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Bewegung für progressives Judentum
1020 Wien, Robertgasse 2, Tel: 967-1329
E-Mail: orchadasch@hotmail.com


OR CHADASCH

New Synagogue Opens

In February 2004 the first Progressive Jewish Synagogue in the history of Vienna opened its gates at Robertgasse 2, in the traditionally Jewish Second District.
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Tree of Life Needs Sponsors

A Tree of Life has taken a prominent place in our new synagogue. But its leaves are still bare, and therefore we need your help.
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Or Chadasch
The Jewish Liberal Community of Vienna, Austria

1020 Vienna, Robertgasse 2, Information: Tel: (+43 1) 967-1329
Internet: http://orchadasch.go.to
Email: orchadasch@hotmail.com

Our egalitarian erev shabbat service followed by oneg shabbat is held every Friday in the second district of Vienna, Robertgasse 2 at 7 p.m.  Unless otherwise indicated the service is led by members of the congregation.

We are a Progressive Jewish congregation, founded in 1991 and affiliated with the World Union of Progressive Judaism. We emphasize worship, social action,  tzedakah, and study, providing a basis upon which to make informed choices that are the hallmark of Progressive Judaism. We worship, seek God, and celebrate our Jewish heritage in an egalitarian and inclusive atmosphere. We are a diverse congregation, and we would like to welcome you to join in with us.

Visitors are welcome at all our events!

What do Progressive Jews believe? What do Progressive Jews do? If anyone were to attempt to answer these two questions authoritatively for all Progressive Jews, that person's answer would have to be false. Why? Because one of the guiding principles of Progressive Judaism is the autonomy of the individual. As a Progressive Jew, one has the right to decide whether one can subscribe to this particular belief or to that particular practice.

But there is a historic body of beliefs and practices that is recognized as Jewish. We Jews have survived centuries of exile and persecution as well as centuries of unparalleled spiritual and intellectual creativity because we have always thought of ourselves as a people created "in the image of God," dedicated to tikkun olam—the improvement of the world. And the particular beliefs and practices that have traditionally identified us as Jews have enabled us not only to survive creatively but also to connect with the God "who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this moment."

We Progressive Jews are heirs to this vast body of beliefs and practices. We differ from more ritually observant Jews because we recognize that our sacred heritage has evolved and adapted over the centuries and that it must continue to do so. And we also recognize that if Judaism were not capable of evolution, of reform, it could not survive.

Progressive Judaism accepts and, in fact, encourages pluralism. Judaism has never demanded uniformity of belief or practice. But we must never forget that whether we are Reform, Progressive, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Modern Orthodox, or Ultra-Orthodox, we are all an essential part of K'lal Yisrael—the worldwide community of Jewry. All Jews have an obligation to study the traditions that have been entrusted to us and to observe those mitzvot—those sacred and time-hallowed acts—that have meaning for us today and that can ennoble our lives, as well as those of our families and communities.

It is our mitzvot that put us in touch with Abraham and Sarah; with Moses, Hillel, and the Jews of fifth-century Babylonia, twelfth-century Spain, and eighteenth-century Poland, and with the Jews of twentieth-century in Israel and the Diaspora.