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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Our Purpose

First and foremost, we wish to follow the teaching of Yeshua, who said "make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to observe all that I commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). Therefore, we study and teach the entire Word of God as our guide to life.

Secondly, we desire to present the wonderful news that Yeshua of Nazareth is indeed the Messiah promised in the Hebrew Scriptures to Israel and to the world: "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your countrymen, you shall listen to Him." (Deuteronomy 18:15).


Why A Messianic Congregation?

The early followers of Yeshua were almost exclusively Jewish. Over the years that followed, however, the presentation and practices of the believing community migrated away from their roots to the point that, today, the Jewish origins of this faith are virtually unrecognizable. We seek to restore the Jewishness of this presentation and these practices for two reasons:

  • Because many of us are, in fact, Jewish and understand that one does not lose their heritage (become non-Jewish) just because they acknowledge that Yeshua is the Messiah.
  • So that the world around us, the Christian community and especially the Jewish community, might come to the realization and the knowledge of the Hebrew roots of the faith.

About Our Name: "Ben David"

Our name means “Son of David” and reflects our focus on the person and nature of the Jewish Messiah. It appears 26 times in the Bible, 10 times in the Tanakh and 16 times in the Brit Chadashah. Over the centuries, it became one of the most common biblical terms used by the rabbis when speaking of the Messiah. In Matthew chapter 22, we find this exchange:"Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Yeshua asked them a question, saying, 'What do you think about the Messiah, whose Son is He?' They said to Him, 'Ben David' ('The Son of David'). He said to them, 'Then how does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying, the Lord says to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet." (Psalm 110:1) If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his Son?' And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question." Thus the choice of our name highlights the biblically sound, yet culturally sensitive, Jewish perspective we seek to establish in everything that we do.


Where We Meet

We meet weekly for Shabbat Services at: 651 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92707. We're right near the intersection of 405 and 55 Freeways, one block east from South Coast Plaza. Our Services begin at 10:30 am and all are welcome! Click here for directions.


Our Elders

WEB-Doug

Doug Friedman is an ordained Messianic Rabbi and is currently serving as the Ben David Congregational Leader. He was raised in a Conservative Jewish home and was a Bar Mitzvah at the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, New York. He has been a believer in Messiah Yeshua since 1976. He has a Bachelor of Science from M.I.T., a Master of Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts degree in Biblical & Theological Studies from Talbot Theological Seminary. After 45 years of employment as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas / The Boeing Company, he finally retired at the end of August 2013. He lives in Irvine with his wife, Bonnie, and has three grown children.
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WEB-Robb

Robb Schwartz was raised in a Conservative Jewish home and was a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Sinai in Long Beach, California. He has been a believer in Messiah Yeshua since 1979. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University, a Masters Degree in Organization Development (MHROD) from University of San Francisco, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University. After 28 years of employment at McDonnell Douglas / The Boeing Company, he retired in 2015. He lives in Orange with his wife, Nancy, and his daughter Shayna.

Robb is the author of the book "Operation Last Exodus," published in 2012.
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How Are We Supported?

Our financial support comes entirely from the freewill offerings of those who attend our Congregation. We have no membership fees or annual dues. We "… let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (II Corinthians 9:7). Please consider making a donation to support our ministries. Thank you!

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