Kehilat Hakerem is a fully egalitarian, highly participatory Masorti (Conservative) congregation. The Masorti Movement believes Halacha (Jewish Law) is eternally binding on the Jewish People. As a Masorti congregation, we combine Halacha and tradition with an open approach to scholarship, Jewish life, and the ideals and values of our day.
We are a warm and welcoming group of native-born Israelis and immigrants from many countries. We’d be very happy to see you at a service, a study session, or one of our other activities.
For more information, please contact us (see email links and telephone numbers below).
We invite you join our Kehila and support us. Celebrate your life cycle events (such as Bar/Bat Mitzvah or special birthday) with us, or request a special mi-sheberach if the need arises.
Masorti congregations outside of Israel have twinned with Kehilat Hakerem.
We become their “home synagogue” for members of their congregation visiting Israel. In addition to the benefits of increasing the sense of Jewish identity among their members, twinned congrega-tions have the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting the growth and survival ofMasorti Judaism in Israel.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of twinning your congregation with Kehilat Hakerem, please contact the President.
Some Milestones in Kehilat Hakerem History
1979: Organizational meeting to establish the congregation in the spring 1979: High Holiday services in the Moadon Noar in the Dromit neighborhood 1980: First Bat Mitzvah (Rozi Juster) in June 1980: Moved to Moadon Gil Hazahav on Tzahal Street 1990: Kehilat HaKerem becomes egalitarian 1992: Raphi Friedman becomes Rabbi 1993: Hebrew becomes the official language 1997: Moved to our own building (Mercaz Spitzer on Sheizaf Street) 1997: First Bat Mitzvah in the new building (Nadia Steimberg) 2000: Tsvi Landau becomes Rabbi 2008: Reuven Resnick becomes Rabbi 2011: Beit Midrash extension is completed 2011: Mijael Even-David becomes Rabbi 2015: Rabbi Dr. Gil Nativ becomes Rabbi
2017: Rabbi Minna Bromberg becomes visiting guest Rabbi
In early 1979, a group of English speakers in Karmiel got together to form a Conservative congregation that resembled a 'shul' in 'the old country' instead of the Orthodox congregations that existed. A small congregation of mainly English-speaking olim held its first services for the High Holydays that year.
In 1990, Kehilat Hakerem voted to become egalitarian, and since then we have a growing number of women learning to read Torah and Haftarah and lead services.
In 1997 we finally moved into our own permanent synagogue building, the Spitzer Center on Sheizaf Street, thanks to generous donations from Morris Spitzer from New York and Harry Stern from Philadelphia, and in cooperation with the Karmiel Municipality.
Morris Spitzer on a visit to the Mayor's office in Karmiel.
Our Kehila was enhanced in 2008 by the arrival of Rabbi Reuven Resnik, originally from the US, and his Russian speaking wife Shula, who contributed much in the way of outreach to Russian speakers and the Arab and Druse communities in the area.
In 2010 we received a further donation from Morris Spitzer, enabling us to expand our facilities to include a purpose-built Beit Midrash (which runs courses in all four languages as well as study trips), a large kitchen, an area for the overflow during our holiday services and a space for kiddushim.
Rabbi Mijael Even-David, an oleh from Chile, together with his wife, Raya, an Israeli with family roots in the US, joined us in 2011 until 2015, enriching our kehila with their joint abilities in three languages.
Rabbi Gil Nativ, a native Israeli with experience of Masorti communities across the globe, became our spiritual leader in 2015 and together with his wife Zivah, contributes much to our Kehila.
Kehilat Hakerem Karmiel The Masorti Congregation of Karmiel
Spitzer Center, 4 Sheizaf St,
POB 568, Karmiel 2161402