FAQ

These Frequently Asked Questions are items not covered in our Statement of Faith, but that people may have before visiting our congregation.  If your question isn’t answered, of if you have suggestions on additional FAQs, please contact us.

The majority of Scripture was originally given and taught in Hebrew. We equally believe in the importance of Greek; we believe that the original languages are key to forming our understanding of Scripture.

As with most “faith terms” it depends on who you ask. For us, it is one of the labels that helps to define who we are: Believers in Yeshua as the promised Messiah, the only Son of Elohim, who also believe that the Torah was not done away with at the time of Yeshua’s death.

Please feel free to stay as long as you would like, you will not disrupt or offend if you need to leave at any point.

  1. We start between 1 & 1:15 pm on Shabbat – Saturday
  2. Shema / V’ahavta (Traditional Blessings)
  3. Blessing & blowing of the Shofar
  4. Introduction/Welcome
  5. Community Prayer
  6. Kid’s Torah Corner
  7. Praise & Worship
  8. Traditional Prayers
  9. Blessing over the Torah
  10. Message w/ closing prayer (2:30-3:30pm)
  11. Closing blessings
  12. Aaronic Blessing
  13. Oneg (Every other week)
    1. 30 minute snack/break
    2. 60 minute Oneg
  14. Midrash
    1. Non-Oneg weeks (4:00PM – 2 Hours)
    2. Oneg weeks (5:00PM – 2 Hours)

Adonai: Hebrew for Lord or Master. This is also used as a substitution for the Covenant Name of God, יהוה (YHVH or Yahweh).

Brit Chadasha: Hebrew for Renewed Covenant, a term for the New Testament

Elohim: Hebrew for God.

HaShem: A Hebrew phrase meaning The Name. This is also used as a substitution for the Covenant Name of God, יהוה (YHVH or Yahweh).

Oneg: A Hebrew word meaning Delight. It also refers to a community meal on Shabbat

Parsha: Hebrew for Portion.  Each week a section of the Torah (Pentateuch) is read so that in 1 year all 5 books of Moses are studied.

Ruach haKodesh: Hebrew for Holy Spirit

Shabbat: The Sabbath

Shema: A Hebrew word meaning to hear. It is also a traditional blessing based on Deuteronomy 6:4

Shofar: An animal horn traditional blown to call the assembly together.

Torah: A Hebrew word meaning Instructions. Generically it can refer to any of Elohim’s instruction to His people in Scripture, but specifically it refers to the Law give to Moses at Mt. Sinai. It also refers to the first 5 books of Scripture, also known as the Pentateuch.

Yahweh (יהוה): This is the covenant name of Elohim. It is sacred, and should not be over/under used. We predominantly use this during Scripture reading and prayer.

We believe in the principles set forth in Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no guidance the people call, but in an abundance of counselors there is victory.” As such we have no single designated pastor or rabbi. Rather we have appointed a Beit Din who act much like a board of elders.

Currently the Beit Din is also responsible for teaching, however this function is not reserved for them. Any who have a gift of teaching and prove to be mature in the faith are welcome to help in this task.

The Beit Din currently consists of 2 people (Riley and Jonathan). If Elohim chooses to bring greater numbers to the congregation, additional members will be chosen and elected by the community.

As necessary the Beit Din can also appoint deacons

Just before Praise and Worship we have a section called “Kid’s Torah Corner” geared for children 5-11 (though fun for all) that teaches on the weekly Parsha (Torah Portion).  We also provide an activity packet for the children to do during the Service.  

While we understand sometimes younger children get restless, we encourage them to stay with the community during the service.  It is an opportunity for all to participate and hear the Word, and we don’t mind a little noise!

We only ask that you dress modestly.  The majority of people dress business casual.  On Feast Day celebrations like Passover and Yom Kippur you may wish to dress a little nicer, but it is not a requirement.

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