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Old Jaffa
Beit Immanuel represents a movement dating back to the 1800's dedicated to Aliyah (return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel), the restoration of Messianic Jews and the proclamation of the Messianic Jewish hope in Yeshua (Jesus.)

Who we are

Beit Immanuel is a community of Messianic Jews and Gentiles bringing healing and restoration for the people of Israel and for the lost sons and daughters of this generation.

Our History

Our Team

Jaffa
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    Beit Immanuel represents a movement dating back to the 1800's dedicated to Aliyah (return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel), the restoration of Messianic Jews and the proclamation of the Messianic Jewish hope in Yeshua (Jesus.)

    Following the outbreak of the French Revolution many Christians in Britain, America and Europe sensed the time was approaching when Jesus the Messiah would return. They understood from the Bible that prior to His second coming Israel would return to her Land.

    In the 1820's a British organization associated with the Anglican Church (LJS, today CMJ) came to the Land of Israel to proclaim this message and promote Aliyah. Most of the early workers landed at Jaffa, and in 1844 opened a centre in Jaffa's Old City. These early pioneers were instrumental in helping establish the indigenous community of Messianic Jews and Arabs at Beit Immanuel.

    For more information on the fascinating story of Beit Immanuel and the Messianic Jews you can arrange for a visit. Please go to our Heritage Center and Museum site.


Who We Are

Who we are
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    Beit Immanuel is a community of Messianic Jews and Gentiles bringing healing and restoration for the people of Israel and for the lost sons and daughters of this generation.

    We are a family-oriented ministry demonstrating the blessings of our rich heritage as the people of Israel together with our New Covenant commitment to Yeshua and the Spirit-led life. We are a community here to serve the people of our nation.

    Beit Immanuel is one of the first congregations of Messianic Jews in modern Israel and we have been privileged to witness and help nurture the steady growth and maturing Messianic believers over the last 50 years in this land. Beit Immanuel is just one example of the many congregations in Israel learning to care for this new generation of Messianic Jews in exciting and demanding times.

    We have a number of young men and women serving in the Israeli army, and we are blessed with many young people from the former Soviet Union. The large majority of our members are young families with small children.

    We serve our community with Family Ministries, Children’s Shabbat School, Youth Meetings, Single Parent Family Support, Feeding the Poor, Helping Holocaust Survivors, Men’s and Women’s Meetings, Support for soldiers serving in the Israeli army, Community Volunteering and more.

    Visit our Community Services page for more information.

David Lazarus
  • David Lazarus

    David is Senior Pastor of the Beit Immanuel Congregation.

    Together with his wife Michaella and their four children they have been pioneers in the spiritual rebirth of the Jewish people in Israel since the 1970’s. David grew up in a traditional Jewish family and became a Messianic Jew while living in the Sinai Desert. Since then he has dedicated his life to studying the Hebrew scriptures and leading Jewish people to their Messiah. David served in the Israeli army for over 25 years. David is also a leader in promoting reconciliation between Arab and Messianic Jews in the Middle East. He leads seminars internationally on Israel and on current events among the Messianic Jews. He holds degrees in biblical studies and journalism and writes for numerous publications and newspapers.


Hadassah - Children's Ministry
  • Hadassah - Children's Ministry

    Our home group leaders make up an important part of our leadership team.

    Hadassah is a trained special needs children's teacher in the Israeli education system. Hadassah oversees the family and children's ministry in the congregation and trains the Shabbat School teaching staff for Beit Immanuel's Messianic Jewish Congregation.


Dima and Sarah - Youth Ministry
  • Dima & Sarah - Youth Ministry

    Dima is a professional animation artist and key youth leader in the Messianic Body in Israel.

    His wife Sarah works as a Registered Nurse in the Maternity Ward in Tel-Aviv’s main hospital. They just had their first baby! The couple leads our youth ministries and bring fresh, inspiring and relevant instruction to young Messianic Jews aged 13-18. They invest in the spiritual development of our young people and accompany them through the challenging teen years.

Aleksey Raikhstadt
  • Aleksey Raikhstadt

    Aleksey represents the younger generation of leaders amongst the Messianic Jews in Israel.

    Together with his wife Alla they immigrated to Israel from Yakutiya in the far eastern regions of Siberia. They have three children born in Israel. Aleksey leads home-groups, teaches Bible classes and helps oversee the daily operations of our congregation. He is now working on a doctorate in Biblical Preaching.


Annu - Care and Counseling
  • Annu - Care and Counseling

    Annu is a trained counselor with a Masters Degree in Biblical Counseling.

    She works with widows and single parent families. Annu provides regular support in prayer and counseling to people going through difficult times in life. She is also preparing young Messianic Jews in preparation for marriage.


Home Group Leaders
  • Home Group Leaders

    Our home group leaders make up an important part of our leadership team.

    We put an emphasis on strong, secure relationships among the leadership and strive to be examples of unity, grace, and love to the whole flock. As Messianic Jews who believe in Yeshua we look to model and teach our people accountability, vulnerability, and gentleness in all of our relationships at home and in our fellowship.

Who We Are

  • Who We Are
    Read More

    Beit Immanuel is a community of Messianic Jews and Gentiles bringing healing and restoration for the people of Israel and for the lost sons and daughters of this generation.

    We are a family-oriented ministry demonstrating the blessings of our rich heritage as the people of Israel together with our New Covenant commitment to Yeshua and the Spirit-led life. We are a community here to serve the people of our nation.

    Beit Immanuel is one of the first congregations of Messianic Jews in modern Israel and we have been privileged to witness and help nurture the steady growth and maturing Messianic believers over the last 50 years in this land. Beit Immanuel is just one example of the many congregations in Israel learning to care for this new generation of Messianic Jews in exciting and demanding times.

    We have a number of young men and women serving in the Israeli army, and we are blessed with many young people from the former Soviet Union. The large majority of our members are young families with small children.

    We serve our community with Family Ministries, Children’s Shabbat School, Youth Meetings, Single Parent Family Support, Feeding the Poor, Helping Holocaust Survivors, Men’s and Women’s Meetings, Support for soldiers serving in the Israeli army, Community Volunteering and more.

    Visit our Community page for more information.

Our History

  • Old Jaffa
    Our History

    Beit Immanuel is one of the first Messianic Jewish congregations in Israel. Our community is dedicated to Aliyah (return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel), the restoration of Messianic Jews and Arabs and the proclamation of the Messianic Jewish hope in Yeshua (Jesus).

    In the 1820's a British organization associated with the Anglican Church (LJS, today CMJ) came to the Land of Israel to proclaim this message and promote Aliyah. Most of the early workers landed at Jaffa, and in 1844 opened a centre in Jaffa's Old City. These early pioneers were instrumental in helping establish the indigenous community of Messianic Jews and Arabs at Beit Immanuel.

    In the second half of the twentieth century, the small community of local believers in Yeshua began to experience somewhat of a revival as young Israeli Jews and Arabs, who had never before even considered Yeshua as their Messiah, began turning to Him for salvation. Over the past 50 years Beit Immanuel congregation has developed leadership now serving Messianic ministries across Israel, planted new Messianic congregations in the Greater Tel Aviv area and continues serving as an important member of the wider Messianic body in Israel and around the world. 

    For more information on the fascinating story of Beit Immanuel and the Messianic Jews come by for a visit to our museum telling the story of Beit Immanuel and heritage. We welcome thousands of local Israelis and tourists who come Beit Immanuel which is known throughout Israel as "The place where you can learn about Yeshua (Jesus)."

    You can also read more about Beit Immanuel's history on The Church's Ministry to the Jewish People (CMJ) website Heritage Center and Museum site.

Our Team

  • David Lazarus
    David Lazarus

    David is Senior Pastor of the Beit Immanuel Congregation.

    Together with my wife Michaella and our four children we have helped in the spiritual rebirth of the Jewish people in Israel since the 1970’s. I grew up in a traditional Jewish family and became a Messianic Jew while living in the Sinai Desert. I met my wife Michaella at Beit Immanuel Congregation and we have been married now for 35 years. Since then I have dedicated my life to studying the Hebrew scriptures and leading Jewish people to their Messiah. I served in the Israeli army for over 25 years. I am also a leader in promoting reconciliation between Arab and Messianic Jews in the Middle East and lead seminars internationally on Israel and on current events among the Messianic Jews. I have degrees in biblical studies and journalism and write for numerous publications and newspapers. Read my blog here


  • ALEKSEY RAIKHSTADT
    ALEKSEY RAIKHSTADT

    Aleksey represents the younger generation of leaders amongst the Messianic Jews in Israel.

    Together with his wife Alla they immigrated to Israel from Yakutiya in the far eastern regions of Siberia. They have three children born in Israel. Aleksey leads home-groups, teaches Bible classes and helps oversee the daily operations of our congregation. He is now working on a doctorate in Biblical Preaching.

  • Children's Ministry
    Children's Ministry

    Hadassah oversees the family and children's ministry in the congregation and trains the Shabbat School teaching staff for Beit Immanuel's Messianic Jewish Congregation. She also gives seminars for Shabbat School teachers to Messianic teachers around the country. Hadassah has been working with special needs children for over 25 years in the Israeli education system. She has an MA in education and trains teachers, parents and families to work with special needs children.  See more about our Children's Work on our Community Page.


  • Home Group Leaders
    Home Group Leaders

    Our Home Group leaders make up an important part of our community.

    At Beit Immanuel Congregation we put an emphasis on strong, secure relationships among the leadership and their families and strive to be examples of unity, grace, and love to the whole congregation, to our neighbors and at our places of work. As Messianic Jews who believe in Yeshua we look to model and teach our people accountability, vulnerability, and gentleness in all of our relationships at home and in our everyday lives. Each of our Home Group leaders gives regular prayer support, encouragement and biblical guidance to the members of Beit Immanuel Congregation serving as pillars of faith in the community. Your prayer and support for them are crucial. Visit our Partner Page to see how you can help.

  • Care and Counselling
    Care and Counselling

    Annu and Hadassah oversee our Care and Counseling services. Annu is a trained counselor with a Masters Degree in Biblical Counseling.  Hadassah has been working with special needs children for over 25 years in the Israeli education system. She has an MA in education and family counseling. She also trains teachers, parents and families to work with Autistic children.

    Together with our pastoral team, Annu and Hadassah work with widows and single parent families and provide regular support in prayer and counseling to people going through difficult times in life. We also prepare young Messianic couples for marriage, parenting and Bar Mitzvah preparation and other life cycle events.


  • Dima & Sarah - Youth Ministry
    Dima & Sarah - Youth Ministry

    Dima is a professional animation artist and key youth leader in the Messianic Body in Israel. His wife Sarah works as a Registered Nurse in the Maternity Ward in Tel-Aviv’s main hospital. They just had their first baby!

    This dynamic couple met and married as a young couple at Beit Immanuel Congregation. Now they lead our youth ministries with fresh, inspiring and relevant instruction for our young Messianic Jews aged 13-18. Their investment into the spiritual development of our young people is bearing fruit as most of the young people who grow up in the congregation stay faithful and committed to follow Yeshua even through the difficult teenage years. In addition to providing personal Messianic life coaching, this lovely couple also gather the youth regularly in their home for Bible studies and fellowship.

    We have also found that giving young people responsibility and getting them involved in helping out with activities in the congregation is very important in their spiritual and faith development.