Worship and Torah Service: Saturdays @ 10:00 am

We are located at 9898 West 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas


Rabbi Kokeb Gedamu  Click on the photo

June 8, 10 a.m. Service Guest Speaker Kokeb Gedamu 

Messianic Rabbi Kokeb Gedamu, and his wife Menalu, are Ethiopian messianic Jews who were part of the Beta Yisrael people in Ethiopia.  During the communist rule of Ethiopia, Kokeb and his wife fled their country making the harrowing journey through the desert to Sudan.  They encountered many trials and the Lord miraculously delivered them from injury and persecution.

Kokeb Gedamu is an ordained Rabbi of the IAMCS (International Alliance of Messianic Congregations And Synagogues).  Congregation Burning Bush is also a member congregation of the IAMCS.  He serves the IAMCS as their Regional Director for Africa.  He also is the Director of the Board of Operation Tikvah (a humanitarian aid project) of the MJAA (Messianic Jewish Alliance of America).  He also speaks in different congregations and churches in the United States to spread the message of what Yeshua is doing among the Ethiopian Jewish people in Ethiopia and Israel.  He has a passion for revival, healing and deliverance, marriage, and teaching on the Jewish roots of faith in Yeshua.  Go to his website

Wheat, Torah, & Ruakh / Spirit outpouring; 
the scriptural themes of Shavuot



June 8, 7.30 p.m.  תִּקּוּן לֵיל שָׁבוּעוֹת 

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Study, Prayer, and Dairy Fest

The Tikkun is a late night evening of prayer and study sessions interspersed with dairy treats (and coffee). It will start at 7:30 p.m.  The traditional topics are the book of Ruth, and the opening a closing verses of any Shabbat portion.  Kokeb Gedamu will be one of our session leaders.

  • Dairy dishes (for the evening snack time) The Ten Commandments were given on Shavuot, so it is customary to have food that reflects the “milk of the Word.”  (This is a Messianic Scriptures phrase, but was clearly not foreign to the ancient Rabbis.)  Therefore, cheesecakes, cheese blintzes, cheese kugel, and cheese kreplach would be wonderful.  Recipes for your experimentation and delight are on the recipe page of our website.  Scroll down to Shavuot recipes.
  • Veggies or salads and dips, nachos and cheese, chips and dip, cheese danish, etc., would all be appropriate at the Tikkun.


All events take place at Or HaOlam Messianic Synagogue unless otherwise stated 


Sunday, May 5

Yom HaShoah

(Holocaust Memorial Day)

Honor the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, 1:30 P.M. at the White Theatre.

No need to register.

Tuesday, May 7

Yom Hazikaron

(Israel Memorial Day)

Honor Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror. This Israeli-style ceremony will be from 7-8 P.M. at the White Theatre.

Teerosh cancelled – please register and attend.

Wednesday, May 8

Yom Ha’atzmaut

(Israel Independence Day)

Fun activities, including music, Israel trivia and prizes, Israeli food, and a special film screening with the KC Jewish Film Festival, 5:30-9:30 P.M.

Please register at www.jewiskansascity.org/events 

 8 films. 54 awards. Reel. Jewish. This is an informational referral, as these films are from the secular Jewish art world. They will be enlightening and entertaining, and may provide a great socializing opportunity, but please check content. Catch a sneak peak of all of them by typing 2019 KC Jewish Film Festival Lineup into a YouTube search. Buy tickets through www.thejkc.org. Film series is April 27 through May 12.

Reservations accepted for the 2019 Free Film Series presented by Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. For more information go to mchekc.org/filmseries2019. Two films remain in the series, shown one per month.

Please mark your calendars and join us:   

  • May 11: HaYesod informational session, 1:30 M., details below
  • May 18: Synagogue Night Live, 7 M.
  • May 19: Men’s meeting, 9 M. to noon
  • May 23: Jewish Genealogy Series (first of 5 parts), 1-2 M., Jewish Community Campus, MAC Room, free/reservations requested at (913) 327-8044. Topic: Genetic Genealogy: You’ve Taken a DNA Test. Now What? This series continues 6/13, 7/11, 8/8 and 9/12.
  • May 31: Early-bird discount ends for Messiah Conference, the annual event for the Messianic movement, June 30-July 6, Grantham, PA
  • June 8: Kokeb Gadamu, special guest Shavuot speaker  http://app.kehilanews.com/house-of-israel-international-ministry-him

  • June 22: Messianic Dance Camp
  • June 23: HaYesod class begins, see details below
  • Ongoing through next January: Discriminating Thieves: Nazi-Looted Art and Restitution, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Free; regular museum hours. Go to nelson-atkins.org for details on the special events in March. (new listing)

Erev Shavuot, June 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m.: It is the practice of the Jewish people generally, and also Or HaOlam, to spend the night before Shavuot in Bible study, along with worship and prayer, alternating with eating/drinking of dairy, veggies, coffee, etc.

HaYesod [The Foundation] course will be held each Sunday, 4-6:30 p.m., for 10 weeks beginning Sunday, June 23. Jim Templer will show a short video and take questions next Shabbat, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the oneg room. Whether you’re new to Or HaOlam, or are a long-timer, you are encouraged to attend and study the foundation of the faith. The HaYesod course was developed by First Fruits of Zion (FFOZ), a Messianic Jewish educational ministry. Led by Jim, the class will answer these questions:

What are the foundations of our Messianic Jewish faith?

What does it mean that our faith in Yeshua has Jewish Roots?

Is our faith the same as historic Christianity except we worship on Saturdays and sing songs in Hebrew?

What is our relationship to the Land of Israel, the people of Israel and the Scriptures of Israel?

What is the Torah and what did Yeshua and the Apostle Sha’ul (Paul) teach about being a disciple of Yeshua?

A commitment to the full course is requested and costs $30 individual; $50 couple. Signup sheet on back table. See hayesod.ffoz.org for details.

Messiah Conference June 30-July 6: Early-bird discount ends May 31 for this annual event for the Messianic movement in Grantham, Pennsylvania.

Israel Trip next year? Purim 2020 will be the 25th Anniversary of Or HaOlam!  We would like to do a celebratory Israel tour that summer.   If you are even tentatively interested, please email Lori at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know the month from June to August, 2020, that would work best for you.  Cost is about $4000+.   If there are 20 people, we will go!   


Bless Israel – Volunteer with HaYovel: HaYovel seeks to fulfill the scripture in Yeshayahu 6:24-5 “They [Israel] will rebuild the ancient ruins. They will restore former desolations. They will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. Strangers will stand and shepherd your flocks, children of foreigners will be your plowmen and vinedressers.”  HaYovel has 9 different projects for volunteers from the Nations to serve Israeli farmers, as described above, at different times of the year, differing budgets, and differing lengths of stay. For details: https://www.hayovel.com/get-involved/volunteer


About Or HaOlam


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.


The Vision of Or HaOlam:

Working to bring Jewish people, and those grafted in, to their covenantal identity in Messiah.  Implies: 1.) Salvation through the Atonement of the Messiah; personal faith in the atoning death and resurrection of Yeshua; it's all about the King  2.) Covenantal identity of Jewish people, not replacement  3.) Restoration to Torah lifestyle  4.) Restoration/survival of the nation of Israel. (Covenantal identity, so Jewish believers don't assimilate.  Romans 11:15 "For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean?  It will be life from the dead!)

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Or HaOlam Messianic Synagogue is an affiliate of the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations & Synagogues and a member of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America.     MJAA



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