JEWISH ROOTS

Meeting Together at Sabra House

The Sabra Fund office work and many other activities take place at Sabra House, in the northern Israeli city of Afula. While Sabra’s staff and volunteers travel to various places around Israel – and as far away as Siberia, Russia – Sabra House is the nerve center.

Our spacious building, with a wonderful view of the Jezreel Valley and the historic mountain of Megiddo (Armageddon), is the gathering place for many Sabra friends, volunteers and supporters. This is where new friendships are made and old ones are renewed, stories are shared and prayers are offered, plans are made and needs are met.

 

We also gather at Sabra House to study the Jewish roots of our faith, celebrate the Shabbat and holidays, and just get to know one another. We would love for you to come and visit!

Learning Together

The Sabra Fund takes seriously the Jewish responsibility to receive, learn, live and teach God’s word and will.

We host a variety of teaching events, where we invite Jews and Christians alike to study and discuss the Jewish Scriptures and traditions. The lessons are designed to help everyone appreciate the common roots of the two Biblical faiths, to understand the significance of the Shabbat and the holy Festivals, and to connect with the Land of Israel as the inheritance of the Jewish people from the Lord of all the earth.

Occasional meetings to study the Scriptures are especially vital for immigrants to Israel who grew up without any Jewish tradition, such as those coming from the former Soviet Union. Our teachings and celebrations help to introduce these lost Jews to their roots, so that they can more fully live out their identity in their homeland.

The Fund’s director, Mordechai ben Yakov, also sends out newsletters to Sabra’s friends abroad, sharing different facets of the Jewish faith from the Tanach, the weekly Torah portions, and the Appointed Feasts of Hashem.

“For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers that they were to teach them to their children,
So that the generation to come would know, the children yet to be born,
That they would arise and tell them to their children, so that they would put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God, but comply with His commandments.” Psalm 78:5-7

Celebrating Together

Sabra staff and volunteers regularly celebrate the Shabbats and Jewish festivals in local communities and families. This practice comes from the understanding that the Creator’s promise of bringing the children of Israel back to their land is linked to many other blessings:

“So it will be when… you return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations.
If any of your scattered countrymen are at the ends of the earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. 
The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will be good to you and make you more numerous than your fathers. Moreover, the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, so that you may live.” 
(Deuteronomy 30:1-6)

 

From this Torah passage, we see that when our people in exile among the nations learn to call on our God – the Holy One of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – He will restore us to our Land. And when our people already in the Land do the same, He will restore the rest of us who are still scattered in exile. Then, He will pour out on all of us unparalleled blessings, both material and spiritual.

For this reason, the Sabra Fund encourages all Jews everywhere, religious and secular, to celebrate all the Appointed Times in the Jewish calendar.

 

Our Christian friends can also find enjoyment in discovering how these celebrations reflect parts of their own faith – which after all is rooted in the same Book of books.

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and other topics of interest to people who believe the holy Scriptures are the words of the Creator. 

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