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Fall Feasts 2021

Fall Feasts of Israel 2021 - Hananeel Ministries


Hananeel's Fall 2021 Holiday Services Schedule

The Jewish feasts in 2021 all occur in the month of September, and Hanukkah also arrives early in the Julian calendar, beginning in late November.

We encourage you to make plans for the Lord's Feasts as believers can learn a great deal from a thorough study of the Scriptures that describe these feasts, and also their future fulfillment in prophesy.

Hananeel always eagerly anticipates the Fall schedule with the return of ESL Classes and holiday observances and outreach. All services are held at Rhawnhurst Baptist Church in northeast Philadelphia. Please note that all services will be translated into Russian for our Russian speaking guests.

 Hananeel Service Schedule:

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Spring Update 2021

Tom Huckel Passover Message

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thess. 5:18


Tom Grogger Purim 2021

Praise God! After weeks of snow and ice storms we were able to celebrate Purim with our Jewish friends on Friday, February 26th.

We were delighted to see our guests participate in the program. We sang, we laughed as we used noisemakers called groggers as we booed Haman, and cheered for Mordecai from the book of Esther. I was able to share a message called: “The story of 2 Queens and 2 Kings.” The queens were Vashti and Esther, and the Kings were Ahasuerus and the other of course was God himself, the King of all creation. I was able to share how God’s deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman was nothing compared to His present ability to deliver everyone from sin. This sparked some interesting questions afterwards. Please pray that our unsaved guests keep asking us questions at our meetings, and that they also keep searching for the truth in Jesus.


Now that Passover is upon us once again we are faced with the challenge of sharing another message of God’s deliverance. Back in Egypt God delivered the Jewish people from the physical death of their firstborn by faith in the blood of a lamb. However, God has since delivered everyone from spiritual death, who have by faith believed in the blood of Jesus, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.


Our challenge this year was how to present that message without having a Passover banquet due to COVID-19. We decided to record a video (view below) of a Passover message designed for our Russian speaking Jewish friends.

Read more: Spring Update 2021

December 2020 Ministry Update

Praise the Lord! God is still saving people even during a pandemic!

We were able to conduct our High Holy Day outreaches of Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) on Sept. 18th and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) on Sept. 28th. While attendance was down due to Covid, we were also able to reach out in other ways to those quarantined at home.

Praise the Lord we were able to deliver 19 dinners on Rosh Hashanah to our contacts with a message about our having meeting again. On Yom Kippur we had 20 attend our service.

On October 2nd we were able to conduct our Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) outreach meeting to our Jewish friends. We shared how Jesus’ ministry at the Second Advent is pictured by the festival (Zec. 14 esp vs. 16-18). “Tabernacles” is also known as the “Feast of the Ingathering.” There will be a great ingathering of the elect from the four corners of the earth at the second coming as well (Isa 11:11-12, Eze 37:9-14, Mat 24:31, Mk. 13:27). This ingathering is pictured every year in synagogues as Jewish people wave tree branches in the direction of all the compass points in connection with the feast.

And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. - Isaiah 11:12

At a recent Friday night service following the Feast of Ingathering we received a special blessing. I gave a message on the assurance of salvation and gave an invitation. A Spanish speaking gentlemen who comes sporadically, and a Russian speaking Jewish woman, accepted Jesus as Savior.

On behalf of the entire Hananeel staff I pray that God will bless you and grant you joy and safety throughout this holiday season.

Yours for the message of Israel's Messiah,

Tom Huckel, Mission Director

Fall 2020 Ministry Update

The expression "l’shana tova!" (for the good year) was perhaps never more needed in our lifetime.

On sunset, Friday, September 18, the Jewish feast of Rosh Hashannah, the start of a new year in the Jewish calendar arrives. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah ( יוֹם תְּרוּעָה‎), literally "day of shouting or blasting". It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days ( יָמִים נוֹרָאִים‎ Yamim Nora'im. Rosh Hashanah is traditionally viewed as the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of God as king. It ushers in the "ten days of awe" culminating in Yom Kippur, the "Day of Atonement" observed September 27 (sundown) - 28, in 2020. That is followed by the great feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), celebrated this year from October 2 - 9.

We pray that our supporters are bearing up in this time of great trial and we trust that God will indeed do a great work in this new season. We know that many of you are suffering with financial struggles in addition to the heatlh impacts of Covid-19. Some have not been able to keep up with giving, but the Lord continues to sustain us. While our ministry has been unable to hold our Friday night outreach services and ESL Classes since March, due to various government restrictions, we are keeping in contact with our regular attendees, many of whom express how much they miss us. We are also now able to hold services with a limited capacity of attendees.

Rosh Hashanah Service

We will be holding a small Rosh Hashannah service on Friday, September 18. Please pray for us as a significant portion of our attendees are in the high risk category for Covid-19 and some have lost family members to Covid.

l'shana tovah

Meals for Shut-Ins

We will also be purchasing and distributing meals on Saturday, September 19, to shut-ins. Providing meals is a simple expression of our love for them, and fills a practical need. Most of them are on fixed incomes and have very little and these holiday meals are deeply meaningful for them. It has also provided opportunities to share and made a strong impression on the staff at Ben & Irvs deli where we purcahse these meals. Please pray that these physical expresssions of our love will yield spiritual fruit.

Fall Services

Rosh Hashanah: Friday, September 18, 2020

Yom Kippur: Monday September 28, 2020

Sukkot: Friday, October 2, 2020

Please continue to pray that God will open doors of ministry even in this difficult time and for the health and safety of our staff. 


Covid 19 Special Spring Update

Due to COVID-19 our Passover banquet scheduled for April 14th has been postponed indefinitely. In Pennsylvania, by order of the Governor, all gatherings of ten or more have been banned, travel has been restricted, and the venue where we hold our banquet is closed.

Those who have contributed gifts towards the event should know the funds will be kept in escrow until we are able to share "Messiah in the Passover" at an appropriate time.

In addition, due to the various restrictions and government edicts, our ministry has been unable to hold our Friday night outreach services and ESL Classes. A significant portion of our attendees are in the high risk category for Covid-19, but so far we are not aware of any of them contracting Covid-19.

Our missionaries are in contact with our regulars, and we will continue to check up on them. We are attempting to acquire Passover meals for shut-ins and will know later this week whether we will be able to do that or not. The diner we purchase from is extremely short-staffed due to the virus, so they may not be able to fulfill our orders.

We are also prayerfully considering other means of providing a safety net for those who are unable to get the food items they need. Many have children who look after them, but some do not. Please pray that God will open doors of ministry even in this difficult time of "social distancing" which is the exact opposite of our normal ministry and outreach methods.

Our ministry appreciates the prayers and support of God's people. We are all in this together, and we know that God reigns through all of this.

Spring Feasts 2020

Purim and Passover Outreach

Please join with us in prayer for a bountiful spring harvest

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With the passing of Hanukkah, and a the start of a new year, we hunker down for winter with an eye already fixed on the spring feasts of the Hebraic calendar.

The feast of Purim is celebrated before Passover and is a feast that was added after the giving of the Law. But Purim is signficant in one very interesting aspect -- the book of Esther is completely dedicated to the events surrounding it. No other feast has such bragging rights. 

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Fall Feasts 2019 - Pray for a Mighty Harvest

Hananeel Fall Feast Outreach Services

Happy New Year! Yes, to many Christians this seems odd, but in the Jewish Calendar the year begins with Rosh Hashanah September 29th, 2019. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah actually means “Head of the Year.” Jewish tradition states, "Just like the head controls the body, our actions on Rosh Hashanah have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year." As believers we know that our salvation is secure in Messiah, but if you are in need of a renewed commitment in your life to serve the Master, this is as good a time as any for "New Year Resolutions."

Traditional Rosh Hashanah prayers read on this day express the belief that each year on this day “all inhabitants of the world pass before G‑d like a flock of sheep,” and it is decreed in the heavenly court “who shall live, and who shall die ... who shall be impoverished and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.” This reminds us of the parable of Jesus about the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25...

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Passover 2019 Report & Prayer Requests

Director's Report: May 2019

Thank you everyone who prayed and supported our annual Passover banquet on April 24th. New friends and old joined us for this special evening. The prayers of God's people were felt and His work was accomplished. Praise the Lord!

Passover 2019 Tom Huckel with Guests

It was great to see how God moved in the hearts of so many people that evening. The banquet staff was efficient. Our mission staff was responsive. The ministry just seemed to flow in such a way that you could sense God's hand was upon the entire evening once again this year.

87 people attended the service. Among our guests we had both American and Russian speaking Jewish people - many of whom we knew ahead of time were not yet believers in their Messiah.

"Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God."

2 Cor. 9:11

Passover 2019 Jason hiding away the Passover matzah

At the conclusion of the service I gave an invitation for people to accept Jesus as their savior, and praise the Lord four of them responded positively.

God continues to be pleased to use our Passover every year to reach His people and plant seed for the future. None of this would be possible without the continued support of God's people and the effective prayers of the saints. We thank God for you.

Yours for the Message of Israel's Messiah,

Thomas Huckel, Director

Special Notice & Prayer

Roof Repair Update

Praise the Lord that our roof has been replaced at half the cost of commercial estimates. Thanks to M-Jay Builders whose owner is a believer and gave our mission a discounted price.

Shut In Visitation

We have begun a fledgling ministry to shut ins. Our first effort was to provide Passover meals to former attendees of our Friday night outreach who could not make it to our annual Passover dinner. This was a great blessing to them, and of course to us. Please pray for us as we consider ways to expand this ministry.

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