What Is Our Approach to Jewish Life?
Messianic Judaism takes its name seriously. By stating that we represent a "Judaism," we acknowledge our connection to Jewish history, the Jewish community and Jewish life. Likewise, we take the "Messianic" part of our name seriously as well. We believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah of Israel, that he is worthy of worship, and that he brings Jewish life to its fullness of meaning and expression.
Messianic Jews are committed to Jewish life. Our desire is to honor the traditions of our ancestors and to maintain a strong connection to the Jewish community. Rather than create a completely new tradition, our approach is to enter into conversation with the present tradition and to adapt it as needed in light of our community's conviction that the Messiah has already come.
Messianic Jewish congregations are committed to Jewish life because we believe that God is committed to Jewish life. Contemporary Messianic rabbis, like their mainstream counterparts, recognize the dangers of assimilation and labor to convey Jewish life and identity to the next generation of Messianic Jews. For more information about Messianic Jewish life, see the Books page.
Camp Or L'Dor
AMF Havdalah Service
A havdalah service led by Roman and Alaina Wood at the 2012 Messianic Jewish Music Festival in Asheville, North Carolina.