The Machol Dancers visited Beit Tikvah in Ft. Mill, SC, on Friday,
February 4, 2011. Beit Tikvah is a Jewish-Roots group led
by Peter Wyns and Steve & Laurie Martin in association with
Antioch International Church.
Peter opens the evening by welcoming everyone
Doug, Lynda, Myrl, Janice and Curtis joined in with some Israeli
Curtis taught a two-session Israeli Folk Dance class with
Highway to Zion on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, and Tuesday,
February 22, 2011, at the Cramer Mt. Country Club in Cramerton,
NC. The more we learn, the more opportunities we have for
offering up praise & worship to the Lord. We're excited about
the doors the Lord is opening between Highway to Zion and Beit
Machol, the Covenant-based Israeli Folk Dance
class, continued to grow in 2011.
It's wonderful when people come together to learn Israeli Folk
Dance in order to increase the depth of their worship before the
March, J, Natalia & Stacy joined us for the first time
We continued to work on a great Israeli Folk Dance performance
for our Evening Honoring Israel that was
coming up on May 6th.
Curtis directs the group through the various transitions of the
Beit Yeshua and Beit Shofarot joined together on Friday, March 11,
2011, 7pm, in the Family Life Center of Covenant Bible Church in
Lincolnton, NC, to
celebrate the Biblical Feast of PURIM. With about 115 in attendance,
the evening was filled with praise, worship, Israeli Folk Dance,
prayer for Israel and a BEVERLY HILLBILLIES parody Purim play
entitled "The Shushan Hillbillies".
Israeli Folk Dance always plays a part in our time of praise &
Esther-May & the Shusahn
This year's Purim sphiel/play, "Esther-May &
the Shushan Hillbillies" was a hit with everyone
Esther-May makes her entrance - complete with her slingshot and
a friendly "critter" (racoon)
The Mordechai Family
Granny, Jed, Jethro and Esther-May
As part of Beit Shofarot's 1-year anniversary (Saturday, April
16, 2011), they welcomed Messianic recording artist Joel
Chernoff to China Grove, NC. Joel, along with Rick "Levi"
Coghill, was part of the "first" Messianic singing group, LAMB.
Beit Yeshua & the Machol Dancers joined Beit Shofarot for a
wonderful evening of music with Curtis leading Israeli Folk
Joel shares ...
Joel sings "No Weapon Formed Against You" and the dancers dance
"Od Lo Ahavti Dai"
Beit Yeshua observed its 10th annual Pesach/Passover Seder on
Friday, April 22, 2011, in the Family Life Center at Covenant
Bible Church. The facility was packed with a maximum crowd
of 200 as family and friends from neighboring congregations,
fellowships and churches joined with Beit Yeshua.
(Dancers Left to Right)
Beverly, Myrl, Bianca, Victoria, Cheryl, Iline, Gloria,
Brittany, Janice, Christi, Janice
The lady Machol Dancers dance the Israeli Folk Dance "Sheleg Al
to the song "Psalms of Praise" by Billy Whitman
To see the ladies dance "Shelag Al Iri" to
the song "Psalms of Praise"
Biet Yeshua (along with Beit Shofaort,
Highway to Zion and Love For His People) met on Friday, May 6, 2011, in the
Family Life Center of Covenant Bible Church, Lincolnton, NC.,
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, for our fourth annual Evening Honoring
Israel. The meeting celebrated Israel's 63rd Birthday
since their rebirth as a nation on May 14, 1948.
The Machol Dancers dance "Ashreinu"
To see the video of The Machol Dancers
dancing to the Israeli Folk Dance "Ashreinu"
[Thanks to Susan Miles for this video]
The Story Behind the Song "ASHREINU"
In the fall
of 1944, in the Auschwitz concentration camp, a group of 50
Hungarian Jewish boys under the age of 18 had been selected for
the gas chambers. They had been told they were to take showers,
but this was later in concentration camp history, and the boys
knew the truth.
bathhouse, one boy shouted out, “Brothers! Today is the day of
Simchat Torah! Before we die, let us celebrate Simchat Torah one
last time! We don’t have a Torah Scroll to dance with, so let
us all dance with God Himself—Who is surely here among us—before
we return our souls to Him.”
50 young voices raised in song, and 50 pairs of feet stamped in
joy before the L-rd:
Ashreinu mah tov chelkeinu u’ma nayim goraleinu u’mah yafah
yerushateinu (How fortunate we are and how wonderful is our
portion and how beautiful is our heritage.)
The commandant came and was infuriated. One boy told him,
“leaving a world where Nazi beasts reign is a cause for
celebration.” To teach them a lesson, the commandant had
them all pulled out and put in a holding block overnight,
telling them he planned to torture them the next day.
The next morning a high-ranking Nazi officer arrived, needing to
conscript a large number of workers. He saw the group of boys
and ordered them along with several hundred other inmates, to be
transferred to his work camp. Survivors of Auschwitz report
that all 50 boys survived the war.
moved into a time of congregational praise, worship and Israeli Folk Dance
The Machol Dancers danced to the song "Psalms of Praise"
by Kirk Dearman
To see the video of the Machol Dancers
dancing to "Peace of Jerusalem"
Sue and Brian Samuel were in concert at Beit Shofarot Messianic
Synagogue in China Grove, NC, on Saturday May 21, 2011.
Sue and Brian are Messianic recording artists and Believers who
are blessed to travel around the world, visiting congregations
and sharing G-d's message of hope and healing for all of His
Their original songs had
rich Hebrew-style melodies with rich lyrics
A good portion of the wonderful evening was spent in intense
Curtis had been invited
to lead the group in Israeli Folk Dance
Beit Yeshua celebrated the Biblical Festival of Shavuot - also
called the Feast of Pentecost - on Friday, June 3, 2011, in the
Family Life Center of Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton, NC.
Shavuot is a Hebrew word that means "weeks" and refers to the 7
weeks (50 days) between the Feast of Firstfruits (at
Pesach/Passover) and the Feast of Shavuot.
At Shavuot we remember the
giving of the Torah in the Tanach (Original Covenant)
and the giving of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) in the Brit
Hadasha (New Covenant)
always, we moved into a time of praise, worship and dance
encouraging anyone who was interested to join with us
Within the past few years the relationship
between the folks of Beit Yeshua and Highway To Zion has really increased.
Beit Yeshua joins Highway To Zion for their quarterly assemblies
in Charlotte, NC, and Highway To Zion has committed to join Beit
Yeshua for their Biblical Festival celebrations in Lincolnton,
NC. Thirteen folks from Beit Yeshua will join Highway To
Zion for a trip to Israel this fall.
On Tuesday, June 21st, Curtis and Carolyn went to Highway To Zion to teach
their third Israeli Folk Dance class. Since the previous
classes in February, Highway To Zion has established their own
group of dancers to dance at meetings and assemblies in the
Charlotte and surrounding areas. This
class, like the previous one, met from 7:00 to 8:30 at the Cramer Mountain Country
Club in Cramerton, NC.
Cramer Mountain Country Club
102 Hidden Pastures Drive, Cramerton, NC 28032
A great group
represented Highway To Zion for the Israeli Folk Dance Class
The dancers learned
a variety of dances, including "Hulu" ...
"Ani Ma Amin" ...
and reviewed "Od Lo
Ahavti Dai", "Mikamocha" and "Tsadik Katimar" ...
Dancers from Beit Yeshua, Beit Shofarot and Highway to Zion
gathered together on Saturday, July 23, 2011, for an afternoon
of Israeli Folk Dance. The class which lasted from 4:00 to
7:00 had 25 to 30 participants and another 10+ spectators.
The class was only supposed to be two hours, but everyone was
having such a good time it extended to 7:00 for those who wanted
to keep dancing.
Beit Yeshua, Beit Shofarot and Highway To Zion frequently
which means lots of dancing
This class gave us the opportunity to work on dances that the
other groups didn't know
... including "Ani Ma Amin"
Beit Yeshua & Beit Shofarot have worked on the dance "Ashreinu"
but this was the first opportunity we had to dance the Israeli
Folk Dance together
Curtis appreciated the opportunity to share the dance "Mashav
Friends of Beit Yeshua gathered on Friday, August 12th, 2011, as
Beit Yeshua celebrated her 10-Year Anniversary in the Family
Life Center of Covenant Bible Church. Numerous guests for
the evening included Pastor Mike Devine (Senior Pastor at
Covenant Bible Church), Jim & Linda (Christian Friends of
Israel), Bill Shupp (The River Church), Indira Persad (formerly
of Vision For Israel - now Indira Persad Ministries), Steve
Martin (Love For His People) and Cathy Hargett (Highway to
Zion). Musical guests for the evening included Gideon
Anthony (with Jeff Long and Tim Ballard) and Wane Daroux (also with Tim
on the drums).
The Machol Dancers
did a repeat performance of the dance "Ashreinu"
which they had performed earlier this year at Beit Yeshua's "An
Evening Honoring Israel"
To watch the YouTube video of the dance CLICK HERE
Beit Yeshua was pleased to join Highway to Zion on Friday,
September 16th, for their September assembly at Steele Creeke
Church in Charlotte, NC. Cathy Hargett, HTZ Director,
welcomed everyone for the Erev Shabbat meeting. Israeli Folk
Dance was lead by Beit Yeshua and the Machol Dancers.
Steele Creek Church's Messianic Pastor Warren Marcus was the
guest speaker for the evening. Warren is a Jewish Believer
who currently works with Sid Roth of TV's "It's Supernatural".
Cathy welcomes the group as the band makes last minute
Congregation dance led by
Curtis & the Machol Dancers
Beit Shofarot, Beit Yeshua and CFA-29N were pleased to host
Messianic singer and recording artist Paul Wilbur on Saturday,
September 17, 2011, at Concord First Assembly.
Paul first appeared on the public scene with the group Israel's
Hope in the 1980s and produced several cassette tapes during
that season including "Introducing Israel's Hope" and "Arise O
Lord"both in 1987. He was eventually selected by Hosanna
Integrity Music to be one of the worship leaders on their well
know Praise & Worship CDs - including "Up to Zion" in
1991, Shalom Jerusalem" in 1995, "Holy Fire" in 1997,and
"Jerusalem Arise" in 1999. Most recent CDs include "Lion
of Judah" in 2001, "The Watchman" in 2005, "Paul Wilbur Live" in
2008and "Desert Rain" in 2010.
Rabbi Yossi welcomes everyone and introduces Curtis Loftin of
and then Paul Wilbur
Paul begins the concert with the song "Even So"
Curtis led Israeli Folk Dance with a congregational group ...
... while Reyna led a group of dancers from Beit Shofarot (right
On Friday, November 12th, Highway To Zion had their final
assembly for 2011 and Beit Yeshua was there to show their
support. Cathy Hargett hosted the evening; Steve & Laurie
Martin, of Love For His People, lead praise & worship; Curtis
Loftin, from Beit Yeshua, lead Israeli Folk Dance; Dr. Peter Wyns, of Antioch International Church, was the guest speaker for
The Machol Dancers resumed their Israeli Folk Dance classes in
February 2012 after a two month break during November and
December of 2011. The first class was small as we started
making plans for three performance pieces for 2012 and worked on
some dances we've not practiced in a while.
Beit Yeshua gathered on Friday March 9, 2012, to celebrate their
11th annual Purim Celebration.
The story of Purim is told in the book of Esther and
recalls how Adonai miraculously protected and delivered the
Jewish people from the hand of the evil Haman. The 2012
Shpiel (play) is called "Shushan Isle" and is a Gilligan's
Island parody of the Purim story. With 70+ in attendance,
it was a fun evening for all.
CAST from the 2012 Purm Play - "SHUSHAN
Professor Ahashuerus (Gideon), Gilligan (Will), Haman Howell III
& Zeresh Howell (Janice), Vashti Grant (Susan), Esther-Ann
and Skipper Mordechai (Andy)
Skipper Mordechai and Gilligan
Curtis led Israeli Folk Dance during a time of praise, worship
Highway To Zion hosted journalist David Dolan on Friday, March
30, 2012, at Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane, Charlotte, NC 28277.
Dolan is a Jerusalem-based author and journalist who travels and
speaks extensively about current events in Israel as they
pertain to God’s plans for the Jewish people and the unfolding
of Biblical prophecy. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest
United States, he has lived in Israel since 1980. After serving
as News Director at the Voice of Hope Christian radio station in
south Lebanon from 1982 until 1984, he reported from Jerusalem
for CBN television and radio news, the Chicago-based Moody
Broadcasting Network, and for 12 years with the American CBS
radio network. He also writes regularly for many Christian and
secular publications, including the Jerusalem Post. He is
the author of several books, including, HOLY WAR FOR THE
PROMISED LAND, ISRAEL IN CRISIS: WHAT LIES AHEAD?, THE END OF
DAYS, and the recently released, MILLENNIUM: THE LORD REIGNS.
David shared part of his personal story - about the 3 books
he has written - and gave an update about things concerning
David shared with
the assembled group
Curtis led dancers
from Beit Yeshua and Highway To Zion in Israeli Folk Dance
Beit Yeshua joined with family and friends at they hosted their
1tenth annual Pesach Seder on Friday, April 6, 2012. Using a
combination of low tables (to give a sense of Pesach during the
time of Yeshua) and high/regular tables, seating for 200+
registered guest was provided in the Family Life Center at
Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton, NC. The 2012 Seder
included 5 Pastors as well as other church, Jewish-Roots
and Messianic leaders from the Piedmont area of North Carolina -
with guests from Denmark, Australia, Mexico and Peru.
Pastor Bill Carrier
and family from Christ Commissioned Church, Conover, NC
sat on the low tables
The lady Machol
the Israeli Folk Dance "O Give Thanks"
to the song "Be Unto Your
The Machol Dancers perform
the Israeli Folk Dance "O Give Thanks"
to the song "Be Unto Your Name" CLICK HERE
Beit Yeshua, Highway To Zion and Love For His People met
on Friday, April 27th, 2012, 7 pm, in the Family Life Center of
Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton, NC, to celebrate An Evening Honoring
Israel. Guest speakers for the evening were Dr. Bill & Cindi Duerfeldt of Christian Friends of Israel (Jerusalem) and
Warren Marcus of Sid Roth Ministries and Messianic Pastor at
Steele Creek Church in Charlotte, NC.
Beit Yeshua's Machol Dancers performed the Israeli Folk Dance "Ashreinu"
to the song by Avraham Fried
The see the YouTube video of the dance "Ashreinu"
The see the YouTube video of the dance "Ashreinu"
Warren Marcus shared
the message for the evening
To close the
evening, Doug leads the group in a prayer for Israel
then some of the ladies from the Machol Dancers and the Highway
To Zion Dancers
danced to the song "Peace of Jerusalem" by Kirk Dearman
Highway To Zion Dancers - Patty and Robbie
Machol Dancers from Beit Yeshua - Myrl, Iline, Janice
To see the YouTube Video of the dance
"Peace of Jerusalem",
To see all the photos and videos from the 2012
An Evening To Honor Israel CLICK HERE
Fifty days after Pesach/Passover is the feast of
Shavuot/Weeks/Pentecost. This year Beit Yeshua chose to
observe Shavuot as a home-group meeting instead of their usual
"larger" meeting in the Family Life Center at Covenant Bible
Church in Lincolnton, NC. - observing and celebrating the
festival on Friday, May 25th.
Meeting in Chuck and
Many arrived early to work on our 30-minute Hebrew Lesson
Dancing during a
time of praise,
worship and dance before the Lord
Highway to Zion Ministries in Charlotte, NC, hosted Richard &
Carolyn Hyde on Friday, August 10th, 2012, at Raintree Country
Club. Some of us met the Hyde family in October 2011 when
we toured with Highway To Zion Ministries on a Sukkot 2012 Tour
of Israel - where we visited their home and shared a Sukkot meal
Director of HIGHWAY TO ZION, welcomes everyone
and opens the evening with prayer
Curtis lead dancers
from HIGHWAY TO ZION and BEIT YESHUA
Richard & Carolyn say blessings over the Shabbat candles, wine
before they shared music and the message about how the LORD was
moving in Israel
Beit Yeshua gathered on Friday, October 5th, 2012, to
celebrate the Festival of Sukkot (Booths) in the Family Life
Center of Covenant Bible Church. Thirteen from Beit Yeshua
celebrated Sukkot in Israel in 2011 so we didn't have a large
celebration last year. We decided to share "The Ancient
Jewish Wedding" drama as part of our 2012 celebration.
The Machol Dancers
perform the Israeli Folk Dance "Mashav Ruach"
To See the Israeli Folk Dance "Mashav Ruach",
A time of
congregational praise, worship and dance
"The Ancient Jewish
us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him; for the marriage
of the Lamb is come, and his
wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen,
clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the
saints. And he saith unto me, Write,
Blessed are they
which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And
he saith unto me,
These are the true sayings of God.
"The Ancient Jewish Wedding"
We're pleased to finally be able to provide
videos from the 2012 performance of "The
Ancient Jewish Wedding"
Ancient Jewish Wedding Video, Part 1,
Ancient Jewish Wedding Video, Part 2,
Ancient Jewish Wedding Video, Part 3,
Ancient Jewish Wedding Video, Part 4,
Beit Yeshua gathered on Friday, March 29th, 2013, to observe our
12th annual Pesach/Passover Seder, in the Family Life Center at
Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton, NC. With
approximately 220 in attendance, the evening saw family and
friends joining us once again to observe the Biblical Festival.
Each year we have guests that have never attended a Seder
before, as well as many who return from year to year to observe
Pesach with us. A special thanks to Highway To Zion (and
Cathy Hargett) for their continued support for our annual
The Machol (Lady) Dancers dance to the song "Hoshiana" by Joshua
DANCERS: Myrl Peeler, Lynda Williams, Janice
Stroup, Christi Rykhus, Biana Pitman, Janice Anthony,
Brittany Pounder, Gloria Cunningham-McCraw, Cami Cunningham,
To see the Machol Ladies dance to "Hoshiana"
by Joshua Aaron - CLICK
Stephanie Stewart invited Curtis to come to High Point, NC, to
teach Israeli Folk Dance to the ballet troop, Arts Evengelica.
Stephanie's dance troop will be going to Israel later this year
and will be performing an original ballet at several of the IDF
bases there. They wanted to learn some Israeli Folk Dance to
include in one of their dances. Her parents, Jim & Linda,
live in Jerusalem where they work at Christian Friends of
Israel. After quite a bit of planning, Stephanie and I
finally settled on a date of Saturday, 11 Jan 2014, as the date
for us to come and teach the Israeli Folk Dance class.
Curtis, Carolyn, Myrl and Gloria made the trip to High Point on
a very rainy January Saturday morning for the two-hour class.
Everyone took an opportunity to make introductions
Curtis taught the basic steps of Israeli Folk Dance - including
holding hands, Right hand Up, Left hand Down
The dances Curtis taught were: (1) Zemer Atik - Ancient Melody,
(2) Hine Ma Tov - Behold How Good, (3) Hava Nagila - Let Us
Rejoice, (4) Hora Nirkoda - Hora Let's Dance, (5) Mayim Mayim -
Water Water, (6) Od Lo Ahavtti Dai - I Haven't Loved Enough, (7)
Ma Na Vu - How Pleasant/Lovely, (8) Ani Ma Amin - I Believe, and
(9) Mi HaIsh - Who is the Man. In addition to the
traditional folk songs, we also used music by Paul Wilbur, Barry
& Batya Segal, and King of Kings Jerusalem.
The Arts Evangelica dance studio is located in the Oak Hollow
Mall in High Point
Using "Hasidic Hands" for Zemer Atik and Hine Ma Tov
LO AHAVTI DAI: "Mayim-2-3-4, Mayim-2-3-4, Tcherkesia-2-3-4,
Arts Evangelica used some of the Israeli folk dances that we
taught them as they toured Israel & visited IDF Military Bases
They also had the
opportunity to do a ballet piece at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem
Beit Yeshua gathered on Friday, April 18, 2014, to celebrate and
observe our 13th annual Pesach/Passover Seder. We met in
the Family Life Center at Covenant Bible Church in Lincolnton
and had about 225 in attendance. We were honored to have
four pastors with us from the neighboring counties as well as
leaders from several Messianic/Jewish-Roots ministries.
Curtis speaks with Pastor Glenn Kerstetter and his family
Machol's Janice Stroup, Celia Smith, Myrl Peeler and Gloria
Cunningham perform the Israel Folk Dance
"Kadosh" to the song "Kadosh" sung by Paul Wilbur
Myrl lights Pesach festival candles as part of the dance
"KADOSH" - "HOLY"
"Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Adonai, Elohim, Tz’va’ot,"
"Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord, God of Hosts/Almighty"
To see the YouTube Video of the entire dance,
Curtis encouraged everyone to participate in Israeli Folk Dance
during a short time of Praise & Worship
Leading dancers in a spiraling circle to the dance "Zemer Atik",
there were over 50 men, women, teens and children
who immediately joined Curtis and the Machol Dancers as he led
them in Beit Yeshua's easiest dances
On Friday, May 2, 2014, Beit Yeshua, Highway To Zion and Love
For His People gathered in the Family Life Center of Covenant
Bible Church in Lincolnton, NC, to celebrate our annual AN
EVENING HONORING ISRAEL.
Shofarot are sounded as the evening begins
The lady Machol
Dancers dance to the song "Shalom Jerusalem" by Paul Wilbur
To see the dancers perform "Shalom
at the 2014 "An Evening Honoring Israel" -
Ze'ev Nevo of Israel
Media Ministries shared the message for
the evening, "Yeshua and Israel"
The lady Machol
Dancers danced to the song "Shalom My Home" by the Isaacs
as an offering was received for Israeli Ministries
To see the dancers perform "Shalom My Home"
by the ISAACS
at the 2014 "An Evening Honoring Israel" -