What to expect
We will help you feel comfortable, informed, and updated on upcoming events with our welcome and announcements. After announcements we have a time of greeting one another with a hearty handshake and a “Shabbat Shalom” greeting. Next a call to worship time with scripture reading and the Sh’ma Yisrael (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Worship includes singing contemporary Messianic music as well a traditional Jewish/Hebrew songs in English and Hebrew. Following a blessing for the children, a message called a “drash” is shared from the scriptures. The service concludes with the Kiddish and Hamotzi, or the traditional blessings over the food, and the Birkat Kohenim, the priestly blessing from Numbers 6:23-27. Afterward, we have a time of fellowship and light refreshments called Oneg Shabbat, which means “delight in the Sabbath”.
Most people wear comfortable, modest attire, but you will notice a variety in dress. Some men wear kippot as a reminder of God above and a sign of submission to Him. You may also see men wearing talliyot or prayer shawls as an outward sign of being wrapped in submission to God’s Word. Feel free to join in worship in Hebrew and English songs and prayers as much as you feel comfortable. We customarily stand during worship and prayer. If this difficult or unfamiliar to you, however, do not feel obligated to participate. We ask that you refrain from playing musical instruments, such as tambourines or shofars, or dancing during worship as these are reserved for those who are part of our worship team and future Israeli/Davidic dance ministry.
Infants & Toddlers
We have a cry room or nursery room where parents can take their infants and toddlers if they get restless and need attention. Currently, we have no nursery staff, but will evaluate the need as we grow. Each service is live broadcast in the nursery.
God’s love for children is evident throughout the Scriptures, for “He seeks godly offspring” (Malachi 2:15). Our vision at HOI is to spread the good news of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) to the children and their families. In doing this, we make disciples of the next generation and enable them to be world-changers for the Kingdom of God. Each Shabbat the children come forward for prayer. On the first and third Shabbatot of each month, children aged five to ten are escorted by a teacher and an assistant to a children’s classroom for a Torah time of learning truths from God’s Word through a biblically based curriculum. On alternating Shabbatot when children’s teaching time is unavailable, we provide “busy/activity bags” for the children who sit with their parents or another adult during the service.
Why “Hope of Israel”?
The Hope of Israel (Tikvat Yisrael) refers to the Lord as the Messianic hope of redemption and is also an ancient name for Yeshua (Jesus). See Jeremiah 14:8; Acts 28:20.
While many other languages have been crucial in the life and history of the Jewish people (like Greek, Aramaic, Yiddish, and even English), Hebrew has always remained with the Jewish people, even when it was not a living, conversational language. So in a sense, the Hebrew language itself symbolizes the commitment God has toward His people, from generation to generation. That said, it is important that people pray and worship with understanding. Hence, the English translation is given along with Hebrew.
Please do not bring food but do come and enjoy the snacks provided by our oneg team. Our oneg is kosher style, meaning no pork or shellfish.
During your visit with us please fill out a contact information envelope and place it in the wooden Tzedakah box located at the back of the room or complete an “e-card” on this website (see below). By doing this we can keep you informed about upcoming dates, events, and other important information. You may also find information on our FaceBook page and on the calendar link (see above).