What to Expect on Shabbat

What happens at Beit Lechem during Shabbat and how should you prepare for it?

Below, find out about our Shabbat service, fellowship lunch, Bible studies and what you can expect when you get here.


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 Service, fellowship or Bible Study. You can come one Shabbat or more, however God’s Spirit leads you.

Shabbat Service

*On the last Shabbat of the month, service is 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 John Hernandez-Benheretz, who has been a pastor and Rabbi for over 20 years. We begin service in worship—Messianic style.

We read blessings from the Messianic Siddur (prayer book), the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures), and the Brit Chadashah (apostolic writings).. Our Tanakh readings are the same as those followed in Jewish synagogues around the world. These readings are listed on our Messianic events calendar.

During the message, our teacher often enlightens us on these readings from the perspective of our Messiah and the freedom of the New Covenant.

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 a light meal and fellowship.

Join us as we worship the Lord, partake of the Living Word, and fellowship together.

Please see our calendar for all event 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 use the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB).  We also think that the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is a good Messianic translation. However, you are free to refer to 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

Email: info@beitlechem.life

Phone: 562-419-2069

Shabbat Events

Every Saturday (except the last Saturday of the month)*:
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.

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