Chabad on the Coast and More Tel Aviv Synagogues

Chabad on the Coast and More Tel Aviv Synagogues

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Looking for a synagogue in Tel Aviv? We’ve got you covered! Whether you’re just visiting, making Aliyah , or a native Israeli, we’ve compiled a list of 11 synagogues where you can expect a warm welcome and an inclusive community. These synagogues cater to the most devout to those still discovering their religious identity. 

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The Tel Aviv International Synagogue

The Tel Aviv International Synagogue (TAIS) is a modern orthodox synagogue. One of the defining features of TAIS is its commitment to inclusivity and diversity – and as a result, TAIS has become a spiritual home for Jews from more than 30 countries around the world!

Chabad on the Coast

Chabad on the Coast is the first English-speaking Chabad House in central Tel Aviv. Led by Rabbi Eli and his wife Sara, the center offers Shabbat and holiday services with meals, Torah classes, children’s programs, social events and more.

 

Chabad on the Coast's logo - from Facebook

The Great Synagogue

First built in the 1920s and then renovated in the 1970s, the Great Synagogue boasts stunning architecture characterized by its grand dome, elegant arches, and beautiful stained glass windows. Throughout the years, it has served as a place of prayer, celebration, and communal gathering.

 

External view of the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv, featuring tall arches and decorated walls
External view of the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv, featuring tall arches and decorated walls

The North Central Synagogue

The North Central Synagogue is a religious Zionist synagogue that was founded in 1936. It has a welcoming vibe that caters for local young communities, veteran Israelis and new olim.

Yachad Tel Aviv Community

Yachad Tel Aviv Community can be found at Zietlin High School where they have established the Yachad liberal orthodox synagogue. With a large number of unconventional families including many LGBT+ members, they hold weekly Shabbat services and services for the High Holy days. To contact Yachad, join their community of more than 2000 members on Facebook!

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Ichud Shivat Zion

Ichud Olam, located at the historic Ichud Shivat Zion Synagogue, is a modern orthodox and Zionist community founded in the year 2000. Composed of young families and young professionals from diverse backgrounds, its members come from all across the religious spectrum.

Goren Shul

Goren Shul, also known as Goren Synagogue, is an orthodox synagogue founded in the 1950s by Major General Rabbi Shlomo Goren, the first Chief Rabbi of the IDF. Rabbi Goren was famous for bridging the gap between the religious and non-religious, and his goal was for his congregation to always be open to visitors. Consequently.

Rosh Yehudi

Rosh Yehudi is a unique and modern Jewish synagogue. The community has a large number of French speakers and is considered a major French olim synagogue.

Rosh Yehudi Synagogue's logo - from Facebook

Kehillat Sinai

Kehillat Sinai is a vibrant Masorti conservative-egalitarian Jewish congregation. A branch of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel, they are proud of their diverse community, whose members include young and old, individuals and families, men, women, LGBT+, olim and native Israelis. Members of their kellihat (community) come from all corners of the world.Masorti Foundation logo - blue and yellow - from Facebook

Yakar

Yakar Tel Aviv is a modern orthodox synagogue whose services combine traditional liturgy with contemporary interpretations, allowing worshippers to engage with Jewish tradition in a meaningful and relevant way. 

Neve Tzedek Shul

Neve Tzedek Shul, or Neve Schechter, is a Masorti conservative-egalitarian synagogue located in the picturesque neighborhood of Neve Tzedek. Established in the late 19th century, Neve Tzedek Shul served as a spiritual and communal center for the early residents of the neighborhood, many of whom were Jewish immigrants seeking refuge and opportunity in Israel. 

Led by Israeli-Italian Rabbi Roberto Arbib, the Masorti congregation of Neve Tzedek aspires to create a community that is pluralistic, egalitarian, and welcoming to encourage spiritual growth in a non-coercive environment. 

In Conclusion

There are many synagogues to be found all across the city of Tel Aviv and it can be daunting to choose where to have your first Friday night Shabbat service. If you’re new, the hardest part is taking the plunge to introduce yourself and mingle with a new community. Any of the synagogues listed above, and many more not mentioned, will provide a warm welcome. B’hatzlacha!