FAQ

 

General

“Beth” comes from the Hebrew word, “beit” meaning “house” and “Hallel” is Hebrew for “praise.” Beth Hallel means “House of Praise.”
Tradition! This is a traditional Jewish way to show respect for the holy name of G-d.
See our Statement of Faith for the details of our beliefs and their Scriptural references.
The Beth Hallel Gift Shop is located on the lower level of the synagogue. It is open following each Shabbat Service. See Gift Shop for more details.

About Our Services

Beth Hallel encourages the congregants to dress nicely. You will be comfortable at Beth Hallel in anything from professional attire to business casual. The majority of men wear either a suit or slacks and a button-down shirt. The majority of women wear dresses, skirts, or dress pants, though not formal wear. To show respect for G-d, it is appropriate for shoulders to be covered and skirts and dresses to be just above the knee or longer.
You don’t have to bring anything at all. However, if you own a Bible, you will want to have it as the Rabbi’s messages are based in Scripture and the congregants are given the opportunity to turn to many passages throughout the service. However, if you do not bring one, there are Bibles provided in the seats. If you are a man who owns a tallit or a kippa, you are welcome to bring them or you can borrow the ones provided in the entryway of the synagogue. In short, the most important thing to bring to services is yourself.
There’s hardly anything that we care about more than our yeladim (children). Our Torah Tots and Club Maccabee members learn so much each weekend. See “Shabbat Services” for details about where children go during Shabbat services and see “Children’s Education” for more details about classes we offer for children on Tuesday nights.
No. However, nursing mothers are welcome to use the infant nursery.
Yes, and they can become members, too. Beth Hallel is a place where both Jewish and Gentile individuals can join together to worship the promised Messiah in a Jewish and Biblical way.

About Messianic Judaism

There are many reasons that Jewish person can believe in Yeshua (Jesus).  After all, G-d spoke to Moses in Deuteronomy 18: 18-19:  "I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen.  I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I order him.  Whoever doesn't listen to my words, which he will speak in my name, will have to account for himself to me." Many accuse Yeshua of aspiring to be the Messiah, but how could He arrange for his own birthplace to be the place where it was prophesied that the Messiah would be born?  "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." (Micah 5:2) G-d spoke to King David about the Messiah: "I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” (Psalm 2:7) Isaiah tells of how the Messiah was treated: “Who believes our report?  To whom is the arm of Adonai revealed?  For before him he grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground.  He was not well formed or especially handsome; we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us.  People despised and avoided him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness.  Like someone from whom people turn their faces, he was despised; we did not value him.  In fact, it was our diseases he bore, our pains from which he suffered; yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by G-d.  But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises we are healed.  We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet Adonai laid on him the guilt of all of us. (Isaiah 53:1-6) G-d spoke to King David about the Messiah's suffering: "I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.  My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death…they have pierced my hands and my feet…people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”  (Psalm 22: 14-15, 16b, 17b-18) Who else do you know who fulfills these examples about the Messiah found in the Tenach (Old Testament)?  Believing in Yeshua, you have eternal life and peace with     G-d.  It is yours when you accept Yeshua. Other Messianic references from the Jewish Scriptures
  • Isaiah 9:6-7 – The Messiah will be born and will reign on Kind David’s throne
  • Isaiah 7:14 – The birth of the Messiah will be extraordinary and will be a sign to the people.
  • Isaiah 49:6 - The Messiah will come for both Jews and non-Jews.
  • Daniel 9:24-25 - The Messiah will be killed before the destruction of the Second Temple and Jerusalem in 70 CE.
That’s an excellent question since believing in Yeshua is such an inherently Jewish concept. In fact, the early Messianic Jewish believers discussed at length whether or not gentiles needed to convert to Judaism before they followed Yeshua. However, they concluded that gentiles need not convert to Judaism (Acts 15). We should each be the person G-d created us to be (not converting to anything else), recognizing that Yeshua is the Messiah of both Israel and all mankind.
The label “Christian” would not effectively communicate who we are as a Jewish congregation, living a Jewish lifestyle and recognizing that Yeshua is the one who fulfilled the prophecies regarding the coming of the Jewish Messiah. We use Messianic terminology that clearly articulates who we are and what we believe about the Messiah, Yeshua. We believe that if you are born into a Jewish family, you are Jewish – no matter what you do or believe. Therefore, believing that Yeshua is the promised Messiah does not change one’s blood line causing him/her to stop being Jewish. Also, even apart from race, but in terms of faith, the first people to believe Yeshua was indeed the Messiah were Jewish. It was later and after great questioning and debating that Gentile people were able to join the Jewish people in following Yeshua. It has always been and will always be a very Jewish concept to trust a Jewish Messiah. Yeshua was Jewish and fulfilled the prophecies in the Jewish Scriptures. Truly, there is nothing more Jewish than living as He taught.
Go to www.iamcs.org and click on “Directory.” Note that there are also Messianic congregations listed elsewhere on the Internet. However, you should be aware that there are a few groups that call themselves Messianic that may not be truly Messianic Jewish. Follow the Biblical example of testing any teaching by the Scriptures.