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"Davidic" Worship and Praise

Davidic worship and praise is one of the distinguishing traits of the Messianic Movement. It is a return to our Jewish roots in praising G-d, like Miriam the sister of Moshe did, and was part of ancient Jewish worship (Psalm 149:3). It is a cultural and spiritual expression of our faith in the Jewish Messiah. “Davidic” Worship and Praise goes back to the style, principles and guidelines and pattern that King David was shown by the L-rd (II Chr. 28:11-13) and that he established in the Temple nearly 3,000 years ago.

This type of praise and worship involves numerous musical instruments, singing, Hebraic style music, psalms, lifting up of hands, chanting, clapping of hands, processions and is also characterized by great joy. Probably the most unusual characteristic of “Davidic” Worship and Praise is dancing to the L-rd in community. Besides individual salvation, we are walking out a covenant G-d made with the people of Israel. As the song says, “Am Yisrael Chai!” the people of Israel live! Therefore we dance in circles and lines, with hands united in love and peoplehood.

Dance Classes

Beginner's Davidic Dance Class

This class is taught upon request.  Sessions run approximately 20-30 minutes teaching the 26 beginner dances listed below, in preparation for the intermediate class and is announced in the Shabbat morning service. All ages are welcome.

Intermediate Davidic Dance Class

This class meets every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. in the sanctuary of our synagogue.

Dance Circles

We have two worship dance circles during our worship services, one in the front corner and one in the designated dance area in our foyer. Please refer to our dance directives to see which circle you would fit into best and for our other dance policies.

MaNavu Blessing for Dancers

Because there is spiritual warfare involved with the praise and joy of the Davidic dance, we believe that a special blessing for those who participate in the worship dance is in order. There are several scriptures which make reference to the feet of those who serve Adonai. (see blessing)

Two Easy Dances: The Hora and Kibbutz Dance

The Hora dance is popular at Jewish weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and is quite easy to learn. The Kibbutz dance has more steps, but is also considered a beginner dance. (more) 

Beginner Dance Notations

Click on each dance below to get the notations on dance steps.

  1. Abba Father
  2. Biyameem
  3. Clap Your Hands
  4. Days of Elijah
  5. Hallelu
  6. He Is My Defense
  7. He Shall Reign
  8. Hinei Ma Tov
  9. It Is Good
  10. Klezmer
  11. Lamb of G-d
  12. Largo Dance
  13. Lo Ahavti Dai
  14. Ma Navu
  15. Mayim, Mayim
  16. Miserlu
  17. No Weapon
  18. Od Avinu Chai
  19. Psalm 30
  20. Schlep Dance
  21. Trees of the Field
  22. Wave Offering
  23. We Will Dance
  24. Yeshua Waltz


Or HaOlam Synagogue

Or HaOlam teaches Jewish life in the Messiah of Israel. We are part of a world-wide movement of Jewish Congregations and people of all ethnic groups who follow Yeshua (Jesus) in the context of Jewish lifestyle and identity. We meet weekly every Saturday morning at 10 am. Our services are held at 9898 West 95th St, Overland Park, Kansas 66212 (NOT for Mail). VIEW MAP



Or HaOlam is a member of the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations & Synagogues (IAMCS), an international body of congregations of Jewish people and all ethnic groups who follow Yeshua (Jesus) in the context of covenantal Jewish lifestyle and identity. 

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us, please feel free to do so either by mail, phone, or email.

MAIL: PO Box 12503, Overland Park KS 66282

PHONE: 913 383-8448