Dance is a beautiful way for men, women and children to express the joy of the Lord, thanksgiving, and worship.
At Beit Simcha we dance together to “present our bodies as living sacrifices as a spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1). Dance has always been a way in which our people have expressed their devotion to God, as Miriam did at the crossing of the Red Sea, as David did in bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, and as traditional Jews do to celebrate the presence of Hashem at weddings.
The Psalms show that corporate dance was part of liturgical Temple praise and worship. Psalms 150:4 urges God”s people to “praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute.” So we feel free to dance during our services offering our sacrifices of praise as priests before the Lord. Messianic Jewish dance is based on circle dances of ancient and modern Israel. It does not involve couples embracing each other romantically, but rather everyone is lifting up their feet and hands to God.
While some people are able to learn some of our dances simply by watching and joining, Rebbitzin Pamela also teaches dance workshops on the second and third Shabbats of every month. All workshops are held after our oneg (lunch and fellowship), starting about 1:30PM. All are welcome to attend workshops by just showing up.
We also offer dance at workshops to other congregations and churches, and minister in dance at various venues and outreach events. If you are interested in booking a workshop for your congregation, or inviting our dance team for your event, just contact us via our contact form or call our congregational number.