Starting February 3, 2018: New Foundations Spring Class

Starting February 3, 2018

Eitz Chaim New Foundations Class


The Eitz Chaim New Foundations-New Members class is held twice a year: once in the Spring, and once in the Fall.

The New Foundations-New Members class is open to everyone, but it is required for those who are interested in becoming a member of Eitz Chaim.

This class is designed to acclimate students to the mission, theology, and spirituality of the Messianic movement, as specifically present in the unique calling of Eitz Chaim Messianic Jewish Congregation of Richardson, TX, and our sphere of influence in the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. This class is open to all in the assembly, but is specifically required for those seeking formal membership.

Our next New Foundations-New Members class will be conducted 03 February-24 March, 2018


Class Syllabus

Spring 2018
Saturday Afternoon, 2:00-3:15 PM


J.K. McKee

Course Description and Objectives:
This class is designed to acclimate students to the mission, theology, and spirituality of the Messianic movement, as specifically present in the unique calling of Eitz Chaim Messianic Jewish Congregation of Richardson, TX, and our sphere of influence in the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. This class is open to all in the assembly, but is specifically required for those seeking formal membership. As is stated of our community of Messiah followers,

“Eitz Chaim is called to be a Messiah-centered, Spirit-empowered, disciple-making community that reveals the truth of Yeshua (the Jewish Jesus) to both Israel and the nations. We are committed to making Yeshua the L-rd of our life, faith and ministry. Our community seeks to be like the first Jerusalem congregation where both Jew and non-Jew function as one new man, equal before G-d (Acts 2).”

Required Materials:
Appel, James, Jonathan Bernis, and David Levine. Messianic Judaism Class, Student Book (Copenhagan, NY: Olive Press, 2011).

available for purchase during class

Recommended Materials:
Appel, James, Jonathan Bernis, and David Levine. Messianic Judaism Class, Teacher Book (Copenhagan, NY: Olive Press, 2011).

Messianic Jewish Family Bible—Tree of Life Version (Snellville, GA: Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society, 2014).

Stern, David H. Jewish New Testament Commentary (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications, 1995).

Stern, David H., trans. Complete Jewish Bible (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications, 1998).

Zodhiates, Spiros, ed. Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, NASB (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 1994).

McKee, J.K. Torah In the Balance, Volume I (Richardson, TX: Messianic Apologetics, 2003); Torah In the Balance, Volume II (Richardson, TX: Messianic Apologetics, 2015).

Student Participation:
Regular attendance of the New Foundations Class is required (with no more than two or three excused absences) in order for students to receive a “complete,” and be regarded as candidates for formal membership in the congregation. Each module of the class will involve assigned readings from the Messianic Judaism Class workbook (abbreviated below as MJC), and group discussion during the Saturday morning class.

Course Schedule:

Week One

03 February 2018


Introduction to Class

Student Introductions

Week Two

10 February 2018

The Messianic Vision:

the emergence of Messianic Judaism, the place of Eitz Chaim, and our assembly’s mission in North Dallas/Richardson


read Unit One in MJC, pp 13-18


Week Three

17 February 2018

Shabbat, the Appointed Times, Jewish Holidays


read Unit Two in MJC, pp 22-40


Week Four

24 February 2018

Kosher and Torah-based “Means of Grace”


read Unit Two in MJC, pp 41-51


Week Five

03 March 2018


The Contours of Jewish Evangelism


read Unit Three in MJC, pp 53-74


Week Six

10 March 2018

Guest: Marc Chernizer

The Contours of Jewish Evangelism II


Week Seven

17 March 2018


Our Place in the Congregation read Unit Four in MJC, pp 77-96


Week Eight

24 March 2018


A Survey of Messianic Theology read Unit Five in MJC, pp 99-125

You can sign up and direct all questions regarding the next New Foundations-New Members class using the form below:

High Holy Days at Eitz Chaim – Important Information

High Holy Day Schedule 

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Weds, Sept 20 – 7 Pm
Rosh Hashanah Day – Thurs, Sept 21 – 10:30 Am
Erev Yom Kippur – Fri, Sept 29 – 7 Pm
Yom Kippur Day – Sat, Sept 30 – 10:30 Am
Yom Kippur Afternoon Services / Mini-Drashes – 2-6 Pm
Yom Kippur Closing Concert – 7 Pm

High Holy Days are a special time before the Lord. Please dress appropriately, no shorts, jeans, Tee shirts, flip flops please. Most men wear shirt and tie, nice collared Polo shirt; a sports or suit coat is welcome, ladies dresses or business casual pants and tops. AC can be cold bring a wrap to keep warm.

Erev Rosh HaShanah, Wednesday, September 20, 7-9 p.m.

A traditional New Years nosh of apples & honey cakes to follow the service. Traditions foods are Honey Cakes, apples and honey. Everyone needs to bring something please! You can also bring dates, raisins, figs, dried fruits, almonds, or pomegranates. Please bring sliced honey cakes on disposable dishes. We also need sliced apples. PLEASE DO NOT JUST BRING WHOLE APPLES, PLEASE SLICE THEM UP PRIOR TO BRINGING THEM TO THE KITCHEN. THERE WILL BE NO ONE TO SLICE THEM.
To keep the sliced apples from turning brown, we recommend soaking them in 7-up or Ginger Ale.
Honey cakes are available for sale at the Tom Thumb, Coit & Campbell.
(see Honey cake recipes below)

Rosh HaShanah, Thursday morning, September 21, 10:30-1 pm. Thursday will be a festive day.

Needed: (From EVERYONE!*)
We will have a full oneg lunch for our congregation with additional apples and honey cakes. There will be many guests. We urge EVERYONE to please bring a dish to share.
BRING IT ALREADY PREPARED IN A DISPOSABLE CONTAINER. We expect a lot of visitors so we ask that they be allowed to go through the line first.   Please have a hearty breakfast that morning. PARENTS PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AND TEENS WITH YOU IN THE LINE AND LET THE VISITORS AND ELDERLY GO FIRST.

Tashlich service, Thursday afternoon at 1:30 pm

(Location to be announced). Please bring bread crumbs for the Tashlich.

The High Holy Days traditions will continue at Eitz Chaim

Erev Yom Kippur ~ Kol Nidre Service, Friday, September 29, at 7:00 pm

We continue our observance of the Day of Atonement on Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 am. Yom Kippur is a FAST day, NO ONEG AFTER SERVICES, however, please bring a dish to break the fast later in the evening. Everyone is asked to stay after services on Saturday, September 30, for an afternoon of special activities: Foot washing, mini drash, time of reflection, prayer & repentance, ending in the evening with Yitzkor & Nielah services, 1:30-7:00pm.
At 7:30pm, we’ll “break the fast” together, with a pot luck feast!
If you have little ones who are not fasting, or are medically unable to fast please bring snacks and drinks for them during the day.  

Needed: (From EVERYONE!*) Please bring a dish for Saturday night’s “break-the-fast.” at 7:30pm

After Evening Oneg, at 8:00 pm there will be a live concert by Greg Silverman.


Shabbat, Saturday, October 7, 2017 10:30 am
Oneg: Regular Lunch Oneg; Dairy desserts & cheesecakes. Enjoy Oneg today in the Succah.

Honey Cake Recipes

Rosh HaShanah Honey-Spice Chiffon Cake
Note: This is a light, high, tube cake, which is much like a rich sponge cake. It is quite different from most honey cakes typically served on Rosh HaShanah, but it is delicious and it is by far my favorite.
7 large eggs, separated
2/3 cup sugar, divided
2/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose white flour, unbleached
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold water
Confectioner’s sugar (optional)
Have an un-greased 10-inch angel food tube pan handy. If it is not the two-piece type with a removable tube insert, grease the bottom only and cut a donut shaped piece of wax paper to fit in the bottom. (This will make it easier to remove the cake from the pan)
Put the egg yolks, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the honey into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light. Beat in the oil until well combined. In a bowl, or on a piece of wax paper, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and salt and add these dry ingredients to the batter alternately with the water. Mix until well blended.
In a clean bowl, with clean beaters, beat the egg whites until frothy; then gradually add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar while continuing to beat just until stiff peaks form. Do not over beat the whites or they will difficult to fold into the batter. Stir about one-fourth of the whites into the batter to lighten it. Then gently, but thoroughly fold all the batter back into the remaining whites.
Pour the batter into the tube pan, and smooth the top. Bake in a preheated 325° F oven for 60 – 70 minutes, or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed with a fingertip. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately invert it on its “legs”, or fit the tube over the neck of a bottle to cool upside down. When the cake is completely cool, run a knife around the edge of it, and remove it from the pan. (If the pan was lined with paper, peel it off the bottom of the cake.)
If desired, sprinkle the cake lightly with sieved confectioner’s sugar shortly before serving. Makes about 12 servings

Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake
Servings: Makes 12 servings.
Savor the warm feelings of comfort and contentment from this Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake, a long-time favorite recipe. Bake a slice of nice today.
1 pkg Duncan Hines® Moist Deluxe® Spice Cake Mix
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups applesauce
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped nuts
1 container Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Classic Vanilla Frosting
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Baking Instructions
1 Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Grease and flour 13×9-inch pan.
2 Combine cake mix, eggs, applesauce and oil in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in nuts. Pour into bake pan.
3 Bake at 350 ºF for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack. Turn right-side up. Cool completely.
4 For frosting, combine frosting and cinnamon. Stir until blended. Spread over cooled cake.

Gluten Free Honey Cake

1 1/2   Cups Almond flour
1/2     Cups Ground Flax
1/4     Cups Chia Seeds (Optional)
1/4    Tsp Salt
1/2     Tsp Cinnamon
1         Tsp Baking Powder
1         Tbs Coconut Palm Sugar
1         Tsp Vanilla
3         Eggs
1/2     Cups Honey
1/4     Cup Coconut Oil
1         Squirt liquid Stevia
I like a lot of cinnamon so I put a lot more in mine. The Coconut Palm sugar is optional but it gives it that brown sugar taste without raising the blood sugar. I like my cakes sweet so I added a squirt of Stevia.
Measure out the Almond, flax & Chia seeds, mix together and set aside.
Using a microwave safe bowl mix all the liquids together well, this will also be the bowl you bake in. Eggs, Honey, Vanilla, Coconut oil, Stevia (you have to warm the coconut oil to mix with the liquids make sure your eggs are not ice cold, put the eggs into warm water before you crack them while you measure out the dry stuff)
Once your liquids are mixed add in the salt, baking powder, coconut sugar & cinnamon and mix well. Then add in the dry flour mix. I used a whisk to mix everything then bake in microwave for 3 to 3.5. It really depends on the depth of your bowl if the top of the cake still looks wet and gooey give it another 30 seconds to a minute depending on how wet it is. Cake will have a dry sheen to it when it is done and a knife or tooth pick will come out clean if you test it. Let it cool for a few moments then turn out onto a plate.
This could also be baked in the oven; I’m guessing 350 for about 25 to 30 min. of course make sure your baking pan is oven safe.
Optional add-in ideas:
Chocolate chips
Almonds or other nuts
Shredded coconut
Carbs 56
Might be good with a sauce on it too!
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