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Our Core Values

Temple Aviv Judea values Prayer, Proclamation and People.

These three principles also reflect the ministry of Yeshua.

"For He [Yeshua] is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall … that in Himself He made the two into one new man, thus establishing peace." (Eph. 2:14,15).

Jewish people do not convert to Christianity, they make whole their Jewish faith when they accept Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Jewish Messiah) as their Lord and Savior. Temple Aviv Judea is a place where every person can worship Him, YHWH (the L-RD G-d), together. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1)." As we worship the G-d of our Fathers, we pledge to always remember the Jewish roots of our faith. Temple Aviv Judea is "... not ashamed of the Good News, for it is the power of G-d for salvation to every one who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Nations." (Rom. 1:16).

Prayer

We value the power of tefillah (prayer). We have the blessed assurance that if we ask, He will hear us (1Yochanan 5:14-15). In praying, we Praise Him; we practice Repentance; we Await with an expectant heart; and we Yield to the heart of the Father, the mind of Yeshua, and the power of the Ruach HaKodesh.

Proclamation

WORSHIP

Temple Aviv Judea is a synagogue, which is committed to authentic Jewish worship on the Biblical Shabbat (Sabbath). We observe all of the Moedim (Feasts) of the L-rd as set forth in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23. As a Messianic Jewish Fellowship, we provide a place of worship through the doctrinally pure message of the Bible in a manner that is culturally relevant to the Jew. Our ministry in worship is with traditional Jewish liturgy, prayer, Messianic Jewish music, praise, Davidic dancing, creative arts, theatrical drama, in His Biblically appointed ways and at His Biblically appointed times, in the context of our Messianic Jewish identity. (Deut 6:5; Mark 12:30; Luke 10: 27; Yochanan (John) 4:23-24, Lev. 23:2).

BIBLICAL TRUTHS

Temple Aviv Judea is a "Torah-conforming" congregation. We are committed to the Biblical truth of the covenant between YHVH and the children of Israel, as the unconditional, irrevocable, uncompromising, sound, absolute, Biblical truth. To teach the relevance of both the Tenach (Original Covenant) and Brit Chadashah (Renewed Covenant) as one continuous revelation. What the Bible teaches takes precedence over traditions or human opinion. We embrace the rich Hebraic roots of our faith in Yeshua the Messiah who came to gather the lost sheep of Israel. Our purpose is to present Yeshua, as the final sinless sacrificial Lamb in truth so that we may all come through obedience to a saving knowledge of our L-rd and Savior, and to provide an environment where Jewish people can remain in their Jewish culture and continue to seek, worship and enjoy liberty in the Messiah. (1 Timothy 2: 3-6, Romans 1:16-17; 1 Cor. 7:17-20; 10:32-33).

PROCLAIMING THE MESSAGE

Temple Aviv Judea is committed to the B’sorat HaMashiach (Good News of the Messiah) by effectively and lovingly proclaiming the fullness and Jewishness of Yeshua Ha’Maschiach – to the Jew first, and also to the Nations. We are a bridge between the Gentile believers and the Jewish people by educating the believers to reconnect with their Jewish roots through Hebraic Biblical teaching and Messianic Jewish worship. By doing this we are working toward a greater understanding and reconciliation between the Body of Messiah and Traditional Judaism. (Romans 11:16-24).

ADMINISTERING THE ORDINANCES OF THE BODY OF MESSIAH

The two main Biblical ordinances commanded by Yeshua are Messianic Immersion and the Shulchan Adonai (Table of the L-rd). Immersion in water is a public sign of the profession of our faith in Yeshua (Luke 3:16, Acts 8:38 – 39). The Shulchan Adonai is the act of remembrance of Messiah Yeshua and His sacrificial love, to be practiced in His name as often as we meet and are to be observed by followers of Him during this present age. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28: 19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-30).

People

COMMUNITY

Temple Aviv Judea is committed to maintaining a loving community. We are supportive, encouraging and nurturing of each individual as they strive to increase their personal relationship with Yeshua, learn the Hebraic roots of the faith and live a Messianic Judaic lifestyle. We are committed to restoring the Jewish framework of the believers in the first century. Faithful attendance to Temple Aviv Judea as our primary place of worship is essential to becoming part of our Mishpachah (family). As a family we care, serve, discover and meet the needs of each other, the body of Messiah, the Jewish community locally and worldwide.

LEADERSHIP/DISCIPLESHIP

Temple Aviv Judea adheres to the Hebraic Biblical model of leadership, as set forth in the first century (Acts 2). We value the discovery and usage of the Spiritual Gifts and talents of Jewish and Gentile believers, and we invest time and energy in training and deploying them to carry out G-d’s mission in the community and the world. Weekly Chavurah (small fellowship groups) are essential to the Messianic Jewish development and growth of individuals. We encourage all our congregants to participate in Chavurah: Bible studies, Sisterhood and Brotherhood groups. Through discipleship training and education, each individual will be inspired to utilize his or her specific talents and gifts in the ministry.

History

Mike Davis and I met in 1974 in Fullerton, California. A Jewish Believer shared the Good News to each of us separately. In time, when we both believed, he brought us together. Mike’s parents and his 83-year old  grandmother became believers shortly after. Two doors down on Flatbush Avenue in Norwalk, California, lived a non-Jewish family that loved the Lord. They gently discipled Mike's parents and grandmother by having informal Bible studies on Friday evenings.

This Bible study was opened to all and it grew. Within a year, on February 24, 1978, we became one of the very first Messianic Jewish congregations in the country and the world. Being Jews, we began to understand the concept that we can still believe in Yeshua and remain and practice as Jews. Mike  became the founding Messianic Rabbi and I became the cantor. The first item on the agenda was to obtain a Kosher Torah and an ark. We were not only blessed with one Torah, but with two! In our thirty years, we moved from Norwalk, California, La Mirada, La Palma, and Orange, Yorba Linda, and back to Orange. In our thirty years, we have been a steady witness for Jewish Messiah Yeshua! 

I met my wife Hilary and we were married at Temple Aviv Judea in 1979. The congregation has celebrated many life cycles such as weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and funerals. Mike Davis went home to the Lord in August 2004 and I was licensed and ordained as the Messianic Rabbi. 

Since 2004, TAJ has been growing and diligently fulfilling its mission to reach out to the Lost Sheep of Israel and to open its doors to the Jews and to the nations. We truly are a place where the walls of partition have been broken down.

Statement of Faith

Temple Aviv Judea Believes:

That the Bible, both Tanakh and Brit Chadasha, are verbally inspired and completely inerrant in the original writings as delivered to Israel, and are the supreme and final authority in Jewish faith and life. [2 Timothy 3:16]

In one God, who eternally exists in three persons: Father (Abba), Son (Ben) and Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). [Isaiah 48:16, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 3:16-17]

That Messiah Yeshua was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, and is fully God and fully man. [Isaiah 7:14, Matt 1:21-23]

That man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God, that all human beings are born with a sinful nature; and those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word and deed. [Genesis 3, Romans 6:23]

That the Lord Yeshua died for our sins according to the Scriptures as the representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who trust Him as personal Savior are justified on the basis of His shed blood, and not on the basis on any works or merit of their own. [1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Ephesians 2:8-9]

In the bodily resurrection of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, an in His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate. [1 Corinthians 15, Hebrews 7:25, Psalms 110:1]

In ‘that blessed hope’ the physical, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel and King of the Universe to reign from Mt. Zion. [Zechariah 14:4, Titus2:13]

In the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost. [Daniel 12:1-3, Matt 25:46]

That the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Yeshua and empowers him to exercise all Biblical gifts of the Spirit. [1 Corinthians 12:13, 27-28]

That Jewish believers in Yeshua are called to maintain their Biblical Jewish heritage and to remain part of their people Israel and the universal body of believers. Gentile believers who feel called by God to practice their faith within our cultural expression are received as full and equal members within our body of believers. [Acts 21:20-24, Ephesians 2:19-22]

Community Outreach

Jewish Family Services

Congregational Programs:

  • Outreach to Convalescent Homes
  • Jewish Evangelism and Outreach to Churches
  • Joining hands with the persecuted Messianics in Israel
  • Joining hands with the Arab Christians as we both pray for the peace for Jerusalem together.
  • Shabbat School for children between the ages of 5-11
  • Nursery: We have a beautiful room for the young ones right off the sanctuary

Our Story

Our Core Values In Action

About-Artwork

Our Messianic Rabbi, Corey Sylvester, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He went to Hebrew School and had his bar mitzvah in an Orthodox synagogue.

He graduated from Brooklyn College with a BS in psychology. He came to Southern California to study Optometry. He has been practicing Optometry for thirty years. He became a Messianic Jew in 1974 and has been following Yeshua ever since. He has many G-d given gifts that he shares, such as music, dance, humor and drama.