Max Moss

Max Moss

2 June 2019; 28 Sivan 5779‎
Dear friends,‎

 

Just over 40 years ago, several families met in order to ‎establish a egalitarian-traditional minyan in the Sharon ‎region. The beginning was not easy. They barely ‎managed to organize a minyan in members’ homes. The ‎group began to coalesce around services and communal ‎Shabbat meals. Over time, several more families joined. ‎One of the founders confessed to me that if someone ‎had told him that in 40 years, the congregation would ‎grow to nearly 180 families and have a large, beautiful ‎building like the one we have today, he would have ‎thought that person was dreaming or fantasizing.‎

As we know, every initiative begins with a dream, and ‎the dream that the founders of this community dreamed ‎has indeed come true. That dream was and remains the ‎establishment of a Masorti community that adheres to ‎the Jewish tradition but adapts it to the spirit of the ‎times. The values of openness, tolerance and equal ‎opportunity for all – men, women, people with special ‎needs, and others – are the cornerstones laid down by ‎the founders of Hod veHadar and our mission is to ‎adhere to them. Our congregation is an amazing mosaic ‎of varied colors, but we all share a strong connection to ‎the Jewish tradition, a love of Israel and a love of ‎humanity.‎

Our community continued to grow ever stronger, and ‎over the years new families joined us. The children of ‎the early years grew up, enlisted and were discharged, ‎completed their studies, and have now established their ‎own families. They maintain close ties with their home ‎community, Hod veHadar.‎

Today Hod veHadar is one of the largest Masorti ‎congregations in Israel, and the largest in the Sharon ‎region. We see ourselves as an integral part of the city of ‎Kfar Saba, and maintain extensive connections with ‎schools and other organizations operating in the city. As ‎a community that believes in bringing people together ‎and love for others, we invite you to visit us on Shabbat, ‎holidays or one of the many other activities at Hod ‎veHadar. To the many members and volunteers who ‎have contributed time, energy and knowledge over the ‎years: may you go from strength to strength. Without ‎these important contributions, our community would not ‎have come to be one of the most active and prosperous ‎Masorti congregations in the Israel.‎

Best wishes,‎

Max Moss, Co-Chair   

Tal Hagbi, Co-Chair

Tal Hagbi

Tal Hagbi