Congregation Ahavas Israel
At Congregation Ahavas Israel, we are committed to welcoming and providing community support to all persons seeking a spiritual path using traditional Jewish practice in a modern, egalitarian Conservative Jewish setting. Ahavas Israel offers a warm and friendly Shabbat experience, as well as diverse religious and social activities for families and adults, including Torah study, Junior Congregation, art workshops, and a community garden.
Ahavas is fortunate to have an active, thoughtful Rabbi with a great teaching manner and a mensch of a Hazzan/Cantor with a wonderful, engaging voice and a down-to-earth sense of humor. Children ages two through high school participate in an active, joint Conservative-Reform United Jewish School that has an excellent curriculum and high retention rates. Rabbi Krishef also offers special activities (including Hebrew enrichment) for Ahavas Israel children attending the religious school. A diverse group of people in business, professions, and academics from a wide variety of backgrounds enriches our congregational life.
We understand that each person’s path to Jewish engagement is different, depending upon one’s education, age, sexual orientation, family structure, and socio-economic status among other factors. Allow us to welcome you into our family.
Congregation Ahavas Israel is a fully accessible building. Our Sanctuary, Chapel, and Social Hall are equipped with an induction loop system to aid worshippers with hearing loss. The system broadcasts an audio signal that can only be picked up by hearing aids with a telecoil feature. The telecoil is that feature you would use in order to hear more clearly on a telephone. If you’re not sure that your hearing aid has one, talk to your audiologist.
By activating the t-coil, anything said at the microphone will broadcast directly into your hearing aids. Additionally, there is one set of headphones that will pick up the loop broadcast. See the usher to use that headphone.
Mission and Vision
As a member of the Conservative movement, Congregation Ahavas Israel is a place for Jews to gather for lifecycle rituals, to support members of all ages, to teach Judaism and spirituality, and to cultivate religious, educational, spiritual, social, and emotional fulfillment.
Congregation Ahavas Israel welcomes all persons who wish to explore a spiritual path using Traditional Jewish practice in an egalitarian Jewish setting.