Keeping Judaism Jewish

A site designed to educate Jews to the growing threat of messianic “Judaism” and similar groups.

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Their numbers are growing!

Our daughter is thinking of moving to Concord, NC  so I googled, “Synagogues in Concord” and guess what popped up first?  Beit Shofarot Messianic Synagogue!  I decided to try a little experiment so I googled other areas under the heading, Synagogues, to see what showed up:

  • Fort Mill, SC- #1, messianic
  • Matthews, NC -#’s 6&7, messianic
  • Pineville, NC -#’s 4&7, messianic

 (People need to let these listing sites know that the definition of Synagogue is: a Jewish house of worship. I’ve tried to but one voice is not enough. Messianic “Jewish” Congregations, in fact any non-Jewish house of worship  should not be listed under the heading of synagogues.)

  I regularly monitor and update the messianic groups in North Carolina and nearby parts of South Carolina and Beth Shofarot was new to me so I decided it was time to do an update. It was quite a shock and very disheartening to see the growth in the number of listed groups. Here are the messianic “Jewish” congregations that I found in less than five minutes of searching:

1. Adon Olam Messianic Congregation 259 Pine Drive, Piedmont, SC 29673-7838

2. IRVINE – SHUVAH YISRAEL MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATION, …… Castle Hayne Road,Wilmington, NC 28401, (910)343- 3383, Email: …

3. http://www.wordofmessiah.org/about-wmm.html – this is sam Nadler’s forum for “planting congregations” to convert Jews

 

4. Emek B’rachah   http://www.valleyofblessing.com  201 College Road Greensboro, NC

 

5. Congregation Sha’arei Shalom, Cary, NC

 

6. Home of Prayer Congregation, Charlotte, NC

 

7. Shabbat Shalom Messianic Congregation, Charlotte, NC

 

8. Todah Adonai Messianic Fellowship, Fayetteville, NC

 

9. Beth Messiah Messianic Fellowship, Jacksonville, NC

 

10. Messianic Home Bible Study, Wilmington, NC

 

11. Beth Hallel Messianic Synagogue, Wilmington, NC

 

12. Messianic Home Bible Study, Swansboro, NC

 

13. Beth Hallel Messianic Synagogue, Wilmington, NC

 

14. Hope of Israel Congregation
PO Box 28277
Charlotte, North Carolina 28270
www.HopeofIsrael.info 

 

15. CHARLOTTE – HOME OF PRAYER CONGREGATION

hopyahir@carolina.rr.com

 

16. CHARLOTTE – LIGHT OF MESSIAH, Sam Nadler, PO Box 13219, Charlotte, NC

28270, (704) 362-1927.

 

17. FAYETTEVILLE – TODAH ADONAI MESSIANIC CONGREGATION,

Congragational Leader L. Jack Harrow Meets at Calvary Baptist Church, 1943

Pamalee Drive, (910)423-5979, Email address: jaok@netzero.net .

 

18. KITTY HAWK – BETH OHR TORAH, Congregational Leader Carroll Price,

Meeting Address: Milepost 41/2, (252)449-4399

 

19. RALEIGH – BETH LECHEM, Gordon Tessler, P. O. Box 99005, Raleigh, NC

27624 870-9080, Email: GSTessler@aol.com

 

20. WILMINGTON – BETH HALLEL SYNAGOGUE, Rabbi George Holland, 1901

Castle Hayne Road,Wilmington, NC 28401, (910)343-3383, Email: gholland@wilmington.net

21. Beit Shofarot Messianic SynagogueChina Grove, NC http://www.beitshofarot.org/faqs.html North Carolina

22. Sh’ma Messianic Ministries
3863A Sweeten Creek Rd.
Arden, NC
828-633-0986
shma_ministries@yahoo.com

23. Beth Shomair
Messianic Jewish fellowship group in the Asheville, North Carolina area. Includes articles and Torah Parashot.
http://www.geolucid.com/shomair/
 24. Beth Shomair Messianic Fellowship
Arden, North Carolina. Messianic Jewish congregation shows a meeting schedule and calendar.
http://www.bethshomair.org

25. CAYCE – CONGREGATION BETH LECHEM, 1221 Knox Abbot Drive, Cayce,

SC (803) 796-7137 or 957-9087, Email: hulon@worldnet.att.net

 

26. FT. MILL – SHABBAT SHALOM MESSIANIC CONGREGAION, PO Box

410401, Charlotte, NC, 28241, Tel. (803) 985-3510, Email: andrewfb@cetlink.net,

Website: http://www.sabbathrest.org

 

27. GREENVILLE – UPSTATE MESSIANIC FELLOWSHIP, Messianic Pastor Paul

Cohen, Meets At: 1823 Augusta Road, Greenville, SC 29605,

Website:http://members.aol.com/CherDar/Fellowship.html

 

28. ROCK HILL – SHABBAT SHALOM MESSIANIC CONGREGATION,

Congregational Leaders: Dr. Ben Alpert, Rev. Andy Barnett, Rev. Dave Shook,

Meets at down town Ft. Mill, Mailing Address: PO Box 410401, Charlotte, NC

28241, (803) 985-3510, Email: Shabbat@cetlink.net, Website: www.

sabbathrest.org.

29. Beth Simchat Adonai, Fayetteville, NC, http://www.afreetickettoheaven.com/

 

30. Valley of Blessing Messianic PO Box 77544, Greensboro, NC 27417 http://www.valleyofblessing.org…

31. Messianic Women’s Fellowship, Hickory, NC

32. Torah/Hebrew Roots Fellowship, Jacksonville NC

33. Hebrew Believers Congregation, Melohagoyim, Winston Salem, NC

34. Children Of Yisrael, Durham, NC

35. Bri’th Hadoshah, High Point, NC

36. Fellowship for Sacred name/Messianic/ Women Fellowship, Chapel Hill, NC

  I stopped at 36 because honestly, it was making me sick. When I started this research almost ten years ago there were quite a few large organizations that were easy to keep track of. Now their influence has become so widespread that hundreds of individuals are starting congregations for the sole purpose of spreading their gospel to the Jew first. In Israel there were about ten messianic

“Jewish congregations. Today there are around 140 and that’s not counting all the centers that evangelical Christian missionaries have opened to help Israelis while the Christians that run them, spread their lies about following the Jewish “messiah,” Yehoshua.

  My heart aches for our people that have become victims of these people and for those who refuse to see the danger it represents to the future of Judaism. Don’t be one of them. find their sites, read their lies and join in the effort to educate Jews about their foes. Be aware, be Jewish!

First Fruits of Zion, a teaching tool for Torah Observant Christians.

   I mentioned Torah Observant Christians in my first blog. These are gentiles that believe the best way to convert Jews is to as fully as possible, emulate the Jews. Although other groups of Messianic Jews do this as well, they take it to a whole new level.  I met my first Torah observant Christian just a couple of years ago while making a shiva call to a friend whom had lost her mother. Joe introduced himself as being Jewish but after all these years of battling messianics I sensed something was not right. It is not an exaggeration to say that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. With further prodding I found out that he was not Jewish but he claimed that he and his entire family were in the process of conversion to Judaism. Those hairs were still at attention. A few moments later I met his wife and asked her how the conversion classes were going. She became a bit huffy and said that they were Christian and would always be Christian. Seems that Joe and his wife were not on the same page.

  Naturally, I Googled Joe and discovered his group called Bella Torah. On the surface it appeared to be about a group of gentiles seeking to learn about Judaism but I never judge a book by its cover. After some considerable digging I discovered that they are indeed involved with messianic “Judaism”. I also found a link on their website to First Fruits of Zion. I have since learned that Joe’s family and the founder of FFOZ are personal friends that have travelled together. I think the best way to explain FFOZ is through their own words, taken from their website. I have highlighted important sentences and italicized certain key phrases. Read and learn:

Who and What is FFOZ?

First Fruits of Zion (FFOZ) is a Messianic Jewish educational ministry dedicated to proclaiming the Torah and its way of life, fully centered on Messiah, to today’s people of God. A non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization with offices in North America and Israel, FFOZ has both Jewish and Gentile staff and contributors. We are on a mission to restore the original faith and practice of the apostles and first followers of Yeshua of Nazareth. We rejoice in our rootedness in Judaism as well as our relationship with Christianity.

We specialize in teaching Scripture from a historical, linguistic, and cultural context using ancient biblical and extra-biblical sources. Our teachings are not infallible, but they are birthed out of our personal convictions and honest understanding of the Bible. We live out those convictions as Torah-observant followers of Yeshua. We are a voice for a Torah-observant Messianic Judaism, and we regard Messianic Judaism as both a legitimate sect of greater Judaism and as a solid member of the broad community of the body of Messiah. Conventional thinking may regard this as an impossible theological position to occupy, but that conventional thought is the very paradigm we challenge. 

   Me again; I know that is kind of scarey but believe me, it is mild compared to some other groups’ theories that I will discuss in the future. Thanks for reading.

Sid Roth is coming to Charlotte

Sid Roth’s, “It’s Supernatural & Messianic Vision, is coming to Charlotte, NC. He is nuts but very charasmatic (Do those two go hand in hand?) He has a television and radio show that reaches tens of thousands of believers, many of whom donate money for his cause. What is his cause? To have every Jew abandon their faith. Oh, he’ll put it in different words but the truth can only be covered, not removed.
He had Joan Hunter, another “healer”, on his show this past week. Here’s an excerpt I copied from his website. http://www.sidroth.org/site/News2?abbr=rad_&page=NewsArticle&id=10664

“Joan Hunter prayed for a woman who was released from such torment of trauma that she instantly went from size 18 to 14. Then the next day she went to size 12. Get ready, your healing starts now. ”
    It took me almost a year to go lose 73 pounds and four sizes. If only I’d known I could do it in one day. I’d have saved myself a lot of hard work and exercise. I wonder if Joan or Sid could work a miracle so that I wouldn’t have to swim 180 laps a week? Hmmmm.
  I’ve been making light of the situation but it really is serious. On his website’s front page there are two categories that teach how to target Jews for conversion:Tools to Give to Jewish People and How to Share Yeshua. These lead you to fifteen books including, They Thought for Themselves by Sid Roth .  The book contains testimony from ten “Jews” that found Yehoshua. Sid has a link on his website where people can donate money so that the book can be mailed to every Jew. I collected five that were mailed to friends of mine. Of course the book is garbage but it is compelling garbage and this is how we lose Jews. People in and around Charlotte, NC, be aware that Sid wants to convert every Jew he can. My fear is that many of messianic “Jewish” groups in the area will be emboldened by his presence and step up their efforts so let’s all be aware.

HOPE OF ISRAEL-a perfect example

 

  To introduce you to how evangelical Christians set up congregations to lure Jews into conversion, I am introducing you to, Hope of Israel. It is a messianic “Jewish” congregation in Charlotte, NC. This is from their website, under the heading, “our purpose.”
The congregation, in recognizing its unique calling to reach out to all people, but especially to the Jew first4, will have at its service a Jewish identity in worship; not to offend any non-Jewish brethren, but in order to reflect to the community the congregation’s sensitivities and understanding of the Scriptures regarding Israel’s Messiah who is the Savior of the world and to demonstrate as a congregation that God in Messiah has not forsaken His people Israel. The congregation, made up of Jew and non-Jew alike, further understands that this testimony will always be secondary to the testimony of their love one for another to the Glory of God.
   They don’t want to offend us, just convert us. I don’t know about you but I find that very offensive. This what I fight against, Christians having the audacity (and let’s be honest-great P.R.) to use our own rituals against us and they’re doing it globally. From their website:

Our Beliefs
Hope of Israel is a Messianic congregation where disciples growing in Messiah Yeshua will be planting new, stable Messianic congregations in Jewish communities worldwide, as well as helping in the global work of evangelism and disciple making to all with ears to hear. 
   Getting angry? Getting scared? Don’t care? Didn’t expect that last one did you. The sad truth is that most people don’t care. I hear the same responses over and over again: ” Any Jew stupid enough to listen to that crap deserves what they get!”  “My children have a good Jewish education, I don’t have to worry about them.”  What are you talking about?Why would they go after old people? That’s ridiculous!”  WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!  It has nothing to do with your IQ. It has been shown that the higher your intelligence, the more likely you are to be susceptible to conversion “brainwashing” tactics. Not sure why but possibly because smart people think they can argue with a missionary and win. You usually can’t because they are like a rubber wall, absorbing nothing and bouncing your arguments back to you.
  Children, especially teenagers, are strongly targeted. I remember my teenage years even though it was a very long time ago. When I was in high school I thought my friends were much smarter than my parents. Friends opinions meant much more than my mother’s and father’s viewpoints. Having a teenage grandson, I know that still holds true. In college, teens are testing their independence and are especially susceptible to conversion efforts, especially if they are offered by a pretty young woman or a handsome young man.
   Here’s what’s really scary. Hope of Israel and others like them, start training their children to evangelize from infancy. Don’t believe me? This is from their website:
Children’s Shabbat School
“Impress them on your Children”1
Our objective is to make Messianic disciples:

  • Transmitting values not teaching information.
  • Teaching biblical values in a Jewish cultural context.
  • Teaching values utilizing set curriculum, examples and drama.
  • Teaching biblical feasts throughout the year.
  • Utilizing God’s Word as our blueprint for living.

Shabbat School classes are available every Saturday morning at 9:30 am for all ages, including infants.
   Don’t let the words, Teaching values not teaching information, fool you. Focus on the fact they they are making messianic disciples of little children. By the time these babies become teenagers they are experts in using the lies of their congregation.
   Seniors are a large target of Hope of Israel. They go to assisted living and nursing homes, befriending Jews who often have little contact with their families. they take them out to lunch, shopping and spend time talking with them. There are two reasons for this, the first is the same as for others, they need Jews to convert because they believe it will bring about the second coming of Jesus and all that goes along with it. (I’ll be be writing about that in a future blog.) The second reason is money. Lonely older people, especially those that get easily confused, are encouraged to give large donations for their Jewish bretheren and Israel. (I’ll be blogging about what a lot of that money for Israel is really used for.) I know of one case where a woman left a considerable fortune to a messianic group, leaving nothing for her children. She also left instructions to be buried in a Christian cemetary which broke her children’s hearts.

   One thing I forgot to mention. Most members of messianic “Jewish” congregations were never Jewish. The “synagogues” are started with funds from evangelic churches and usually run by Christians acting like Jews. Most of the members are Christians and of course there are no practicing Jews. I say this because if you are born a Jew, that doesn’t change. Yet if you convert to christianity by accepting Jesus as your savior, then you are a practicing Christian. If such a person rejects Christianity and returns to Judaism, that person will still be considered a Jew. Unfortunately, messianic former Jews often say they are practicing Jews  in order to deceptively witness.

  In a future blog I will be giving statistics of the number and location of messianic “Jewish” organizations. Just know that they number in the hundreds and are growing in number and strength. It takes individuals like you and me, to expose these people for what they are. Be aware, be a Jew!

WELCOME TO: KEEPING JUDAISM JEWISH

Welcome. On these pages you will learn about messianic “Jews” and other similar groups such as Torah Observant Christians, whose goals are to convert Jews to Christianity.They do this through the lie that you can believe in Jesus and still be a practicing Jew. Millions of dollars are raised by evangelic Christian missionaries for this sole purpose. It sounds crazy, I know, but they have an agenda and it’s not a good one. Their reach is global with a focus on Israel. My hope is to show you the truth so that not one more Jew will be lost!