Welcome to Congregation Or Chadash, the Chicagoland synagogue serving lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender/transsexual Jews, their families, friends and loved ones.Membership is open to everyone. Congregation Or Chadash is a Jewish religious organization whose purpose is to provide a warm, affirming, Jewish community where all people can feel welcome.
To accomplish this mission, Or Chadash will:
Remember that it was founded as an answer to the prejudice that gay and lesbian Jews experienced in other synagogues;
Strive to ensure that no Jew experiences prejudice within our community;
Maintain affiliations with the Union for Reform Judaism and the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews : Keshet Ga'avah;
Build strong ties within the greater Jewish community of the metropolitan Chicago area;
Dedicate itself to the basic obligations of Jewish life, including:
Respecting the contributions of people of all generations
Sharing the life-cycle events of its members
Celebrating Shabbat and the holidays
Fostering prayer with sincerity
Visiting the sick
Comforting the bereaved
Encouraging the study of Torah
Congregation Or Chadash is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and the World Congress of GLBT Jews.