Shalom! We’re hoping that you’re ready to experience a Feast Day Gathering like no other. Our goal is for you to have a great 5-day and 5 Night experience organized in the ruach of excellence. The Feast Day Committee has worked extremely hard to ensure this is a life-changing Passover for you.
In Leviticus 23:2 YAHUAH tells us, “These are My appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of YAHUAH, as a Holy Convocation which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” They are YAHUAH’s specially appointed times available to all His followers. In Hebrew, the word “convocation” means “miqra”, spoken as “Mik-raw” which means “rehearsal”. Rehearsal is defined as “the act of practicing in preparation for public performance event”. When we practice the Feasts, we are preparing for the return of our Savior and King. The Feasts have prophetic significance. The Three Annual Feasts, Exodus 23:14-19
- Feast of Unleavened Bread or Passover. Hebrew Pesach (includes Day of First Fruits)
- Feast of Harvest or Pentecost or Weeks. Hebrew Shavuot.
- Feast of Ingathering or Feast of Booths or Tabernacles. Hebrew Sukkot. (Includes Eight Day)
The Passover is a Holy Day Feast in which we remember how the Most High saved our forefathers from the hard bondage in Egypt under Pharaoh by sending great wonders and plagues, the last of which was the angel of death. Only those who had the blood of the lamb sacrificed by Moses and Elders of Israel upon their door posts would be saved from that plague, but those that did not all the first born of the Egyptians and their cattle were slain by the angel of death.
We invite you and your family as we gather with more than 700 set-apart believers to experience the first Feast Day of the Year. When the Mishpacha (family) of the Great Awakening —at every level and role—come together in unity, we create an atmosphere where the Ruach HaQodesh (Holy Spirit) can dwell. While you’re here, we hope you take some time to connect—whether it’s with the mishpacha from one of our nearly 36 assemblies or the new achyim (brothers) and achotyim (sisters), you’ll meet from 32 States.
Passover 2023 includes:
- 5 Days 5 Nights with Mishpacha around the country
- Most Meals included
- Private Lodging for the entire Family
- Lodging to accommodate 1300 persons
- Interactive Celebratory Pesach Banquet Meal
- Passover Story Time with the Zekenim
- Worship Experience with Zamar
- Passover Stage Production Play
- Paintball and Recreational Activities
- Sabbath Gathering
- Deliverance and Inner Healing Sessions
- Survival and Wilderness Prep Sessions
- Marriage, Single, Youth, and Children Workshops
- A Night of Celebration of Hebraic Music
- Incredible Music by GAI National Worship Team & The Sound of Yah International Hebrew Choir
- Water Immersions (Baptisms)
Together in Ocoee, let’s continue to build momentum and celebrate the Moedim of Yahuah in the United States and beyond through the lens of reconnection to our Biblical heritage.
You won’t want to miss exploring the connections this weekend. In addition to the wide array of speakers, workshops, special events, pesach meal, and networking opportunities we offer at the Great Awakening International, find dedicated spaces to innovate and be inspired by the interesting and impactful people who make up the Great Hebrew Awakening community.
*Note: In preparation for the celebration, it is customary to remove all leaven (chametz) from our homes (Exodus 12:15, 19). As a result, the removal of leaven signifies the attitude of penitence, the willingness to remove any corrupting influence in our life and submit to YAHUAH in obedience. As the Hebrews prepared for the exodus by obeying the commands of YAHUAH through Moses, so in removing the chametz, we symbolize our willingness to obey YAHUAH in preparation for celebrating the deliverance he has already brought to His people.
Feast Day Committee
Passover Story Time with the Zekenim
Passover commemorates YAHUAH’s deliverance of the Hebrew people from slavery in Mitzriam (Egypt) and our deliverance from the law of sin and death. It is a commandment from YHVH to keep this night as a memorial to Him. “… This day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to YAHUAH throughout all your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.” (Exodus 12:14).
During our first night together (Tuesday April 4, 2023), our Zekenim (Elders), Zaqen Clarence Jones, Ronald Jones, Paul Bateman, Anthony Johnson, and Jimmy sauls will be telling the story of Passover and it's signficance to us today. In alignment with the scriptures. Exodus 13:8,10, “and thou shall show your son in that day, saying, ‘this is done because of that which YAHUAH did unto me when I came forth out of Mitzraim (Egypt). We shall therefore keep this ordinance in His season from year to year.” Our Zekeniim will share with the Mishpacha why if YAHUAH had not taken our ancestors out from Mitzraim (Egypt), we too would still be enslaved to the Pharaoh. Likewise, each one of us was in our own personal Mitzraim (Egypt): slaves to sin, when the Elohim our Yah, the Yah of Avraham (Abraham), Yitschaq (Isaac) and Ya’aqov (Jacob) brought us out of our sins with a strong hand and an outstretched arm in the person of our Savior, Yahusha HaMashiach .
Interactive Pesach Meal
This year's Great Awakening Passover Interactive Formal Meal 2023 promises to be like no other. We would like to invite you and your family to this memorable and commanded event on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at 7:00 pm.
Passover commemorates YAHUAH’s deliverance of the Hebrew people from slavery in Mitzriam (Egypt) and our deliverance from the law of sin and death. It is a commandment from YAHUAH to keep this night as a memorial to Him. “… This day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to YAHUAH throughout all your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.” (Exodus 12:14)
In preparation for the celebration, it is customary to remove all leaven (chametz) from our homes (Exodus 12:15, 19). As a result, the removal of leaven signifies the attitude of penitence, the willingness to remove any corrupting influence in our life and submit to YAHUAH in obedience. As the Hebrews prepared for the exodus by obeying the commands of YAHUAH through Moses, so in removing the chametz, we symbolize our willingness to obey YAHUAH in preparation for celebrating the deliverance he has already brought to His people.
So as descendants, redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, let us celebrate with great joy and eat our Passover Lamb.
“Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat [the lamb]. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is YAHUAH’S Passover” (Exodus 12:7-11).
The Interactive Pesach Menu will include the main three commandment items.
- Lamb (3 oz portions standard) w/Chef Moreh Vaughn’s special sauce (Exodus 12:7)
- Horseradish, or another bitter herb (Exodus 12:8)
- Unleavened bread (Exodus 12:8)
The rest of the menu will include Green beans & mixed veggies, Sauté potatoes in olive oil and herbs / potatoes and onions, Light salad, Mixed fruits for dessert, and Grape juice. Alternative options: Grilled Chicken –Veggie burger patty (vegans/vegetarians will be identified through registration).
Don't forget to wear your formal Hebrew attire!
During the Pesach Meal we encourage all families to join us in the ‘Exodus Dance’ to memorialize how our Ancestors Danced out of Egypt (Exodus 15:20-21)
Ish take hold of your Isha , take your children and your achot and Achim. Bring your drum and tambourine, your organic dance, the shofar and rams horn! Let us bring forth an Exodus Praise! Let us Celebrate our freedom in a dance before Yah! Let the Royal House dance out of bondage and into Covenant with Aba Yah! Bring forth an Exodus Praise!!
The Exodus Dance is a time where we divide the room into two groups (depicting the dividing of the Red Sea); as festive live music is played, the beating of the drums, and playing of the tambourines, and the beating of the drums, we encourage all individual families to part the middle of the two groups with dancing, commentating coming out of bondage (Egypt) into the freedom (Promise Land). Let’s memorialize the ancient Passover Event by Praising and Dancing our way out of Bondage.
“Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, while all the women went out after her with tambourines, dancing; and she responded to them: Sing to Yahuah, for he is gloriously triumphant; horse and chariot he has cast into the sea” - Exodus 15:20-21
Why Do We Celebrate Passover Meal on April 5th and The Feast on April 6th?
The Passover season is upon us for 2023. Many of us are wondering when do we celebrate the Passover meal? There are several calendars and all of them agree that the Equinox is March 20, 2023, the head of the Year is March 22, 2023, and Passover is 14 days later on the evening of the 4th day of April, 2023. Most of the Gregorian calendars indicate that Passover is on the evening of the 4th or 5th day of April. Most of them also indicate that there is a full moon the night of the 6h of April. However, some believe that a day in the Bible goes from evening to evening while others believe it starts at sunrise. Consequently, Passover begins after the evening on the 4h and ends on the 5th of April. On every Passover, there is a full moon. Below is a detailed explanation.
- In order to get the right dates, it is best to go back to the evening ofthe 22nd of March which is the Head of the Year and a “New Moon.”
- If you count 14 evenings later, you arrive at the evening ofthe 4th day of April as the “Eve / beginning” of the day of Passover.
- The Hebrew day goes from evening to evening (some are convinced it begins at sunrise).
- Passover ends onthe evening of the 5th of April which is Thursday.
- Once the Passover ends at the evening of the 5th, the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins which is when we conduct the Passover meal according to Scripture.
- Leviticus 23:5 indicates that on the 14th day of Abib at twilight is YAHUAH’s Passover.
- The 14th of Abib begins this year after 6:00 pm (or evening) on April 4th.
- The end of the 14th day of Abib/Passover is on the 5thof April at 5:59 pm.
- Remember, the lamb had to be killed at the evening or twilight on
- If Passover begins at 6:00 pm)(or evening) on Tuesday the 4thof April, the killing of the lamb and the Crucifixion would have to occur between 12:00 and 3:00on the 5th of April.
- The key is from evening to evening. The Hebrew day begins after 6:00 pmgoing into the night for 12 hours.
- The day or “Boqer” begins at 6:00 am and is counted by hours. 9:00 is the 3rdhour, 12:00 is the 6thhour and 3:00 pm is the 9th hour.
- See John 11:9 Yahusha answered, “Are there not twelve hours in a day?..... (from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
- 27:45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour therewas darkness over all the land. 46. And about the ninth hourYahusha cried out with a loud voice, saying Eli, Eli, lam sabachthani? That is “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?
- In conclusion, Passover begins this year on the 4th of April in the eveningand ends on April 5that 5:59 pm.
- This is confirmed also by all calendars which indicate a full moon on the night of the 4th of April which is also the 14thof Abib.
- Passover is always on the 14th of Abib to begin at the evening.
- The next day after 6:00 pm on April 5th begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread (15thof Abib) which is the time of the Passover meal.
Again, we look forward to seeing you and your family as we come together from all over the world to observe Passover in person or remotely using Zoom Video Conferencing, YouTube, and Facebook on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023.
Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great Awakening
Night of Celebration
Great Awakening International’s Passover Night of Celebration will be held at the Assembly Hall in the General Assembly Area on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. The Night of Celebration is a high prophetic ambiance of praise and worship featuring the Great Awakening International's National Worship Team, The Sound of Yah International Choir led by Morah Chevon Jones. This event will highlight the depth of this music genre, spanning traditional and contemporary, lively choral groups, extraordinary vocalists with a prophetic twist, and more. The Night of Celebration will be a night of praise and worship featuring many of your favorite and upcoming artists and worshipers in the Great Awakening Faith such as Lorvins, Yapah Q, Anav Shachah, LaRue Hill, and others from around the country. This event will highlight the depth of this music genre, spanning traditional and contemporary, lively choral groups, extraordinary vocalists, dynamic duos, and more.
The Awakening Worship Experience with Zamar
On Friday April 7, 2023 Moreh Zamar will be introducing his brand new album with GAI. “The Awakening” album ministers to the mishpachah at every stage of their awakening. Uplifting tunes to empower the listener through the day, as well as authentic worship songs that penetrate the heart, setting the atmosphere to usher in the presence of the Ruach of YAHUAH. Music for the young and mature, captivating the essential spiritual and entertainment needs of the diaspora. All songs were written and composed by Zamar, who collaborated with seasoned African musicians to capture the earth tones of live instrumentation. Urban soul/Rand B music producers put in works of relevant jam tracks for festive jam grooves.
This project paints the story of Zamar’s powerful awakening experience and heart of worship through this rewarding yet heartbreaking time. Moreh Chip Dixon is eager to pour his industry-standard experience to capture the desired sonic direction of every song in post-production mixing and mastering. Zamar would like to share this worship experience first with the GAI family and then with the world in hopes of creating the sound of the awakening that vibrates the heart of the diaspora of unawakened Israel all over the world. All with the support of GAI.
Passover Production Play
Great Awakening Playwright, Morah Tawana Howard will produce a live stage play entitled, “When I See the Blood” during Passover 2023 on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 7:00 pm in Ocoee, TN. Do you feel called to be a participant in this Stage Play? Are you interested in theatre or music theatre as a vehicle to spread the Awakening message? Are you an aspiring actor, stage manager, designer, craftsperson, or someone who wants to spread the Awakening through the arts? Most of our auditions are virtual, which will be held through Zoom and other videoconferencing systems. The virtual audition is an effective format to get to know you and your abilities. The virtual format also provides a convenient and cost-effective option for those who may not have the time or money to travel to a live audition. To schedule your audition with Morah Tawana, simply select your preferred audition date from our schedule listed on the website. Audition times are assigned in chronological order on a first come/first serve basis and are confirmed with a message. If you’re interested, please click the interest form online.
Adventure Ocoee & Ocoee Ridge Camps
Passover 2023 will be held between two beautiful grounds, Adventure Ocoee and Ocoee Ridge Camp situated in the Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee. Each property is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of East Tennessee near the scenic Ocoee River—it’s the ideal setting for Passover 2023 ensuring an unforgettable and meaningful experience.
- 2 hours from Atlanta
- 3 hours from Nashville
- 2 hours from Knoxville
- 1 hour from Chattanooga
Scenic on-site lodging, meeting, and dining spaces allow Great Awakening to accommodate up to 1300 participants with an all-inclusive package of lodging, meals, activities, events, and meeting spaces for this year's Passover Experience
Ocoee Ridge Camp
Old Fort, TN 37362
Directions Adventure Ocoee
From Chattanooga, TN (30 miles)
From Atlanta, GA (119 miles)
From Knoxville, TN (168 miles)
From Nashville, TN (168 miles)
From Birmingham, AL (189 miles)
Bunkhouses at Ocoee Ridge Camp (760 Beds)
Cabins at Ridge Camp will sleep up to 38. Cabins are bunk-style sleeping arrangements. The main level has one private bedroom with two single beds and a large open area with 4 sets of built-in bunk beds. The main level also has a living room, kitchen, and large bathroom with two private shower stalls and two private commode stalls. The basement level has a large living room, a private bathroom, and a large bedroom with 4 more sets of built-in bunk beds. This room also includes two private shower stalls and two private commode stalls.
Ocoee Ridge Camp has two group Bunkhouses available. Each Bunkhouse features 24 rooms, sleeping up to 16 persons each, for a total of 384 in each Bunk! Each Bunk also features a 60’x100’ meeting hall for group activities and meetings.
Cabins and Bunkhouses do not include any bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets).
Lodging at Adventure Ocoee (500 Beds)
Some larger families will be placed over in Adventure Oocee. Lodging at Adventure Ocoee strikes the perfect balance between comfort and utility. All accommodations provide a relaxing, climate-controlled setting (equipped with central heating and air) in a convenient location on campus. All units have multiple bathroom facilities under the same roof, so there’s no need to leave the premises. Ample meeting space and common areas are scaled to fit the occupancy of each accommodation. Altogether Adventure Ocoee can accommodate over 500 guests overnight.
Passover 2023 Participants Guests will be housed between two types of group accommodations: lodges and/or bunkhouses.
Lodges have many smaller rooms with several showers and bathrooms, allowing them to be compartmentalized and “blocked off” to suit different groups’ needs.
“In your multi family cabin, you will have access to shared bathrooms, shared kitchen, shared laundry, however each family will have separate sleeping areas. Please be sure to read the list of items to bring”
What to Bring?
The following is recommended based on a 5 Day 4 Night stay at Passover 2023. Please adjust as needed.
- 1 blanket (lightweight)
- Full & Twin size sheet set
- 1 pillow w/ pillowcase
- 1 laundry bag (NO plastic bags)
- Bath towels + 1 lake/pool towel
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Soap & Shampoo
- Shower Shoes (flip-flops work well)
- Passover Dinner Hebrew Formal Wear
- 4 changes of underwear
- 4 pairs of socks
- 2 pairs of shorts/gym shorts
- 2 sets of clothes to get really dirty in
- 1 poncho or raincoat
- 1 pair tennis shoes/sneakers
- 1 pair water shoes/flip-flops
- 2 swimsuits (one-piece or tankini that covers midsection)
- Optional: sunglasses
- Optional: 1 set of “nice” clothes, for the Night of Celebration and Sabbath Gathering
- Insect Repellant
- 1-2 Washable Face Masks
- Optional: Water Bottle
- Optional: Fishing equipment, camera
Because one of Great Awakening's core values is about hospitality, bring stuff to share with another family. Who knows?
APRIL 4-9, 2023
NO REFUNDS ISSUED AFTER MARCH 4, 2023
Passover 2023 Immersions
On Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 7:00 a.m. The Great Awakening will hold a lake immersion for all person who wants to be immersed.
The immersion will take place at Ocoee River and Crazy Lake. You will be immersed in the Name of the Messiah (Yahusha). It is anticipated that over 100 people from across the country will take part in this charge to believers.
Shuttle Vans headed to Ocoee Lake will be leaving the Big Frog and the Old Barn exactly at 6:15 am
We do immersions not baptisms:
- In an Immersion the person is guided, thus goes underwater using their own strength. While with a baptism one is pushed or taken under by the facilitator of the occurrence.
- Immersion as well as baptism are expressly done with a repentance first focus and is voluntary.
- Immersion the participants are to RISE from beneath the water with their own strength and guidance of the Ruach (Holy Spirit).
- In baptism the facilitator brings the participants up out of the water.
- Baptism is done mostly in pools or stabilized waters but can be done in living waters. Immersions (Hebraic Mikvah's) are usually done in living bodies of water.
- Baptism usually is a one-time event. Immersions can occur during multiple life-transforming events. Such as coming of age, childbirth, marriage, ritual cleansing, and many more.
- One is practiced by Christianity and the other is cultural; related to Israel of scripture.
During Immersion: Here is the process for the actual physical immersion in water.
- We will help you step into the lake.
- Two of our Moreh immersers will stand to each side of you
- If led by the Ruach, one or both Moreh Immersers will pray and prophecy over you
- The Immersers will gently push down on the top of your head as a signifier for you to go down into the water. (You will go down in your own strength but rise in and by the Ruach.
- You will dip yourself vertically (straight down) into the water and come up vertically (straightway).
- You are encouraged to relax and plug your nose.
- Our immersers will hold you as you come up to ensure your safety.
- While you are being immersed, the immerser will say something along these lines: “We say the following: "In obedience to the command of our Mashiach and based upon the profession of your faith, I now immerse you in the Name and in the authority of Yahusha." Buried with Mashiach [immersed in water], Raised to walk in new life [emerge from water].”
- Feel free to express your joy, praise to Abba, look out at your friends, wave at your family, and cheer if you want. Just be yourself. This is a community celebration, so feel free to celebrate with your friends, Mishpacha, and dozens of believers on sight.
After your immersion: we will help you step out of the lake, and a helper will hand you a towel and help you out of the Lake so that you can go and change your clothes.
All males and females are required to bring the following:
- For women, Capri or lightweight pants and a neutral color T-shirt.
- For men, appropriate swimwear and a neutral color T-shirt.
- Please wear appropriate clothing that won’t be harmed by getting wet.
- Keep in mind how the material will look on you when it is wet, so you can take the necessary steps to be modest at all times (no white t-shirts!).
- Bring a light jacket as temperatures can be quite cool early in the morning in Tennesee.
- Beach Towel.
- Change of clothes.
- Women in their menstrual cycle should take proper precautions as far as utilizing hygienic items.
- Bathing cap (optional).
Be in Prayer: Be in prayer asking Yah to speak through you and that you would share your testimony of how He has changed your life.
Be Prepared to Share: Be prepared to give brief answers to the following questions:
- How do you describe the feeling of being immersed in the true name of the Messiah?
- How the Awakening has changed your life?
Participants must register below.
Please Click below and fill out all the required fields and click the SUBMIT button when done. Please submit one form per person.
Airport Shuttle Service
Are you flying to Hartsfield Atlanta Airport and need a ride to Ocoee, TN? Stress-free transportation is a critical part of attending any Great Awakening Event, but oftentimes it’s forgotten about. As a courtesy of The Great Awakening, we will offer FREE shuttle buses to and from the Ocoee Ridge and Adventure Ocoee Camp. If you desire for us to pick you up from the Airport, please email us at email@example.com or fill out the form below with the following information:
TUESDAY APRIL 4TH, & SUNDAY APRIL 9TH 2022
From Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta From the South terminal Delta
- 10:00 am & 3:00 pm— Morning of the 4th
- 7:00 am - 12:00 PM – Morning of the 9th
THIS WILL ALLOW THE SHUTTLE DRIVERS A TIME TO REST.
EVERYONE NEEDING SHUTTLE SERVICE MUST SIGNUP FOR THE (SHUTTLE WHATSAPP CHAT)
TO KEEP THE TRANSPORTATION TEAM UPDATED ON YOUR ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE. ANY CHANGES TO FLIGHTS MUST BE NOTED WITHIN THE CHAT GROUP (A.S.A.P.)
Do You Want to Volunteer for Passover 2023
Want to volunteer for Passover 2023? Then consider joining one of our Passover 2023 Teams. Teams are the heart of the Great Awakening Mishpacha and being part of a team for Passover 2023 provides an opportunity to ensure that this event is done in excellence. Most teams meet once to twice per week leading up to Passover. Meetings are usually 2 hours in length. Please fill out the Volunteer Form below. Please indicate your interest and willingness to participate in up to 3 teams. Once you fill out the form you will be contacted by someone to connect you to a team. All volunteers must be registered for Passover 2023. If you're interested, please click on the volunteer button below to fill out the form.
Great Awakening is a great place to meet other people, patronize Hebrew-owned businesses, and network. Attendees have the opportunity to talk to Hebrew-owned and operated companies and get information from businesses that are promoting the awakening. The following vendors will have tables in the General Assembly area at the Adventure Ocoee Old Barn.
Great Awakening International Passover 2023 is a great place to meet other professionals and network. Attendees have the opportunity to talk to Hebrew-owned and operated businesses and get information from businesses that are promoting the awakening movement. If you are a vendor and want to have a table(s) at Passover 2023 please click the button below. Vending will only take place Wednesday, April 5th before 6:00 pm, Thursday, April 6th after 6:00 pm, Friday, April 7 before 6:00 pm, and Saturday 8, after 6:00 pm. No vending will take place on the Sabbath & First Day of Unleavened Bread.
Join Us Virtually For The Passover Meal and Event
Can't make it to Passover 2023 and want to join us for the Passover Meal Virtually?
Can't make it to Passover 2023 and want to join us for the Passover Meal Virtually?
We will be live streaming for families that would like to join us for this year’s Pesach Meal (only) online using Zoom Video Conferencing, YouTube, and Facebook on April 5, 2023, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Many from all over the world are expected to join the Great Awakening to observe Passover Meal remotely in this unprecedented time. This year, we ask you and your families to join us and other families around the world for a virtual Passover Meal and Banquet Experience of a lifetime. This year, more than ever, we need to be together with our families around the table, drawn together by personal connections and reflecting on what our ancestors overcame as they came out of Egypt. Your friends and extended family are invited to join in, too!
This won’t be an ordinary Passover Experience. The Interactive Virtual Pesach Meal will give you and your family the opportunity to actively participate.
How to Connect with Us?
- ZOOM: Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/4369167031 Meeting ID: 436-916-7031
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1LqElR0w7UFl01a9wWzd2Q?view_as=subscriber
Our Communal Passover Meal Passover Celebration will be led by Dr. Kenneth Howard. Click here for the Passover Program Guide for you to follow along with us via Zoom, Facebook, or YouTube. The Passover Meal Program will also be conveniently displayed on the screen during the event. The program is expected to last at least 70 minutes.In preparation for the Seder celebration, it is customary to remove all leaven (chametz) from our homes (Exodus 12:15, 19). As a result, the removal of leaven signifies the attitude of penitence, the willingness to remove any corrupting influence in our lives and submit to YAHUAH in obedience. As the Hebrews prepared for the exodus by obeying the commands of YAHUAH through Moses, so in removing the chametz, we symbolize our willingness to obey YAHUAH in preparation for celebrating the deliverance he has already brought to His people.We have included a list of Types of Leavening Agents to get out of your home and a list of Foods You Can Eat during the 7 days of Passover.
- Passover plate according to Exodus 12:
- Zaroah – Lamb represents the Passover Lamb
- Matzah – Unleavened Bread (the Bread of Affliction)
- Maror – Bitter Herbs (Horseradish)
- You will also need a kosher or unfermented wine (not biblical).
- Kosher Wine
- Other traditional items on the Passover table are:
- 7 Branch Menora Candles
- Traditional Unleavened Meal to eat after the celebration
The elements on the Passover plate are traditionally used as representations to assist us with retelling the story of the exodus. They will incorporate the use of all our senses; sound, sight, taste, touch, and smell. These items will serve to remind us that we are to guard our gateways so that we do not fall back into bondage.
Prohibited / Allowed Food Items April 5-April 12
The Passover Feast has some special dietary restrictions. Torah-observant Hebrews prohibits the eating of chametz during Passover as directed in the Torah. Chametz includes any food product or recipe made with the following grains:
Hebrew word for leaven is seor but the word chametz is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and rise, is not to be consumed during Passover. Instead, matzah, an unleavened flatbread made of flour and water, is eaten. Chametz includes grains like wheat, oats, rye, barley and spelt, which are prohibited if they’ve had contact with water/moisture for longer than 18 minutes, leading to rising or “leavening.” Leavening agents, like yeast and sourdough, are also considered chametz.
LEAVENING TO REMOVE FROM YOUR HOUSE FOR 7 DAYS
Yeasts, including: baker’s yeast and active dried yeast, Ammonium carbonate, Ammonium bicarbonate, Baking powder, Baking soda, Cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate), Dipotassium carbonate, Monocalcium phosphate, Potassium carbonate, Potassium bicarbonate, Sodium aluminum phosphate, Sodium aluminum sulfate, Sourdough
FOODS NOT TO EAT DURING PASSOVER/UNLEAVENED BREAD
The following lists items which contain Baking Powder and/or Baking Soda (or Sodium Bicarbonate) and/or YEAST and/or Baker’s Yeast. All of these need to be avoided during the Days of Unleavened Bread:
Baking Powder; Malt; Flour (with yeast or leaven);Crackers; Bread; Bagels; Muffins; Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns; Garlic Bread; Baguettes; Cheese Straws; Sausage Rolls; Corn Dogs; Sour Dough; Biscuits; Pretzel; (some) Cereals; Cheese Puffs; Cake; Pastry; (some) Pies; Cookies; Ice Cream Cones and Wafers; (some) Ice Cream with added Cookies; Pancakes; Waffles; Puff Pastry; Self-Rising Flour; Graham Crackers; Bread Crumbs; Deep-Fried Chicken; Anything battered, i.e., Onion Rings or Fish; Croutons; Flour Tortillas; Burritos; Soft Tacos; Kit Kat; Wafer Biscuits; (some) Candy; (some) Candy Bars; Chinese Orange Chicken; Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Breaded Chicken; (some) Cereal Bars; Granola Bars; Ramen Noodles; (most) Bacon Bits, Cakes, Cereals, Coffee with cereal additives, Leavened bread, rolls; croissants, doughnuts, Wheat, barley, oats, spelt, rye.
FOODS THAT CAN BE EATEN DURING PASSOVER/UNLEAVENED BREAD
Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, Eggs, fresh fish, fresh meat and poultry, Potatoes,Corn Meal, Tortillas, Noodles, Matzos, Milk & Cheese (dairy products should not be mixed with meat), Nuts, Peas, Beans, Rice, Quinoa,Cinnamon Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, Honey bunches of oats chocolate, Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Chocolate Chex, Cinnamon Chex, Fruits and Oats Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Rice Chex, Vanilla Chex, Chickpea Pasta, Brown Rice Pasta, Quinoa Pasta, Black bean spaghetti, Kosher meats (no breading or coating), Tortilla chips, 100% fruit or vegetable juice, Rice, Matzo meal, Matzo cake meal, Corn, Green beans, Okra, Beans, Lentils, Quinoa, Fish (tuna, salmon, whiting, etc.), Mission Gluten Free soft taco tortillas, Some gluten-free flours (potato, almond, etc.), Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour, Simple Truth Organic Gluten Free Coconut Flour, Cream of Rice Gluten Free, Krusteaz Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, Taco shells, Peanut butter, Grits, Some pasta sauces (Please read label), Cornmeal, Oatmeal, Raisins, Olives, Ketchup, mustard, mayo (Please read label), Mashed potatoes (boxed), Oat milk, almond milk, and rice milk
Modesty & Alcohol Statement
Discussions about modesty and inappropriate behavior are difficult in a desensitized and lawless culture, but Great Awakening International has been silent for too long on these matters. We can no longer afford to be silent on this issue because modern culture continually drives an immodest agenda that is infiltrating our community.
As Torah-observant believers, we are obliged to address issues concerning immodest clothing and behavior. However, when confrontation is necessary, it must be approached in a biblical, grace-filled way within the context of a loving community. Now is the time to address Modesty, Alcohol, and Music at our featured Set-Apart Events.
While the Great Awakening International is unaware of the lifestyles of individuals invited as guests to our PUBLIC EVENTS, we will enforce a strict modesty code that is reflective of righteousness and modesty as Torah-observant believers.
Our public events are mainly family-oriented events where children will be present. Any inappropriateness that does not promote a Kodesh lifestyle can have a negative impact on impressionable children. We are committed to doing what most children cannot do for themselves; guard themselves against unnecessary temptations and environments where inappropriateness is allowed.
Furthermore, we are far from the “Fashion Police,” Cleavage Patrol” and Modesty Mafia” however, seductive and enticing apparel will not be welcomed at Great Awakening International future events, as it serves as a temptation and is not synonymous with a Set-Apart environment. Examples of immodest apparel are:
- Tight-fitting pants showing curves and imprints of the groin area
- Spaghetti straps
- See-through garments
- Bodycon dresses
- Garments that cling to the body
- Dresses/skirts that come above the knees when sitting
- Garments that do not conceal undergarments/panty lines/bra straps
- Necklines that dip low and shows chest/cleavage
We’re cognizant that modesty is subjective and can be distinguishable from culture to culture. It can be ambiguous. Modesty has a wide lane, primarily because it's unknown what increases the desires of others (for example open-toe shoes may catch the attention of someone who has a foot fetish). If it's even a question of "is this appropriate?" then chances are, it's not.
Men and women are similar in their temptation to sin. These things affect both genders- “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” Both men and women have to be on guard against those things.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Immodesty is an issue of the heart. We recognize that how attendees dress on the outside says a lot about what is going on on the inside. “The train of sin runs on tracks that were laid in the heart.” When one dresses inappropriately for set-apart events, they must be very honest with themselves about their motives.
-Why do I dress as I do?
-What kind of reactions am I trying to get?
The Great Awakening International is a proponent that our community should be unique and specific in our dress and look different from the world. Furthermore, the Great Awakening International is a proponent that men should wear attire gender-specific for men and women should wear clothing gender-tailored for women. No registered participant will be allowed entry into our SET-APART events wearing apparel that is specifically made for the opposite gender.
While we are open to unawakened nonbelievers attending our events, in hopes of sharing the Truth with them, we will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, dress, or speech. Modesty is born from a genuine heart to not stir up the desires in others that can’t be fulfilled righteously.
Modesty is an attitude of propriety and decency in dress, grooming, language, and behavior. 1 Timothy 2:8-10 states, “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works”. If we are modest, we do not draw undue attention to ourselves. Instead, we seek to “glorify Yah in [our] body, and in [our] spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Immodesty increases sin and a distraction among men (Leviticus 19:29). Modesty calls for a meek and quiet spirit, not loud and clamorous behavior, “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of Yah of great price (1 Peter 3:4) Proverbs 7:10-11 states, “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house). Proverbs 9:13 mentions that “A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.”
As the Children of Israel, our clothing expresses our values, customs, and ultimately who we are. It sends messages about us, and it influences the way we as Israel act. When we are modestly dressed, we can invite the companionship of the Ruach and exercise a good influence on those around us. We are not to conform to the ways of this world (Romans 12:2). We should not envy our oppressors and choose their way of dressing in strange apparel (Zephaniah 1:8) and how they conduct themselves (Proverbs 3:31). “Therefore, if anyone is in Yahusha, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Therefore, all participants and their invited guests to the Great Awakening International Set-Apart events must avoid clothing that is revealing or extreme in appearance to engage in our set-apart events.
Moving forward, registration will include a modesty clause that attendees must adhere to. This will be reflected on ALL future registration forms. All attendees and their guests must sign the current modesty clause to secure entry into our set-apart event.
Dressing modestly is our way of telling the world that we don’t play by their rules – we play by Yah’s rules.
Anyone that shows up to any Great Awakening International set-apart event not adhering to the modesty policy dated January 2023, will be reminded of the said clause that they signed, and given the opportunity to comply with the stated scriptures (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Timothy 2:8-10). Should the individual refuse to comply they will be restored their funds and turned away from the event in love (Ephesians 4:15; 4:29; Colossians 4:6), never with personal opinions, judging or shaming, and never accompanied by gossip (Proverbs 11:12-13; 21:23).
We recognize everyone as a soul. Therefore, we have employed a new system of confronting the individual in a loving, biblical way with the hopes of conversion. We recognize that immodest behavior is typically a symptom of a deeper heart issue, and we want to minister to the heart before we change their attire.
However, public events (where registration is necessary) will be treated differently from outdoor outreaches and weekly Sabbath Gatherings where there is a chance that a guest can show up without knowledge of our modesty expectation. It is at this point that the Great Awakening will show unconditional love, apply grace once given to all of us, develop a relationship with the individual, and hope for an opportunity to teach them the standard of modesty. We recognize that we cannot scale a fish until we catch it first.
The Great Awakening International has decided not to enter into a contract with any venue that will have a wet bar open in our rented private event space(s). We understand that this could provide a temptation and a distraction from the purpose of our set-apart events.
Recognizing that the use and abuse of alcohol is an issue for some people within our reach, we strive to provide a safe sanctuary from the pain of addiction for those directly or indirectly affected by it. In addition, we admit that intoxication has the potential to impact clarity and understanding, thereby limiting our access to spiritual Truth.
We also recognize the exercise of freedom to choose to drink alcoholic beverages responsibly and in moderation. The Bible provides numerous examples of the responsible use of alcohol as well as condemnation for “drunkenness”. The Great Awakening International affirms the right of individuals in conscience to make responsible choices between abstention and moderate, non-problematic use. However, to avoid the potential of intoxication and the ensuing behavior that follows it, we will no longer hold events at venues where there is open access to alcoholic beverages.
Therefore, the Great Awakening International encourages and supports abstention at all of our Set-Apart activities. Moderate drinking in low-risk situations not provided by the venue in private rented spaces will not be opposed. Heavy drinking in any situation is vigorously discouraged by Great Awakening International.
While there is no “Thou shalt not …” with regard to secular music in the Bible, we know that some music degenerates into immoral behavior. Therefore, Set-apart music will be the preferred choice at all future Great Awakening International events. Great Awakening International will be monitoring all musical selections from guest bands and musicians moving forward. Henceforth, we are putting a moratorium on all outside bands/musical guests and will only be using awakened, Ruach-filled, and Torah-observant musicians for future events.
Consent to use Photo / Video
The Great Awakening International reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by Great Awakening, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. Great Awakening may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used, or contracted by Great Awakening including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.
To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent, or legal guardian
CONSENT TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED
By participating in Passover 2023, attendees give their permission to be photographed or recorded by official photographers, videographers, and attending media of the Great Awakening International. Attendees consent to their images and video being reproduced for subsequent use in the media, webcasts, internal and external promotional purposes, advertising, and inclusion on websites and social media. Images are shared publicly with open access for use.
Great Awakening photographers and other registered press representatives will be taking photographs and videotaping portions of the Passover.
Attendees are entitled to take photographs at Great Awakening International for their own personal, spiritual, educational, and/or advocacy purposes. The Great Awakening will not be liable if attendees object to being photographed in these circumstances.
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