Rosh Pinah is a fellowship of Jewish and Non-Jewish people who gather together in Downtown Toronto to worship the God of Israel and to study the Bible together. We first began meeting in 2012 once per month on Friday evenings. In those early days the main emphasis was on supporting ministry outreaches overseas in places like Mexico and Colombia. From these monthly meetings we began to discern the need for a Fellowship in the Downtown Toronto area, which would have Messianic Jewish worship and teaching. So in January of 2014 Rosh Pinah was registered as a charitable organization in Canada and we began to hold night meetings every other week to celebrate Shabbat, שבת the Sabbath.
Services are held Friday evenings at 6:30pm.
We are located at 630 Spadina Avenue,
in Toronto. Services are held on the second floor in the Goforth room of the Knox Presbyterian church.
Learning to read the Bible differently, together
To proclaim and teach the Good News of God’s love for Israel and the whole world through the Jewish Messiah.
We believe that God is fulfilling His prophetic promises of restoration to Israel to their Land, and also revealing the Jewishness of the Messiah Yeshua both to Israel and to His people from every nation.
For a more detailed look at what we believe please click the link below.
Andrew Zeidman is one of the founders and has been the leader of Rosh Pinah Fellowship for the last two and half years. His grandparents Morris and Annie Zeidman, pioneers in the Messianic Jewish movement, founded the Scott Mission where Andrew has served in ministry for over 25 years and is currently chaplain. Andrew received a Masters of Theology Degree from Tyndale University and has a passion to teach the scriptures in their original context. He also loves to praise the Lord through music and song and is often leads worship at Friday night meetings.
Growing up in a family with strong roots in the Hebrew Christian movement, Andrew became a believer in Yeshua at an early age. While attending Tyndale Seminary he felt a strong leading of God back to his Jewish roots. During this time he became a regular member and a worship leader at City of David Messianic Synagogue, where he was discipled and mentored by Rabbi Jeff Forman for over seven years.
Our name, Rosh Pinah, ראש פנה comes from the Hebrew scriptures in Psalm 118:22, which reads:
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone (Rosh Pinah in Hebrew)”
This verse is part of a prayer of the Jewish people known as a Hallel Psalm. These psalms were and still are traditionally sung on very important Holy Days of Israel such as Passover and Sukkot. Some ancient Rabbinical sources said that whenever the Messiah would arrive, He should be greeted with the words of Psalm 118:26:
Baruch HaBa B’Shem Adonai – ברוך הבא בשם יהוה Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of Adonai”
So we can see that this Psalm was very much a messianic scripture.
Yeshua the Messiah and His early emissaries actually used this term Rosh Pinah to refer to Himself. (Matt 21:42, Acts 4:11 etc.) So the Name Rosh Pinah is actually one of the titles of Messiah!
Interestingly Rosh Pinah is also the name given to one of the early Jewish settlements in the modern state of Israel. As such it reflects the move of God to bring His people back to their Land just as He promised to do in many hundreds of prophetic scriptures. Thus our name connects us to the Person of the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua, and also to the prophetic move of God’s Spirit in our days to restore Israel, which are in fact not separate issues, but very much connected.