Welcome to Hod veHadar!
We are traditional, Conservative, egalitarian congregation in Kfar Saba, with members and participants from the entire Sharon region. We strive to be a welcoming community for anyone one who is seeking open, relevant and tolerant Judaism and Jewish experiences.
We have many activities for young families, for people who want to learn about Judaism in an illuminating, tolerant manner. Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are held throughout the year. We hold regular Shabbat and holiday services every week, and special musical services on occasion. And that is only the beginning.
For more information, please contact me by phone or e-mail, as listed below.
Rabbi Tzvika Graetz
Rabbi Tzvi Graetz has served as rabbi of Kehillat Hod veHadar in Kfar Saba since January 2018. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Masorti Olami and Mercaz Olami, which are responsible for developing Masorti/Conservative Judaism in the Diaspora (outside North American) and strengthening the Zionist idea and centrality of the State of Israel in these communities.
Rabbi Graetz grew up in the Noam youth movement, and continued in the Marom organization of Masorti students in Israel. He studied for the rabbinate in the Schechter Rabbinical School in Jerusalem while working as a leader in the Noam youth movement. He was the spiritual leader of the Shevet Achim community in the Giloh neighborhood of Jerusalem and was rabbi of TALI School in Giloh. He has also served as Vice President of the Israel Rabbinical Assembly, as a Jewish Agency envoy to the United Synagogue of America, he was the founder of the Menucha Nechona Association in Jerusalem and the environs area. He was a member of the Zionist Executive in the World Zionist Organization and a member of the Jewish National Fund’s Board of Directors, on behalf of Mercaz Olami. Rabbi Graetz holds a BA in Talmud and Political Science and an MA in Non-Profit Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He recently completed the “Israeli Rabbinate Program” sponsored jointly by the Shalom Hartman Institute and Oranim College.
Recordings of Rabbi Graetz’s classes in Hebrew, may be found on the Hod veHadar YouTube Channel.