The Jewish Rainbow Program (JRP) of the Ohel Avraham Congregation at the Leo Baeck Education Centre in Haifa provides a pathway for members of the LGBTQ community to strengthen their Jewish identity, develop leadership skills, and become active participants in Jewish communal life. It connects members of the community with Progressive Judaism and eliminates the destructive conflict between their gender and Jewish identities.
Written by Leah Guren, Ohel Avraham congregant.
Over the years, I have attended High Holiday services at different shuls. It is fascinating that the same structure of prayer and ritual can vary so much depending on the denomination, the location, and even the style or personality of the congregation. [Read more…]
Ohel Avraham’s adult education programming takes text study to a new level. After a few successful years of running a beit midrash for adults, Rabbi Na’ama added an additional component to the adult education programming just this year: tiyulim (study tours)! Congregants get to learn about texts on-location at different sites of religious and historical significance throughout Israel. [Read more…]
Congregants at “Ohel Avraham” come together not only for holiday celebrations but also for the important moments in each other’s lives. As Congregation “Ohel Avraham” grew over the past few years, synagogue leadership started setting up modest subcommittees within the Va’ad, or leadership council. [Read more…]
Ohel Avraham creates opportunities for people who want to reclaim their Judaism. In Israel, the dominant Jewish voice has dehumanized LGBTQ members of society for far too long, turning many people away from religion. Ohel Avraham, the leading Reform Congregation in Haifa, has been, for many years, a home for LGBTQ members. [Read more…]