Monday, May 29, 2017

Shabbat School


Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation offers Shabbat School classes for children from preschool through high school as well as nursery care for those ages 0-2. The classes are taught by adults (several of whom are teachers by profession) who are committed to love and instruct the youth at Ben David in the Word of God and Jewish traditions. We use messianic curriculum appropriate for the various age levels in which the weekly lessons are designed and written to teach biblical truths relevant to children and to draw them into a more personal and intimate relationship with God through Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel.

There are four different levels of Shabbat School classes:

  • Preschool - ages 3-4year old
  • Primary - Kindergarten-3rd grades
  • Upper Elementary - 4th-6th grades
  • Youth Group - 7th-12th grades

Infants and toddlers are cared for by a qualified, consistent, and loving nursery care worker along with other helpers as needed.


The Preschool curriculum stresses some Scripture memorization as well as traditions and culture of the Jewish people including the celebration of the Biblical Feasts. Snacks, crafts and activities are also incorporated into the lessons to make it fun and enjoyable for the children.


The Kindergarten through 3rd grade classes are being instructed with a holiday-centered Messianic Shabbat school curriculum.  Using a balance of Tanakh and Brit Chadashah parallel lessons, this curriculum not only teaches the Jewish holidays, but also the fulfillment and significance of the holidays as well as Biblical truths through a variety of stories, flannel graphs, puppets, crafts, and  activities. In addition, beginning Hebrew letters and words associated with the lessons are presented, and the children learn a monthly Bible verse which they practice reciting each week. Parents are requested to help their children learn these verses and Hebrew words.


The 4th-6th graders are learning from a Messianic Jewish children’s curriculum. All of the lessons are designed and written to bring alive the Messiah to the children as revealed in both the Tanakh (Old Covenant) and the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) and to draw both the student and teacher into a more intimate relationship with God. The Jewish holidays and festivals, as well as the traditions and culture of the Jewish people, are also taught and experienced in this class. The students keep a notebook with their weekly lessons and selected Bible memory verses which they meditate on during the week and explain in writing what they mean to them personally. In addition, they journal their prayer requests and praises. They bring their notebooks to class each Shabbat.


The students in the 7th-12th grade class study topics that are relevant to teens as they strive to live a godly life in their everyday surroundings. They are working through an adapted version of an adult bible study which challenges them to live a Gospel-centered life. The class is conducted in an informal setting with the reading of Scripture, discussion, and application.

Please check out the Youth Group page.

Teaching the next generation of believers is a real blessing. Not only do the students hear Bible stories, memorize Bible verses, and study Scripture, but they share in each other’s lives through discussions and prayer, and they have fun, too!  Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s spiritual development during the week by continuing discussions about their Shabbat School lessons, helping them to learn their Bible memory verses, and praying together as a family.


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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