Beit Ahavah was created in 1998 by a group of Jewish men and women who sought to build a Reform Jewish community in the Northampton area. This small group developed a vision of an inclusive Reform Jewish community where worship and study would be spiritually enlivening and meaningful. Our congregation is an evolving Reform Jewish community that embraces tradition while celebrating the mysteries of life through ritual, music and art.
Established as a formal congregation, Beit Ahavah affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism in June 2001, and since then, our membership has grown to over 85 families. Our community is known for its inclusion of people from all backgrounds, as well as its support of, and sensitivity to, interfaith families.
Community Blog Updates:
- Rabbi Anne Brener and Navigating the Wilderness of Loss (5/25/2015) - Rabbi Anne Brener brought her insights, compassion and wisdom to Beit Ahavah last week in a workshop about “Navigating the Wilderness of Loss: The Geography of Jewish Mourning. ” It has been a difficult year for our community. In that sense, Rabbi Brener’s workshop was well-timed to help us learn and think about individual and … Continue reading Rabbi Anne Brener and Navigating the Wilderness of Loss
- Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival is Here (4/13/2015) - We always look forward to spring AND the annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival. The festival includes films shown around the valley from Sunday April 12 through Sunday April 26. Among other films, you can see Self Made at Umass Amherst on Wed. April 15. According to the description: “Idiosyncratic and dripping with black humor, Self … Continue reading Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival is Here
- Hampshire Mosque Extends Support for Peace & Justice Rally (3/2/2015) - There were many moving moments during the peace & justice rally last weekend, including this message from Patrick Bensen, President of the Hampshire Mosque: In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful On behalf of Hampshire Mosque, I would like to extend our full support for this rally against racial and religious … Continue reading Hampshire Mosque Extends Support for Peace & Justice Rally
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