President’s Message

Strength in Numbers

Or Hadash Synagogue, a Reform congregation in the Northern York Region, serves a wide demographic and is both a synagogue and a centre for Jewish activities and experiences. The continued presence of Or Hadash Synagogue in the Northern York Region for more than two decades has enabled a generation of young people and adults to build a more meaningful cycle of life, in continuity with the global Jewish community.

What would members of the congregation and those considering commitment look for from our Synagogue?

  • The spiritual journey that can be gained from Shabbat services, through the High Holy Days, to the celebration of life cycle events and Simchas. This is the ‘breath’ for the soul.
  • Meeting socially to enjoy one another’s company, to brighten our days with friendship, and of course, with what Jews savour –with eating together and finding humour even in the darkest of times. This is our ‘chicken soup’ for the soul.
  • Striving to grasp a fuller understanding of Judaism and find its hidden treasures, the underpinnings of an exuberant Jewish life, gained through knowing more about our history, our trials and tribulations, and our victories. This is the core of our soul.

Our ancestors took the same journey and through their experiences, hopes and dreams, became the nation of Israel, including the Diaspora and the remarkable State of Israel. This triumph over adversity and the ability to contribute far above our proportional number in the world sets an example for the rest of society. In a world that suffers from constant turmoil, the contrast is all the more significant.

Your support of the Synagogue is vital, not only as a house of worship, but also as a foundation to sustain Judaism. Please consider Or Hadash as your sanctuary so that it can be made stronger with your involvement and commitment. Strength lies in solidarity of purpose, as well as in noble acts to better the lives of everyone in our community.

Or Hadash is your synagogue, your Jewish community centre, and your home for an enriching Jewish life, where all are welcomed as friends.

With our New Year 5779 (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur but a month away), we have an opportunity to reflect upon the messages embedded in prayers that reach out to every one of us, from the very young to the elders. Each year important messages can be gleaned from the prayers. These speak to what is relevant in our lives, when looked at with fresh eyes.

Wishing you a sweet New Year in good health and peace. May you be inscribed in the book of life.

Chag Sameach,

Herman Yeger


Or Hadash Synagogue