Who We Are
Rabbi Shear-Yeshuv Cohen, the chief rabbi of Haifa, has described us "an exceptional community consisting of members of the Technion faculty, new immigrants,... as well as long-time Israelis from many different backgrounds. The project that they have undertaken is holy in every sense..."
Maor Yehuda Congregation was established in 1978 by immigrants from English-speaking countries, from Switzerland and from France, who wished to carry on the positive aspects of Jewish communal life found in the Diaspora in their new home in Israel.
The synagogue is named after Prof. Yehuda Landau, an American physicist at the Technion who was one of the people instrumental in setting up the minyan. Yehuda passed away in 1981, before he could see the final fruits of his labours.
For the first twenty years of its life, the minyan was located in a variety of places, including the bomb shelter of a school.
In 1989 the city of Haifa granted us a plot of land in Ramat Almogi on the ridge of Mount Carmel that looks out over the Bay of Haifa northward all the way to Rosh Hanikra on the Lebanese border. Using funds provided by our members, private gifts, and some State grants, we built a synagogue and community room that were ready for occupancy by Rosh Hashanah, 1998.
Located between the Technion (The Israel Institute of Technology) and the University of Haifa, we serve the needs of our 75 plus member families and those of our secular neighbours, including the residents of more than 1,000 newly completed homes in the area. In addition, we welcome families spending a sabbatical at one of Haifa's universities, high-tech campuses, or R&D centers.
In 1999 The Jerusalem Post included an article about us in its supplement on non-profit organizations in Israel.
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