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:
- Shehechiyanu Moment! Rabbi’s Message: SCOTUS Decision Day-Shabbat of Hope & Solidarity (6/26/2015) - Dear Beit Ahavah Community, The historic decision was announced by the Supreme Court this morning ruling in favor of marriage equality. This Shabbat is also declared as a Shabbat of Solidarity for Charleston, as the funerals have begun this week, and we remember the nine souls who were killed in a rampage of hate. We … Continue reading Shehechiyanu Moment! Rabbi’s Message: SCOTUS Decision Day-Shabbat of Hope & Solidarity
- 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
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