We began in November 2001 with the
simple idea of branching out from Tents of Mercy and planting a daughter
congregation in nearby Haifa. This attempt to establish a new work in the
name of Yeshua has yielded good results, evidence of God's handiwork.
These 12 years have not been easy - lots of work; lots of prayer; lots of
travel and lots of trouble. But then again, that's
It is God who enabled us to serve Holocaust survivors and the needy, to
invest in Messianic education and media evangelism, to develop musical
talents and other ministries - all drawing from gifts God instilled in
His people at Shavei Tzion.
Now we have received the resources to acquire and renovate a facility, to
press onward, but also to make a new beginning. We don't have enough
good words to express our appreciation for the dedication, work and
service of the staff, congregants and elders in our congregation, nor
others who were involved. We were not alone in purchasing and renovating
this building. Friends from Israel, USA, Holland, Finland, Germany,
Russia, Kazakhstan and Canada lent a helping hand - some with money,
others with hammers and nails.
The main architectural motif of the facility is the pillar of fire and
cloud in the sanctuary. This unique rendering was designed by an artist
and architect husband and wife team from our congregation and carried out
by a master carpenter volunteer friend from abroad. Inside of the "pillar
of fire" is our torah scroll - the Word of God. Descending from the
ceiling is the "cloud". These serve as a constant reminder that
God's Word and His presence must be the focus of our sanctuary, of
our congregation, of our lives.
Eitan and Leon standing
by the "pillar of fire"
The building is located in a central, highly accessible location in
downtown Haifa. It previously housed public courtrooms. Now it is a
dwelling place for God's mercy and forgiveness.
The dedication of our congregation's new home took place on Rosh
Hashanah (the "Head of the Year"). This is the day of the Biblical Feast
of Trumpets and also the traditional new year celebration in Israel and
brings with it the atmosphere of new beginnings. So this year, Rosh
Hashanah was a double feast for us. We had the privilege of inviting
guests to celebrate what God miraculously gave us, and also to celebrate
His biblical feast day. We blew the shofar (ram's horn) and invited
God Himself to visit the land, to visit our hearts, to make a new
beginning, to prepare us. The humble, simple opening day became very
joyful. The Tents of Mercy network of congregations came together in a
reunion of dancing, singing and the glory of God.
Now our prayer is that the hand of the Living God will continue to guide
us in taking the next steps, by His indwelling Spirit, with the right
words, to the right people, to help restore faith in Yeshua in Israel in
Twelve years of history stand behind us. God's will stands before us
all the more. Shavei Tzion means those who are returning to Zion. It also
means those who are returning to God. This is the vision that we want to
realize together with you - our friends. Shana Tova! Happy New Year!
Support from the matriachs
Reading the "binding of
Isaac" from Genesis
Network leaders pronouncing
the final benediction
All five network congregations gathered in celebration