About Our Congregation

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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:

  • 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.
  • 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"


About Our 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 We Meet

We meet weekly for Shabbat Services at: 651 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92707. We're right near the intersection of 405 and 55 Freeways, one block east from South Coast Plaza. Our Services begin at 10:30 am and all are welcome! Click here for directions.


Our Elders

WEB-Doug

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.
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WEB-Robb

Robb Schwartz 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 the book "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). Please consider making a donation to support our ministries. Thank you!

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Sisterhood

Coming up this Shabbat at Ben David

November 4 - Message by Robb Schwartz:

Title:

“Jews Don't Believe in a Divine Messiah”

Is Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, actually divine? What is His nature and where might the serious student derive such scriptural support for His being God in fleshly form? According to Dr. Michael Brown, Judaism has never had one, official universally accepted set of beliefs concerning the Messiah, but it is true that traditional Jewish teaching does not speak unequivocally of a divine Messiah. Jewish tradition often describes a highly exalted Messiah as well as a pre-existent Messiah, so much so that Jewish scholars have sometimes spoken of His nature as "semi-divine." Does the Scripture argue otherwise?

Simchat Torah

October 14 - Simchat Torahtorah
The Joy of the Torah - Morning Service
Concluding the annual Torah reading and beginning anew.
Join us celebrating God's word.

Rosh HaShanah

Wednesday, September 20 - Erev Rosh HaShanah Messianic Service at 7:00pm.rosh
Rosh HaShanah, also known as the Jewish New Year, is called in the Bible, The Feast of Trumpets, or, in Hebrew, Zicharon Teruah, the Day of Memorial of Blowing.
Rosh HaShanan (literally, Head of the Year) occurs on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, this year, on Thursday, September 21.
Please join us for the evening service on Wednesday, September 20, at 7:00pm and celebrate this Biblical Holy Day and its Messianic significance.

Yom Kippur

September 30 - Yom Kippur Messianic Serviceykippur
Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, occurs on the tenth of Tishrei, Saturday, September 30 this year.
Join us for this Messianic Service at 10:30am.

Sukkot

October 7 - Sukkot Service at 10:30am:sukkot
join us for a Sukkot celebration.
- Morning Service and Oneg in the Sukkah.

Sisterhood Event Oct-21

October 21 - Sisterhood Eventtorah
Has the Lord been good to you? Have you experienced His grace and blessings in your life? Psalm 105:1-3 Instructs us to:
“Give thanks to the Lord! Proclaim His Name; Make known His deeds among the people. Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works. Glory in His Holy Name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who see the Lord.”
If you answered “yes” to the questions above, then we hope that you will join us as we gather to say Toda Adonai in worship and fellowship. Let us proclaim His great Name and declare His wondrous works in our lives.
Join us after the morning service at 12:30pm for a giving thanks luncheon. Lunch donation: $5.

Hanukkah Celebration

December 16 - Hanukkah Celebration at 4:00pm
Come, celebrate Hanukkah with us.
- Menorah Lighhting
- Dancing
- Children’s Activities
- Dreidel Playing
- Traditional Foods
- Latkes & Sufganiyot

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no morning service.

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  • 651 W Sunflower Avenue
    Santa Ana, CA 92707
  • 949-551-2659
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