Monday, May 29, 2017

About Us


What Is Our Purpose?

First and foremost, we wish to follow the teaching of Yeshua, who said “make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19,20). Therefore, we study and teach the entire Word of God as our guide to life. Secondly, we desire to present the wonderful news that Yeshua of Nazareth is indeed the Messiah promised in the Hebrew Scriptures to Israel and to the world: “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your countrymen, you shall listen to Him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15).

Why A Messianic Congregation?

The early followers of Yeshua were almost exclusively Jewish. Over the years that followed, however, the presentation and practices of the believing community migrated away from their roots to the point that, today, the Jewish origins of this faith are virtually unrecognizable. We seek to restore the Jewishness of this presentation and these practices for two reasons:

  1. Because many of us are, in fact, Jewish and understand that one does not lose their heritage (become non-Jewish) just because they acknowledge that Yeshua is the Messiah.
  2. So that the world around us, the Christian community and especially the Jewish community, might come to the realization and the knowledge of the Hebrew roots of the faith.

For a closer look of how we came to be a congregation and our purpose please read the featured article in the Messianic Times — "A Closer Look"

Why The Name "Ben David"?

Our name means “Son of David” and reflects our focus on the person and nature of the Jewish Messiah. It appears 26 times in the Bible, 10 times in the Tanakh and 16 times in the Brit Chadashah. Over the centuries, it became one of the most common biblical terms used by the rabbis when speaking of the Messiah. In Matthew chapter 22, we find this exchange:

"Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Yeshua asked them a question, saying, 'What do you think about the Messiah, whose Son is He?' They said to Him, 'Ben David' ('The Son of David'). He said to them, 'Then how does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying, the Lord says to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet." (Psalm 110:1). If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his Son?' And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question."

Thus the choice of our name highlights the biblically sound, yet culturally sensitive, Jewish perspective we seek to establish in everything that we do.

Where Do We Meet?

We meet weekly for Shabbat Services at: 651 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92707. We're right near the intersection of the 405 Freeway and the 55 Freeway, a block away from the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Our Services begin at 10:30 am and all are welcome! Click here for directions.

Who Are Our Elders?


Doug Friedman is an ordained Messianic Rabbi and is currently serving as the Ben David Congregational Leader. He was raised in a Conservative Jewish home and was a Bar Mitzvah at the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, New York. He has been a believer in Messiah Yeshua since 1976. He has a Bachelor of Science from M.I.T., a Master of Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts degree in Biblical & Theological Studies from Talbot Theological Seminary. After 45 years of employment as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas / The Boeing Company, he finally retired at the end of August 2013. He lives in Irvine with his wife, Bonnie, and has three grown children. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Robb Schwartz was recently appointed as an elder at Ben David. He was raised in a Conservative Jewish home and was a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Sinai in Long Beach, California. He has been a believer in Messiah Yeshua since 1979. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University, a Masters Degree in Organization Development (MHROD) from University of San Francisco, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University. After 28 years of employment at McDonnell Douglas / The Boeing Company, he retired in 2015. He lives in Orange with his wife, Nancy, and his daughter Shayna.

Robb is the author of Operation Last Exodus, published in 2012. He also authors a blog by the same name (Operation Last Exodus).

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How Are We Supported?

Our financial support comes entirely from the freewill offerings of those who attend our Congregation. We have no membership fees or annual dues. We “… let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (II Corinthians 9:7).

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Weekly Scripture Reading



May 27 / Sivan 2, 5777

Parashah: Bamidbar ("In the Wilderness")

— Torah:
(Bamidbar) Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

— Haftarah:
Hosea 2:1-22

In the evening count Omer 47

This week's Parashah begins the fourth book of Moshe and has the same title as the book itself. The title of the book, in Hebrew, comes from the fourth word from its opening phrase, "Vaidaber YHVH el-Moshe bamidbar" (And Yehovah spoke to Moshe in the wilderness). Bamidbar, the wilderness, designates the place of the varied happenings in the book. The current English title, “Numbers,” is derived from the Septuagint - the Greek translation done before the Common Era - and was named as such based on the numerous censuses of the Israelites...

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