Baruch HaShem

A Messianic Synagogue

Shabbat Services 10:40am

6304 Belt Line Rd, Dallas TX 75254

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Baruch HaShem mean?

Baruch HaShem literally means “Bless the Name” (of G-d). It is used as “Bless the       L-rd” or “Praise the L-rd”.

Are non-Messianic Jews welcome in your congregation?  Can Gentiles visit your services?  Are interfaith couples welcome in your congregation?

Yes, absolutely!  Anyone is welcome.  Dress is “office casual” to “dress clothes” for most people, although we do not have a dress code.  Head coverings are not required; however, it is respectful for men to cover their head with a Kippa (skullcap).  These are available in our Welcome Center.  Please let us know if you’d like someone to meet you at the door. We look forward to meeting you!

What about conversion?

In Messianic Judaism, Jews do not convert to another religion, when they trust in Yeshua as their Messiah, and Gentiles are not asked to convert to Judaism.  Indeed, Rav Shaul (Paul) spends a lot of time in Romans, Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Colossians explaining that a Gentile is not required to become a Jew in order to follow Yeshua, and that a person should not seek to become a Jew if he or she were born Gentile.  Both groups together are to form one NEW person.  In the Temple service, many different types of instruments played together–in unison (in unity). So, when we praise G-d in unison, no matter what instrument we are, we are doing what he intended for the Body of Messiah.

However, in any branch of rabbinical Judaism, a Gentile must specifically renounce Yeshua in order to convert to Judaism.

Where can I find a Messianic congregation in my area?

Go to www.UMJC.org and click on “Congregational Directory”. Note that there are also Messianic congregations listed elsewhere on the internet such as the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues, and The Association of Messianic Congregations. However, you should be aware that there may be a few groups listed on the directories calling themselves Messianic that may not be truly Messianic Jewish. Follow the scriptural example of testing any teaching by the Scriptures.

Why do you use “L-rd” and “G-d”?

Tradition! This is a traditional Jewish way to show respect for the holy name of G-d.

Is your congregation only Jewish?

No. We have both Jewish and Gentile members.  A few members have interfaith marriages and others have both Jewish and Gentile heritage.

I am interested in attending services but I am from the Conservative movement and do not believe Yeshua is the Messiah.  Am I welcome in a Messianic congregation?

All Jews are welcome to participate in our services as we are part of Klal Yisrael. We are a diverse congregation with backgrounds from all streams of Judaism.

I am interested in Messianic Judaism, but I’m a Gentile believer.  Where is my place in a Messianic congregation?

Christians are welcome to worship with us as fellow heirs of the kingdom of G-D. As a believer in Yeshua, you are invited to participate in observing all the feasts of the L-rd. As a member of our synagogue, you will be encouraged to embrace your identity as one who is grafted into the commonwealth of Israel.  Membership, at Baruch HaShem, does not infer conversion to Judaism.  We do not encourage Christians to convert to Judaism .

Do the Scriptures speak of two messiahs?

It is still a widely held belief in the Orthodox Jewish community that there will be two Messiahs — a Messiah son of Joseph who will come as the suffering servant, and the Messiah son of David who will come as the conquering king. But actually, this is a later development in Judaism.  The body of works from the Qumram community, suggest they believed that one Messiah would fulfill both roles.

We believe Yeshua came as G-d in the flesh, fully man and fully G-d.  We believe He came and walked on this earth, died for our sins, resurrected, ascended to heaven, and He will come again.

Where can I buy Judaica?

If you’re in the Dallas area, our Judaica shop has an extensive inventory of Messianic Judaica. Check out the Judaica shop hours.  You can also buy Judaica online at www.messianicjewish.net (Lederer’s site).

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