What to Expect on Shabbat
We are a warm and friendly bunch of folk who share a common bond of love for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Son, Messiah Yeshua. You are free to spend the entire Shabbat with us or just come for Shabbat service, fellowship, or any of our classes and Bible Studies.
Below, you will learn more about what happens at Beit Lechem during Shabbat and how to prepare for it.
On the last Shabbat of the month, we have service on Friday night (Erev Shabbat) at 7 pm and not on Saturday morning. Please see our calendar for event dates and times.
Our Messianic services and Bible studies each Shabbat are led by Rabbi John Hernandez-Benheretz, who has been a pastor and Rabbi for over 20 years.
We begin every service with Messianic worship that glorifies our Father in Heaven and His Son, Messiah Yeshua. We read blessings from the Messianic Siddur (prayer book) as well as Scriptures from the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) and the Brit Chadashah (apostolic writings). Our Tanakh readings, known as Parashot, are the same as those read in Jewish synagogues around the world. Each Parasha reading is listed on our Messianic events calendar.
During the message portion of our service, Rabbi John teaches us the Hebraic perspective of these readings and/or other topics.
Join us as we worship the Lord, partake of the Living Word, and break bread together.
Friday Night (Erev) Shabbat Service
On the last Friday of the month, we have Shabbat service at 7 pm followed by oneg (joyful meal) and fellowship.
Join us as we worship the Lord, partake of the Living Word, and fellowship together.
Please see our calendar for all service dates and times.
Oneg (Fellowship Lunch)
After service, we enjoy fellowship over lunch, potluck style, with salads, fruits, meats, and, of course, dessert.
Based on the Biblical instruction in Leviticus 11, we don’t eat anything that may contain pig, shrimp, lobster, bacon, lard or any related products, so as to observe the distinction between the clean and the unclean.
Messianic Bible Study
After lunch on Shabbat and during the week, we are fed some more with the Bread of Life! Join us as we search the Scriptures for truth and understanding, Hebraic style.
Check our calendar for current dates and times of all of our classes.
Our Preferred Bible
Our Rabbi and many who attend Shabbat service here at Beit Lechem read from the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB). Rabbi John also recommends the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), which is good, scholarly translation of original Biblical texts. However, you are free to use your own preferred print or digital Bible.
Dress / Attire
We try to honor the Lord as we come before Him in worship, which includes dressing in a way that respects His authority. This can range from business casual to professional. Even so, we do not exclude anyone. if you just came back from an overnight camping trip and want to come in for some worship and fellowship on the way home, please join us!
Men in our congregation, who wish to do so, wear the traditional Jewish prayer shawl (tallit) and a kippah during service, while some women wear veils. They are not requirements.
We have a good-size parking lot for your convenience as well as ample street parking, if needed.
We Are Easy to Reach
We are located just 1 block from the Florence exit off the 5 and 605 freeways. We share the building with Redeemer Covenant Church.
Address: 10801 Fairford Ave., Downey, CA 90241
Every Saturday (except the last Saturday of the month and special holiday services)*:
• Service: 10:00 a.m.
• Oneg (Fellowship Lunch): 11:30
• Bible Study: 1-2:30
*Erev Shabbat: On the last Shabbat of the month, service followed by oneg begins on Friday night at 7 pm.
*No service or Bible study is held on the last Saturday of the month. Please check our calendar for current event dates and times.