|Kehilah Portland is a Messianic Jewish Synagogue located in South Portland Maine with the following affiliations:|
1967, when Jerusalem came back into Jewish hands, tens of
thousands of Jewish people have come into the kingdom of
God. Many of these Messianic Jews did not want to
assimilate and immediately began to form themselves into
Messianic congregations to retain their Jewish heritage
and to be a light to their Jewish people.
By the early 1970's the MJAA was already deeply involved with assisting, encouraging, counselling, and even training leaders for Messianic congregations.
As more and more congregations were formed, many within the MJAA had a desire to form a fellowship of Messianic congregations or synagogues under the auspices of the MJAA. The purpose of such an organization would be to strengthen one another, unite in the Lord, and work together in this Endtime Jewish revival.
The Lord has been speaking to the hearts of those within the Alliance that NOW is the time to move ahead with this fellowship of Messianic congregations. As a result, in the spring of 1986, The International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) was formed.
The IAMCS is comprised of over 150 Messianic Congregations and Synagogue throughout the world. Our web site lists congregations affiliated with IAMCS - link
Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), founded in
1915, is the largest association of Messianic Jews and
non-Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) in the world. Its
purpose is threefold:
To testify to the large and growing number of Jewish people who believe that Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) is the promised Jewish Messiah and Savior of the world;
To bring together Jews and non-Jews who have a shared vision for Jewish revival; and
Most importantly, to introduce our Jewish brothers and sisters to the Jewish Messiah Yeshua.
Why is this necessary? For many centuries Jews have frequently suffered at the hands of those calling themselves followers of Jesus. At the same time, the "Good News" or gospel of Yeshua was often presented without mention of this gospel's roots in God's relationship with His Jewish people throughout Scripture, and His promise of salvation through the Jewish Messiah.
These factors lead many Jews to assume that to follow Yeshua is to leave the faith of their fathers and become non-Jews. The MJAA has worked to combat this misperception for nearly 90 years.
Most MJAA members attend independent Messianic Jewish congregations and synagogues. The MJAA is also affiliated with Messianic Jewish alliances in fifteen countries, including Israel.
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