Vayeshev, Vayeishev, or Vayesheb (וַיֵּשֶׁב—Hebrew for "and he lived," the first word of the parashah) is the ninth weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. The parashah constitutes Genesis 37:1–40:23. The parashah tells the stories of how Jacob's other sons sold Joseph into captivity in Egypt, how Judah wronged his daughter-in-law Tamar who then tricked him into fulfilling his oath, and how Joseph served Potiphar and was imprisoned when falsely accused of assaulting Potiphar's wife.
OurShabbatservicesarefilledwiththepresenceoftheRuachHaKodesh(HolySpirit).Elementsoftheservicehavebeenpracticedsincethe time of Moses. You will hear the shofar blow and prayers from the Second Temple era similar to those heard and spoken by Yeshua. WeengagetheL-rdthroughsongandpraise,includingdancingtheToraharoundthesanctuary.WeenterintotheHolyofHoliesthrougha movingtimeofworship.BeinspiredandgrowthroughmessagesgroundedinScriptureandmadealiveinapplicationsrelevanttoall. Scripture tells us to “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." Exodus 20:8.
Yom (morning) Shabbat
Are held every Saturday morning at 11:00 am,
preceeded by 20 minutes of prayer,
All are welcome at Beth Hallel Messianic Jewish Congregation of Birmingham. As our name implies, we are a Messianic Jewish congregation made up of Jews and Gentiles who together worship the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through a relationship with the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). At every Beth Hallel service, study, and event, you will rejoice in the richness of Jewish traditions as we come together in unity, celebrating the Word of G-d from Genesis through Revelation. We are eager to meet you! Our FAQ page will answer a lot of common questions. Also, please contact us if you desire more information.Shalom,Rabbi David & Rebbetzin Leslye Schneier
Erev (evening) Shabbat
Every Friday night @ 7:00 pm,
preceeded by 20 minutes of prayer.
Rabbi David & Rebbetzin Leslye Schneier
David & Leslye Schneier placed their trust in Yeshua as their Messiah after several years of searching for the truth of the universe decades ago. They are both licensed attorneys but are not practicing law at this time. The transformation from being lawyers to living in Odessa, Ukraine and where David was the Rabbi and Leslye was the Rebbetzin came as a result of working with Russian Jewish immigrants in the U.S. and seeing their spiritual hunger. In 1995, the Schneiers were invited to move to Ukraine to work in a “Hear O Israel” Jewish music and dance festival where 60,000 people attended. Following the festival, they helped plant the Gates of Zion Congregation in Odessa. David and Leslye led that congregation from 1996 to 2007. They continue to be senior leaders of that congregation but installed a local couple to lead it since 2007. At present they work with 32 Messianic congregations in all of Europe. The Odessa congregation is specifically involved in aid to Holocaust survivors, orphans, alcohol and drug addicted people, the sick, and the poor. The Schneiers moved from Ukraine to France in September, 2007, to help encourage a Messianic Jewish movement in all of Europe. France has the third largest Jewish population in the world (650,000) which includes the sum of (a) the 'core' Jewish population of a certain country and all people with Jewish parents. There are only two Messianic congregations France that they are aware of. France also has Europe’s largest Muslim population of 6 million which is almost 8.8% of the total population of France as of 2016. They have worked with Messianic leaders in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, the UK, Czech Republic, Italy, Russia, Romania, Belarus, Finland, Ukraine Crimea and New Zealand, as well as with Pastors in those countries. David has been the IAMCS representative for all of Europe (Western, Central and Eastern) since 2007. There are 32 affiliated IAMCS congregations in Europe and about 150 worldwide. Most recently, in September of 2013, David and Leslye, accepted the positions as Rabbi and Rebbetzin of Beth Hallel Messianic Congregation in Birmingham, AL, and moved the base of their international ministry there. They continue to work with congregations and leaders in Europe while leading this local congregation in the US. They officially became leaders of Beth Hallel Messianic Congregation on November 8, 2013. Since that time, Beth Hallel has moved forward under their leadership in Jewish worship, dance, liturgy, the Lord's apponted times including Shabbat and teaching from the entire Sciptures, Genesis to Revelation. An important part of their ministry is to connect with local churches and governmental leaders who have a heart for the salvation of Jewish people. The celebration of the appointed times of the L-rd including Shabbat have been deepened in worship through Adonai's word. Their vision is for Beth Hallel to be a believing community that is a light to Birmingham, Alabama, our nation, and the world going to the Jew first and also the nations.
“Beth”comesfromtheHebrewword,“beit”meaning“house”and“Hallel”isHebrewfor“praise.”BethHallelliterallymeans “HouseofPraise.”BethHallelBirminghamwasfoundedin2007.Itispartofthe InternationalAssociationofMessianicCongregationsandSynagogues(IAMCS)and the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA).Thecongregationhasgrownfromahandfulofpeopletohundredsjoininginworship oftheG-dofAbraham,Isaac,andJacobthroughtheJewishMessiah,Yeshua.Our specialevents,suchasPassoverandtheFeasts,drawthosewhoseekapowerful experienceofMessianicfaith;manythirstfordeepknowledgeofG-d’sentirePlan from Genesis through Revelation.Wearelocatedonabeautifulcampuswithover50,000sq.ft.ofmeetingspaceonan easily accessible six-acre property in Hoover. OurmembersareJewswhohaveacceptedtheJewishMessiah,alongwithGentilebelieversinYeshua(Jesus),whodesireto experiencetheHebraicoriginoffaith,andtoworshipinthesamemannerandonthesameappointedtimesasdidYeshuawhen He walked the earth. Manyofourmarriedcouplesrepresentthebiblical“OneNewMan”ofEphesians2:11-22,thatis,onespouseisJewishandthe otherisGentile.AtBethHallel,bothareathome,growinginfaithandfullnessoftheidentityintowhicheachwasborn.Their children also grow up grounded in the Word in a context that fully expresses unity in Messiah. BethHallelworkshardtoreachallpeoplewiththegoodnewsthatMessiahhascome,totheJewfirstandalsototheGentiles. Romans1:16.BethHallelteachestheScripturesinwaysthatwillhelpyougrowinfaith,findG-d’spurposesforyourlife,and serve in the Kingdom.
Something Fun, Educational, or Interesting is always happening at Beth Hallel. Please click the images below to expand them to see the information. The calendar below is updated constantly, so please check back often for updates. Once you find something that interests you on the calendar, click the event name for more info and you will even be given the option to add the event to your own Google calendar. We look forward to having you join us!
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G-disgenerous,andsoHecallsustobeaswell.WhatwedowiththeblessingsG-dhasgivenusshowsthe worldwhereourheartsare.WewanttoglorifyG-dwitheveryaspectofourlives,andthatincludeswhatwe dowithourfinances.TithesandofferingsareasoldasAbrahamandMelchizedek(Genesis14:17-20).The BiblesetsastandardofgivingbacktotheL-rdas10%ofyourgrossincome.Allofferingsaretaxdeductible.Beth Hallel is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. Donations, tithes, and offerings are tax-deductible.
BethHalleltithes10%(oftenmore)ofitsannualbudgetto avarietyoflocalandinternationaloutreachopportunities. Youmaywishtocontributeanadditionalamount,above andbeyondyourtithe,tooneoftheseimportantKingdom works.Recently,BethHallelwasinsrumentalinprovidinga dozengeneratorstobombedoutMessianicJewish Synagogues across war torn Ukriane.
Rosh Chodesh Offerings
G-dasksthatthebeginningofeverymonth,eachnew moon,iscelebrated–that’s twelve new beginningsinstead ofone!Thisiscalled“RoshChodesh”,or“headofthe month”.It’sinterestingthatthewordformonth,“chodesh”, is from the root word for new: “chadash”.G-dappointedthesunandthemoonassignsforHis “appointed times.” Genesis 1:14
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Our leadership team is available to talk with you about the Jewish Messiah promised in Tanakh and fulfilled in Yeshua’s life, death, and resurrection. We understand… Every road to Yeshua is different, and the Ruach HaKodesh speaks to us in a variety of ways, but the Truth is always the same. We will provide a safe, confidential environment in which you can ask questions and receive answers grounded in the Jewish scriptures. Please call 205-822-2510 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We know you have many questions, and we are always more than glad to answers them! Below are just a few of the top questions to get you started. If your question is not answered here, you are always welcome to ask in person,by calling 205-822-2510. Or by emailing: email@example.com
What Does Beth Hallel Mean?
“Beth” comes from the Hebrew word, “beit” meaning “house” and “Hallel” is Hebrew for “praise.” Beth Hallel means “House of Praise.”
I don’t know Hebrew, so…?
All of our services are chanted in both Hebrew and English. We use prayers, passed down for thousands of years… Many of which, Yeshua (Jesus himself would have used.The entire content of teh service is projected on large screens to make it easier to participate.
Do I need to bring anything?
Absolutely not! Bring your bible, if you wish. Bibles and Siddurs (prayer books) are located in the back of the pews. We celebrate Rosh Chodesh (head of the month) with a “potluck” style meal. We encourage you to bring your favorite dish and join us. We’d love to know you better!
Why do you use L-rd and G-d?
Tradition and respect. This is a traditional Jewish way to show respect for the holy names of G-d.
What is the attire for service?
Beth Hallel encourages you to dress nicely, but comfortably. You will be comfortable at Beth Hallel in anything from professional attire to business casual. If you are a man who owns a tallit or a kippah, you are welcome to bring and wear them both.
I’m not Jewish. Can I attend?
Yes, and you can become a member, too. Beth Hallel is a place where both Jewish and Gentile individuals join together to worship the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) in a Jewish and Biblical way.
Do I need to Convert?
The Answer is No. Conversion to “Judaism” is to a people group and not to the religion. The Apostle Paul believed that Israel and the Righteous among the Nations, while retaining their distinct identities, must offer joint worship to G-d. In the New Covenant community, discrimination between Jews and non-Jews was now forbidden; while functional distinction between them was rightfully upheld.
Where is Beth Hallel Located?
We are located at 2230 Sumpter Street in Hoover. Conveniently located near Alford avenue, just off I-65. Please see our “Contact Us” page for convenient Google map directions.
Can I bring my children?
Absolutely! We encourage it! They are our future! There are enriching classes available for young children. These classes are held during the service. There is also a nursery available for newborn children to age 3.
What is Messianic Judaism?
Messianic Judaism falls into a branch of Judaism known as Chasidic Judaism. Chasidic Judaism is based on love for your fellow Jew/Person, connection to G-d and joyous observance of G-d’s instructions (Torah). The major difference between Messianic Judaism and Chasidic Judaism is that Messianic Judaism believes that Yeshua (Jesus) IS the promised Messiah, and we follow Him as our Chief Rabbi.