Ahavat Yeshua is a Messianic Jewish Congregation located in the District of Columbia with outreach to nearby Virginia communities. We are Jews and non-Jews who believe that Yeshua, Hebrew for Jesus, is the Messiah. You might ask: "Isn't that a Christian belief?" "How can a Jew believe in Jesus?"
The answer to the first question is that belief in Yeshua became a Christian belief; it originally was a Jewish belief. Christianity is a child of first century Messianic Judaism, beginning with those twelve Jewish men who followed Yeshua and, after his death and resurrection, taught his salvation message in the synagogues and streets of Jerusalem. Many early Jews embraced Yeshua's teachings. True to prophesy, Messiah came to bring the knowledge of Israel's God to all men. Accordingly, while some of the disciples continued to teach their Jewish brothers, others began to share Yeshua's message with the Gentiles. It is from these gentiles who accepted the Jewish Messiah, that Biblical Christianity was born.
As to the second question, one often hears: "How can you believe in Jesus and still be Jewish?" The better question is: "If the twelve disciples were right, that God gave Yeshua to Israel to be its long-awaited Messiah, then how can you call yourself Jewish and yet reject him?"
So, we are Jews and non-Jews worshiping together and living by the scriptures:
"Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:4-5
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John' 3:16
We Messianic Jews are spiritually united with our Christian brothers. Nevertheless, we sense a special call of God ( 1 ) to help restore Israel to faith in God through Messiah Yeshua, and ( 2 ) to help restore the Christian church to an awareness and appreciation of its Jewish roots. While we reject traditions that are contrary to scripture, we feel called to maintain a Jewish lifestyle and a Jewish style of worship, as a witness to God's faithfulness in preserving Israel. We do this as a genuine expression of our love for God.