Founded in 1973, Ahavat Zion is a vibrant, warm and family-friendly community in West Los Angeles. We are inspired by a vision of Jewish life that is traditional, egalitarian and engaging.
- To provide a spiritual home for those who are Jewish or intermarried;
- To impart the holiness of Jewish life, renewed in Yeshua, from one generation to another, and;
- To welcome Jewish spiritual seekers, providing them with a safe place to engage with our conviction that Yeshua is the Messiah.
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We share a vision for a contemporary Jewish experience of Yeshua and a Messianic interpretation of Judaism. We believe that faith in the Jewish Messiah should inspire greater fidelity in one's own Jewish identity and greater involvement in Jewish communal life. Therefore, we envision a Messianic Judaism that is empowered by the Spirit and built upon the foundations of Torah תורה (study), Avodah עבודה (prayer) and Gemilut Chasadim גמילות חסדים (social action/acts of lovingkindness).
Our Core Values
We are further inspired by the prophetic vision of Ezekiel 37:21-28 and desire to pass on to future generations our joyful commitment to the Land of Israel, Jewish Unity, Spiritual Renewal, Yeshua the Messiah and Torah Living.
Land of Israel
- We believe the Land, the People, and the God of Israel are all deeply interconnected and that we have a clear responsibility to care and advocate on their behalf.
- We believe God is regathering the Jewish people through aliyah and we support the return of our people to our land.
- We believe this support is vital to preparing the world for the return of Mashiach.
- We believe we are called to live and dwell among our people as joint bearers of God’s covenant with our ancestors.
- We believe the texts our people have studied for centuries can help facilitate a vibrant spiritual life. We therefore receive sustenance and wisdom from the dialog of our tradition, while simultaneously engaging it in lively debate.
- We believe all Jews are “us” not “them.”
- We believe that spiritual renewal is intimately tied to our return to covenantal life and responsibility, as expressed in the Torah, rooted in tradition, and renewed and applied in the context of the New Covenant.
- We believe as partners with God we should be deeply engaged in the world around us through prayer, study, and holy action (social action).
- We also believe that God is in search of a relationship with all humanity, and it is our responsibility to respond to that call as Or L’Goyim, a Light to the Nations.
Yeshua the Messiah
- We believe the fullness of Torah is understood most deeply through the Living Torah, Yeshua the Messiah (John 1).
- We believe that the greatest mitzvot are the love of God and the love of others, and that Yeshua’s life and teachings provide a compelling template to pursue these mitzvot.
- We believe that Yeshua, as One Man Israel, is an embodiment of the experience, joys, and sufferings of the entire Jewish people.
- We believe that in Yeshua, “the fullness of deity dwells in a bodily form” (John 1, Col. 1:14-17, 2:9-10, etc.).
- We believe that matters of faith are intimately linked to matters of the world, and that our tradition, texts, and history mandate the loving pursuit of justice, tikkun olam, and shalom.
- Consistent with the teachings of our prophets and our Messiah, we believe that Jewish ritual life takes on its fullest meaning when it is relationally focused and informed by the weightier matters of justice, mercy and peace.
- Scripture is clear that one of the roles Messiah will play is to bring his people Israel back to the ways of Torah (for example, see Ezek. 27:24). Therefore, allegiance to Torah and allegiance to Yeshua are an inseparable integrated reality.