After 11 years as Hadar, we’re changing our official name to the Hadar Institute. But we’d love to be on a first name basis, so please feel free to call us Hadar, if you don’t already.
“Mechon” is the Hebrew word for “Institute,” so we’re staying true to who we are, but making our name more natural for an English-speaking audience. Just as we strive to make Torah accessible to the English-speaking world, we realized that our very name should be accessible as well. Plus, this will save us a lot of time on explaining the finer points of Hebrew grammar in transliteration (“Why are you Mechon and not Machon?”)
Our activities in Israel will still be called Hadar for our Hebrew-speaking audience.
We’re also changing our logo, which now includes three design elements that emphasize Hadar’s mission of empowering Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah (study), Avodah (prayer), and Hesed (acts of kindness). We believe, as have so many of our ancestors before us, that Torah, Avodah and Hesed are the essence of Jewish life. They are what we seek to cultivate, and we are proud that they are represented in our new logo.
Watch this short animated video, which introduces the logo.
We look forward to learning with you, whether in-person or online, and are eager to connect with you at Hadar!