Kehilat Hadar has been my primary spiritual community for the past 3 years. I attend services there every weekend and on holidays, as well as evening classes during the week, and retreats. The organization is entirely volunteer led, and recently restructured its leadership to be more sustainable and better able to provide programming. It is one of the leanest, most organized and responsible organizations I have ever been a part of, with an exceptional attention to detail.
Kehilat Hadar was the welcoming, egalitarian community I was looking for when I moved to NY. Everyone there was welcoming and made me instantly feel like I belonged. There are always people saying hello and inviting others to Shabbat meals. Kehilat Hadar is also a place that encourages participation. They help anyone who wants to learn to lead davening or to read from the Torah. The people of Kehilat Hadar have become more than just a community of friends. They are my extended family.
A very high quality davening and friendly atmosphere. The commitment to excellent prayer services and attention to detail (sheets with page numbers, meticulous preparation leading to seamless transitions in prayer and highest quality prayer leaders), great leadership training and lay empowerment, all contribute to a positive energy throughout the organization and at their events.
Hadar fills an important need in the Jewish community. It is the only truly traditional yet completely egalitarian congregation I have found in the city. The community is primarily made up of young adults, which for those of us who fit into that category is a very important thing because it provides a valuable social circle; however, it is a welcoming and accepting environment for people of all ages. The leadership does a fantastic job making everything run smoothly, always innovating and coming up with new ideas and programming, and promoting feelings of acceptance and community. They invite suggestions and criticism, and take comments constructively and seriously. The commitment to social action and learning is extraordinary. They run everything in a warm and professional manner.
I used to live on the upper west side and thats how i started going to hadar. It got me interested in judaism again after I stopped doing it (which happened in college). I grew up orthodox and didn't like it - and Hadar introduced me to a community that was different. The hadar community didn't care about labels, about what i believed in and what I did. It was a great once a week connection to the Jewish community. And now i only attend the shavuot retreat. its a wonderful program where I get to go to a summer camp and play sports or learn and most of all pray with my community. Thank you.
Hadar is a wonderful place to pray, and to explore and stretch your Judaism. It is inspiring to be in a room with 150+ young people who are committed to egalitarian prayer. I have made some of my closest friends at Hadar.
It is my community. It is where I feel as a whole Jew in service of G-d and others. This community strives always for growth, bringing together those who are serious about their Judaism.
I spent two years living in New York City and Kehilat Hadar provided me with a strong and supportive community for prayer and Jewish life. During the summer of 2008 I learned at Yeshivat Hadar which transformed and greatly enhanced the way that I learn Jewish texts. It is largely because of Yeshivat Hadar and the faculty that I have decided to spend this year in Israel learning at the Pardes Institute. I have found that Hadar has done an amazing job of attracting the most thoughtful, knowledgeable, and influential staff, several of whom I remain in contact with, and who have helped me make a number of life decision. I believe that Hadar's goals are a necessary project for the modern American Jewish community, and I am continually awed by the pace of their growth and impact on my friends and the larger Jewish community.
Kehilat Hadar is amazing. It provides a prayer and ritual space where all persons are treated with dignity and respect, where one can explore religion and spirituality, and improve skills. It's a supportive community that not only was founded on a unique vision of what's often called "traditional egalitarianism," but is a a community that continues to be innovative, open to new ideas, and constantly re-evaluating to make the experience and the community better for its participants and the wider world.
This is a community that achieves a level of spiritual fulness that I have never found elsewhere in many travels.