Beit Ha’Chidush of Amsterdam
Beit Ha’Chidush (House of Renewal) is an independent Jewish congregation whose roots date back to December 1, 1995 when a diverse group of Jewish people conducted a Friday evening service in a living room in Amsterdam. We seek to celebrate, revive and modernize our Jewish civilization by conducting participatory and egalitarian services. Beit Ha’Chidush is a modern Jewish community for everyone with a Jewish family background. We are a community based on equality: BHC welcomes people with one or two Jewish parents; men, women and any other gender identity; straight or lgbtqi; parents and children; youths and older people.
Three times a month and at festivals, BHC members gather in the attractive Uilenburg synagogue in the former Jewish area in the center of Amsterdam. We celebrate Shabbat and major festivals based on traditional sources. However, we constantly try to find ways to connect to modern life, e.g. from Jewish Renewal and other modern Jewish movements.
Photo by Jacq Carver
The progressive Jewish congregation Beit Ha’Chidush organizes its annual special Pride Shabbat service at the Uilenburg Synagogue, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91, Amsterdam, on the Friday evening preceding the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade. In general, that is the first Friday of August, unless August 1 is a Saturday, in which case it will be Friday evening July 31. On this Shabbat we celebrate LGBTQI sexuality and above all diversity! Before the service we have a potluck dinner. We ask our guests to bring along something to eat (vegetarian / kosher-style). We will provide drinks and pink bubbly. The service will then follow the dinner.
After the service we can talk, nosh and drink in the 18th century Uilenburg Shul. Everyone, Jewish, non-Jewish, LGBTQI or straight is welcome! Registration due to heightened security is obligatory. How to register will be found well in advance at www.beithachidush.nl and on our Facebook group. Baruchiem Haba’iem! Welcome! It will be a beautiful evening.