cheshvan/Kislev  5775

 

**UMJC Messianic Conference in Las Vegas, Nov.7-9

**KA 33rd Anniversary Celebration, Nov.22

**Kid’s Hebrew School, new semester Dec.6

 

 

Avodah- A Messianic Approach to Liturgy

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

          We seem to live in a generation which prides itself in its self-sufficiency. Whatever looks good to the individual; whatever spontaneous response comes from my feelings; this has tended to be the response in our post-modern society.

          It is not surprising that many of these same values have carried over into our modern approach to worship. While there is certainly a proper place for individuality and spontaneity in worship, it seems there is a potential for some blind spots as well. I have met a number of believers who resist any liturgical format because it is too “structured”. But I wonder if such people don’t miss a rich element in the larger picture of worship.

Perhaps we should first ask “what is liturgy?” The biblical word is derived from two greek words; “laos” meaning people, and “ergon” meaning work. A common Hebrew term that is similar is “avodah” which means service. It was the term applied to the priesthood as they served in the Temple. All this gives us an insight into how G-d defines worship through liturgy – worship is not a performance that we observe, but a service that we do! And it may surprise some people how often worship through a structured liturgy is mentioned in the Scriptures.

          In the Temple period, many special readings and liturgical meditations developed as an expression of Jewish worship. Even hundreds of years before the coming of Yeshua certain prayers were common; the Shema (Duet 6:4-9), the Amidah (18 benedictions, later changed to 19 because of the early Messianic Jews…but that’s another story!) and some scholars even believe such prayers as the Kaddish and the Aleinu were intact before the first century as well. Of course, we should not overlook the Psalms, the longest book of the Bible, which in essence is a book of liturgy! The fact that all these prayers were used and continue in the modern synagogue is common knowledge to anyone aware of Jewish tradition.

          Did Yeshua and his early Jewish disciples reject this mode of worship? Judge for yourself. Yeshua consistently attended synagogue and the Temple (John 18:20). We are aware of His teaching ministry, but can you imagine Him being called upon as a respected rabbi if He did not enter into the liturgical worship of His day? For Him it must have been a beautiful expression of praise to the Father. As Yeshua was asked one day what was the greatest of all the commandments of Torah, what did He say? He quoted the Shema, which is the heart of the liturgical worship for the Jew (Mark 12:28-34). And how can we forget the “Disciples Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13) which is simply a summary of many Jewish prayers. You may want to compare Yeshua’s teaching to the Siddur (Jewish Prayer book) where you will find the following parallels:

“Our Father” – 5th Benediction of the Amidah

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” – the Kaddish

“Thy Kingdom Come” – the Kaddish

“Thy Will Be Done – the Kaddish

“Give Us Our Daily Bread” – 9th Benediction of the Amidah

“Forgive Us Our Debts” – 6th Benediction of the Amidah

          It seems clear that Yeshua not only worshipped through the liturgy but also quoted it in the course of His teaching! Of course, He did warn of possible excesses and meaningless repetitions, but that had more to do with the heart attitude in worship than the content itself. When one’s heart is in tune with the Spirit of G-d, the liturgical expression can be a beautiful form indeed.

          Not surprisingly, we find the early Jewish believers expressing their worship of G-d in similar forms. We are told that they met “day by day in the Temple” (Acts 2:42-47), again implying active involvement in the traditional worship that they were accustomed to. In a fascinating note, it is even recorded that they were continually devoted…“to prayer.” The original language actually says “the prayers”, implying that it was more than just an unstructured prayer meeting, but they still incorporated elements of “the prayers” of their traditional Jewish liturgy. They, like us, would not agree with all the theology of the traditional Siddur, but there is much we can agree with and incorporate in our Messianic faith.

          By the way, perhaps we should be prepared for a somewhat liturgical service in the Messianic Kingdom. “And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the 4 living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped G-d, saying, ‘Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our G-d forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:11-12).

          The traditional liturgy can be a beautiful vehicle for uniting us together in a spirit of praise. And the focus is not just our limited experience with G-d, but on the eternal truths of His Word. It makes sense, therefore, that even in eternity there will be a structure to our worship. I wonder how much of that will be similar to the structures already found in the Scriptures?

          One of the primary goals of the Messianic movement is to follow the Messiah within a biblically balanced Jewish culture. As our hearts are filled with the Spirit of G-d, it would seem that liturgy and Messianic worship can fit wonderfully together for the glory of Yeshua HaMashiach.

 

  

Upcoming Events

 

November 7-9, UMJC West Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  Make your plans to attend this first-ever messianic Jewish event in Las Vegas.  Join 12 different messianic synagogues from around the west as we come together for music, Shabbat services and concerts with Deborah Kline-Iantorno as well as Barry and Batya Segal from Israel.  Don’t miss it!  Hotel rooms only $59 per night.  Info and discounted registration until Nov.3 at regonline.com/2014west

 

November 8, No KA San Diego Shabbat Service…most of us will be in Vegas….hope you too! 

 

November 22, Saturday, 6:30pm.  KA 33rd Anniversary Celebration! We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 33 years of our messianic synagogue.   Join us for “Open Mic Night.” Tickets $25 (kids $10). Bring your shtick and your talent. Contact Carrie Paraiso to audition for this fun event.  Appetizers and desserts provided.   Also a raffle of Judaica, vacation condos and even a surf lesson with the Rabbi.  Support your shul and our mitzvah projects by calling the KA office for tickets. 

December 6, 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.  There is a fee plus other requirements.  Call our office or talk to Rabbi Kasdan for more details.

December 20, 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!

December 27, Saturday, 7:30pm.  Concert with Dan and Melissa David.  Join us as this professional Russian-Israeli/Canadian couple presents their distinctive music on keyboard and violin.  Lots of traditional and worship music in the spirit of joy and dance.  Invite a friend (especially any Russian or Israeli friends) to this free concert.   Love offering received.

 

 

 

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 “Paul—The Misunderstood Rabbi” which is an in-depth study of the Apostle in his Jewish and rabbinic context.

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 taught by Rabbi Kasdan: “Understanding Jewish Customs” which is a detailed study of the Jewish lifecycle events (bris, wedding, etc) as well as customs (kashrut, tallit, etc).   $99 per student as this is a MJTI Foundations Course.  Course can also be taken online from any computer at your convenience!  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 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 program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

 

KA 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

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. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

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

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

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

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.

 

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 kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

 

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 31, Number 1         September/October 2014            Elul/Tishrei  5775

 

**High Holy Days begin Sept.24

** Yeshiva class “Book of Revelation” starts Sept.2

**UMJC Messianic Conference in Las Vegas, Nov.7-9

 

 

The Enigma of Gaza  

by Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

It was certainly an eventful summer in Israel….a little too eventful.   Since the 2007 takeover of Gaza by radical Hamas (from their own Arab brothers Fatah!), there have been three wars directed at the State of Israel.  And evidently the world has forgotten that all this has transpired after Israel handed over Gaza to the Palestinian Authority in 2005 after abandoning Jewish settlements and thriving green houses.  From the Arab side we were assured that the rocket attacks would stop once Israel ceased “the occupation” of Gaza.  Sadly, this summer confirmed (with nearly 4000 rockets at Israel) that the issue is not “the occupation” but any Jewish presence in the Middle East.  We are thankful for the extended truce but many are still concerned on how long this will last.  Probably until Hamas has been allowed to reload for the next war.

            While the political and military situation continues to be volatile, many people are wondering if there is any solution to this ongoing conflict.  The politicians and talking heads of the news channels have their opinions but it would be a good time to look outside the box for some possible answers:  namely in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible.  Gaza holds a prominent place in the Scriptures as well as Jewish and Arab history.  “Azah”, as it is called in Hebrew, comes from the word “oz/stronghold” which reflects its strategic place in the Middle East.  It started out as a vital military base for Egypt under the Pharoahs and was designated as part of the inheritance for the tribe of Judah (Judges 1:18).  It later became one of the five Philistine cities in southern Israel and was a constant source of conflict.  It was at Gaza that Samson famously brought down the pagan temple and eventually the town submitted to the rulership of King David (Judges 13; II Samuel 5).  From there Gaza continued as an important agricultural resource and military outpost for various occupiers.  Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantine: all these were part of the history of the area.  It should be noted that through all these changes, there was always a strong Jewish presence in Gaza.  Archaeology testifies to this with the discovery of several synagogues dating from the Biblical time period all the way until the final Jews were driven out by Arab riots in 1929, only to return after the 6-day War of 1967.  Of special note to Messianic Jews and Christians is the reference to Gaza as the place of the mikveh/ritual immersion of the Ethiopian Jewish leader (Acts 8:26f).

 

        In short, Gaza has had an amazing history and many eras of blessing and prosperity.  In the right conditions it is actually a wonderful beach community!   Check out the recent group that even brought surfboards from Israel to donate to aspiring surfers of Gaza (on the movie “Promised Land” available on i-tunes).  Too often these blessings have not been realized because of spiritual opposition to God and his covenant people.  In the days of the prophets, Amos speaks out:

“Thus says Adonai, ‘For three transgressions of Gaza and for four I will not revoke its punishment, because they deported an entire population to deliver it up to Edom.  So I will send fire upon the wall of Gaza and it will consume her citadels” (Amos 1:6-7).

Hamas continues to make a big mistake and should take heed to this ancient warning.  Yet, with every warning of judgment from God, there is also a way of deliverance.  Isaiah predicts a day when there will be acceptance, cooperation and true shalom between Gaza and Israel:

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.  In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance”  (Isaiah 19:23-25).

This beautiful prophetic word predicts the restoration of the famous Via Maris/Highway of the Sea that connected all three countries during the biblical period.  This Highway of Shalom will be opened once again when all the parties receive the word of Adonai and reconciled to each other in the days of Messiah.  The Via Maris runs right through Gaza so from the perspective of the Tenach, bright days are ahead.  The television news and commentators seem rather pessimistic but for Bible believers there is a bright ray of hope on the horizon.  For now, we pray and work for peace among all peoples.  Yet the ultimate hope will be the shalom of Yeshua as the coming Mashiach.  We look forward to that day!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Sept 24, Wednesday, 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 25, Thursday, 10:30 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service.  We will continue in prayer and meditation at this traditional service.

Sept 25, Thursday, 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 3, Friday, 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 Friday through sundown Saturday 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 4, Saturday, 10:30 am Yom Kippur Morning Service.We will continue in prayer and fasting at this traditional service.

Oct 4, Saturday, 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 dish to share with all.

Oct 11, 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 Youth Hosted Luncheon with donations going to their mitzvah projects.  Don’t miss it and invite a friend!

Oct 16, Thursday, 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 7-9, UMJC West Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  Make your plans to attend this first-ever messianic Jewish event in Las Vegas.  Join 12 different messianic synagogues from around the west as we come together for music, Shabbat services and concert with Deborah Kline-Iantorno.  Don’t miss it!  Hotel rooms only $59 per night.  Info and discounted registration until Sept.26 at regonline.com/2014west

November 22, Saturday, 6pm.  KA Anniversary Celebration! We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 33 years of our messianic synagogue.   Save the date and plan to attend!

 

 

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 “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with Yeshua.

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.  Starting Sept.2, 6-week class taught by Rabbi Kasdan: “The Book of Revelation” which is a detailed study of what the Bible says about the future of the Middle East…and you!   $50 per student.  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 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 program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

 

KA 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                                                  

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                        Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                    Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                                 Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                                 Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                        Rene Wallace

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. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

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

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

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

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.

 

Upcoming Speaking Engagements for Rabbi Barney:

 Maranatha Chapel (Rancho Penasquitas): Mondays 7-9pm, 7-week course Sept.8-Oct.20, “A Jewish Survey of Deuteronomy.”

Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (at KA): Tuesdays 7-8:30pm, 6-week course Oct.21-Dec.2, “Understanding Jewish Customs.”

 

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 kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

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.

  

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 30, Number 6          July August 2014            Tammuz/Av  5774

 

**KA Music/Dance Team at SD County Fair, July 4

**Jonathan Settel in free concert, July 12

**SD Messianic Community Picnic on Mission Bay, August 3

**Sisterhood Retreat + Youth Camp in August

 

 

Yeshua, the Most Famous Jew

 

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

Whether people love him, despise him or try to ignore him, there can be little doubt that Yeshua of Nazareth is the most famous Jew in history.  No one has had such international impact on the lives of people from various countries and cultures.  Yet we almost forget that Yeshua started his amazing religious movement in the Land of Israel among our Jewish people.  This charismatic rabbi and self-proclaimed Messiah has caused much controversy among many but also great attraction among others within the Jewish community.  Take for example the following quote from another famous Jew:

 

“As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene . . . . No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot (a witty remark).”

— Quote taken from “What Life Means to Einstein,” The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929. Einstein was a physicist and professor at Princeton University. He lived from 1879-1955.

This fascination with Yeshua within the Jewish community has certainly grown stronger in recent years.  Why are an increasing number of contemporary Jews intrigued with this rabbi from Nazareth?

 

First, we can’t help but notice that the entire historical context of Yeshua is thoroughly Jewish.  He was born of a Jewish mother in the first century Land of Israel.  He was circumcised on the eighth day and dedicated in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem according to Jewish custom (Luke 2:21-38).  Yeshua grew up in a traditional kosher home, regularly attended his local synagogue and no doubt diligently studied his Jewish culture and faith (Luke 4:14-22).  The Gospels record the fact that he faithfully celebrated all the Jewish festivals such as Passover, Tabernacles and Hanukkah.  Like all observant Jews of that time, he spoke Hebrew (along with Aramaic) and often quoted the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) as he taught the riches of the Torah.  It should not surprise us that Yeshua also looked like a “normal” member of the Jewish community.  He wore the traditional tzitzit/fringes on his garments (Matthew 9:20) and was even called “rabbi” by other esteemed rabbis (John 3:1-16).  With all due respect to the great Renaissance painters and Cecil B. DeMille movie depictions, Jesus was a traditional Jew!

We could say that a funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century.  The Jewish Yeshua was eventually transformed into the non-Jewish Jesus.  Yet we live in a day when many people, both Jews and Christians, are yearning to rediscover the Jewish Yeshua.  This has led many of us Jews to read carefully the original source material; not the religious books about the Middle Ages, but the New Testament written by Yeshua’s earliest Jewish followers.  Many of us find ourselves, like Albert Einstein, “enthralled” with the original understanding of Yeshua.

 

Besides the Jewish context of the Gospels, many are drawn to Yeshua because of his amazing message.  People from all nations have been captivated by the power and truth of the Messiah’s teaching.  The universal appeal of his message has attracted followers from all tribes and tongues of the world.  While some world religions and pagan expressions seem to teach violence and subjugation, Yeshua’s focus is love.  And not just an emotional sentimentality but on a self-sacrificing love that would even care for a potential enemy (Matthew 5:43-48).  He often emphasized the priority of shalom/peace because the God of Israel is the creator of such blessing (Matthew 5:9).  In addition to these universal values, Yeshua had much to say about some values that are of special significance to the Jewish people.  In Judaism, the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is one of the highest priorities.  We are taught that the world, as good as it might be at times, is in a fallen state.  Part of our calling as Jews is to assist in repairing some of the problems of humanity.  No wonder that it is often Jewish people who are highly involved in a wide variety of humanitarian aid and benevolence projects.  After all, it’s a mitzvah (good deed or commandment).  I am sure that many of us from a Jewish background feel a strong connection to Yeshua as we consider his values.  The Gospels record his ministry to the Jewish crowds where he brought healing and feed the hungry multitudes.  He brought words of comfort to the grieving and hope to those who had lost all hope.  Yeshua’s message went beyond this present age on planet earth but it was inclusive of the heartfelt values of Tikkun Olam.  His life and teaching actually tied heaven and earth together as he said: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (cf. Matthew 5:16).

One of the most important values within the Jewish community is the love for the Torah/5 books of Moses.  It is highly unfortunate, in my estimation, that some Christian theologies either devalue or completely do-away with this part of the Bible.  I realize that not every part of the Torah relates to Christians, as the New Testament itself teaches.  But sadly this can confuse some of us on the Jewish side into thinking that Yeshua and the New Testament obliterate the Torah for Jewish people.  This is contrary to what Yeshua himself clearly taught when he said: “Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).  It seems clear that most Jews are not going to consider a Messiah who does away with the Torah.  But many of us can appreciate a Messiah who will give us a deeper understanding of the Torah through the lens of the New Covenant.  Despite some of this confusion, many Jews resonate with the direct teachings of Yeshua.   As we read his words we find ourselves captivated by the spiritual depth and yet simple clarity of his Torah values.  Many of us Messianic Jews have found that he has the words of life which are perfectly consistent with a Jewish understanding of the whole of Scripture.  For these reasons a number of Jews from every generation have taken note of the rabbi from Nazareth.  I feel blessed to live in a day when more and more people are taking a fresh look at this most famous Jew of history.

**This article first appeared in the Jewish Voice Today magazine, July 2014.

 

Upcoming Events

 

July 4, 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.  Prime time on the 4th of July!  Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event.

July 12, 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 12, 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!

July 17-20, UMJC International Conference in Chicago.  Join hundreds of messianic believers for this annual event.  The theme is “Limud—To Learn and To Teach” and there will be educational workshops, worship concerts with Marty and Misha Goetz and inspiring Shabbat services.  More info and registration at umjc.org.

August 3, 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.

August 15-17, KA Sisterhood Retreat, Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center. This will be a wonderful time with the messianic sisters in a nice retreat setting.  Special speaker is Jamie Lash from Jewish Jewels Ministry in Florida.  Call our office for more information.

August 23, Saturday, 10:30am. Bat Mitzvah of Abbey and Lindsay Mellado.  Join us as the sisters are called up to the Torah on this beautiful occasion.

August 29, Friday, 5pm- Sunset.  Shabbat at the Shores.  Join us for 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 29 – September 1, Friday – Monday.  UMJC Regional Youth Camp in San Bernardino Mountains.  Make sure your teen attends this great gathering of youth from 10 different 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.

November 7-9, UMJC West Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  Save the date for this first-ever messianic Jewish event in Las Vegas.  Join 12 different messianic synagogues from around the west as we come together for music, Shabbat services and concert with Deborah Kline-Iantorno.  Don’t miss it!  Info 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 “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with Yeshua.

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: “Chanting the Torah”.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.  Summer break from July 22-August 26.

“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 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 program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                             Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas             Tovik Liberman, Ron Wallace, Alice Hoover,       

                                                                                                        Elliot Klayman

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                              Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                  

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                            Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                         Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                                    Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                                   Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                          Rene Wallace

 

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. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

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

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

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 kvetches) or any creative submissions. Please email ka@kehilatariel.org

 

 

 

Jan Folb

Administrator

Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue

858.490.4355

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 30, Number 5          May/June 2014            Iyar/Sivan  5774

 

**Shavuot Service, June 3

**Chagigat L’chaim B’Mashiach Drama at KA, June 27&28

**KA Music/Dance Team at SD County Fair, July 4

 

“Why Judaistic and Hellenistic Cultures Matter:

Salvation is from the Jews”

By Patricia Levy Andrews

 

The following was a research essay submitted for the recent MJTI class “Jewishness of the New Testament”

 

Rabbi, theologian, and philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel contends that, “The vital issue for the Church is to decide whether to look for roots in Judaism and consider itself an extension of Judaism, or to look for roots in pagan Hellenism and consider itself as anantithesis to Judaism.” [1] The very real differences between Hellenism and Judaism have a direct impact upon one’s exegesis of the scriptures. By comparing the languages, cultures and theologies of each, the importance of a Hebraic approach to the scriptures becomes clear, as does the reality that the Christian church has adhered to a Hellenistic approach.

The Hellenistic View

Hellenistic religion is any of the various systems of beliefs and practices of the people who lived under the influence of ancient Greek culture during the Hellenistic period and the Roman Empire (c. 300 BCE to 300 CE). [2] Hellenist Stoic and Peripatetic philosophies each

planted cultural seeds that filtered into the Christian culture. Stoic theology holds that the world is ruled by judicious legislation, a principle of reason (logos). It teaches that humans should live in agreement with reason/nature because humans have the “seed-like reason” that is a part of the divine principle of reason within humans. Hence, “reason”, “rational thought”, and “logic” are buzzwords of the the Stoics, for whom virtue and apatheia (“without passions,” being without negative or disturbing emotions) are the chief goal. The Peripatetics concentrated their efforts on biology, natural science, and logic. [3] Analytical, logical, rational, unemotional, scientific thinking and philosophies prevailed within the polytheistic, syncretistic religious culture of Hellenism.  Heschel describes how the Hellenistic teachings of Marcion of Sinope in early church history effected the dejudaization of Christianity:

“The spiritual alienation from Israel is most forcefully expressed in the teaching of Marcion, who affirmed the contrariety and abrupt discontinuity between the God of the Hebrew Bible and the God whom Jesus had come to reveal. Marcion wanted a Christianity free from any vestige of Judaism. He saw his task as that of showing the complete opposition between the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels. Although in the year 144 of the Christian era the church expelled the apostle of discontinuity and anathematized his doctrines, Marcion remains a

formidable menace, a satanic challenge. In the modern Christian community the power of Marcionism is much more alive and widespread than is generally realized. Notwithstanding the work of generations of dedicated scholars who have opened up new vistas in the nderstanding of the history and literature of ancient Israel and their relation to Christianity, there is an abiding tendency to

stress the discontinuity between the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.” [4]

Heschel passionately responds to a modern quote that reflects Marcion’s influence on Christian theology, “… ‘for the Christian the Old Testament is not revelation, but is essentially related to God’s revelation in Christ as hunger is to food and despair is to hope … . The God

who spoke to Israel no longer speaks to us in the time of the new Covenant.’ Here is the spiritual resurrection of Marcion. Was not the God of Israel the God of Jesus? How dare a Christian substitute his own conception of God for Jesus’ understanding of God and still call

himself a Christian?” [ibid]

Antonia Tripolitis further describes Marcion’s anti-Hebraic doctrine, which obliterates the unity of the Shema, the monotheism of Judaism, and advocates “… the existence of two Gods who have nothing in common. One is the unknowable supreme God who is good and

merciful and the Father of Jesus Christ, and the other is the God of creation, the demiurge of the cosmos and subordinate to the superior God.” Furthermore, the Creator God is responsible for “… the world’s misfortune, evil, and death.” Marcion also held that, “The Christ sent by the superior God is not the one prophesied in the Old Testament.” And he believed that “ …the Jewish Messiah will come at some future time to restore the Jewish kingdom just as the prophets declared, but he has nothing to do with humankind’s salvation.” [5] Marcion’s theology certainly resembles the polytheistic nature of the Greek and Roman religions of his day.

Marcion was, and remains influential because, as Tripolitis explains, “Unlike other Gnostic teachers, Marcion proceeded to found a church. In general, Gnostic groups organized as schools in which the teachings were transmitted, interpreted, and kept secret. Marcion was

the first Gnostic to establish a church with an organization, liturgy, and Scripture that was very similar to that of the church of Rome. He was also the first to develop a New Testament canon, which included an abridged version of the Gospel of Luke and a modified version of the 10 Pauline letters. The Pastoral Epistles (1, 2 Timothy, and Titus) and the Epistle to the Hebrew were excluded.” [ibid]  This “divorce from all things Jewish” continued. “By 167 the enforced Hellenization of the Jews reached its peak; the Jews were compelled, under penalty of death ‘to depart from the laws of their fathers, and to cease living by the laws of God. Further, the sanctuary in Jerusalem was to be polluted and called after Zeus Olympius’ (II Macc. 6:1, 2).” [6]

The Hebraic View

In contrast, the Hebraic view is able to restore the natural, God given perspective to the scriptures. For example, Marvin Wilson uses the nature of the Hebrew language to describe the contours of Hebrew thought:

“Hebrew is a verb-based language. Therefore, Hebraic thought naturally prompts response and action. Marvin Wilson explains: “In Hebrew grammar, the position of emphasis is usually the beginning of the clause. Unfortunately, our English translation

of the Hebrew text does not always reveal this emphasis. So it should not be forgotten that Hebrew—unlike English—usually confronts the listener immediately with a verbal form. . . even before the subject itself is designated.” Wilson explains that “Laziness,

inertia, or passivity were hardly marks of the Hebrews’ lifestyle. Rather, the Hebrews were mainly a doing and feeling people. Thus their language has few abstract terms. Rather, Hebrew may be called primarily a language of the senses. The words originally

expressed concrete or material things and movements or actions which struck the senses or started the emotions. Only secondarily and in metaphor could they be used to denote abstract or metaphysical ideas.” [7]   In fact, in the Hebrew Bible abstract thoughts or immaterial conceptions are conveyed through material or physical terminology, for example, phrases such as “lift up the eyes” (to

look), “burn in one’s nostrils” (to be angry), “unstop someone’s ears” (to disclose or reveal something), “hard-heartedness” (to have no compassion), “stiff-necked” (to be stubborn), “gird your loins” (to ready or brace oneself), and “set one’s face to go” (to be determined to go). Moreover, Wilson informs us that “Hebrews liked the concrete and tended to avoid the abstract”, and “In Hebrew thought the essence of true godliness is tied primarily to a relationship not to a creed.” [ibid]  Not only that, but Wilson also compares stoic modern Western culture with that of the Hebrews:

“Modern man in the Western world thinks he has an image to defend. He is supposed to be macho and keep his cool. He is expected to be made of steel, always in control. He does not allow himself to become vulnerable by revealing much of his emotions. It is usually considered unmanly for him to cry. Yet Jesus, the exemplary man, wept (Luke 19:41; John 11:35). This display of emotion was in sharp contrast to the Greco-Roman world of the Stoics, who sought to be indifferent to pleasure or pain; they were determined never to submit or to yield; they were resolved to overcome their emotions and desires. The Hebrews, however, were a very passionate people; they did not hide or suppress their emotion.” [ibid] The Stoic subjugation of emotion could be said to be the perfect description of proper church behavior in some church circles today. Wilson also addresses another aspect of Hebrew culture, block logic:

“The use of what may be termed block logic is another important contour of Hebrew thought. Greek logic, which has to a large extent influenced the Western world, was different. The Greeks often used a tightly contained step logic whereby one would argue

from premises to a conclusion, each step linked tightly to the next in coherent, rational, logical fashion. The conclusion, however, was usually limited to one point of view—the human being’s perception of reality.  By contrast, the Hebrews often made use of block logic. That is, concepts were expressed in self-contained units or blocks of thought. These blocks did not necessarily fit together in any obviously rational or harmonious pattern, particularly when one block represented the human perspective on truth and the other represented the divine. This way of thinking created a propensity for paradox, antinomy, or apparent contradiction, as one block stood in tension—and often illogical relation—to the other. Hence, polarity of thought or dialectic often characterized block logic. … It is particularly difficult for

Westerners—those whose thought-patterns have been influenced more by the Greeks and Romans than by the Hebrews—to piece together the block logic of Scripture. For example, Pharaoh hardened his heart, but God hardened Pharaoh’s heart; God

is both wrathful and merciful; Jesus is the “Lamb of God” and the “Lion of the tribe of Judah”; Hell is the “blackest darkness” and the “fiery lake”; in weakness is strength; to find life, one must lose it; the way up (exaltation) is the way down (humility); and whoever comes to Jesus he will never drive away, yet no one can come “unless the Father draws him.” [ibid]   So, we see that Hellenistic based Christian theology and culture is largely intellectual, abstract and theoretical, whereas Hebraic-Semitic based Jewish culture and theology is

concrete, physical, and practical. Interestingly, the word we use to describe the study and understanding of God is itself Greek: “Theology (from Greek Θεός meaning “god” and λογία, – logy, meaning ‘study of’) is the systematic and rational study of concepts of deity and of the nature of religious truths…” [emphasis, mine] [8] Thus, it is unsurprising that “Theology has been particularly prominent in Christian thought…”, which is based in Hellenism, while from the Jewish perspective, “…the genius of Judaism has been directed more toward the practices of the faith than toward abstract speculation, more to what God would have men do than to what God is.” [9]

The Hellenistic lens focuses on beliefs about God, whereas the Hebraic lens zooms in on what God would have us do. The first often reaches closed-ended static conclusions; the second is organic, malleable, ever-changing. The first is based in faith and creed, the second, in relationship and action. The first comes predominantly from the mind, the second from the whole being. Greco-Roman language and culture obscure scripture, whereas Jewish language and culture elucidate scripture quite clearly. Heschel challenges us with a statement: “The extent of Christianity’s identification with the Hebrew Bible is a test of its authenticity as well as of Jewish authenticity. Lack of such identification lies at the heart of the malaise of Protestantism today.” [4]

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[1] Marvin R. Wilson Our Father Abraham, Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, p. 16,

– Abraham Heschel, The Insecurity of Freedom (New York: Schocken Books, 1972), pp.

169-70

[2] TimeMaps.com

http://www.timemaps.com/civilization/Hellenistic-period#culture]

[3] Professor Christine M. Thomas, Lecture Notes 2003 Religion and Western Civilization:

Ancient

•Patrick V. Reid, Readings in Western Religious Thought: The Ancient World, pp. 159-71 (New

York: Paulist, 1987).

•Margaret L. King, Western Civilization: A Social and Cultural History: Volume I: Prehistory–

1750: Brief Edition, pp. 84-92 (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2001).

“8 of “8

http://www.religion.ucsb.edu/faculty/thomas/classes/rgst80a/lectures/lec14.html]

[4] Heschel, Abraham Joshua (1955-01-01). Insecurity of Freedom (Kindle Locations

2858-2869). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

[5] Antonia Tripolitis Religions of the Hellenistic-Roman Age, pp. 120-121 (Wm. B. Eerdmans

Publishing Co., 2002) Google Play eBook edition.

[6] Gafni, Isaiah. “Antiochus°.” Encyclopaedia Judaica. Ed. Michael Berenbaum and Fred

Skolnik. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 202-204. Gale Virtual

Reference Library. Web. 3 Dec. 2013.

[7] Wilson, Marvin R. (1989-04-01). Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

(pp. 137-150). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. Kindle Edition.

[8] Wordnetweb.princeton.edu. Retrieved 11-11-12.

[9] Jacobs, Louis, and Ellen M. Umansky. “Theology.” Encyclopaedia Judaica. Ed. Michael

Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. 2nd ed. Vol. 19. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007.

694-699. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 19 Dec. 2013.

Document URL http://bit.ly/1beE7yZ

 

Upcoming Events

May 18, Sunday, 10am-4pm.  Friendship Walk and Israel Festival.  A great way to celebrate Yom Ha-Atzmaut Independence Day!  Many KA members will be walking to support special needs kids in SD and in Israel. Then thousands from the Jewish community will come together for the Israel celebration with music, food, dance and schmoozing.  At Nobel Athletic Fields in UTC.  Sign up for the Walk at friendshipwalksd.com/teamariel. 

June 3, Tuesday, 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 13, 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.

June 21, Saturday, 10:30am.  Shabbat Service with special Israeli speakers.  Simcha and Bella Davidov will share the latest update from their life and ministry in Israel.

June 27 & 28, Friday/ Saturday, 7 pm. Chagigat L’chaim B’mashiach Musical Drama at KA.  Come out for this creative presentation of how the Jewish holy days and history have many important lessons for us today.  A great program for all your Jewish and Christian friends.  Tickets available at KA services or through our office.  Don’t miss it! 

July 4, 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.  Prime time on the 4th of July!  Bring the family and invite your friends to this great outreach event.

July 12, 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!

July 17-20, UMJC International Conference in Chicago.  Join hundreds of messianic believers for this annual event.  The theme is “Limud—To Learn and To Teach” and there will be educational workshops, worship concerts with Marty and Misha Goetz and inspiring Shabbat services.  More info and registration at umjc.org.

August 15-17, KA Sisterhood Retreat in Murietta.  This will be a wonderful time with the messianic sisters in a nice retreat setting.  Special speaker is Jamie Lash from Jewish Jewels Ministry in Florida.  Call our office for more information.

November 7-9, UMJC West Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  Save the date for this first-ever messianic Jewish event in Las Vegas.

 

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 “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with Yeshua.

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: “Rabbinic Literature”, which looks at the history, theology and culture of the Talmudic rabbis. Taught by Elliot Klayman.  $99 per student.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses. 

“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 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 program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                     Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio,                                     Alice Hoover, Elliot Klayman

Frank Rosas                                                                        Tovik Liberman, Ron Wallace,                                                                                                 

 

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                       Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                  

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                       Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                                   Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                                Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                                               Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                                      Rene Wallace

 

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. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm.  Shabbat dinner.

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

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

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

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.

 

 

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

 

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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 30, Number 4          March/April 2014            Adar II/Nisan  5774

 

**Purim Shpiel Celebration, March 15

**KA Passover Seder, April 15

 

What Can Christians Learn From The Jewish Holidays?

By Rabbi Barney Kasdan

 

We have witnessed many blessings in recent decades with the growth of the modern Messianic Jewish movement.  For us Jewish believers in Yeshua, it has provided a practical way to express our heritage through our messianic synagogues and our home life.  Many would agree that embracing Yeshua has increased our understanding and appreciation of the Jewish holidays.  But what about non-Jews within the messianic movement?   And what can Christians within the Church learn from the Jewish holidays?   I believe there are many vital lessons to be gleaned.

 

#1 The Jewish holidays reflect accurate shadows of the things of God. 

The New Testament says it this way: “So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or New Moon or Shabbat.  These are a shadow of things that are coming, but the body is of the Messiah” (Complete  Jewish Bible, Colossians 2:16-17).

I have heard numerous teachings on this passage that conclude that the Jewish festivals are now irrelevant.  It is true that we are not to judge others based on their observance (or non-observance) level of the feasts.  I believe some of the misunderstanding stems from mistranslation in this verse.  Many translations insert the phrase “mere” or “only” a shadow thus implying that the Jewish holidays are not worth much to Christians.  This is highly unfortunate especially when one realizes that those words are not in the original language.  Instead of denigrating the feasts, it seems that Shaul/Paul is actually underlining the truth that the feasts are positive shadows of God’s reality!  True, we do not venerate the holiday in itself.  But a shadow does indeed reflect a real object.  The Jewish holy days are not just cultural or sociological expressions of a people.  For Bible believers, these holy days present beautiful shadows of who our God is and what His plans are for this world.  Passover is more than matzah ball soup.  It reminds us of God’s work of redemption both from the slavery of Egypt as well as from the spiritual slavery of our sin.  Rosh Hashanah is more than the shofar/ram’s horn.  It is a wonderful shadow reminding us of the Messiah’s return.  Certainly there are many Christians who say we do not need these shadows.  But the irony is that they often substitute other shadows (holidays and customs) in their place.  I sincerely do not wish to judge anyone on such things but my point is that too often Christians have ignored the amazing shadows given by God to reflect His heart and His plans.

 

#2 The Jewish holidays model proper appreciation for the Jewish roots of the New Testament faith.

While the verse in Colossians reminds us to refrain from the judgment of others on these things, Shaul/Paul writes elsewhere about another reason for Christians to appreciate the Jewish culture.  He wrote to some non-Jewish believers who may have questioned the importance of this truth when he said: “You—a wild olive—were grafted in among them (Jewish believers) and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree, then don’t boast…remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you” (CJB Romans 11:17-18).  It is clear that the New Testament is not advocating a mandatory legalism in regards to Christians and the Jewish holidays.  But on the other hand, the New Testament does encourage all believers (non-Jewish included) to understand and appreciate the original context of their faith in Yeshua.  This messianic faith did not come from Athens or the Renaissance of Europe!  Since the olive tree is a biblical symbol of Israel (cf. Jeremiah 11:16), the message of the New Testament is undeniable rooted in the history and culture of Israel.  By studying and understanding the Jewish holidays, Christians can gain a fresh appreciation of their true spiritual roots.  If this had been the clear understanding in Church history, there certainly would have been a much better relationship between Christians and Jews.  A few years ago in a USA city, a rock was thrown through a window of a Jewish home where a Hanukkah menorah was clearly displayed.  This sad act of anti-Semitism was countered in a marvelous way.  In a show of solidarity, multiple Christian homes placed a Hanukkah menorah in their own windows.  When Christians understand the Jewish holidays, they invariably appreciate the Jewish roots of their own faith in Yeshua as Messiah.  This is not to be confused with a “replacement theology” where Christians replace Jews.  But I like to call it “appreciation theology” where Christians affirm their true origins.

 

#3  The Jewish holidays clarify the true Messiah.

If the Jewish festivals are given by God as a good shadow of spiritual realities, then it is quite logical that those holidays point us to the greatest reality of all; the coming Messiah.  Passover is a 3500 year old holiday celebrating redemption.  It cannot be a coincidence that it was at a seder  where Yeshua of Nazareth told his Jewish disciples that the meal was symbolic of his work for all of us;  the Lamb offered for the world (cf. Matthew 26).  It should not be surprising that Yeshua not only celebrated Hanukkah in Jerusalem but used that holiday to clearly proclaim his messiahship (cf. John 10).  The fact is that every Jewish/Biblical holiday is an amazing teaching tool that can draw us closer to our Redeemer.  In the Torah, the festivals are called “God’s Appointed Times” (Leviticus 23).  They are special times where God himself says He wants an appointment with you!  Put it on your calendar and don’t miss it.  All of us (Jews, Christians, Intermarried families) have so much to learn as we understand and celebrate the wonderful holidays given from above.

 

**If you would like to learn more about the Jewish holidays and how they relate to Yeshua, you can order a copy of Rabbi Kasdan’s popular bookGod’s Appointed Times.  Go to messianicjewish.net to pick up your copy or drop by the KA Resource Center.

 

Upcoming Events

 

March 15  Saturday, 7:00 pm. Purim Celebration. Come dressed in costume as we celebrate the story of Esther.  There will be an original shpiel/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 26-April1.  UMJC Dan to Beersheva Tzedaka Bike Tour.  Two KA members will join this amazing bike ride throughout Israel as they distribute tzedaka/financial aid to needy organizations.  If you would like to bless Israel in this practical way, you can donate through our website a gift designated “Israel Bike Tour”.  Todah rabah!

 

April 15, Tuesday, 6:30 pm. KA Passover Seder –  at the Town & Country Resort 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 16, Wednesday, 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 26, Saturday, 10:30 am. Yom Hashoah Service. Join us as we remember the lessons of the Holocaust.

July 17-20, UMJC International Conference in Chicago.  Join hundreds of messianic believers for this annual event.  The theme is “Limud—To Learn and To Teach” and there will be educational workshops, worship concerts with Marty and Misha Goetz and inspiring Shabbat services.  More info and registration at umjc.org.

November 7-9, UMJC West Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  Save the date for this first-ever messianic Jewish event in Las Vegas.

 

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 “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with Yeshua.

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  5-week class: “Things Bubbe Used To Say”, wisdom from the world of Yiddish. New 10-week course starting March 25 “Highlights in the Book of Isaiah”.  Taught by Rabbi Kasdan.  $60 per student.  We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.

“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 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 program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua.   Seen cross-country!  Check your local cable listings and spread the word.

 

 

KA Leadership

 

KA Zekeynim/Elders                                                          Board of Directors

Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas                Tovik Liberman, Ron Wallace, Alice Hoover, Elliot Klayman

Shamashim/Servants

Luis Garibay                                                                    Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink                                                 

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                     Deborah Remigio

Joan Savarese                                                               Tony Savarese

Jeannie Stinton                                                            Michael Stinton

Tovik Liberman                                                           Colleen Liberman

Ron Wallace                                                                Rene Wallace

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. Cover dish.

UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th  Weds. 7:00 pm.

Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs. 7:00 pm.

Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.

Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm.  Shabbat dinner.

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

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

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

Sisterhood, monthly meeting.

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

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

Young Adults (21-40), various events planned.

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

 

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

 

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

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

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