Season of Our Joy

Feast of Tabernacles - 2020

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SOOJ Teachers . . .

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

NKJ Isaiah 52:7

There are many aspects to the Feast of Tabernacles, and one of the most important is that of receiving encouragement and instruction. Because Hebrew Roots fellowships are rather few and far between, for many people, the festivals - especially the Feast of Tabernacles - are their only opportunity throughout the year to personally receive teaching from a person who understands the Bible from its intended Hebraic point of view.

The 2019 line up of speakers included:

  • Joseph Good

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    Joseph Good is the founder/director of Hatikva Ministries. He has spent the last three decades learning and teaching Hebraic values and concepts, especially in the context of the non-Jew. Joe has taught at SOOJ every year since it began in 1999. He will be giving two messages.

  • Houston Hagler

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    Houston Hagler is a part of the Ami Yisrael Fellowship where he assists in an number of ways including taking his turn moderating the weekly Torah Study. Houston likes to speak on topics of Biblical history. He will be giving a message at this year' festival.

  • Scott & Jerri Hagler

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    Scott and Jerri are an integral part of the Ami Yisrael Fellowship where he helps moderate the weekly Torah Study and gives a monthly teaching on the Gospels. She helps organize events, and together they organize the SOOJ 'Tribes' program and takes care of housing. Scott will be giving the majority of the annoucements at the festival.

  • Angie Kelley

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    Angie Kelley is the worship leader for the Ami Yisrael Fellowship. Along with her other responsibilities, she teaches and leads Hebraic dance. She will be leading congregational dance at SOOJ and will be teaching a number of dance classes.

  • Tim Kelley

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    Tim Kelley, along with his wife Angie, are the fellowship leaders of the Ami Yisrael Hebraic Fellowship in Longview, Texas and are the co-founders of Season of Our Joy. He will be giving a message as well as co-lead an activity for children 8-15 yrs. old.

  • Derek Kyle

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    Derek and Kari Kyle are facilitators for a small Torah study group in West Texas. Derek’s focus centers around the historical context of the time in which the Scriptures were recorded and the subtleties and nuances of the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. He will be giving two messages.

  • Al & Anita Robertson

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    Al & Anita Robertson have an Oklahoma-based ministry called 'Two Wild Olives'. They have attended SOOJ a number of times, and will soon be relocating to Jordan. They will be giving one message.

  • Andre Sansoucy

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    Andre Sansoucy is a part of the Ami Yisrael Fellowship where he takes his turn leading the weekly Torah Study, as well as gives a message from time to time. Along with giving two messages, he will be moderating the Deuteronomy Reading at SOOJ.

  • Chele Sansoucy

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    Chele Sansoucy is a part of the Ami Yisrael Fellowship where she assists in a number of ways. She will be assisting in the childen's activities.

  • Shuri Thomas

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    Shuri Thomas is part of the Ami Yisrael Fellowship. She will be leading a childen's activites.

  • Sarah Uhing

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    Sarah Uhing is a longtime 'friend' of SOOJ and has a prayer ministry based out of her home in Wisconsin. Sarah will give a message, lead two children's activities, and assist Angie in leading and teaching dance.

  • Dean Wheelock

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    Dean and Susan Wheelock are the founders and publishers of Hebrew Roots, a free publication dedicated to exploring the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith.   Dean has taught at SOOJ every year since it began in 1999. He will be giving two messages.

In the days to come, The Mount of the LORD's House shall stand firm above the mountains and tower above the hills; and all the nations shall gaze on it with joy. And the many peoples shall go and say: "Come, Let us go up to the Mount of the LORD, To the House of the God of Jacob; That He may instruct us in His ways, And that we may walk in His paths." For instruction shall come forth from Zion, The word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

TNK Isaiah 2:2-3

From its inception, SOOJ has been blessed with numerous knowledgeable and dedicated teachers who have been willing to share their understanding of basic Hebrew concepts with those who are hungry for the Word of God. Many of those teachers had no formal seminary background, but simply had something they thought would be beneficial and asked to be able to share it.

Speaking Opportunities . . .

SOOJ provides many teaching opportunities during the 8-day festival. Besides the daily 'Main' sessions, there are 'Break-Out' sessions, 'Midnight Midrashim', opportunities to teach the teens in a 'midrash - type setting, and craft opportunities for children.

Main Session Speakers - provide instruction and encouragement by bringing out the message of the festival and the Kingdom of God as well as 'theme-specific' teachings that help those in attendance understand the purpose and blessings of the Hebraic walk.   These are 1 hour sessions plus 15 minutes of Q&A afterwards.

Break-Out Session Speakers - - provide insight into a specific topic or skill.  Examples of Break-Out sessions include how to use a specific Bible resource tool, how to tie tzit-tzit, or how you came up with a specific understanding of a Biblical topic or verse.  These are 1 hour sessions plus 15 minutes of Q&A afterwards.

Midrash Leaders - moderate a discussion of a specific Bible topic or a number of Bible topics. He may have a topic in mind he would like to discuss, or may just take questions in order to get the conversation started.

Teen Midrash and Children's Crafts / Activity - If you have a topic or idea for a children's activity and would be willing to 'make it happen', we would love to hear from you.