Philosophy


The North Shore Jew­ish Community/​Congregation Har El is an egal­i­tar­ian Con­ser­v­a­tive con­gre­ga­tion com­bin­ing spir­i­tu­al­ity with a deep sense of tra­di­tion. Har El is a mem­ber of the United Syn­a­gogue of Con­ser­v­a­tive Judaism and fol­lows its guide­lines.
The facil­i­ties con­sist of a Syn­a­gogue, Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, meet­ing space and School.

Mission Statement:

Har El, the North Shore Centre for Jewish Life strives to nurture progressive Jewish spiritual and cultural identity. We endeavor to achieve this through building a warm, welcoming, inclusive, and open-minded Jewish home for all.

Vision Statement:

Har El, The North Shore Centre for Jewish Life will be a place:

  • With many doors leading in
  • Free of judgement, where every person with a Jewish spirit is welcome and valued
  • Where people can celebrate Jewish worship and lifecycle events
  • Where people can congregate in ways that are important to them, be it based on ritual, social, cultural or otherwise
  • That will help ensure the perpetual presence of our community and pass on our values from generation to generation
  • That proudly demonstrates solidarity with the State of Israel
  • That recognizes its role within the larger local community