Mark your calendar now with the following dates for these extra special events in 2017!
Debate at Kennesaw State University
On Thursday March 23, 2017 Ratio Christi at Kennesaw State University will be hosting a great public moderated debate between Dr. Michael Brown and Asher Norman on the topic: “Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah?” As part of the debate there will be an open mic Q and A with the audience.
This event is free and open to the public.
Following the debate there will be book sales and signing.
Parking: West Parking Deck
Kennesaw Campus Map: http://www.kennesaw.edu/maps/ docs/kennesaw_2d_map.pdf
Special guest, Dr. Michael Brown, will be speaking at our Shabbat Services on Friday, March 24 (8:00 pm) and Saturday, March 25, (11:00 am) 2017. All are welcome.
Michael L. Brown is the founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, North Carolina, Director of the Coalition of Conscience, and host of the daily, nationally, syndicated talk radio show, the Line of Fire, as well as the host of the apologetics TV show, “Answering Your Toughest Questions,” which airs on the NRB TV network. He became a believer in Yeshua in 1971 as a sixteen year-old, heroin-shooting, LSD-using Jewish rock drummer. Since then, he has preached throughout America and around the world, bringing a message of repentance, revival, reformation, and cultural revolution.
He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at several schools of divinity and seminaries. He has contributed numerous articles to scholarly publications, including the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion and the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.
Dr. Brown is the author of 27 books including the highly-acclaimed five-volume series, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus and a commentary on Jeremiah (part of the revised edition of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary). His newest book is Breaking the Stronghold of Food: How We Conquered Food Addictions and Discovered a New Way of Living (2017, with Nancy Brown).
Dr. Brown is a national and international speaker and is widely considered to be the world’s foremost Messianic Jewish apologist.
Pesach and Chag HaMatzah
Pesach (Passover) literally means “to pass over” something and refers to G-d’s promise to pass over every household that had the blood of the sacrificial lamb on its doorpost on the night that He sent the Angel of Death to take the first born boy of every household in Egypt. (Exodus 12:13) He then delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt altogether through the obedience of Moses. Pesach is followed by Chag HaMatzah (the Feast of Unleavened Bread), which lasts for seven days as seen in Leviticus 23:5-8. Based on Exodus 12, we remove all leavening from our houses in remembrance of the fact that the Israelites had to move quickly during their escape and didn’t have time to wait for bread to rise. We also have a traditional seder meal during which we eat certain symbolic foods in a specific order, as “seder” means “order.” The Passover story is one of redemption and extremely meaningful from a Messianic perspective as we remove leaven (sin) from our homes and put our hope in Yeshua the Messiah, the sacrificial lamb who became our Pesach and has delivered us.
Beth Hallel’s 2017 Passover Seder will be Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $38 per person if purchased on or before March 19th and $45/person if purchased on or after March 20th. The evening will include energetic leaders to guide us through the Haggadah and a delicious 4 course meal. Please keep in mind that there will not be any refunds.
Our yeladim love to celebrate Passover in a kid-friendly and fun way. . .with CHOCOLATE! This year, the Children’s Chocolate Passover Seder will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7 PM. It will take place in the MJCC gym for those children grades PreK (4 years old) through 5th grade.
This year, the story of Moses will be told in a fun animated way, and the kids will enjoy singing, eating and sharing during this special time. Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity for your child to learn and be blessed!
For all other ages, the Resurrection Service will be held simultaneously in the sanctuary. What a night of rejoicing it will be!
Yom Hashoah, which is on the 27th day of Nisan, is the day for remembering and honoring the victims of the Holocaust. The full name is actually “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah”–literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” This day of remembrance was established by the Israeli government and is now recognized by Jewish people all over the world.
Beth Hallel’s Yom HaShoah service will be on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7PM. This is not recommended for children younger than 11 years old.
There will be a very special event at Beth Hallel on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm that will begin by honoring the memory of the fallen soldiers of the IDF and then will transition into a time of thanking the Lord for His reestablishment of the nation of Israel and rejoicing and celebrating this country’s miraculous independence.
Each year, Beth Hallel directs several Retreats:
Sisterhood Retreat – February 17 – 19, 2017
Youth Retreat (for Temple Teens and College) – August 25-27, 2017
Men’s Retreat – November 11-12, 2017