Kehilat Hakerem is an egalitarian Masorti (Conservative) congregation established in 1979. Our home is the Spitzer Center, close to the center of Karmiel in the heart of the Galilee.
We offer a vibrant Jewish community, comprising native Israelis together with long-time immigrants and those who have recently arrived from countries all over the world. Our community's philosophy is based on four important elements: PRAYER, STUDY, TOGETHERNESS AND OUTREACH.
PRAYER: We are a fully egalitarian, highly participatory Masorti (Conservative) congregation with over 25 prayer leaders and Torah readers ranging in age from teens to the 80 pluses.
STUDY: We offer year-round youth and adult educational programs with Midreshet Hakerem to examine Jewish values in both classic texts and more modern media, in an open-minded environment and open to the public at large.
TOGETHERNESS. Kehilat Hakerem is not only a center for prayer, but also a social network. People with diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds share in each others joys and sorrows, helping each other in time of need.
OUTREACH. We open our gates to all those searching for a Jewish community that celebrates our age-old traditions in a modern and adaptive way.
Rabbi Dr. Gil Nativ is a third generation Israeli. He fought as a paratrooper in the Six Day War and married Zivah in November 1969. From 1970 - 1972 was a Youth leader at Congregation Or-Chadash and then taught at a Conservative Community in th U.S. From 1974 he studied at Hebrew Union College, H.U. Jerusalem attainaing his MA in 1979. He served as Rabbi and Talmud teacher at Leo Baeck High School in Haifa until 1985.
In 1990 he attained a Ph.D. in Cincinnati, Ohio and in 1992 - 2002 was Rabbi of Moriah Masorti congregation in Haifa. 1996-1998 was President of Israeli Rabbinical Assembly. Between 1998 and 2004 he lectured in Talmud at Haifa U., Los Angeles and London.
In 2004 he became Rabbi of Magen Avraham congregation in Omer, moving in 2012 to become Rabbi of Beit Warszawa in Poland.
After returning to Israel, he became Rabbi at Kehilat Hakerem in August 2015. Rabbi Gil and Zivah have 3 children: Inbal, Dror, Noga.
His two main hobbies are studying a daily page of Talmud, and Israeli folk dancing twice a week.
The City of Karmiel is situated about 40 minutes from the port city of Haifa. It lies in the Beit Hakerem valley, which is the dividing line between the Upper and Lower Galilee, and serves as a hub for the towns and villages in the surrounding area of Misgav and further afield.
Karmiel today has a population of over 50,000, of whom about 55% are native Israeli and veteran olim and about 45% are recent immigrants, mainly from the former Soviet Union.
Karmiel is famous for hosting the Annual International Dance Festival, this year on 7 - 9 August 2012
We reach out to congregations outside of Israel and have partnered with synagogues abroad, hosting missions, congregational tours and youth groups to experience our unique community.
Kehilat Hakerem is becoming a center for Masorti Judaism in our city and region, serving other localities and synagogues in Misgav and other parts of the central Galilee.
Kehilat Hakerem Karmiel The Masorti Congregation of Karmiel
Spitzer Center, 4 Sheizaf St,
POB 568, Karmiel 2161402