Chosen People Ministries

The Moody Church has the privilege of partnering with Chosen People Ministries to serve the broader Jewish population of Chicago. Chosen People exists to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same.


For more information about Chosen People, please visit; to learn more about Pastor Roy Schwarcz, please visit his Chosen People page here. 

First Friday Shabbat Service

Psalm 92:1 . . .  A Song for the Sabbath. It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High!


Join us at The Moody Church for a once-a-month Shabbat/Sabbath service called Beth Sar Shalom (House of the Prince of Peace). On the first Friday of each month, we come together to pray, worship, and learn in a beginner-friendly Sabbath service that incorporates Jewish and Christian elements.


In Exodus the Lord commands a day of rest, the Sabbath. In Deuteronomy we are told that the Sabbath is important because the Lord saved the Hebrews from Egypt. In the New Testament, in Luke, Jesus proclaims that it is fitting for someone to be healed and set free because the Sabbath is about freedom, salvation, and rest.  As followers of Jesus, the Sabbath is important because Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath; He gives us rest from having to work to achieve salvation.


Join us to discover the harmony of Judaism and Christianity!


Traditional Sabbath services and celebrations may be different from what you expect but are meant to glorify God and help us enter rest to reflect on the Most High.


Join us for this tremendous opportunity to learn how the Old and New Testaments connect and the ways that Judaism and Christianity come together. Bring a friend, and come and enjoy!


Location & Time: The next service will begin Friday, September 15 at 6:30pm and will end before 8:00pm in Room 103.

Leadership: Roy Schwarcz and Ryan Karp

Here is the schedule of services for Fall/Winter 2023:

  • Friday, September 15 Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets)
  • Monday, September 25 Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
  • Friday, October 6 Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
  • Friday, November 3
  • Friday December 1

Finding Hope in Israel's Holy Days

Join Beth Sar Shalom and Chosen People Ministries for “Finding Hope in Israel’s Holy Days,” a celebration of Rosh Hashanah (September 15), Yom Kippur (September 26), and Sukkot (October 6).


The Jewish Holy Days foreshadow God’s redemptive program and were designed to call God’s people to revival and renewal. These special virtual worship services will bless, inform, and encourage God’s people.

Rosh Hashanah: Friday, September 15

Rosh Hashanah inaugurates the High Holiday season. It is known as the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) in Leviticus 23, and today it is also celebrated as the Jewish New Year. Although this is a traditional Jewish holiday, it has application and significance for believers in Messiah today. We offer up ourselves to the Lord as living sacrifices and acknowledge that without His mercy and grace, we would be without hope. We rejoice in God and the work of Messiah, which allows us to stand justified before Him.

Yom Kippur: Monday, September 25

Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—takes place 10 days after Rosh Hashanah on the tenth of Tishrei. The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the Days of Awe, and Yom Kippur is the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar. As believers in Yeshua, this day is important for us to confess our sins, take a “spiritual audit” of the year, remember Yeshua’s atonement for our sin, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Sukkot: Friday, October 6

Sukkot is called “the time of our rejoicing.” We rejoice in the redemptive work that took place during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and we celebrate that God is now in our midst, dwelling with us. It is the only fall feast that mentions other nations, as it has a future, Messianic application. When Jesus returns to rule and reign from Jerusalem, all nations will bring offerings to Jerusalem and bow before Him. Sukkot is a wonderful time to rejoice in our future hope and our inheritance in Messiah.

Beth Sar Shalom Bible Study

Meeting Wednesdays at 7:00pm via Zoom 


In conjunction with Chosen People Ministries, Moody Church missionary Roy Schwarz leads this Bible study walking through the book of Genesis. You’ll learn the unity of the old and new covenants from a Jewish perspective, helping you better understand the Jewish roots of our faith in Jesus


It’s a wonderful opportunity for Christians and Jewish people to learn together from our shared Scriptures. Everyone is welcome!


For more information, contact Roy at


To join the Zoom meeting, please contact Ryan Karp at

Leadership: Roy Schwarcz

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