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.
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 nearly 100 families. Our community is known for its inclusion of people from all backgrounds, as well as its support of, and sensitivity to, interfaith families.
The congregation of Beit Ahavah is dedicated to a search for connection to our spiritual selves through worship and study, a strong emphasis on social justice and social action, and a fostering of community spirit and valuing of our diversity. Our programs and worship opportunities include:
- Beit Ahavah Community School, educating children from pre-K through Bar or Bat Mitzvah
- Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation
- Post-B’nai Mitzvah program
- The celebration of all major Jewish holidays
- Services for the High Holidays
- Shabbat evening and morning services.
- Monthly Tot-Shabbat service
- Special community family educational events.
- Opportunities for celebrating lifecycle events such as baby namings, bar/bat mitzvah, and wedding/commitment ceremonies.
- Availability of a rabbi in times of need.
All of our services and celebrations are open to the public and we welcome anyone interested in participating in the life of our growing Reform Jewish community.