Project Description

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.

Pride Shabbat

Photo by Jacq Carver

Beit HaChidush of Amsterdam the Netherlands will organize Pride Shabbat on Friday evening August 3, 2018, celebrating LGBTQI sexuality & diversity, at the Uilenburger Synagogue, Nieuwe Uilenburgstraat 91.
Our gates open at 6 pm & a potluck dinner will start at 6:30 pm. We ask you to bring vegetarian / kosher-style food. We will provide drinks and for the oneg a glass of pink bubbly.
The service begins at 8 pm.
Afterwards we can talk, nosh & drink in our 18th century shul.
Everyone, Jewish or not, LGBTQI or straight, is welcome!
Services will be led by Peter Luijendijk.
Jelle Zijlstra is our cantor.
Register at
Baruchiem Haba’iem! Welcome!
We ask everyone who can to sponsor the Pride Shabbat oneg collectively, contributing by bank transfer to the BHC account number NL64INGB0007361168 mentioning Pride Shabbat 2018.
If you are planning a visit to Amsterdam Pride, let us welcome you to Pride Shabbat.

Bob Newmark
Bob NewmarkLongtime Member
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with Bob (he/him/his) if you are interested in joining Beit Ha’Chidush in any capacity – for longterm involvement or if you’re visiting Amsterdam and would like to meet some friends.
Rabbi Tamarah Benima
Rabbi Tamarah BenimaRabbi at Beit Ha'Chidush
Do you need pastoral care, or spiritual guidance? Is there a life cycle event at the door, for example a marriage, or a birth? Do you have a question about a Jewish subject? Do you want to learn about Judaism? Or do you just want a conversation about what you are doing? Please contact Rabbi Tamarah Benima (she/her/hers).
Jacq Carver
Jacq CarverBeit Ha'Chidush Member
Originally from London, Jacq (they, them, theirs) has lived for a long time in Amsterdam. Jacq is an activist for LGBTQIA+ rights and inclusion. They are a part of the Global Interfaith Network and were instrumental in the creation of the book, “Behold, I make all things new: What do the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam really say in regard to human sexuality?”