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.