So Vat’s Nu?
Ohev Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation
Quarterly Newsletter 
Adar 1 5774 February 2014 
In This Issue
Beit Midrash – Adult Education
Sisterhood News
The Rabbi’s Corner
What’s Happening @ Chavurot?
Prison Ministry

Up & Coming Events

Greg Silverman
in concert at Ohev
February 22nd
at 7:00pm
Purim Festival
March 16
5:00pm to 8:00pm
at Ohev Yisrael


D’var Chaim  Bookstore  
At a certain point in the Exodus narrative after a multitude of commandments have been communicated to the people, G-d suddenly tells Moshe news that must have elevated the heart of a leader facing daunting responsibilities, including an extensive journey that lay ahead, with unimagined foes in his path: news that
Malakh HaShem, an angel or messenger of the L-RD will be sent to go before the hosts of Israel and guard them in their travels.  Through the agency of this Malakh, this messenger, the presence of G-d, in fact the very name of  G-d, will be among Israel, and if they obey this messenger, G-d will be an enemy to Israel’s enemies.

  

This mysterious figure,
Malakh HaShem, is a recurring personage throughout Israel’s history.  For example, we read in Malachi 3, in one of the last statements announced to the nation before the centuries leading up to the era of Yeshua, that a
Malakh HaBrit, a messenger of the covenant, will suddenly come to his temple and be a refiner and purifier of those who seek to bring offerings of righteousness to HaShem.  Did Messiah fulfill this prophetic word in part at His first visitation, and does it await completion at His return? 

Yeshua prepared his and all future disciples for the journeys ahead with an assurance that they would always have G-d’s presence among them, with obedience yielding even deeper fellowship and more fruitful service.  As we meditate upon Yeshua’s final words recorded in John 14-17, perhaps we’ll gain a recognition of the role we each can play as messengers of the covenant, as those who bear G-d’s name within the house of Israel.
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!

 Tired of snow and cold? Well spring is just around the corner and so is Pesach!  First Seder Night is April 14th, so don’t waste time; get those items you’ll need for your Seder.  We have Matzo Covers, Matzo Trays, Elijah Cups, Candle Sticks, Candles, and many other things. Stop by the display cabinets and check them out, and L’Dor V’Dor will be open for business during the Purim Celebration March 16th

      

 

  

Treasurer and

Financial Committee 

 

The FSC has discussed various ways of reprogramming money to cover certain capital repairs and expenses and to increase our investments.  We have recommended that since the congregation has a large amount of money in the checking account that we add $10,000 to the budget to pay for repairs and new equipment including a new projector for the overheads and equipment for the worship team.  We are also considering purchasing some security cameras for the building.
Ronald Zapien
Treasurer

 

 

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Adult Education     

Beit Midrash

We have had a wonderful time of learning and sharing at our Beit Midrash adult education classes.  We began with teachings on the Birkat HaMazon and Chanukah and Rabbi Michael scathed through a second session of “Ask the Rabbi” without having to wear any protective head gear to ward off “unusually hard and difficult questions”. 

Many of you attended our Beit Midrash session where we had a special time of sharing about the wonderful and exhilarating time we had on our trip to Israel in December.   You heard about many of the highlights of the trip and you saw the many, many pictures of sites that make our beloved land of Israel a place that is dear to our hearts.  You also saw pictures of the beautiful snow which fell in Jerusalem and set snow fall records which have not been seen for fifty years.  This Beit Midrash class was very well attended – we hope that we shared in such a way that it sparks a desire in you, to not only visit the land of Israel, but that each of us would be inspired always to pray for the land of Israel and its people and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

On January 25th, we had our first session of learning Hebrew.  This session focused on learning the Hebrew aleph bet and was taught by Melanie Sollenberger, Bob Blicksilver and Michael Sanders.  Kay Hemmings also assisted and provided information on materials available in our D’var Chaim Bookstore.  Interest was exceptionally high and the class was well attended.   We have gotten off to a good beginning and have high expectations of having an excellent season of learning Hebrew.  We expect to meet at least once a month and it is our goal to focus on equipping attendees to be able to recognize and read portions of liturgy which are a regular part of our service.

Sisterhood News

Following the fourth quarter’s General Membership meeting in October, we immediately launched our plans for the Fall Festival.  It was a huge success due to the support of the Sisterhood, our Congregants and vendors outside the Ohev community!   The “Anything Pumpkin Cook-off” was enjoyed by all, epecially the Elders who were the judges.  The Fabers took the prizes, with Abigail’s original pumpkin cheesecake taking first place!   Our own Tiffany Jacobsen led us in some very entertaining popular dances, which all ages participated in and enjoyed.  Kudos to Madison Lehmann and Fabiola Sanders for organizing and chairing this event, as well as the other chairs listed here:  Sasha Lightbourne,  Vendors Committee; Nancy Rothstein, Games; Food. Nona Faber; Alexis Harris, Entertainment; and Sherry Moore, who served as the Volunteer Coordinator.  The face-painting by Jessica Hoisington was another huge success.  We enjoyed a Krav Maga demonstration by Dante Bernardi and Nate Rothstein. 

Ohev Family  

 

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.  

Shalom!

February Birthdays

Happy Birthday!


Okdong Husoveck
February 2
Dennis Sollenberger
February 5
Pat Brown
February 9
Mary Exline
February 11
Melanie Sollenberger
February 13
LaWana Willingham
February 19

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February Anniversaries


Bruce & Nita Bakaysa
February 14

Steve & Etta Caldwell
February 16

Art & Judith Cohen
February 20

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Rabbi Rudolph

The Rabbi’s Corner   

 

 

Friendship

by

Michael Rudolph

 

 

One of the characteristics of friendship is a willingness to sacrifice for our friend – to put our friend’s welfare before our own.  We see, in the New Covenant Scriptures, in John 15:15, how Yeshua possessed his Father’s capacity to be a friend to men, and declared his friendship to his disciples by telling them:

 

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

 

We were created in God’s image, and we too have the capacity to befriend and to receive friendship from God and from one another.  In terms of human friendship, Scripture gives us the amazing example of the relationship of David and Jonathan; we read in 1 Samuel 18:1:

 

“Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”

 

In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul exhorts us that:

 

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

 

So the Scriptures that reveal God’s friendships with Abraham and Moses, Yeshua’s friendship with his disciples, and Jonathan’s friendship with David, are for our benefit – examples for us to emulate.  Through the Scriptures, God is showing us that we must befriend one another as they did, and that means loving one another.  For Proverbs 17:17 tells us:

 

“A friend loves at all times.”

 

And John 15:13 tells us:

 

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 

 

In addressing his friends, Yeshua said:

 

“These things I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:17).

 

If we are Yeshua’s friends, that commandment is meant for us!

 

Friends – chaverim:  Ohev’s future as a congregation and as an instrument of God, depends upon our being friends and staying friends.  And friends don’t always agree with each other on things.  In fact, Proverbs 27:17 assures us:

 

“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

 

And we do not stay friends by merely saying nice things to each other, for in Job 17:5 we read:

 

“He who speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children will fail.”

 

No, we stay friends by being forthright with each other, by caring about each other, by treating each other with loving respect, and by upholding each other in the way we speak.  Psalm 15:1-3 says it this way:

 

“LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?  He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;”

 

As friends, God expects us to depend upon one another, protect one another, and support one another, as we have need and as we can fulfill each other’s needs.  In this, Proverbs 27:10 exhorts us:

 

“Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.”

 

There is a song that bids friends farewell in God’s peace; the words are:

 

Shalom chaverim

   “Peace be to you, friends”

L’hitra’ot, shalom.

   “Until we meet again, shalom.

 


Chavurot Activities

 

 

Gibborim Ehmunim                         Art & Judy Cohen
 

Our chavurah has almost completed viewing the 13 part video series “End Times Today,” by WalidShoebat.  It is based on his book, “G-d’s War On Terror.”  Mr. Shoebat was a former PLO terrorist, but has now become a believer in Yeshua.  His insights are quite profound.  Once this series is completed our chavurah plans to study the book by John Hagee, “Four Blood Moons.”

HaMishpacha                        Steve & Etta Caldwell

Our Chavurah, consisting of young married couples with young families, continues to meet at the Bluesteins every other Sunday at 5PM.    The Bluestein hosted the couples and families for “Thanksgivingchah” so all could enjoy food, fellowship and give thanks to HaShem together. 

In December to keep the Jewish tradition alive, we all went out to eat Chinese food! We are currently completing the video/workbook series on the
Art of Marriage from FamilyLife.G-d’s beautiful design for marriage, as He created it to be, certainly has its challenges(“Male and female, He created them”!) as we endeavor to live out what we learn through our homework assignments!  Since one of the videos is titled Love Dances:  Fulfilling Our Responsibilities, we decided to do just that and have invited Ohev’s own Tiffany Jacobson to come teach us some exciting social dancing to conclude the series on February 16th.

Ha’Aretz
                          Nancy & Larry Rothstein
 

Ha’Aretz has not been very busy the last few months, due to the trip to Israel in December. In October, we met at the Moore’s to watch “The Miracle of Israel”. It was a movie about the history and creation of Israel. We didn’t meet in November or December. Many of us were on tour in Israel from December 7-17th, 2013.

In January, we met at the Rothstein’s house to have a Skype interview with Cookie Schwaeber-Issan, managing director of the Makor Ha Tikvah Messianic Day School in Jerusalem. It was quite informative. She shared that her school was delivered from bankruptcy by G-d’s provision when she became the director several years ago. The school is currently waiting to hear from the Education Department to see if the school will receive licensure for their school.  The next step is recognition and funding, something the school desperately needs.

The next meeting will be at the Cohen’s house for Ha’Aretz.

Meshared Ermoza                      Ron & Cheryl Zapien
 

 

Shomrim                                   Scott & Sherry Moore
After a long break due to foreign (but friendly) travel, the Shomrim Chavurah has just completed a series on Maimonides’ “Thirteen Principles of Faith.”  Now we are turning to a new topic, which will either be the subject of Dan Juster’s message from January 11th, “Finding Your Destiny,” or a book by Boaz Michael,
Tent of David.  The polling of the group is still ongoing.  The meetings are characterized by much lively discussion, wonderful prayer ministry, and excellent corporate prayer during our meetings – not to mention the Oneg afterwards. Shomrim is a “Jewish life in Yeshua”chavurah, and all are invited to come and taste the flavor of our fellowship and worship

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Prison Ministry

In February 2010, Ohev began its outreach to the Prince William Adult Detention Center in Manassas, Virginia where it ministers to the men and women of the MIND Dorm and WIND Dorm.  These Dorms are for those men and women of the Facility who have purposed to be men and women In a New Direction.  It is with steadfastness, determination and joy that we celebrate four years of continuing with the work of ministering in this endeavor as our Father in Heaven has put on our hearts to do and we continue to endeavor to be good stewards in carrying out the Scriptures set forth in Matthew 25:31-46 as it pertains to going to the prisons.  There are ten of us who are actively participating in the Jail Ministry chaplaincy.

In ministering to the MIND Dorm men, we convene in the room wherein they spend all or most  of their time.  It is a room with beds, phones, and a television. There are approximately 32 men in the section of the MIND Dorm to whom we render teachings.  Unlike this setting, until very recently, when we ministered to the WIND Dorm women, we convened in a small room where we met with from 6 to 12 women.  We now convene in the WIND Dorm room where the women, like the men, spend most or all of their time.  There are approximately 25 women in the WIND Dorm so we give praise and thanksgiving to G-d that we now get to minister to a larger number of women.

We had shared with the men and women our excitement about going to visit the land of Israel and collected from them a total of fifty prayer requests, including several from the Prison Guards. They were, of course, very excited to see the many pictures of the sites we saw and visited. We recently shared with them a DVD of the many pictures which were taken as well as a CD of the Israel trip discussions which were shared with our Ohev congregation as part of our Beit Midrash education program.  So they got to see the Kotel (The Western Wall) at which we took their prayer requests.  They saw the many other pictures which captured the beautiful scenery of the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River where John the Immerser baptized Yeshua, the Garden Tomb, which is the possible burial site of Yeshua, the mountainous regions, the beautiful trees and rows of bananas and date palms and also the beautiful snow which fell in Jerusalem, to mention a few.   We also shared with them wonderful DVD’s about The Holy Land Revealed and the Galilee Experience, which gives an excellent accounting of the history of the land of Israel, including the many conquests that have taken place over the Land throughout history.

We also shared with them teachings on Faith, Prophecy, The Ark of the Covenant (Where is it Located)? and many Biblical teachings from Scripture on the importance of having a relationship with Yeshua and drawing close to Him.

Choir      

The Ohev Choir recently sang a new piece during services entitled “Ani Hu,” words written by Judith Cohen and music by Art Cohen.  Art is currently preparing new music for the choir: “Ki L’olamChasdo.” based on Psalm 136.  The melody is attributed to R. Kosakoff with a recurring refrain of “His mercy endures forever.”  We also plan to revisit some old favorites such as “Shir Ha-Ma’a lot,” and for Purim, the choir plans to sing “UtsuEtsa.”

Art and Judy Cohen


OZRIM
TEAM
 

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 a Ozrim Team.

The schedule is now available on our website!

February Schedule

 February 1 – McDonald
February 8 – Moore
February 15 – Duewer
February 22 – Waggoner

Yosher Tours

Winter Classic 

Israel Tour  

 

 

 Postcard from Israel 

 

Ohevites and friends enjoying the rare sight of snow in Jerusalem during their Winter Classic Tour in December.
For Information on Tours to Israel
Contact Sherry Moore
703-627-7992

 www.yoshertours.com

 

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