Madrikh: The Art of Jewish Worship

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Hosted by the UMJC at the annual conference in Woodland Hills, California, July 25-29, 2013, in conjunction with The King’s Seminary, Los Angeles. Class registration appears under “Agenda Items” at www.regonline.com/2013conf. Tuition is $99.00 or $150.00 for those taking the course for credit toward UMJC Madrikh certification. This class is the same as  the Madrikh course “Basics of Synagogue Worship,” and brings together two pioneers of Messianic Jewish worship, Rabbis Betzalel Budoff and Dr. John Fischer, in a lively, interactive learning experience.

Rabbi Betzalel was raised in a Conservative Jewish home in Brooklyn. At the age of 23, he accepted Yeshua as the Messiah, but was soon confronted by “anti-missionaries,” who subjected him to a series of emotional and pressure-filled meetings. The resulting confusion caused him to renounce his newfound faith and attend Yeshiva in Morristown, Pennsylvania, as a Baal T’shuvah (Master of Repentance). 

During his Yeshiva studies, the prejudices Rabbi Betzalel was expected to have against Yeshua disappeared, and in their place the truth about Yeshua began to take form again. The more he investigated the subject of the Messiah, from the Yeshiva’s own resources, the more firm his knowledge and conviction became that Yeshua truly does fulfill the Scripture concerning the Jewish Messiah. As a result, Rabbi Betzalel renewed his faith in Messiah Yeshua. 

Rabbi Budoff worked for a number of years with Chosen People Ministries, and in 1980 moved to Los Angeles, where he served as the Rabbi of Ahavat Tzion Synagogue for 11 years, during which time he also served the UMJC as Recording Secretary, and later as General Secretary. In 1986 Rabbi Betzalel received a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies from William Carey University.

In 1991, Rabbi Betzalel moved to Chicago, where he served as the Rabbi of Adat HaTikvah for six years. He and his wife, Dyann, began attending Congregation B’nai Maccabim in the Chicago area, and in January, 2001, Rabbi Betzalel became full time Rabbi of B’nai Maccabim, where he currently serves.

In 1999, Rabbi Budoff produced a Messianic Jewish Siddur, which is in use in Messianic synagogues around the country, and in 2007 he produced a Messianic Jewish Machzor. He is currently working on a companion book on the use of the Siddur in a Messianic Jewish congregational context.

Rabbi Betzalel has been married to Dyann for 38 years. They have two daughters, Hadassah and Chyah, and are raising their grandson, Aaron Israel Budoff.

fischerBorn in Budapest, Hungary, John Fischer is part of a family that miraculously survived the Holocaust. Married to Dr. Patrice Fischer, they have two grown children (Eve and Seth) and two grandchildren (Naomi and Gideon)—and one on the way. Dr. Fischer has six earned college and university degrees, two of them doctorates (a Ph.D. and a Th.D.). 

He serves as: Rabbi of Congregation Ohr Chadash, Clearwater, Florida, Executive Director of Menorah Ministries, Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Petersburg Seminary and Yeshiva, Rosh Yeshiva at Netzer David International Yeshiva, member of the Executive Committee of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinic Council, and President of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance. Additionally, he was one of the founders of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and served for a number of years as its Vice President.

Dr. Fischer has spoken and taught throughout the United States and around the world, in Israel, Russia, France, Germany, Hungary, the Ukraine, the Philippines, Canada, and South Africa. He is the author of numerous articles and several books including:  L’chaim, The Olive Tree Connection, The Meaning and Importance of the Jewish Holidays, The Enduring Paradox, Siddur for Messianic Jews, Messianic Services for the Festivals and Holy Days, and The Distortion.  

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    Dr. Fischer is a good man with great knowlegde of jewish, Messiah and jesus christ. nice site.

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