Welcome to Beit Shofarot Messianic Synagogue in Kannapolis, NC. Beit Shofarot, which means in Hebrew, House of Shofars (or trumpets), has a passion and commitment to our Jewish Messiah as well as our Jewish heritage combining both to see a community filled and touched by the presence of Adonai.
At Beit Shofarot we realize that there is only one you and that one you deserves something more than just being a number on a tally sheet to show how much we have grown. The reality is that we believe that while each person is intrinsically placed on this earth for a purpose; that that purpose is best fulfilled within the framework of a faith community. We strive to be that community where Jewish and Non-Jewish peoples come together to honor the GREAT I AM!
Beit Shofarot therefore is not just a Worship Center, and not only a house of prayer, but a house of gathering. We are dedicated to helping people return to Scripture based on Torah-truths and to a personal (redemption) and satisfying relationship with the Creator of the universe, first to the Jew and then the non-Jew in need of a place and information on how to be righteous according to the teachings of the Torah and King Messiah.
What our Services Are Like?
Many who come to Beit Shofarot would tell you that you never come to just visit Beit Shofarot, but to experience Beit Shofarot. We are not your normal “Sunday Go To Meeting House” nor are we a traditional Synagogue. In fact…in comparison to many Messianic Jewish Houses of Worship we differ as well. We like to think of ourselves as unique and Spirit led.
Obviously there are going to be nuances of some of the traditional Synagogues and there may even be some things that will seem familiar to the Church, but we believe that the overall effect of our services will take you on a journey to the Father’s House.
It is not our desire to have you come in and be blessed necessarily. What we do desire is for you to attend and see that we are a house that blesses the only ONE that is worthy of blessing…our Lord and Redeemer! An old Church adage says that “it’s not about us, it is about HIM!” At Beit Shofarot we truly believe in that concept and work towards giving HIM all the glory!
Our services start with the sounds of the shofar. From that point forward we begin a journey to understanding the ways of our L-RD and what HIS desire is for us as HIS people. As we embark on this journey we remember the faithfulness of our Father through praise and prayers.
Among the oldest hymns known to man is Michamocha (Who is like You) which was one of the songs sung as the b’nai (children) of Israel crossed over the Reed Sea. It is with this song that we turn our thoughts towards giving praise and worship to the ONE TRUE G-D of Israel and the world. Our Cantorial Staff provides a road map to the ancient ways while our live Praise and Worship Team leads us into the path of celebration and honoring of the Father. Our Dance Team (Shevakh La’el) guide our footsteps closer to the covenantal joy that we share in knowing our Redeemer. Our services are in Hebrew and Aramaic and is translated to the English so that all can participate in the joy of serving our L-RD. As the ARK is opened the Word of G-d is revealed and we are transported by His Holy Word into the very heart of our Father.
You’re not required to wear dressy or expensive clothes, simply modest and clean clothing. You’re supposed to dress in a way that is pure and not distracting. Some men wear a kippah to remind them that G-d is above them (We have some to borrow at the Congregation). Some women wear snoods, scarves* etc. Devarim (Deuteronomy) 22:5; Vayikra (Leviticus) 10:6; Shemot (Exodus) 28:2. *However none of these are required at Beit Shofarot.*
Here are the rules, simple and quick:
- When the congregation stands, please stand.
- If at all possible, do not leave or enter the sanctuary when the Ark is open.
- Participate in whichever prayers you are comfortable reciting.
- Never put the books on the floor; they are holy books.
- Set your phones to vibrate if you need to be contacted; otherwise, please set cell phones to silent or cut them completely off.
Our Desire in a Nutshell
- To provide a welcoming place for prayer and worship in the Messianic Jewish tradition (Beit Tefillah).
- To educate our members in the principles and ideals of Messianic Judaism (Beit Midrash).
- To provide a gathering place for life cycle events, holy days, festivals, and the celebration of Jewish culture (Beit Knesset).
- To act responsibly as a member of the community at large and improve the welfare of others (Tikkun Olam).
- Reveal first to the people of Israel, and also to the world, the true identity of Yeshua the Messiah.
- Call the brothers and sisters in the Body of Messiah to the proper understanding of G-d’s covenant promises to Israel and their restoration.
- Support Israel and the Jewish people in opposing all acts of hatred against them.
A Brief History
In the words found in the 24th chapter of Sh’mot (Exodus), “Na’aseh Venishmah” which means “let us do and let us understand” in regard to building a place where G-d would dwell, we seek to grow as He leads us. In 2009 Beit Shofarot was founded as a twice a month Jewish Roots group meeting in Salisbury, NC. Then, in April of 2010 (5770) it was decided that we should become a full time congregation meeting on Shabbat (Saturday) mornings. Since that time we have grown from a struggling congregation to a stable synagogue that has a great vision towards doing the work that HaShem has placed before us. You will find at Beit Shofarot, a desire to know the things of G-d and then to put them into practice.
In the Messiah,
Beit Shofarot Messianic Synagogue