Is Kehilat Hadar affiliated with any Jewish denomination?
Kehilat Hadar is not affiliated with any of the movements (e.g. Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform), and members of our community come from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds. We are fully egalitarian. Our services follow a traditional format and all of our services and programming are planned in accordance with halakhah (Jewish law).
What does it mean to be both halakhic and egalitarian?
Traditionally, halakhah (Jewish law) has been understood to exclude women from participating in certain aspects of public prayer. However, an examination of the classic Jewish sources for prayer reveals that there is ample support for equal participation by women and men in davening and leyning (Torah reading), and for counting women equally with men in a minyan. At the first Shavuot retreat, our community studied these issues in depth, focusing on the following topics: women's obligation in prayer, women as shelichot tzibbur (prayer leaders) and as Torah readers, and women counting in a minyan (quorum for public prayer). The source sheets we used, as well as links to a variety of teshuvot (rabbinic responsa) and other resources on this issue, can be found here.
Does Kehilat Hadar have a rabbi?
Kehilat Hadar currently has no full-time staff. Although many rabbis have taught at Hadar programs, and Rabbi Shai Held previously served as our resident scholar, there is no rabbi who leads Hadar. The gabbaim consult with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Ethan Tucker, founders of both Kehilat Hadar and Mechon Hadar, when determining ritual policy.
As Kehilat Hadar becomes the primary Jewish community for an increasing number of people, we recognize the importance of being able to speak with a rabbi within the Kehilat Hadar community. Several volunteers, including rabbis and senior rabbinical students, have offered to speak with members of the community regarding religious, spiritual, pastoral, or other issues. If you are interested in speaking with someone, please contact Hadar's Lifecycle Team.
Yes, you can find it here.