2020 Passover

Passover 2020


Thank you for your registration for the Great Awakening Passover Event 2020 in Detroit, MI. As you have no doubt heard, National and local health authorities have determined that social distancing reduces the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19. Here in Michigan, we are currently in a house quarantine situation. To avoid putting our guests at risk unnecessarily, we regret to inform you that we will modify the Passover 2020 Event. As we were preparing for this year’s event, we were excited about the potential of drawing people from across the country to participate in this highly anticipated Feast Gathering in the Hebrew Community.

It was our goal to wait to see how things were going to pan out nationally and locally at the end of March before we decided on whether we should proceed with the Passover as scheduled. We have consulted with the Great Awakening Executive Team and had to make a difficult, but necessary, decision to modify this year’s event.


The Great Awakening will refund all attendee registration fees automatically by April 3 to the original form of payment.

If you would prefer, you may donate your registration fees toward the Great Awakening World Missions. The Missions Team consists of volunteers from the Hebraic Community who travel the globe to provide medical care, health education, biblical heritage, humanitarian assistance to people in need and share the Besorah (Gospel) with the dispersed of Israel. Being supported by you enable us to go into other Countries where the disperse is to share the Gospel and to provide humanitarian relief. If you would like to donate your registration fee toward the World Missions, please email Gail McGee at or respond to this email.

For those opting for a full refund, it may take up to two days for the credit to appear on your account. If you paid by check, a check will be issued to the payer on your check payment, and it may take up to 7 days to receive your check refund. Please remember to cancel your own hotel and travel reservations as soon as possible.

Modified Event

As mentioned, we have modified this year’s event. This year’s events will take place online using Zoom Video Conferencing, YouTube and Facebook on April 9-11 as we come together from all over the world to observe Passover 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 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. Yes, there will be messages from the speakers, and familiar Hebrew songs and all the important elements. But there will also be a Seder Meal in which you and your family have the opportunity to participate. We will also have thought-provoking questions, relevant discussions about Africa diaspora, music, and excellent teachings. All shared with Hebrews around the world.

How to Connect with Us?

On April 9-11, 2020, you can access the following outlets to connect with us in three different ways to experience Passover 2020:

  1. ZOOM: Join URL: Meeting ID: 436-916-7031
  2. Facebook:
  3. Youtube:


Click here for ZOOM Instructions as to how to download Zoom onto your computer, smart device or tablet.



Thursday, April 9, 2020, 6:00 pm Communal Seder Meal Passover Celebration:

Our Communal Seder Meal Passover Celebration will be led by Dr. Michael and Sandra Laws and Congregation Beit Ephraim. Click here for the Seder Program Guide for you to follow along with us via Zoom, Facebook or YouTube. The Seder 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 YHVH in obedience. As the Hebrews prepared for the exodus by obeying the commands of YHVH through Moses, so in removing the chametz, we symbolize our willingness to obey YHVH 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.

In order to fully participate in the Seder Meal and Passover Celebration, below are a few things that you should have in your possession. On the table is a Seder Plate, representing traditional items that depict the Hebrew deliverance from slavery. These are required items:

  1. Seder plate:
  • Zaroah – Shank bone of the lamb represents the Passover Lamb
  • Matzah – Unleavened Bread (the Bread of Affliction)
  • Maror – Bitter Herbs (Horseradish)
  1. You will also need a kosher or unfermented wine.
  • Kosher Wine
  1. Other traditional items on the Seder table are:
  • Salt Water
  • Parsley
  • Candles
  1. Traditional Unleavened Meal to eat after the celebration

The elements on the Seder 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. We have included a brief Video on The Arrangement of the Seder Plate by Dr. Michael Laws

Friday April 10, 2020 10:00-6:00pm Workshops:

Please join us live on Zoom, Facebook or YouTube to listen in to some of the most dynamic Hebraic Teachers in the Country. As you are quarantining, grab your family to be uplifted and informed during this Passover Season. Here’s the Schedule.

Revised Schedule: Eastern Standard Time

  • 9:30am Music
  • 10:00 Gilbert Bouhairie, God Box Foundation, Fante Tribe, Cape Coast, Ghana
  • 11:30 am Moreh Rick Marlin, Teshuvah Ministries, Indianapolis, IN
  • 1:00pm Lunch Break
  • 2:00 Music
  • 2:30pm Ron Dalton Jr., Hebrews to Negroes, Detroit, MI
  • 4:00pm Dr. Michael Laws, Congregation Beit Ephraim, Detroit, MI
  • 5:30pm Dr. Kenneth Howard, Great Awakening Assembly, Detroit, MI

Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:00 am Sabbath Service:

Join us on Zoom, Facebook or YouTube at 11:00 am eastern standard time for a live recording of a Passover Sabbath Service.

7:00 pm Hebrew Pesach Night of Worship Event:

Join on Zoom, Facebook or YouTube at 7:00 pm eastern standard time for a live recording of A Night of Worship. The Great Awakening Assembly-Detroit Worship Team will lead the nation into a night of organic worship.


For those who paid or are anticipating watching “THE CURSES OF ISRAEL MOVIE DOCUMENTARY PART 1” by Ronald Dalton Jr., you will be able to see the premiere on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, on WWW.VIMEO.COM/ONDEMAND. Simply search for the keywords "THE CURSES OF ISRAEL" OR "HEBREWS TO NEGROES." PART 2 will be dropping mid-April to late-April or early-May followed by Part 3. Please email for more info.

Why Do We Celebrate Passover on April 8 and the Feast on April 9?

The Passover season is upon us for 2020.  Many of us are wondering when do we celebrate the Seder meal?  There are several calendars and all of them agree that Passover is on the 8th day of April, 2020.  Most of the Gregorian calendars indicate that Passover is on the 8th day of April.  Most of them also indicate that there is a full moon the night of the 8th of April.  However, they fail to mention that a day in the Bible goes from evening to evening.  Consequently, Passover begins after evening on the 8th and ends on the 9th of April.  On every Passover, there is a full moon.  This year on the 7th of April there is a “pink moon” which has the appearance of a full moon however, the full moon does not occur until the next night of  April 8th. Below is a detail explanation.

  1. In order to get the right dates, it is best to go back to the eveningof the 26th of March which is the “New Moon.” 
  2. If you count 14 evenings later, you arrive at the eveningof the 8th day of April as the “Eve / beginning” of the day of Passover.
  3. The Hebrew day goes from evening to evening.
  4. Passover endson the evening of the 9th of April which is Thursday.
  5. Once the Passover ends at 6:00 on the 9th, the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins which is when we conduct the Sedar meal according to Scripture.
  6. 23:4 indicates that on the 14thday of Abib at twilight is YHVH’ s Passover. 
  7. The 14thof Abib begins this year after 6:00 on April 8th.
  8. The end of the 14thday of Abib/Passover is on the 9th of April at 5:59 pm.
  9. Remember, the lamb had to be killed at evening or twilighton Passover.
  10. If Passover begins at 6:00pmon Wednesday the 8th of April, the killing of the lamb and the Crucifixion would have to occur between 12:00 and 3:00 on Thursday the 9th of April.
  11. The key is evening to evening.  The Hebrew day begins after 6:00pm going into the night for 12 hours.
  12. The day or “Boqer” begins at 6:00 amand is counted by hours. 9:00 is the 3rd hour12:00 is the 6th hour and 3:00 pm is the 9th hour.
  13. See John 11:9 Yahusha answered, “Are there not twelve hours in a day?..... (from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
  14. 27:45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hourthere was darkness over all the land.  46. And about the ninth hour Yahusha cried out with a loud voice, saying Eli, Eli, lam sabachthani? That is “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?
  15. In conclusion, Passover begins this year on the 8thof April in the evening and ends on April 9th at 5:59 pm.
  16. This is confirmed also by all calendars which indicate a full moon on the night of the 8thof April which is also the 14th of Abib.
  17. Passover is always on the 14thof Abib to begin at evening.
  18. The next day after 6:00 pm on April 9thbegins the Feast of Unleavened Bread (15th of Abib) which is the time of the Sedar meal.

Again, we look forward to seeing you and your family as we come together from all over the world to observe Passover remotely using Zoom Video Conferencing, YouTube and Facebook on April 9-11.

Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at or 313.595.4358.

The Great Awakening


  1. Seder Program Guide
  2. Zoom Instructions Guide
  3. Video of the Seder Plate
  4. Revised Flyer
  5. Types of Leavening Agents
  6. Types of Food You Can Eat



Passover Workshop Speakers

Moreh Rick Marlin
Moreh Rick MarlinTeshuvah Ministries, Indianapolis, IN
Moreh Rick Marlin, the son of Deacon Richard Marlin and the late Martha Ann, was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the husband of one wife of 20 years, Sister Coletta. To this union the Most High has Blessed them with a daughter, Destynee. Brought up and trained in the Apostolic Pentecostal Church, Rick received the baptism of the Ruach at the age of 15 and was called to the ministry at the age of 19 under the pastorate of his father in law, Bishop Arthur Newman. Soon after, he attended Aenon Bible College, received his ministerial license with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, and served in various capacities including Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and outreach ministry. His awakening began six years ago during full active Christian ministry. He had begun studying the Torah, allowing the Instructions of the Creator to give illumination to his previous understanding. In August of 2019, Abba YAH laced Teshuvah Ministries within his heart, which focuses on the returning of the Children of Israel to the covenant of The Most High. With the strength that only YAH gives, his desire is to reach as many souls as possible with the truth of the Word through his teaching, writing, and ministry.
Moreh Asa Demessie
Moreh Asa DemessieShema Ministries, North Carolina
AsaYah Demessie has been in ministry for 30 plus years. He served as a Youth Minister, Evangelist, associate minister, and a founding Pastor. Currently serving as Moreh/Pastor at an Assembly in Durham, NC. He has attended several bible schools, and completed some graduate level seminary classes. He has a BA degree in Liberal Arts (emphasis in Psychology), a MSW In Social Work (clinical/ micro practice). He has a certificate in Whole Food Plant based Nutrition, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (eCornell). Moreh Demessie has CADC credential In Drug and Alcohol counseling (inactive). He has worked in the area of Addictions/Mental health for over 25/years. He is a WFPB coach, and living a WFPB lifestyle over two years. He is blessed with and a proud Father of two young adult children, Yohannes B.W. and Adanna Haven.
Dr. Michael Laws
Dr. Michael LawsCongregational Beit Empraim, Detroit, MI
Pastor Michael Laws has had a long interest in the Biblical Feasts of the Bible. He taught seminars concerning this message of Hebraic roots of the Christian faith in various churches, prisons and workshops throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. Michael received his D.D. in 1997 and later founded Sharath Ministries which was a teaching ministry focused on what he called the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith. He was called to Pastor Mashiach Temple of Ypsilanti, Michigan where he made significant discoveries of how the Hebrew/Eber language and culture were the missing link to why the Christians did not understand the Biblical Feasts. In 2007 Michael and his wife Sandra founded Congregation Beit Ephraim which is a Hebraic oriented congregation that teach the Hebrew/Eber language and culture. His latest project is the long-awaited book called the “Journey into the Biblical Feasts of YHWH.”
Ronald Dalton Jr.
Ronald Dalton Jr.Hebrews to Negroes, Detroit, MI
Believing that Yah heard his prayers, Ronald Dalton Jr. discovered the answers he'd searched for throughout his life. Yah would reveal to Ronald in bits and pieces, the truth about the lost heritage of black people in America as it pertained to the ancient Hebrew Israelites of the Bible. Concurrently, he began assembling an educational documentary presented on DVD that featured historical images, charts, facts and ancient quotes to support his message. He titled the DVD and book: "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America". This initial effort would eventually spawn three additional books, with accompanying DVDs, a podcast show, and in 2018, the debut of a highly-acclaimed feature film. Shortly after this, Ronald produced the Theatrical Movie "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America" which premiered at the Landmark "Main Art" Theater in the Detroit Metropolitan Area on December 20, 2018 in front of a crowd of 450 people. Today, Ronald enjoys touring the United States with his Hebrews to Negroes Movie Tour teaching and enlightening others on real biblical truth.
Dr. Kenneth Howard
Dr. Kenneth HowardNew Breed Assembly, Detroit, MI
Pastor Dr. Howard is the Senior Pastor of New Breed Assembly located in Warren, MI. New Breed Assembly is a Messianic, Charismatic , Hebraic Roots, community of believers. As a Torah-Apostolic Scriptures Teaching, Spirit-Filled Ministry Community, they actively teach the Hebrew Roots of the faith. The goal this Assembly is to encourage believers to come out of pagan worship and return to Yah’s commandments, and our savior, Yahusha HaMashiach. New Breed is a non-sectarian, non-denominational, non-camp affiliated community of Believers. They are a group of Messianic believers who are awakening Biblical Hebrews to their original identity and heritage, and seek to awaken the masses from the anti-biblical doctrines of modern-day Christianity. Dr. Howard is the Co-Founder of Hebrew Academy of Detroit an online Hebrew Education Instution designed for awakened Hebrews worldwide. has serves as an adjunct professor for Grace College, Oakland County Community College, Wayne County Community College District, and Ecumenical Theological Seminary. He teaches Philosophy, Ethics, Logic, Business, Humanities, History, World Religions, Church History, Hebrew Scriptures, and Systematic Theology.
Gilbert Bouhairie
Gilbert BouhairieGod Box Foundation, Ghana
Gilbert Kobina Bouhairie is a Systematic Theologian specializing in African/African Diaspora Religions from Union Theological Seminary, New York. He received his B.A in Philosophy, Politics and Law (PPL) and M.A in Philosophy at SUNY Binghamton. He also received an M.A. in Theology at Union Theological Seminary. He is the Founder of The God Box Foundation and the Interfaith Director for PANAFEST (Pan African Historical Festival) in Ghana. He currently lectures in Seminaries and Universities in the U.S and in Ghana.



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