Shoresh David is a congregation of Jews and non-Jews who come together to worship the Lord in unity. Our Services include liturgy in Hebrew and English, prayer, a message from God’s Word, and Messianic Praise and Worship. We then fellowship together with “nosh” (a light snack).
It is our desire to bring the Spirit of the Lord to everyone we meet in the greater Southshore area (Riverview, Apollo Beach, Wimauma, and Sun City Center). We welcome all visitors. If you are new to the community or congregation, please introduce yourself as I would love to meet you. For further questions, you may contact us at 813-760-3269. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Rejoicing In Messiah,
Rabbi, Shoresh David South Bay
Frequently Asked Questions for Visitors
What can I expect at services?
Our services contain prayer, praise and worship music, liturgy, and a message from the Rabbi. We have power point screens at the front of the sanctuary. They contain Hebrew, transliteration (Hebrew using English letters) and translation of Hebrew words for our liturgy. Whenever Hebrew is used, it is always translated. “Shabbat Shalom” is a common expression that we greet one another with during the service. “Shalom” is a Hebrew word which includes the meanings of peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye. With this greeting we wish to encourage and bless each other and remember that sharing God’s love with one another is a key reason we gather together on Shabbat.
The Liturgy in Judaism is comprised of many ancient prayers. The ones we recite on a regular basis, among others, include:
Shema –meaning to listen or hear with the intention of obeying. It comes from Deuteronomy 6:4, and solidifies our belief that God is ONE!
Blessing of Messiah –meaning we bless the Lord and thank Him for giving us the Messiah through whom we can know the way to salvation.
Giving financially of our tithes and offerings is another way we worship God. Our congregation is supported by free will gifts and we also tithe as a congregation supporting a number of ministries in Israel
and elsewhere. Checks should be made out to Shoresh David and offering envelopes are available for cash and credit cards. All gifts clearly marked are tax deductible. You may also donate online or with a text.
What is the etiquette during the service?
Men are encouraged to wear a kippah (head covering). Everyone is encouraged to dress and act modestly. Most people come to services “dressy casual.” But you will notice a variety in how people are dressed. So, relax, you look just fine!
Is it true that there is dancing as part of praise and worship?
We incorporate Israeli dance as a worship expression during parts of the service. Both men and women are free to participate, even if you are not familiar with the dance steps. When participating in the dance, as always, please dress modestly.
Is childcare available for
babies and toddlers?
Yes, the nursery opens before service and it is available throughout the entire service for babies and toddlers, 0-3 years.
Because of our safety procedures, please be sure to sign your child in and out of the nursery and complete a registration card. Pick up your child immediately after the conclusion of the service.
If staying for the
Is there a children’s program?
Children ages 4-12 participate in the main service until they are dismissed for Shabbat School. Children must be registered using the yellow Shabbat School card when they attend for the first time. This can be done in the classroom. Shabbat School ends about the same time as the adult service in the Sanctuary is over.
others things I should know about the service?
Join in with Hebrew and English songs and liturgy as much, or as little, as you feel comfortable. We would prefer that you not wave worship flags/banners because of the ceiling fans and due to lack of space in the sanctuary.
If I am a Jew who does not believe in Yeshua (Jesus), am I welcome to visit?
Absolutely! We welcome everyone! Since there is such diversity in the Jewish population, we can’t be sure that we can meet everyone’s needs, but we strive to have a service that will be spiritually enriching and strengthen your walk with God, regardless whether you are extremely religious or not religious at all.
If I am a Christian, and belong to a church, am I welcome to visit?
Absolutely! We welcome everyone! We would love for you to experience the Jewishness of your faith. Bring your entire family and friends too.