Coming up this Shabbat at Ben David

March 9 - Message by Doug Friedman:sermon

Title:

“A Glimpse of What Faith Really LOOKS LIKE"

When Paul first came to faith in Messiah on the way to Damascus, the Lord warned him “how much he must suffer for [His] Name’s sake” (Acts 9:16). In today’s scripture, we will see how just how seriously God meant those words. Join us and see the outworking of that divine warning in the life of one of His most devoted servants. And prepare to be humbled.

Simchat Torah

September 29 - Simchat Torahtorah
The Joy of the Torah - Morning Service
Concluding the annual Torah reading and beginning anew.
Join us celebrating God's word.

Rosh HaShanah

Saturday, September 8 - Rosh HaShanah Messianic Service at 10:30am.

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Rosh HaShanah, also known as the Jewish New Year, is called in the Bible the Feast of Trumpets, or, in Hebrew, Zicharon Teruah, the Day of Memorial of Blowing.
Rosh HaShanah (literally, Head of the Year) occurs on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei.
Please join us for the morning service on Saturday, September 8, at 10:30am and celebrate this Biblical Holy Day and its Messianic significance.


Yom Kippur

Wednesday, September 19 - Yom Kippur Messianic Service at 10:30am:

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Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, occurs on the tenth of Tishrei, it is to be a "Shabbat of solemn rest."
Please join us for the morning service on Wednesday, September 19, for this Messianic Service at 10:30am.


Sukkot

Saturday, September 22 - Sukkot Service at 10:30am:

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Join us for a Sukkot celebration.
- Morning Service followed by Oneg in the Sukkah.


Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembrance

On the Shabbat before Purim, Jews throughout the world will turn their attention to two special readings in Deuteronomy and Samuel, describing how the ancient nation of Amalek attacked our ancestors in the desert. These readings come before Purim because Haman was the descendent of Agag, King of Amalek.

Deuteronomy 25:17-19: “Remember what Amalek did to you by the way, when you came out of Egypt. How he met you by the way, and struck at your rear, all who were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies around, in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess, that you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget it.”

Not only was the attack unprovoked, but it came at a time when the people were faint and weary. Shabbat Zachor - the Sabbath of Remembrance - is so named because we are commanded to remember the heinous deeds committed by Amalek. Our memories as victims of violence and persecution are a two-edged sword, though. We sometimes find that many of our people have accumulated emotions of hate and vengeance against whoever belongs to a nation or group which has hurt us. We sometimes hear expressions of anger, following murderous attacks. Feelings of rage and the desire for revenge are natural and understandable in moments of crisis, and one cannot be judged in his or her moment of anguish.

But it seems that this mitzvah has a different meaning, because the Torah does not “command” us to feel that which is naturally felt. The Torah does not enjoin us to love our children, for example, we do that naturally. On the other hand, it does charge us to “love the stranger.” With this commandment to remember the deeds of Amalek, Torah seems to command us to make every effort not to be contaminated by the actions like those of Amalek and the tendency to respond to violence with violence and stain our souls and minds with violence.

Our God asked to “love your neighbor as yourself” and “love your enemies” but our mind, clouded by our sinful nature, cannot comprehend the full magnitude of this commandment, thus, at least we have to remember not to be like Amalek and darken our souls by hate. Justice is enough.

Hanukkah Celebration

December 8 - Hanukkah Celebration at 4:00pmhanukkah
Come, celebrate Hanukkah with us.
- Menorah Lighhting
- Dancing
- Children’s Activities
- Dreidel Playing
- Traditional Foods
- Latkes & Sufganiyot

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no morning service.

Coming up at Ben David - Purim

March 3 - Purim Celebration:



Join us for a fun filled Purim Celebration: costumes, parade, children's program, joyful music, insightful sermon, and an Oneg with delicious hamantaschen. Purim is the last event of the biblical calendar and symbolizes the ultimate victory over evil.

Hamantaschen Baking Contest:

Bring two dozen of your homemade hamantaschen before the service to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded at the Oneg.

Coming up at Ben David - April 14 - Yom HaShoah

With guest speaker Rochelle Dreeben author of "One Dark Night"

Coming up at Ben David

January 19 - Guest Speaker, David Rubin: guest

Former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel,
founder of "Shiloh Israel Children's Fund."

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Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation offers Shabbat School classes for children from preschool through high school. The classes are taught by adults (several of whom are teachers by profession) who are committed to love and instruct the youth at Ben David in the Word of God and Jewish traditions. To ensure the safety of our children and youth, all adults working in the Shabbat School have gone through a background check. We use Messianic curriculum appropriate for the various age levels in which the weekly lessons are designed and written to teach biblical truths relevant to children and to draw them into a more personal and intimate relationship with God through Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel.

There are three different levels of Shabbat School classes:

  • Preschool - Kindergarten: Ages 2 - 5

  • Elementary: Grades 1st - 5th

  • Junior High: Grades 6th - 8th

  • Youth Group: Grade 9th - College

A Nursery is available for parents with babies ages 0 -24 months. A flat-screen TV is provided for viewing the morning service in the sanctuary.


PreschoolShabbatThe Preschool class, (ages 3- Kgn.), teaches Biblical truths from a Messianic curriculum entitled Flame-Celebrate which uses a balance of Tenakh (Old Covenant) and Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) parallel lessons. The children become familiar with a variety of biblical events and festivals through the use of flannel graphs, crafts, and activities. In addition, beginning Hebrew letters and words associated with the lessons are presented, and the children learn a monthly Bible verse which they practice reciting each week. Parents are requested to help their children learn these verses. Snacks, crafts and activities are also part of the lessons to make it fun and enjoyable for the children.


4th-6thShabbatThe Elementary class (1st – 6th) is using a Messianic Jewish children’s curriculum entitled Club Maccabee. The weekly lessons are designed and written to teach biblical truths relevant to children and to draw them into a more personal and intimate relationship with God through Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel whom we can depend on to meet our needs. The curriculum also stresses Bible verse memorization, the learning of Hebrew words associated with the study as well as traditions and culture of the Jewish people including traditional blessings. Levitical feasts are studied and experienced throughout the year using Messianic holiday curriculum. A variety of activities including discussions, object lessons, skits, worksheets, songs, and games are used to keep the students’ interest.


YouthMinistryThe Youth Group (7th-12th) studies topics that are relevant to teens as they strive to live a godly life in their everyday surroundings. They are working through an adapted version of an adult bible study which challenges them to live a Gospel-centered life, discover their gifts, and defend their faith in Yeshua, the Messiah. The class is conducted in an informal setting with the reading of Scripture, discussion, and application.


Teaching the next generation of believers is a real blessing. Not only do the students hear Bible stories, memorize Bible verses, and study Scripture, but they share in each other’s lives through discussions and prayer, and they have fun, too!  Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s spiritual development during the week by continuing discussions about their Shabbat School lessons, helping them to learn their Bible memory verses, and praying together as a family.

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