In 2011, when I was living in New York City and teaching at Hadar, I got a glimpse of something incredible.
As an Israeli, I was used to seeing egalitarianism as something that only creates distance from the religious world. But at Hadar, I saw a community where people of all genders learned and prayed together, where it was possible for egalitarianism and deep commitment to Torah to go hand in hand.
We believe that change can only happen when Jewish communities on both sides of the ocean are in deep relationship and dialogue. And so Hadar in Israel was founded to turn our vision into a viable way of life in Israeli society. We started with our first winter learning retreat in 2012. Three years later, we launched our Elul immersive seminar, which at the time, was the only co-ed yeshiva program for post-army Israelis.
Over the years, we’ve added more programs and gained hundreds of new students, and that’s meant renting all kinds of spaces all over the country. But Hadar has never had a true home base in Israel – until now!
After many years of wandering, I’m so glad to share that Hadar is moving into a space of our own in Jerusalem on Emek Refaim Street.
This new space will be the hub of Hadar’s activities in Israel, providing a stable, physical presence where our vision of Torah, Avodah, and Hesed can take root. It will include a beit midrash that will host our intensive learning programs, public lectures, and egalitarian tefillah, as well as office space for our staff, all under the same roof.
Our hope is to welcome thousands of people through these doors to learn, pray, and build a stronger and more compassionate Jewish community.
Before we can start, we need to renovate and furnish the space with books, furniture, office supplies, and AV equipment. That’s why we’ve launched a crowd-funding campaign for Hadar’s new space in Jerusalem. If you believe in our vision and want to see Hadar’s work flourish in Israel, please make a donation.
If you are ever in Jerusalem, I hope to welcome you to the space to learn or pray together!