Tuesday, June 12, 2018


This Friday, June 15th, at 7:00 pm we will gather at Beth Hallel Congregation to celebrate a new Shabbat, the new Hebraic month of Tammuz, Father's Day, a renewed emphasis on serving the least of these with our special speaker, Lestley Drake, of The Lovelady Center, and special potluck time of fellowship after services (no pork or shellfish products please).

     What do these events have in common? Spend time with us this Erev Shabbat, Jew and Gentile, One in Messiah, and see the connection! Bring your friends and invite Interfaith couples who can enjoy their different backgrounds in the same place. Shabbat Shaltom from Rabbi David and Rebbetzin Leslye Schneier

We are located at:
Beth Hallel Birmingham
2230 Sumpter Street
Birmingham, AL 35226
Tel: 205-822-2510
Email: info@shalombirmingham.com

Thursday, May 17, 2018

                                         A Holiday Celebration of Great Joy!!
*Who was Yeshua (Jesus) the Jew from Nazareth, ISRAEL?
*What happened with His disciples when they waited in the Upper Room, in JERUSALEM, as He instructed?
*Why did Yeshua say it was BETTER that He go away, so He could send the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)?
Congregation Beth Hallel WELCOMES ALL to examine these mysteries and more, this Friday May 18th at 7:00 PM for our Erev Shabbat Service.
On Saturday May 19 at 11:00 am, the adventure continues at the Yom Shabbat Service.

     We will be celebrating SHAVUOT, the Feast of Weeks, which occurs on the 50th day after Passover, by concluding the "Counting of the Omer", and the Giving of the Word of the Lord on Mount Sinai. Shavuot also marks the time when Adonai, the Lord,  sent us the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, as promised by Yeshua, Jesus. In the Christian world this is known as PENTECOST which is a Greek term from Hellenist Jews meaning "The 50th Day." Note that the New Covenant parallels and fulfills the Old Covenant!
We are fortunate to have as our guest speaker, Professor Gerald McDermott, from The Beeson School of Divinity at Samford University, who will provide answers for these important questions, and teach us the role of Israel in God's eternal Covenant plan!

Dr. Gerald McDermott is the author of several books, the newest of which is "Israel Matters." We will have copies of "Israel Matters available for sale, while supplies last. Dr. McDermott has graciously agreed to offer a Book Signing time after services Friday and Saturday.
Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to encounter the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at one of His Appointed Times! God always keeps His appointments!



     Love and Shalom from Rabbi David & Rebbetzin Leslye Schneier

Our address is:
Beth Hallel Birmingham
2230 Sumpter Street
Birmingham, AL 35226

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Shabbat this weekend at Beth Hallel, 2230 Sumpter St., Birmingham, AL 35226
Erev Shabbat, May 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm: "The Irrationality of Evil."
Yom Shabbat, May 12, 2018 at 11 am: "The Necessity of Rest"

      On Erev Shabbat, Friday, May 11, 2018, we will look at the irrationality of evil through the choices of Adam and Eve, the experience of the Jewish people in pagan and Christian cultures and the final battle for the souls of men, women and children.

      On Yom Shabbat, Saturday, May 12, 2018, we will consider the Lord's commandment to rest in the seemingly never ending busyness of the life we live in today. Please join us at Beth Hallel as we move though the season of the counting of the Omer between the redemption found in Passover and the receiving of the Lord's word and His Spirit during Shavuot. Blessings, love and Shalom from Rabbi David & Rebbetzin Leslye Schneier

PS: This weekend we will celebrate Rosh Chodesh, the new month of Sivan. During this month both the Torah and the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit were given to the Jewish people and then to the nations through the life, death and resurrection of Yeshua, Jesus, the Messiah of Israel and the savior of the nations. When we observe the month in which the Torah was given to Israel we acknowledge that time itself is rooted in the Biblical calendar as well as the divinely inspired Feasts of the Lord. Please prepare a special Rosh Chodesh offering as well as your tithe as we gather for this important new month in His calendar.

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The Irrationality of Evil
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The Necessity of Rest

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Does Due Process apply to accusations of improper sexual conduct?

House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, on Due Process for those
accused of improper sexual conduct

Recently elected officials, producers, directors and actors have been accused of improper and even criminal sexual conduct. Some feel due process have nothing to do with that. Others, like House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, now argue the opposite. Recently she was quoted as saying, in an interview, that Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) deserves “due process” in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations that have been leveled against him. These accusations were very specific against Rep Conyers but Rep. Pelosi argued that Rep Conyers was an "icon" and by implication should be given the benefit of doubt. Well, it seems that the due process argument for Rep Conyers also applies to Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore who also is an "icon" in Alabama for many. In Proverbs 18:17 it is written, "The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him." I hope and pray that the voters of Alabama will take note of the due process guarantees in the Bible and weigh the truth of the accusations in light of daily inconsistencies and bias coming out when the facts are carefully examined. At that point, you should make your choice of who to vote for based on what future is important to you for Alabama and America. Shalom. Rabbi David Schneier

Monday, July 17, 2017

Update on my son, Jacob Schneier

Helping Jacob get back on the road!

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The Story

Some of you may remember that our son, Jacob Schneier, was severely injured in a car accident on January 19, 2017. He could have easily lost his life in the crash. He suffered fractures of three neck vertebrae, a shattered hip, a broken nose, a severe concussion, fractured femur, fractured jaw and the loosening of three of his front teeth. He spent a month in the hospital including inpatient physical rehabilitation.
His recovery has been quite spectacular as he is walking with a cane at this point. He has accumulated about $10,000 in prior medical bills that need to be covered as well as future costs for physical rehabilitation, dental procedures and doctor followup costs. We were successful in having the hospital costs covered as a charity case which greatly reduced Jacob's financial burden. Right now we are trying to raise $20,000 for past and future medical bills, first and last month's rent, security deposit and utility deposits (Jacob had to let go previous apartment because it was a three flight walk-up), fees for 5 months of storage and costs for moving expenses to and from the storage place. Please be generous in helping Jacob finish his recovery and get back to work in order to live a productive life.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Help for our son, Jacob Schneier

  Trying to get the word out about our son, Jacob Schneier, who was severely injured as a passenger in a car accident on January 19, 2017. He has fractured vertebrae in his neck, loosened teeth, his left hip was shattered, his nose was broken and he suffered a sever concussion. At the time of the accident, he did not have any health insurance yet from his new job. He may have been accepted for Medicaid in Tennessee but many of his medical expenses may not be covered. He had to let go of his apartment because it will be some months before he can use stairs again. We will have to move his belongings into storage in February and he has no job to go back to. Right now he is in an intensive physical rehab unit of the hospital that performed hip and dental surgery on him. By this coming Monday, we need to find him a longer term rehab situation as his injuries continue to mend.

    How can you help? First, you can pray for his recovery. Next, we have set up a fund at "You Caring" for his financial needs. It's similar to Go Fund Me. You can go to his page at https://www.youcaring.com/jacobschneier-743650 and enter in a gift for him. If you would like to receive a tax donation letter for a gift, you can send a check, made out to Beth Hallel, to Beth Hallel Congregation, 2230 Sumpter St., Birmingham, AL 35226 with a note that the gift is for the benevolence fund for Jacob Schneier. There is also the option to sending a gift online to our congregational website which is at shalombirmingham.com. There is a donate button on the website but you have to include a comment that it is for the "Jacob Schneier Benevolence fund. Thanks so much for whatever you can send in for Jacob as we sort out all of his needs in the months ahead.

Blessings, Love and Shalom,
David & Leslye Schneier

Friday, November 4, 2016

Update on my post concerning a clash between First Amendment rights and State power

This is an update to me last post. Full information on the subject can be found at
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/10/26/state-georgia-demands-pastor-turn-over-sermons.html. Please click on this link or cut and paste it to your browser.

According to Fox News “Please produce a copy of your sermon notes and/or transcripts,” Attorney General Samuel Olens wrote to attorneys representing Dr. Eric Walsh.  Dr. Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister, had been hired in May 2014 by as a District Health Director with the Georgia Department of Public Health. A week later, a government official asked him to submit copies of his sermons for review. He (refused to comply*) and two days later he was fired. His attorneys said the government was curious about sermons Dr. Walsh delivered on health, marriage, sexuality, world religions, science and creationism. He also preached on what the Bible says regarding homosexuality.

What do you think about state power vs freedoms of speech, religion and association and the State supervising what is spoken in a church or congregation?

(* The article was confusing because it said both that he refused to comply and that he did comply)