Shalom and Welcome to Or Hadash!
We are a warm, friendly, egalitarian Reform congregation that is dedicated to the Jewish community in Newmarket and the Northern York Region. In our small, family-like atmosphere, everyone is welcome!
Both men and women equally participate in our services. We embrace Jewish individuals and families with or without children from any variety of backgrounds and family compositions. Regardless of age, marital status or sexual orientation, at Or Hadash you are welcome! We welcome Jews of any denomination or no denomination. No matter what level of Jewish knowledge or observance, at Or Hadash you are welcome! Intermarried families are warmly received and participate fully in our congregational life. We also welcome in our services and events individuals of other faith communities who have an interest in Judaism.
At the core of Or Hadash is a deep commitment to participatory Judaism. We offer a wide range of social, educational and religious programs and activities for anyone who is looking for community, personal spiritual growth, and opportunities for Tikkun Olam. We study together, celebrate together and support each other through both joyful and challenging life cycle events. In our warm environment you will be able to establish a new spiritual home where you can build meaningful friendships and find a place to congregate without any pretentiousness.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
We were distinctly honoured last year to have Cantor/Rabbi Brian Reich lead us through our High Holy Day Services 5778/2017. Cantor Reich will again be leading our services for 2018/2019. Cantor Brian, aka the “Singing Rabbi”, is an amazing person. He has everything it takes to make our celebrations meaningful, spiritual, musical and purposeful. His […]
We are again delighted (as in 5778/2017) to introduce to you our service leader for the High Holy Days 5779/2018 Cantor BRIAN REICH, Rabbi. As usual, HHD tickets are included in our Or Hadash membership. Membership/HHD information packages (incl. new membership fee) will be sent out shortly. Stay tuned. Individual HHD seats for non-members are […]
26-Jun-2017 – Please read this newsletter by Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC): “The Israeli government has just slapped world Jewry in the face. In the past 24 hours Netanyahu’s government has made two decisions which are a great insult to progressive Jews worldwide. First, they decided to cancel the […]
Highland Hills Memorial Gardens in Stouffville, Ont. has recently established “Mount Zion Gardens”, a cemetary which will allow for the burrial of interfaith couples.
This Synagogue is to support and enrich the Reform Jewish community by cultivating a love and understanding of the Jewish heritage, stimulating fellowship in the Jewish community and strengthening the bonds of loyalty with the Jewish people everywhere.
In all endeavors, members shall strive to treat each other with dignity and respect, and to conduct the affairs of the Synagogue in an open and transparent manner.
In order to advance the cause for liberal Judaism in Canada and throughout the world, this Congregation shall maintain its affiliation with the Union of Reform Judaism and the World Union for Progressive Judaism.