Branches to Haifa

Anafim L’Haifa---Branches to Haifa
A Community to Community Connection

New Opportunity!

TBE is committed to strengthening and deepening our relationship with Ohel Avraham, the largest reform congregation north of Tel Aviv. If you had a chance to meet the rabbis, Gabby and Na'ama, during their recent visit, then you likely can appreciate the amazing work that they are doing at Ohel Avraham. There are many opportunities for our two communities to connect and to learn from each other. If you are interested in joining a newly formed committee which is focusing on creative ways to deepen our connections with this very important reformed congregation in Haifa, please contact us! 

Jeff and Barbara Turk, [email protected] or 781-449-1162

About Ohel Avraham Synagogue:

Ohel Avraham Synagogue was established in 1978 to provide a progressive Jewish alternative for the residents of Haifa. Centrally located on the Leo Baeck campus, Ohel Avraham not only serves the Leo Baeck schools, Community Center and surrounding community, but also reaches out to populations with special needs and families in economic or social distress.  

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About the Leo Baeck Education Center:Image result for leo baeck education center

The Leo Baeck Education Center is situated in Haifa, high on the western slopes of Mt. Carmel with commanding views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Established in 1938 as a kindergarten for children fleeing pre-war Europe, the Leo Baeck Education Center is now considered one of Israel’s finest educational institutions.  The K-12 schools provide 2,500 children with a first class education that is rich in humanistic values and embedded within a Progressive Jewish framework.

Leo Baeck works with the city’s most dynamic and mixed neighborhoods. The main campus, progressive synagogueCommunity and Sports Center, as well as satellite centers, serve more than 35,000 Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze and Baha’i community members. Programming serves Ethiopians and other immigrant populations, at-risk children and youthfamilies in crisis and individuals with special needs. Leo Baeck’s commitment to Arab-Jewish shared existence is evidenced by the multitude of programs that we sponsor as well as the international peace-building programs in which we participate.

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About Haifa, Israel:

Haifa is the third largest city in Israel, the capital of the North and serves a population of hundreds of thousands (the city itself has 250 thousand inhabitants). Haifa is one of the largest industrial centers in Israel and also a hub for transport, trade, shipping and tourism.   The city has institutions for higher education and scientific research, theatre, auditoriums, museums and many varied cultural and recreational facilities.  The city sits at the foot of the Carmel Mountains, on its Eastern, Northern and Western slopes on the top of the range and around the bay area.

Downtown Haifa - Downtown Haifa serves as a center for shipping, banking, foreign trade and wholesale marketing.  Within the downtown area is the main port, railway lines (with branch lines to the port, factories in the area and three passenger stations) which connects the city to the center of the country, the south and the north and the main bus terminal for municipal and inter-city bus transport.

On the mountain slope - Here you will find residential neighborhoods, cultural and recreational centers, museums and movie theatres.

In the Haifa Bay area - This is the main industrial area, where the Kishon Port, the airport and residential neighborhoods (the Krayot) are also situated.

The mountain ridge - Set 300 meters above sea level this area also includes residential neighborhoods, hotels and guest houses, pleasant parks, cultural centers and institutes of higher education (the University of Haifa and the Technion).

Upcoming Events

Independence and Memorial Days - How do we commemorate?
How does collective memory inform our identity?
Sunday, May 19, 12:30 pm*

Join our TBE/Ohel Avraham Connection - Anafim L'Haifa (branches to Haifa) - as we explore how these respective national holidays are celebrated both in Israel and in the U.S. How do Israeli holidays resonate with us in the American Jewish community? We will join with members of our sister congregation at Ohel Avraham in Haifa via Zoom call for a lively cross-cultural exchange about the similarities, and differences, in how we approach these solemn occasions. *This event was incorrectly listed in the May Bulletin for May 16.

Learn more & RSVP: Barbara Turk, [email protected]