We are excited to tell you about a great time coming up in November with the Rabbis from Ukraine and Crimea. Mark the dates!

Rabbi Viktor, Rabbi Alexander, and Rabbi Valerii will be coming to us the week of November 13 – 16.

November 13: Congregational Prayer Meeting – 6:30 – 8:30PM

An anointed time of worship, prayer, and ministry. Special speaker: Rabbi Valerii.


November 15: Erev Shabbat Service – 7:30-9:00pm followed by a “Challah Day Oneg

Join us and be refreshed and encouraged as we welcome the Shabbat, worship and study together. Special Speaker – Rabbi Alexander.

Challah Day Oneg” in the Shalom Center after the service.

Freshly baked Challah from 1748 Bakehouse, and delicious European butter, coffee and drinks.

(Child-Care for Toddlers 1-3 years old will be provided on Friday evening.)


November 16: A special Messianic Mishpochah Shabbaton.

Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm: Join us for an incredible time of Messianic Jewish congregational worship, an anointed Torah service, and a powerful time of ministry. Special Speaker – Rabbi Viktor

(Child-Care and Children’s Shabbat School program Saturday morning, as always at Beth Israel).

Saturday, 12:45-1:45pm: Join the Beth Israel Mishpochah for lunch and fellowship.

Please click here to RSVP for the luncheon.      

Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00pm: Shabbaton classes on Messianic Congregational Life and the unique ministry of Messianic Synagogues. Speakers – Rabbi Valeri and Rabbi Alexander

Saturday evening, 6:00 – 8:30pm The Messianic Mishpochah Shabbaton continues with an extended time of worship, prayer and ministry. Personal prayer will be available for everyone. Special Speaker – Rabbi Viktor

Following the Saturday evening session, we will gather in the Shalom Center for a Dessert Oneg, with cakes, cookies, coffee, drinks, and fellowship.

(Child-Care for Toddlers 1-3 years old will be provided during the Saturday evening session).

RSVP for the luncheon on Saturday, November 16th!


Saturday, 12:45-1:45pm: Join the Beth Israel Mishpochah for lunch and fellowship.

Rabbi Alexander Popazov has been Rabbi of Messianic Synagogue “Gates of Zion” in Odessa, Ukraine since 2006. In 2013, he received rabbinic ordination from the IAMCS. He has a doctorate in engineering designs and taught at the Odessa Academy of Construction and Architecture. He is married to Sarah and they have two girls – Lisa and Myrrah.

Rabbi Viktor Vilensky worked for many years as a doctor of narcology and was chief of the substance abuse department at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1998, he moved to Yevpatoria, Crimea as the director of a rehabilitation center for drug addicts and alcoholics. In 2000, Rabbi Viktor started a new Messianic Jewish Congregation “Hava Nagila,” and has planted 10 other messianic Jewish congregations in Crimea and Ukraine. Rabbi Viktor is married to Nadya, and they have 3 children, Andrey, Nastia, and Aaron.

Rabbi Valerii Zhupanenko has been Rabbi of the “Jewish Messianic Religious  Congregation of Nikolaev” in Ukraine since 2014. He moved to Nikolaev from the small town of Bereznigovatoe where he led the congregation “Living Word” for more than 18 years, and has planted 4 congregations in the area. Rabbi Valerii is married to Tatyana and they have one daughter named Viktoria. He has a master’s degree in education.