Why Kamatz


Israeli society has experienced significant change over the last 20 years with more and more people seeking to become involved in Judaism – Judaism which is open, significant and relevant to them.  These people are looking for a variety of ways to connect with Judaism and often feel that existing religious services fail to provide a satisfactory solution.  At the same time, we are witness to changes in Israeli culture and values; these changes are encouraging individualism and competitiveness, and create an atmosphere of alienation and remoteness.  In response, many people  in Israel are searching for a community framework that offers a sense of belonging, that develops responsibility and leadership and that will present a value filled agenda.


Kehilat Mevasseret Zion (Kamatz קמץ), has been a member of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism since it was established 17 years ago,  Since its establishment, Kamatz has been providing Mevasseret Tzion and its surrounding communities, an area known for its many different Jewish ethnicities and cultures, with a Jewish alternative that is egalitarian and pluralistic.  Kamatz offers a multitude of religious, cultural, social and educational activities to its members and to the broader community.  Those seeking prayer services which are egalitarian and at the same time integrates tradition and innovation, will find a synagogue that offers services on Shabbatot and holidays.  Those seeking opportunities to study contemporary Judaism and the relationship between Judaism and “Israelism” are invited to our cultural center and its variety of courses. Kamatz offers a variety of opportunities to be involved in Tikkun Olam and to improve the society we live in.  Kamatz operates nursery and kindergarten classes and a youth group in order to provide a pluralistic Jewish education to its children.


Kamatz aspires to allow many Israelis the opportunity to revive their Jewish identity, and to join the effort to make Mevasseret Zion and Israeli society in general into a place that is more just, open and rooted in core values.

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Dedication of the new Synagogue

by J. Rollings



פעילות הקהילה מתקיימת בתמיכת הסוכנות היהודית לא"י, המגבית היהודית מטרו-וסט, התנועה ליהדות מתקדמת בישראל, WRJ , האיגוד העולמי ליהדות מתקדמת ותורמים פרטיים.