vision statement

"To know the Messiah Yeshua, and to make Him Known, in Cleveland. To the Jew first, and also to the non-Jew.” Romans 1:16

What we believe

We believe in the inspiration and inerrancy of the Word of God, with Torah as the foundation for both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures (Tanakh and New Covenant). We accept these Scriptures, the Complete Bible, as authoritative in our lives.

Doctrinal statement

In accordance with the Scripture, God sent his son Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah, to atone for the sins of His people, to the Jews first, and to all whom profess Yeshua to be Lord.As a member of the IAMCS, we subscribe to the MJAA standards for Messianic Congregations as follows:

  • God is one  יְהוָה אֶחָד

    We believe that there is one Eternal God, absolute and unparalleled in His unity.  His "Echad" or Oneness is unlike any other kind of "Unity", He is eternally existent in three persons: Father הָאָב  , Son הַבֵּן , and Holy Spirit וְרוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ׃  (see Isaiah 48:16).  We believe in the deity of the Son of God, Yeshua the Messiah, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious, substitutionary, and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. God is perfect and HE is the source of all creation and the Author of life.  God is non-corporeal, nor affected by any physical occurrences, such as movement, or rest, or dwelling.  He is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient (Psalm 139:7-10).  He alone is God and there is none other, and no other "gods or idols" maybe worshipped.

  • How god speaks  נְּבִיאִים

    G-d communicates with man through prophecy."God, does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7).  Moses was the first and greatest of all the Prophets of Israel, he also said one is coming after himself that must be obeyed and followed (Deut. 18:15-19).  We believe that Yeshua of Nazareth is the Messiah and the Prophet who fulfills this direct prophecy of Moses. Furthermore, Yeshua is the Son of God, and the Son is greater than all of the Prophets.  (Hebrews 3:5-6)

  • Divine reward & retribution

    We believe in divine reward and retribution (see Daniel 12:2-3)  that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit  וְרוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ׃   is not only absolutely necessary but also essential for Eternal Life. Titus 3:5 We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Believer is enabled to live a goodly life. We believe in the arrival of the Messiah; the RESURRECTION of the dead, and the messianic era which will follow; and all Believers, whether Jewish or Gentile, in the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Jews and Gentiles are joint heirs in Yeshua being grafted-in together in the covenant by this Faith.  (see Romans 11)

  • The results of our faith: "how we live"...

    Jewish followers of Yeshua are called to maintain our Jewish biblical heritage and remain a part of our people and in the universal body of Believers. This is part of our identity and a witness to the faithfulness of God. We accept God's call to become Mamlechet Kohanim v'Goy Kadosh (a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation), serving the Lord our God, with wholehearted obedience. Exodus 19:5-6, 1 Peter 2:5,9. We commit to gathering regularly on Shabbat and Holy Days for corporate worship, prayer, and study of God's Word, in order to grow in holiness and to apply scriptural truth to our everyday lives. Exodus 20:8-11, 31:12-13; Deuteronomy 5:12-15 Our desire is to be a place of worship, fellowship, and service that is distinctively Jewish. We facilitate God's appointed Feasts, Mikvah (Baptism), Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation and other life events as rites of passage for transmitting Torah as a lasting heritage from generation to generation. Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Matthew 22:36-40 - Non-Jews are welcomed into our fellowship as full members without being required to "convert to Judaism" as outlined by the Jewish Apostles in (Acts 15:19-35) Tikvat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue affirms and defines marriage as between one man and one woman; each male and female at the time of their birth and remains so, according to our traditions, practices and understanding of Biblical standards and ideals.

What we do not believe in...

We, as Messianic Jews, have become increasingly concerned that there are a growing number of individuals and groups today promoting the idea that all the world’s believers in the Messiah - Gentiles especially - ought to be observing Torah principles, particularly the Shabbat, the feasts, and kosher diet. The doctrine has been around since the day of the Apostles, in different forms, but today it has come to be known as “One Law One People” or just “One Law,” for short. It insists upon Gentile Torah observance universally. Most of those who teach it, also promote false theories about Israel identity as well. Recently, some of the more prominent One Law teachers have banded together and begun using the label “Hebrew Roots” to describe themselves as a movement. This nomenclature is regrettable from our point of view, since it causes confusion, it does not follow the Jewish Apostles teaching in Acts 15 & 21 and is simply unbiblical.  Click the link to download the entire explanation here.

history of tikvat

back in 1975...

Walter and Linda Lieber came to visit Cleveland where a small group of Messianic Jews were meeting on a weekly basis in home groups. They felt lead to move from the Akron/Canton area and take up residence in Cleveland Heights where they joined the small fellowship of Jewish believers including Howard and Cynthia Rose and opened up their home for a Erev Shabbat (Friday evening).  The small fellowship became chartered with the UMJC (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations) and eventually moved to the Church of the Western Reserve in Gates Mills where it continued meeting on Erev Shabbat. The work continued to grow and Tikvat moved to larger quarters. During the year of 1982 Walter stepped down from his position and was relieved as Leader by Pastor Steve Coyle who later was followed by Rabbi Howard Silverman. In 1985 Walter again assumed leadership until 2004 when he announced that he was moving to Miami, Florida where he had accepted another position in International Ministry.  

Tikvat Yisrael searched for a new rabbi for several years while they met at the First Assembly of God Church on Richmond Road in Lyndhurst, OH. The Board of Elders reached out to the MJAA (Messianic Jewish Alliance of America) for referrals. Eventually, Rabbi Eric David Lakatos became a candidate in early 2008.