About Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue
Nehar Shalom is a place where mistakes are holy, and perfection eschewed in favor of participation and empowerment. It is safe at Nehar Shalom to take risks toward personal and spiritual fulfillment. All are encouraged to feel the nachas, the soul-pleasure, of reading Torah, of leading prayer, of sharing insights on Torah and life.
Our davening, our manner of prayer, is traditional in form, primarily in Hebrew, filled with spirit and song.
Seeking to reflect God’s Oneness and to see God’s image in each person, our defining values include a commitment to social justice, to inclusion, to equality of men and women, and to striving to transcend differences and recognize each other’s gifts. We welcome interfaith families and offer a safe place of worship and belonging to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Jews.
Nehar Shalom draws on the warmth of the traditional shtibl, but strives to be more, more inclusive and more responsive to the world. Committed to social justice, Nehar Shalom is a place from which Jews can respond as Jews to the needs of the wider community and of the world in which we live. Building bridges with people of other faiths and communities, Nehar Shalom values learning about and from each other, while pursuing together tikkun olam, repair of the world.