Since it opened in 2011, the Interfaith Center of Beverly Hills has been sitting mostly empty.
About 200 congregants filled the stain glassed-windowed sanctuary on a Shabbat morning this spring, praying, singing and welcoming new members. Among the newly welcomed members was a young Israeli man, named Yoav. Not really extraordinary news, except Congregation Beth Hallel in a northern suburb of Atlanta is not a typical synagogue. Indeed, it is a member of the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS), the largest ordaining body in the messianic Jewish movement.
Republican presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) accepted a paid speaking engagement from a Messianic Judaism group.
The home of a Messianic pastor in California was vandalized with a swastika.
An increase in "societal abuses and discrimination" against "some evangelical Christian groups as well as Messianic Jews" has contributed to a "slight decline in respect for religious freedom" in Israel, according to the State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom.