Congregation Or Chadash

Welcome to Congregation Or Chadash, the Chicagoland synagogue serving lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender/transsexual Jews, their families, friends and loved ones.Membership is open to everyone. Congregation Or Chadash is a Jewish religious organization whose purpose is to provide a warm, affirming, Jewish community where all people can feel welcome.

To accomplish this mission, Or Chadash will:

Remember that it was founded as an answer to the prejudice that gay and lesbian Jews experienced in other synagogues;

Strive to ensure that no Jew experiences prejudice within our community;

Maintain affiliations with the Union for Reform Judaism and the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews : Keshet Ga'avah;

Build strong ties within the greater Jewish community of the metropolitan Chicago area;

Dedicate itself to the basic obligations of Jewish life, including:

Respecting the contributions of people of all generations
Sharing the life-cycle events of its members
Celebrating Shabbat and the holidays
Fostering prayer with sincerity
Visiting the sick
Comforting the bereaved
Encouraging the study of Torah

Congregation Or Chadash is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the World Congress of GLBT Jews.

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Click Here to Visit Our New Blogsite for Elul

Or Chadash Blogs Elul:  Check Us Out!
For the last few years, Rabbi Phyllis Sommer has embarked on a social media project to prepare for the High Holy Days through reflection and introspection in the month of Elul. Her project, #BlogElul, has resonated with Jews across the world, and has given rise to a lot of Elul content in social media–and now it’s time for Or Chadash to join the movement! During the month of Elul, as we prepare to receive the year 5776, members of the Or Chadash community will create posts centered around the themes provided by Rabbi Sommer. This blog will collect these posts and allow us to engage in meaningful conversations via comments and perhaps even your own responses on your social media. We encourage you to participate in the worldwide conversation in order to enrich your Elul experience.

We will collect those posts in a the blog which will allow us to engage in meaningful conversations via comments and perhaps even your own responses on your social media. We encourage you to participate in the worldwide conversation in order to enrich your Elul experience. If you're interested, please email  office@orchadash.org
withwhich day(s)/theme(s) you would like to write about.
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