“No stranger need lodge in the street.” — Job 31:32
“The Holy One does not reject a single creature. Rather, all are acceptable to God. The gates are open at all times, and all who wish may enter.” — Exodus Rabbah 19:4
The Importance of Synagogue Membership
The synagogue is the very heart of the Jewish world. It is the place where we make room for God, and open our minds and spirits to new possibilities and expectations of ourselves. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism called it, “the home where Jews build community, reinforce the bonds of the Jewish family and keep alive the three things on which our existence depends: Torah, Jewish study, avodah, Jewish worship, and g’milut chasadim, acts of loving-kindness.”
Many of our member families come from a variety of backgrounds. At Congregation Or Chadash you will find the place where you may find comfort and refuge from life’s insecurities, it is the place where you will find a supportive community, and it is the place where you can learn more about the values that will make a difference in the life of your family, your community and your world.
I look forward to getting to know you over the course of the coming year.
B’virkat Shalom, with a Blessing of Peace,Rabbi Thomas A. Louchheim