Or HadashOr Hadash, A New Light in Metropolitan Birmingham's Jewish Community
Or Hadash (New Light), the Humanistic Judaism Congregation of Birmingham, Alabama was established in 1998 to respond to the needs of a contemporary and diverse Jewish community. As a congregation, we affirm a moral commitment to human dignity and ethical behavior, and we encourage each member to explore Jewish heritage with an open mind and a willingness to take personal responsibility in determining his or her life course. We welcome all who identify with the history, culture, struggles, triumphs and future of the Jewish people. Our membership is composed of individuals of diverse ages, lifestyles and backgrounds. Among our members are those who bring more than one religious tradition to Or Hadash - both within and outside of Judaism. As a congregation, we strive to make all members feel comfortable and welcome. Our congregation is still small and stresses closeness, congeniality, and warmth. Its present programs include Junior Havurah, our children's education program, monthly Shabbat celebrations and potluck suppers, a monthly Havurah discussion group, and a monthly Jewish History presentation and discussion. The congregation also celebrates the major Jewish Holidays and the various life cycle events of the congregants. Or Hadash is part of a growing, contemporary Jewish movement, with more than 30,000 individuals involved worldwide.
Programs We Offer to Open Our Tent
Marni J Bonnin, President