Anyone reading these lines is actually reading about a nearly imaginary adventure called Congregation Hod VeHadar.
By “imaginary” I mean not only to the realization of the dream if a handful of dreamers from the 1970s (see the “History” tab), but also to what we as members of the community now take for granted: a traditional, egalitarian community, that raises two banners, one Jewish and one democratic, and is run by volunteers.
Precisely in times of economic hardship and ceaseless pursuit of profit, it is worth knowing that there are investments that yield tax-exempt profits… Net profits for everyone involved:
All members of the community benefit from internal profits: companionship, satisfaction of social and religious needs, Divrei Torah that combine high-level analysis with fascinating links to current events and the Israeli and Jewish bookshelf, and a chance to share our journey through the complex world around us with friends who share our values. We enjoy celebrating together, and support each other through difficult times. We benefit from a special bubble called Congregation Hod VeHadar.
The city of Kfar Saba benefits from a high-quality social group that participates in municipal activities, supports the larger community, offers social and religious services to all residents and – amazingly – does not constantly make demands of others.
The Masorti Movement long ago adopted Hod veHadar as a flagship congregation, an ideal meeting place for varied activities: committee meetings, Bnai Mitzvah ceremonies for children with special needs and more. A congregation that can be proudly presented as an example that is reliable, stable and sustainable.
Hod VeHadar is lively and constantly seeks to grow and develop, continuing to dream big and daring to attempt what sometimes seems unattainable. That is how the building was built, and that is how our activities are run. We try to be reflexive and find ways to improve.
We have more than 120 volunteers involved in varied tasks from running services, managing the synagogue, and organizing social and educational activities. It is important to know that Hod VeHadar as a whole – the building, and that activities that fill it, regular classes and special events – all aspects of community life are run by volunteers. This was the spirit of founders and creators of the adventure called Hod VeHadar. This spirit has been not lost; it continues to prevail.
If you are still reading, I invite you to join us, in whatever way and on whatever level suits you. You will find that we both believe and demonstrate “There more than one way to be a Jew!”
Dr. Nahum Kaminka, Chairman