...that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the LORD stood beside him and said, "I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." Genesis 28:12-15
Do you have Jewish and Gentile ancestry?
First, know that the Torah is a legacy for all nations, for it speaks of the general Covenant given thru Noach after the Flood. All nations, Jews and non-Jews, are bound by that Covenant.
In addition, if you have Jewish ancestry, Genesis 28:12-15 indicates that the Covenant with Israel is a promise that God made to Jacob and ALL of his offspring, and that promise is indeed open to you, with no barriers or obstructions. It is your God-given right to partake in that promise.
If you have mixed ancestry, you may have wondered "I am a Jew?, or what nation do I belong to?". Unfortunately, most of the different Jewish denominations disagree regarding "who is born a Jew?". They disagree because each has interpreted the language of the Torah differently. The reason this has happened is quite simple: the texts that speak of children of intermarriage in the Written Torah do not explicitly state whether a child of intermarriage is, or is not, a part of Israel. Hence, each denomination has interpreted according to their particular traditions.
Yet, Genesis 28:12-15, although not specifically talking about children of intermarriage, is very clear that the Promise to Jacob is open to all offspring of Jacob. This is why at Beta Gershom we welcome all offspring of Jacob (no matter how remote their Jewish ancestry might be), and we honor how each person self-identifies, without imposing denominational interpretations or pre-requisites.
The mission of the Beta Gershom community is:
to enable all people who have Jewish & Gentile ancestry to fulfill their role as a Jew (if that's how they self-identify) or as a Noachide (if they self-identify as a Gentile).
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Important: A key purpose of this website is also to celebrate and uphold core Jewish values and concepts, including:
a- The Sh'ma: that God is "Ehhad" (One, Unique, Alone), and
transcends description or division into parts.
b- The sanctity and trueness of the Torah, including the Noahide and Sinai eternal covenants.
c- That God's Salvation can only come thru Faith in God, doing the Mitzvot (Commandments), and doing Tikun and Teshuva (Repair & Repentance) when we fall short. Without earnestly striving to DO the Mitzvot and earnestly striving to Repair and Repent (when we fall short), Faith and Sacrifice alone are empty, hypocritical, and useless.
d- That Maschiach will usher and enable the Kingdom of God, but Salvation comes from God alone (not Maschiach).
e- To contribute in Israel's role as a light to the Nations (especially Ethical Monotheism and Tikun Olam).
f- To fight evangelism, jihadism, antisemitism and all forms of oppression and discrimination.
Some times the term "half-jewish" or "part-jewish" is used colloquially to refer to a person of mixed (Jewish and non-Jewish) ancestry. Because such terms can lend themselves to the erroneous impression that a person can be only partially Jewish, we have coined the phrase "Beta Gershom" (House of Gershom) as a synonym for "person of Jewish and non-Jewish ancestry".
We hope the site's content is useful to you. We have launched our Facebook Webpage, where you can participate by sharing stories and media with other people of Jewish & Gentile ancestry.