The Feast of Tabernacles is the major festival of the Hebrew fall harvest season. It pictures the Messianic Kingdom, when Yeshua (Jesus) will reign in Jerusalem and all the nations will come up to worship Him. Because it falls in the season of the final harvest, it hints of the final 'harvest' of souls when God's spirit will be poured out all mankind and they will turn to Him and walk in His ways.
Due to difficulty in finding an appropriate facility in which to host SOOJ 2023, Ami Yisreal Fellowship will not be hosting 'Season of Our Joy' in 2023. Starting in 2024, AYF has secured the Camp Shiloh Retreat for the next 4 years.
Information on this page pertains to last year's (2022) SOOJ Sukkot Festival.
You shall hold a festival for the LORD your God seven days, in the place that the LORD will choose; for the LORD your God will bless all your crops and all your undertakings, and you shall have nothing but joy.
TNK Deuteronomy 16:15
Feast of Tabernacles
Season of Our Joy is a 'Hebrew Roots' observance of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. For eight days we praise YHVH through our actions - prayer, song and dance, Bible study, feasting and fellowship. We hear from gifted speakers who teach us the ways and walk of YHVH, our Father, and who teach us the meaning of this very special time of year referred to by the ancient Jewish sages as "the Season of Our JOY".
SOOJ is held at the Camp Shiloh Retreat just a few miles from Mount Pleasant in Northeast Texas. It is observed in accordance with the traditional Jewish calendar beginning Sunday evening, October 9 and continuing through Monday evening, October 17.
We welcome you to share the festival with us!
Below, you will find information pertaining to all aspects of SOOJ. Contact us for more information.
Registration Begins at the end of March 2022!
For 6,000 years, the adversary has deceived mankind into thinking that what is actually 'good' is now 'bad' and what is bad' can somehow be 'good'. The Feast of Tabernacles marks the time when God will begin to turn that back around and restore 'bad' and 'good' to their proper place. As that progresses, mankind will begin to experience the 'shalom' - the PEACE that God intended all mankind to experience.
What is Peace? In the Hebrew thought, 'shalom' is more than just getting along; it is about everything being complete - fulfilling the purpose for which all things were created. This year's festival theme "Shalom Aleichem - Peace be Unto You" will focus on how 'shalom' will be restored during the 1,000 year reign of Messiah Yeshua.
This year's theme is also a tribute to Dean Wheelock, the founder of "Hebrew Roots" magazine and a long-time friend of Season of our Joy.
"Shalom Aleichem" Dean!
Season of Our Joy is a 'structured' festival site with daily scheduled activities including teaching sessions, praise through song and dance, family and group events and games, and late afternoon group meals. Most evenings are left 'open' for fellowship and midrash.
As a 'Hebrew Roots' festival site, SOOJ solicits teachers and speakers who believe and teach that 1) both the 'Old' and 'New' Testaments are applicable to today's people of God and 2) that Yeshua (Jesus) is the promised Messiah who died for the sins of His people.
We are currently soliciting speakers for this year's festival. If you would like to do so, just give us a call and we'll talk about it!
Camp Shiloh Retreat is located on a 25 acre campus overlooking beautiful Lake Bob Sandlin. It is near the picturesque towns of Mount Pleasant, Pittsburg, Winnsboro, and Mount Vernon in north-east Texas. The camp has a private entrance with only one road in and out and is well suited for our 8-day Sukkot festival. Outdoor activities at Camp Shiloh include various water activities as well as ga-ga ball, softball, and tetherball. Housing includes cabins, suites, RV spots and areas for tent camping.
Secure housing through SOOJ. Go to the Housing page.
what is Ami Yisrael?
'Ami Yisrael' is Hebrew for 'my people Israel'. We take the words of God, Yeshua, Moses, the prophets, and Yeshua's disciples seriously. Thus when Paul said "... if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:29) we believe that applies to us. We are not trying to be Jewish, for the Jews are just a small part of the Hebrew people. Instead, we hope to pattern our lives after that of the Hebrew of Hebrews - Messiah Yeshua.