Ohev Yisrael’s Shabbat School program aims to provide a strong spiritual foundation in scripture, utilizing Messianic Jewish curricula for children from ages three through eighth grade. We provide a warm, nurturing environment by a staff of caring teachers. Instruction in Jewish culture, tradition, and history, as well as a love for the land of Israel are also part of our program.
In addition, we provide classes in Hebrew, leading to Bar/Bat Mitzvah training.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training
Bar & Bat Mitzvah training is offered in two parts. Pre-B’nei Mitzvah training begins in Ohev’s Shabbat School where Messianic Jewish education and discipleship are emphasized. When the prospective Bar/Bat Mitzvah approaches the traditional age of adult accountability, private tutoring is provided to prepare the boy or girl for his or her future participatory role in the congregation’s Torah service. This includes reading from the Torah scroll, and delivering a d’rash, expositing the day’s parashah.
Israeli/Davidic Worship Dance
The Davidic Dance ministry at Ohev Yisrael is composed of men, women, and children who dance as an expression of praise and joy to G_d. The dance is based on Israeli dance steps, as well as the original choreography of Messianic Jewish believers. The dances range from slow and devotional to joyful and exuberant. Davidic Dance is an important part of worship service and special celebrations at Ohev Yisrael.
Ohev’s Bet Midrash program is conducted on Shabbat afternoons, following the oneg. It consists of four distinct components – (1) Messianic Jewish Life; (2) Jewish Concepts & Practices; (3) Hebrew Language; (4) Torah Study.
Ohev’s ladies gather semi-annually for relationship building, inspirational events, and fun! We plan one outreach to both the Jewish Community and the Christian Community each meeting.
Intercessory Prayer Team
Ohev’s Intercessory Prayer Team is devoted to praying for the needs of the congregation and to encouraging a full and healthy prayer life among all of the congregation’s members. Although most prayer needs are communicated to team members via e-mail, the team meets for corporate prayer on every other Wednesday at 1:00pm, to which all congregants are invited.
Ohev believes young families need time for refreshment. Babysitters are available during Shabbat Services from 10am-1pm to care for newborns through three years of age. There is a private nursing corner and diaper changing facilities, as well as play area. A good health policy governs a child’s admittance to the facility.
Discipleship is the process of learning the nature of God as exemplified in Yeshua the Messiah, and moving toward becoming more like Him. Ohev members are helped in this pursuit through educational offerings, chavurah (small group) experiences, and private mentoring and counseling.
Oz’rim Service Teams
Oz’rim are helpers. Every member is encouraged to join one of the Oz’rim teams which have the privilege to serve one Shabbat out of every six in setting up and cleaning up, serving, bringing the Oneg Shabbat, and anything else that is needed for that day. He is greatest who is the greatest servant, and we invite all to join in the blessing.
D’var Chayim Bookstore
D’var Chayim (Living Word) is Ohev Yisrael’s combination bookstore and gift shop. While relatively small compared to commercial counterparts, it features items of immediate interest to Messianic Jewish worshipers including a wide assortment of traditional Jewish, Messianic Jewish, and Christian resources that will enhance worship, prayer, and the study of God’s Word. Typical items are recorded messages, recorded music, books, and Judaica.
Outreach Planning Group
Messiah Yeshua exhorts us to be light and salt in the world in which we live. We accomplish this through emphasizing personal sharing in one-on-one situations with family, friends, and others brought into our spheres. We also use various events as a means to share the besorah (Good News) of Yeshua such as Jewish Feasts (e.g. Passover, Chanukah and Purim), musical concerts, youth events, etc.
Ohev currently has several chavurot, sometimes known as “fellowship groups” or “care groups,” that meet midweek in the homes of various Ohev members. Some of the groups are general, and some are specialized; Shomrim specialty is traditional Jewish life and Ha’Aretz specializes in Israel and Israeli concerns. All chavurot include worship, prayer, and Scripture studies.
HaAretz (The Land)
Lead by Nancy and Larry Rothstein
Monthly on Sundays Focused on the land of Israel
Lead by Jim and Jill Eadie
Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Lead by Scott and Sherry Moore
Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Lead by Michael Rudolph
Every other Tuesday at 7:15pm
Lead by Steve and Etta Caldwell
Every other Sundays at 5:00pm
Mason Neck, VA