“kol Israel arevim ze baze”. All of Israel is responsible for one another.
Congregation Ahavat Olam, a new non-affiliated Jewish house of worship opens to the Merrimack Valley and surrounding community.
The members of Congregation Ahavat Olam “Share one Judaism, one God, one Torah, and one Family.”
Congregation Ahavat Olam is led by Rabbi Idan Irelander, a beloved spiritual leader, and multi-talented musician. “Congregation Ahavat Olam is a place where individuals and families will find a home filled with the spirit of “Eternal Love” (in Hebrew “Ahavat Olam),” says Rabbi Idan.
The very definition of Ahavat Olam is Everlasting Love, but also a prayer that acknowledges God’s timeless love toward Israel and all people. Ahavat Olam is a phrase that calls us to action, to love all humankind, and this fully captures the vision, practice, and essence of Congregation Ahavat Olam. Our name, Congregation Ahavat Olam, is not just a name, it is our philosophy for being ‘Everlasting Love’ is an integral part of who we are as a community and our responsibility to that end.
“I have always felt that by classifying different streams in Judaism, we create an artificial division among Jews. At Congregation Ahavat Olam, we practice one Judaism that transcends any single denomination, one that unites people with varying identities and celebrates the best our tradition has to offer. After all, our people share one Judaism, one God, one Torah, and one family.” — Rabbi Idan