Welcome to Congregation Or Hadash!
We are located in Haifa, the third largest city in Israel, which is an overwhelmingly secular city. We are proud to be the main address for welcoming and joyous Judaism in Haifa. We take that responsibility seriously in providing a Judaism that is not only open and inviting, but also deep, thought-provoking, and challenges people to act.
Our congregation is a vibrant and inclusive community of members from diverse backgrounds and identities. We are committed to creating a warm and welcoming environment for all who come through our gates. Annually, 10,000 people come to our congregation to participate in our services, programs, and events.
Our congregation is unique in that we are co-led by two rabbis, a male and a female, who bring diverse perspectives and ideas to our community. We are radically inclusive, welcoming members of all backgrounds and identities, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or religious identification. We believe that diversity strengthens our community, and we work hard to create an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all.
At Or Hadash, we believe in translating Jewish values into meaningful actions. We strive to make a positive impact on our local community by promoting social justice and human rights. Chosen as the pilot congregation for the Israel Religious Action Center's we are building our community activism center, and are proud to be at the forefront of promoting social change and activism.
As a congregation, we are committed to developing a sustainable financial model. We hardly receive government funding and rely almost entirely on donations to sustain our programs and services. We are committed to developing a self-sufficient financial model that will ensure our long-term sustainability and enable us to continue to make a positive impact on our community.
Finally, we stand as a beacon of stability and values, providing a safe place to all threatened and marginalized groups in light of current events threatening democracy and human rights.