Up & Coming Events
Sisterhood Ladies Social
at Diaz Residence
Seder at Members’ Homes
Bikkurim Service at Ohev
Hispanic Seder at Woodbridge Fire Dept. Hall
D’var Chaim Bookstore
”And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone” (Ezekiel 1:26a); “v’al d’mut ha’kisei d’mut k’mar’ei adam alav mil’ma’la” / “on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man on it from above” (Ezekiel 1:26b). Commenting on Ezekiel’s vision, Asher Intrater writes (Who Ate Lunch With Abraham?, pp. 90-91), “He saw a chair. . . . This was a throne, a chair, a place for someone to sit. This was no ordinary throne. It was a brilliant, radiating jewel-like throne. But even more important was what he saw on the chair. . . . He saw a Man. He saw a supernatural being in the likeness of a man.” (Intermedia Publishing Group, Inc., 2011)
In the Foreword to his book, Asher states (p. iv): “Two thousand years of disagreement between Israel and the Church have created a barrier to understanding the consistency of Scriptures. One of the keys to breaking down that barrier is the connection between the Angel of the Lord and Yeshua the Messiah.” For further study of the appearances of God in the form of the Angel of the Lord, the Man on the throne, and Messiah Yeshua, look for that book and other publications in D’var Chaim. D’var Chaim bookstore: seforim (books), chumashim (Bibles), siddurim (prayer books), midrashim (commentaries), and z’mirim (praise and worship CDs).
Welcome to L’Dor V’Dor Gift Shop!
Our Gift Shop is located in the foyer of our synagogue where we have Judaica gifts for you to purchase. We carry a wide range of gifts for Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Weddings, Babies, Birthdays and Anniversaries; Holiday must haves, and Shabbat items. If there is something you need but do not see it in our Gift Shop, just let us know, and we will try to get it for you. Gift shop items may be purchased during the weekdays when the synagogue is opened; on Saturdays, you can place an order and mail in your payment. Items can then be picked up during the week after payment has been received or on the following Saturday.
Eggplant-Wrapped Chicken -
This recipe is out of the new kosher for Pesach cookbook that the Judaica store sells.
1 tall eggplant
1/2 cup oil
1/4 tsp. Salt
Pinch coarse black pepper
1/2 lb. Ground meat
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 garlic powder
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/4 tsp. Salt
Pinch coarse black pepper
1. Preheat oven to broil. Grease a baking sheet. Cut eggplant lenghtwise, 1/4 -inch thick,to get 6or 7 slices. Reserve remaining eggplant scraps. Place eggplantslices on prepared baking sheet. Brush slices with oil and season with salt and pepper. Broil 5 minutes per side, until second side is beginning to brown. The slices should appear as if they were fried. Remove and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350.
3. Peel and firmly dice remaining eggplant to obtain 1/2 cup diced eggplant. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and diced eggplant and saute until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
4. In a small bowl, combine onion mixture with ground meat. Season with salt and garlic powder.
5. Season chicken thights with salt and pepper. Place a tablespoon of the meat mixture into each thigh and roll up to close. Roll a eggplant slice around each stuffed chicken thigh. Place,seam side down and close together, in a baking pan. Cover and bake for 2 1/2 hours.
Courtesy of Tracy McDonald
We at Ohev continue to be blessed with many who willingly devote their time, effort, and abilities in preparing for and delivering teachings at our Adult Education sessions. We take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication, along with those who provide computer and other support for the Education program. All of our teaching sessions for some time now have been held in the Sanctuary so as to free up the Library for use by HaDerech.
During this past quarter, we received excellent informative teachings on a variety of topics such as “Keeping Mitzvot: A Traditional Approach to Jewish Life” by Rabbi Michael; “Interpreting the Bible, Why All Believers Are Required to Interpret the Bible” by Michael Sanders; “What is Your World View?” by David Waggoner; “Identity Theft” by Ron Zapien, and “Divine Time – Setting a Date with G-d” by Jessica Eadie, just to mention a few.
It is always our aim to provide teachings which will impart knowledge, encouragement and spiritual growth and edification to the hearers. We hope to see many of you in our education classes.
The Benevolence Committee asks for your help as the need for financial assistance continues to grow faster than the contributions. If you can possibly contribute to the welfare of our Ohev families in need, please consider this a request for your donations. The families of Ohev and your Benevolence Committee thank you for your generous giving.
May HaShem richly bless
you for your faithfulness to His community.
Israel Tour 2013
Providing a congregational home for Jewish believers in Yeshua and for believing Gentiles called to serve Messiah within the Messianic Jewish community
Shacharit Service 8:30 am
Shabbat Service 10:00 am
The Rabbi’s Corner
Messianic Judaism Is Not for Everyone
I am not of the opinion that Messianic Judaism is God’s preferred religious expression for everyone. Certain Gentile believers are called to a lifelong affiliation within Messianic Judaism (we call these K’rovei Yisrael), and they have naturally brought their children up in it. But, as their children become older they develop their own sense of calling (as all must do), and some have chosen the Christian Church and Christian style of life instead. It is understandably disappointing to parents when children choose a different way of expressing their faith, but it should not be too much of a disappointment if their children retain godly values, join good biblical churches, marry believers, and otherwise follow the Lord. Ideally, Gentile believers seeking a Christian church home should select one that teaches correctly about biblical practices and about the Church’s connection to Israel and the Jewish People.
It is not, however, the same for Jewish parents and Jewish children. For them, affiliation with a Messianic Jewish congregation should be considered essential because that is where we find Jewish believers living out the covenants that are intended primarily for Jews. Even “churched” Jews should maintain a secondary affiliation with a Messianic Jewish congregation (where possible), and the only real decision should be “which one?”
In cases where attending a Messianic Jewish congregation is not geographically possible, Jewish believers (also Gentile believers who perceive the need) can communicate (sometimes even affiliate) with a Messianic Jewish congregation at a distance in order to maintain a pastoral connection, and potential for Messianic Jewish fellowship. In metropolitan areas such as ours, Jewish believers are blessed to have the option of driving a little further, and affiliating with whichever Messianic Jewish congregation he or she finds especially pleasing. That is entirely acceptable, and transfers of membership between our various local congregations are not uncommon. What is not acceptable, however, is for a Jewish believer (of any age) to leave the assembly of Jewish believers altogether, and exclusively immerse him or herself in a church and lifestyle that does not make it possible to pass on one’s Messianic Jewish identity and covenantal responsibilities to the next generation.
Jewish and Gentile parents should understand these things, take them to heart, and bring up their children with appropriate biblical expectations for their future.
Eshet Chayil – A Woman of Valor
A woman of valor who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have
no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
2013 here we come! Our new Eshet Chayil board is hard at work as we plan and cast vision for the year ahead-one sure to be filled to the brim with great fun, meaningful service, and deepening fellowship among the women of Ohev.
In January, our wonderful board members Etta Caldwell, Willetta Lee, Ricki Simpson and Melanie Sollenberger passed the baton to newly elected President, Carol Diaz, Treasurer, Fabiola Sanders, and Secretary, Heather Dewey. As Alexis continues in her role as Vice President, the new board is excited to carry on the excellent legacy of service left by outgoing members-Etta, Willetta, Ricki and Melanie: Thank you so much for all of your hard work, creativity, dedication and great love to facilitate so many wonderful Sisterhood activities! You are all so deeply appreciated!
In February, we launched the Hilda Dean Memorial No Bake Bake Sale, with envelopes for donations of funds that you otherwise would have used to bake/buy something tasty at a bake sale. It was Hilda’s idea to host a No Bake Bake Sale at Ohev, and we’re excited to honor her memory as a dearly loved sister here in our community. Do make sure to get your donations in by March 9th to Alexis Harris.
This month, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to get together for a Sisterhood Open House at Carol Diaz’s home March 10th: 2:00-5:00pm. Come on over for a great time for all of us girls to just hang out and get to know each other.
Looking ahead, we’ll be hosting again our Spring Fashion Show May 25th as well as a Summer Square Dance in July. Mark your calendars, and get ready for a fabulous time of food, fun and fellowship at these and more events coming your way from Ohev’s Eshet Chayil!
Blessings to you all, and look forward to seeing you at Carol’s in March!
Heather on behalf of The Sisterhood Board
Well, our continued growing in His Word; that is whats new. HaDerech continues to be an evolving group with teenagers who enter through reaching bar/bat mitzvah age, as well as exiting individual who graduate from one stage of their life and prepare for the next. Several of our members are juniors and seniors in high school, which means the world of college, jobs and new relationships, is right around the corner. So to those that are preparing for this growth post HaDerech, let us extend our prayers and support. Then on the other side is the soon to be HaDerech members who are anxiously awaiting a developmental change, moving from pre-teen towards increasing levels of responsibility. HaDerech looks forward to your joining our group and if you would like to know more about what we do, please ask. A few weekends ago we went on a retreat to the Watermarks Resort and a few weeks ahead of us is Acquire The Fire. HaDerech works hard to be both active and uplifting, so please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve. Lastly, HaDerech is growing in our middle group, those who fit squarely into the ages of neither coming or going. This too is an important part of our group and we will be planning many more things in the future, that will engage all age groups of HaDerech. So continue to grow in your walk and we will see you about the congregation.
Jonathan & Melinda Dade
Gibborim Ehmunim Art & Judy Cohen
Our group is still studying Mussar
, Everyday Holiness. This study will end sometime during February. Our group will next begin studying “Who Ate Lunch with Abraham” by Asher Intrater.
We were sad to lose our faithful attendee, Hilda Dean.
Ha’Aretz Nancy & Larry Rothstein
Ha’Aretz has been very busy the last few months. In December 2012, we had a Chanukkah party at Jean’s house. We ate jelly donuts and other standard Chanukah goodies and watched a PBS movie about Chanukah with Jewish performers. It was quite entertaining! In January, we met at the Cohen’s house and viewed the Du Du Fisher concert filmed in Israel. It was so beautiful and moving, especially seeing some of the sights that we saw in Israel last December. In February, we met at the Moore’s house and watched the documentary “Operation Thunderbolt” about the rescue of hijacked Israelis in Entebbe in 1976. It was exciting to see the IDF plan the rescue and succeed. In April we hope to have a featured speaker for Yom Ha Shoah and in May, we hope to have a speaker for Israeli Independence Day. In June, we plan to return to the Israeli Fair for another visit. Shalom.
Shomrim Scott & Sherry Moore
Shomrim is completing the reading and discussion of Asher Intrater’s “Who Ate Lunch with Abraham?” This exciting book catalogs the many times in the Tenach when HaShem appeared to various individuals. Intrater’s conclusion that those appearances involved a G0d-man-angel person, who is best identified as Yeshua Himself, is a radical departure from the commonly held belief that men cannot see G0d. Every meeting includes a time of prayer and worship as well as a time of addressing individual needs through directed prayer.
Midday Ladies Bible Study
On January 23, 2013, we resumed our ladies midday Bible Study with a discussion and study of Ruth and we plan initially to study more of the great women of the Bible. We meet once a month at Sandy Tobias’ home on different days and at different times as our schedules permit. Please watch for notification of upcoming Bible Studies in our Bulletin, and if your schedule permits, please plan to join us when you can.
Having ended our third year of serving in the Prison Ministry and now as we face the beginning of another year, it is with anticipation, enthusiasm, thanksgiving, joy and zeal that we continue in our endeavor to fulfill Matthew 25:36. We continue in the knowledge, faith, trust and expectation that the Ruach HaKodesh will strengthen us and anoint us in the sharing and administering of the teaching and studying of G-D’s Word.
In the last quarterly update, we reported that we were diligent in soliciting prayer requests from the inmates at the Prince William Adult Detention Center and in circulating the prayer requests to members of our Ohev Volunteer Prison Ministry Team. At our Prison Ministry Bible study on Monday, February 12, 2013, Miguel shared a teaching by Asher Intrater with the men and women and talked to them about Israel and encouraged them to pray for Israel. The men and women were provided with a list of things to pray for concerning Israel, which list was provided by Revive Israel Ministries. The inmates were informed that their prayer requests would be sent to Israel so that the Revive Israel Prayer Team could join us in praying for them. They were excited to be asked to join in praying for Israel and in knowing that their prayer requests would be sent to Israel where the Ministry Team there would join us in prayer. There is power in prayer, especially when we are joined together. One individual, who is a former MIND Dorm inmate went to Court for sentencing on February 21st. When he appeared before the Judge, the Judge’s initial statement to him was “I’m going to give you six years”. But G-d softened the Judge’s heart. When the Judge finally handed down his sentence, it resulted in his having to serve only 6 more months. We rejoice along with him and his family and give praise and thanksgiving to our wonderful Father Whom we serve and Who continues to be faithful in answering prayers for the men and women of the Facility.
While we continue to minister to the men and women of the Prince William Adult Detention Center, we have also been instrumental in sharing with inmates at other facilities. I have a brother who is incarcerated and is located at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia. A few months ago, I sent him one of our So Vat’s Nu issues. There are a few Jewish men located at the Facility and my brother, Kenneth, shared it with them. They really enjoyed the So Vat’s Nu, so much so that one of the men named Michael wrote to Rabbi Michael to let him know how much he enjoyed the articles about our congregation. I have continued to send the So Vat’s Nu Quarterlies, as well as some of our Ohev messages to my brother for his enjoyment and growth and for dissemination to the Jewish men who expressed an interest to continue to receive them. On February 26, 2013, I received a letter from Michael by way of my brother Kenneth. Michael expressed again his appreciation and thanks for the teachings and mailings and said they have really been enjoying reading news about our congregation. He said it makes them feel like they are part of a real synagogue. Michael informed me that he had recently written again to Rabbi Michael.
There is another person, Christopher, who is located at the Coffeewood Correctional Center which is located in Mitchells, Virginia who has been in contact with Rabbi Michael. Christopher came to know Michael when he was located at the Prince William ADC. Christopher is now on our mailing list to receive a copy of our Ohev messages on a weekly basis. Rabbi Michael hopes to be visiting him soon.
On February 25, 2013, Art and Judy Cohen had the pleasure of receiving a phone call from Carrillo Dean, whom we know and refer to as CD. Judy reports that it was a wonderful phone visit with CD, which she and Art thoroughly enjoyed. CD shared with Art and Judy about the fact that he is being used by our Heavenly Father to perform prison ministry by rendering teachings and facilitating Bible study with other inmates. CD reported that he was doing well. He misses Hilda of course. Art and Judy shared with him some news about Ohev and hope to hear from him again soon.
As you can see from the above, our Prison Ministry service and endeavor has continued to grow and “take on a life of its own”. With the help of the Almighty One, our Prison Ministry Team will continue to endeavor to take the Word of G-d to those in prison and to encourage them in whatever way G-d leads us to share with them.
We have six teams headed by Tracy McDonald, Sharon Waggoner, Lauren Duewer, Eric & Willetta Lee, Sherry Moore and Fabiola Sanders. These teams do the work of setup, cleanup, and serving of the Oneg Shabbat each week. If you are new and have not been assigned, please see Sherry Moore (703-627-7992) to be placed on an Ozrim team
The schedule is now available on our website!
March 2 – McDonald
March 9 – Moore
March 16 - Duewer
March 23 – Waggoner
Joshua Sanders 8
Jessica Hoisington 10
Alex Hambleton 10
Mildred McDuffie 14
Art Cohen 17
David Charlton 17
Tadeuz Mich 19
Jasiu Mich 19
Connor Bluestein 20
Carol Diaz 22
Grace Hambleton 24
Maria MOrjales 25
Daniel Sollenberger 27
David Waggoner 28
Shirley Johnson 29
Brendon & Nancy Bluestein March 9
Chris & Katie Murphy March 10