The Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC) was formally established in May 2006. It consists of a group of ordained Messianic Jewish Rabbis and associated leaders who share a common vision for Messianic Jewish practice rooted in Torah, instructed by Tradition, and faithful to Messiah Yeshua in the twenty-first century.
The MJRC had its beginnings five years earlier. At that time a set of Messianic Jewish leaders from New England invited some of their colleagues from outside the region to join them in working on a common set of halakhic standards for themselves and their congregations. While other areas of Messianic Jewish life are of profound importance, such as worship, ethics, education, and social concern, we believed that halakhic standards had received far less attention than their place in Messianic Jewish life warranted.
By Haim Ben-Haim
One of the key elements of Jewish life throughout the generations is the importance of education for all ages. The theme verse for our community concentrates on the importance of learning. “Let us search out our ways, learn them and return (Nashuvah) unto HASHEM” Lamentations 3:40. In our Nashuvah Community we try to engage both the young and old in regular gatherings in which we can learn and be challenged together. We engage in regular study of the Parasha and special elements relating to the festivals with our own gifted teachers. Yet we often find that another very enriching element that our community learns from, is having guest lecturers join us for an evening of study. As one can imagine living here at the crossroads of the Jewish World in Jerusalem, we are bound to have various learned Jews come through our doors from different parts of the world.
By Rabbi Rich Nichol
I'll have to admit, I was nervous.
My wife and I were on the way to the beautiful home of one of our member families for one of Ruach Israel's special brunches geared for the many intermarried families in the synagogue. We would eat together and then gather in the den for my lecture/discussion. The topic this time: the MJRC standards regarding the role of non-Jews in the synagogue.