Haifa: Religious life
Haifa has a wide variety of religious communities ranging from Hassidic
(Vishnitz, Habad), Haredi, Religious Zionists, Masorati,and all other
shades. In most neighborhoods the population is mixed but there are a
number of areas in Haifa where there are religious communities with a
concentration of English speaking olim. These communities are interspersed
within the non-religious population and are well integrated, as individuals
and as communities, within the general population. For those seeking the
services needed to conduct a full religious life at their own level and are also
interested in all the amenities which a big city can offer, Ahuza and Neve
Shaanan are excellent choices.

The Ahuza area runs from the Central Carmel to Denya the up-scale villa
neighborhood near Haifa University. Neve Shaanan is the large area
facing the Haifa Bay near the Technion. Also Kiryat Shmuel, a largely
religious suburb in the Haifa Bay area, is a viable alternative. Generally
speaking, English speaking olim are spread out all over metropolitan Haifa
and can be found in every neighborhood, but for those seeking religious
community life the above three areas provide the best alternatives.

Ahuza has over twenty orthodox synagogues, as well as active conservative and
reform congregations. There is an excellent local municipal religious
elementary school for boys and girls. There are four first-rate religious high
schools in Haifa, two for boys and two for girls, and even more in the greater
Haifa area. There is an active, bustling Bnai Akiva snif in the neighborhood,
with children from fourth grade through senior high school, and it provides
them with a strong and binding social, educational and ideological framework .
The Ahuza synagogues sponsor joint holiday celebrations and events and
publish a bimonthly community journal. There is a rich variety of shiurim On
offer, including several Daf Yomi groups.
The English-speaking religious community in Ahuza is very involved in local
activities and holds leadership positions in many synagogues and other
institutions. They are warm and welcoming to newcomers.

Neve Shaanan has a large, vibrant religious community which boasts a
community center with round the clock activities. The large local Bnai Akiva
snif meets there. Neve Shaanan has a large religious elementary school for
girls and boys, and many synagogues. The municipal religious girls high
school is located in Neve Shaanan, and the community also boasts a haredi
mini-market. The religious population of Neve Shaanan is
concentrated around ages.

Kiryat Shmuel is a largely religious neighborhood where secular people are a
definite minority. Some streets are closed On Shabbat.

Haifa has a wide range of educational institutions, from nursery to university,
including programs for special needs children, and many choices are available
both in the secular and the religious streams. There are too many secular
options to list here but a variety of religious educational institutions in Ahuza
and Neve Shaanan are available as follows:

Ganim: there are excellent religious creches (maonot) and kindergarten
(ganim) available in both neighborhoods and some of the secular gamin have
rich traditional programs.

Elementary Schools:  the Carmel School (Netiv Eliezer) in Ahuza, and the
Rambam School in Neve Shaanan, are state religious elementary schools for
boys and girls with a religious Zionist orientation. Some of the elementary
school age children in Haifa attend the Barkai school (run by a national
religious school organization) with separate classes for boys and girls which is
located in Kiryat Eliezer - about 15 minutes away from Ahuza and Neve
Shaanan. Another alternative is Beyachad.

High Schools: for girls ֲ– Ironi Vav is the municipal religious girl's high school
located in Neve Shaanan. There is also a Tzvia High School (run by a national
religious school organization) for girls, located in the Hadar. For boys, Yavne
is the state religious Yeshiva High School and it is relatively close to both
neighborhoods, and theBranco-Weiss Torah High School is close by On the
Carmel.In addition, there are a number of outstanding secular high schools (
Reali, Hugim and Leo Beck) nearby as well as municipal high schools.
Other communities:
Catholic church
Melkite church
Christian communities
Ahmedist cult
Bahai  religion
Shabbat times in Haifa
Sunset hours in Haifa
Calendar of holidays
Kosher restaurants and cafés
select the Kosher ones On the site

or On our page Kosher restaurants
after our verification that the restaurant is supervised
by the Rabbinate
Haifa Synagogues
Synagogues in the North
Moatsa Datit Haifa Religious Council,  Herzl 60, Haifa
Sunday-Thursday 8:00-15:00,
also On Tuesday 16:00-18:00
Haifa Chief Rabbi Shaar Yeshuv Cohen 048605606
Haifa Chief Rabbi Shlomo Chelouche 048605603
Rabbi Abraham Weizman, president of the Religious
Council 048605600
Mr. David Metzger, Office of the President 048605610
Mr Eli  Rottenberg, Treasurer 048605614
Ms. Fruchter Marlka Accounting
048605608 Rabbi Kawai Secretariat 04864118
Encyclopedia Yehudit

Conversion to judaism

Chief rabbis of Haifa
Rav Sha'ar Yeshuv -Hacohen
Rav Shlomo Shlomo Chelouche zl
Chief Rabbi of Haifa Shlomo Shalush passed away
aged 76 on nov 5 201
Rav Hershkowicz, Ahuza
Achuza congregation MAKA
Rav Zini, Yeshiva Orvishua, Neve Sheanan
-activities of the Yeshiva during the 2nd Lebanon war
-9 b av at the Yeshiva
Or Chadash Congregation, progressive Judaism,
Maor Yehuda congregation, Achuza
Moriah Congregation

Preparation for Bar-Mitsvah
Funerals Hevra Kadisha
ֲ« We, Abraham's children, must open our hearts and minds to the call of peace and
love, must bless and be blessed in the name of G-d: SHALOM-PEACEֲ».
Haifa's chief rabbi , Sha'ar-Yeshuv Hacohen
Our best wishes for Passover
Lag B'Omer, in Haifa or at Meron close to  Haifa
Some  precautions
Hag Shavuoth Sameach
Tikkun Leil Shavuoth in  synagogues
Halachot for Shavuoth

Study, lectures, pannels, music, prayers, Rappoport auditorium
Amami Cinema, Neve Sheanan Religious Centre, Reali High
Av  9 : sunset ,  end of the fast
Sukkot Hag Sameach!
As every year you can  build your sukkah on the pavement, provided you
leave some space for pedestrians
Pourim   some special events
click to enlarge the invitations
Haifa Chief Rabbi Shear Yishuv Cohen,
the first Jew to address a synod of Catholic bishops
Kol Nidre
Sukkoth Halachot
Lectures on judaism are listed in our monthly
Rosh HaShana
Nous vous souhaitons une douce et heureuse annee
Yom Kippur
Gmar Hatima Tova
The  young people are coming back to
Achuzah, and invite you to follow them
Life of communities
Invitations, Shabbat and holidays
Tu B'Shvat
Practical informations
Judaism in Haifa
Ahuza – The New Community for  New Olim in Haifa
Neve Sheanan:
-the main original synagogue,
-three modern orthodox synagogues in the religious
community center
-two more synagogues in the school buildings + one Sephardic
minyan in a separate small building.
- another synagogue accross the street
Women’s classes
-midrasha for women and a kollel for men at Technion
-community center:activities as well as lectures  open to all.
On Tuesday mornings three different classes’ only for women
given by three different teachers.
- women’s group on Shabbat that has lectures on Parshat
Hashavua in Hebrew in the center. There is also a small
English speaking group of women who learn together on
Shabbat afternoon.
Haifa Great Synagogue
Herzl, Hadar
Ohel Bracha
Shimkin, Ahuza
Neve Sheanan Religious Cultural Center
Eichal Eliezer
Einstein, Ahuza
Ohel Aaron
Dome, Central Carmel synagogue
Derech HaYam
Neve Sheanan Ramot Remez
Some beautiful synagogues
Ahead of Yom Kippur, Ynet asks 10 leading architects to select the 10 most beautiful
and special temples in Jewish state, each with its own character and beauty
Ohel Yaakov Synagogue, Zichron Yaacov
Megillat Or Synagogue, Caesarea  
Ohel Aharon Synagogue, Haifa
The Great Synagogue, Mazkeret Batya
Central Synagogue, Nazareth Illit
Old Romemma
New Israel
Oren, Romemma Ramat Ben Gurion
Or Hadash
HaPrachim, Romema, Ramat Ben Gurion
Ahuza main synagogue
Ohel Shem
Heine Carmelyia
Arlosorov, Hadar
Rabbi Akiva
Rabbi Akiva, Hadar
The Haifa Great Synagogue is undergoing renovation. The project aims to
restore this magnificent urban synagogue built at the time of the british Mandate
and return it to a place of centrality in the spiritual and cultural life of Haifa and
the North.
The Haifa fundation is also renovating the
Yeshiva Hassidei Gur courtyard
Vishnitz district
Moriah Congregation, Horev street
Heichal Elyahu, HaTamar
Johnny Mathis - Kol Nidre
Neil Diamond - The Jazz Singer
Kol Nidrei - The Moroccan Version
Moishe Oysher sings "Kol Nidre" - 1939 Yiddish film
Best Kol Nidrei
Stjepan Hauser - Kol Nidrei (Live)
Jacqueline du Pré - Kol Nidrei Op. 47 - Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei Max Bruch (1.st part)
Max Bruch - Kol Nidrei
Kol Nidrei
Pablo Casals - Kol Nidrei (1923)
Bruch - Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra

בְּראשׁ  הַשָּׁנָה  יִכָּתֵבוּן . וּבְיום  צום  כִּפּוּר  יֵחָתֵמוּ

Places of prayer in Haifa and in the North
organized by the Ministry of media and diaspora,
Tsohar, BeYahad, Matnassim, Or Thorah
Or in a synagogue in your neighbourhood-
New immigrants are most welcome in all religious congregations and communities.
Some of these congregations have explicitly requested the people responsible for
aliyah in Haifa to invite olim hadashim for festivals and activities
Ahuza synagogues  Rabbin professeur Danny Hershkowicz  orthodoxe
Updated program of activities in English
Ahuza – la nouvelle communaute pour nouveaux immigrants a Haifa orthodoxe

Or ViShua yeshiva and Technion synagogue Rabbin Eliyahu Zini, orthodoxe

Moriah  congregation  masorati Rabbi Duby Hayyon.

"Or Hadash",
The Lyons Center for Progressive Judaism . Rabbi Dr. Edgar Nof  

Congregation Ohel Avraham,   reformed, Rabbi Gabby Dagan
Ministry of religious services
How to find the place of burial of a loved one
List of cemeteries and persons to contacts at Hevra Kadisha
Shabbat times,
Sunset hours,
Calendar of holidays
Holidays in Haifa
Elijah's cave
Elijah's cave
Gutenberg's Bible
Masorti Congregations in the North
Haifa- Moriah
Kiriat Bialik- Hakrayot
Nahariya- Yad Meir
Ramat Yishai- Succat Shalom
Upper Nazareth- Beit El
Karmiel- Hakerem
Safed- Shalva
Kibbutz Hannaton
Kfar Vradim- Minyan Mishpachti
Zichron Yaakov- Ve'Ahavta
Kibbutz Metzuba (Holidays Only)
Kibbutz Malkiya (Holidays Only)
Kibbutz Eylon (Holidays Only)
Preparing for Pessach
Making your dishes kosher Agalat Kelim
Great Synagogue, Herzl 7, April 9 and 10, 9:00-17:45
Ramat Vizhnitz, April 10, 14:00-18:00, April 13, 9:00-20:00
Upper Hadar
Knesset Israel Synagogue, Rashi  1, April 10,10:00-19: 30, April 11, 10:00-14:00, April 13, 10:00-19:30
-Neve Sheanan
Rambam  School, Beit Chabad esplanade, April 13, 10:00-14:00
Ramot Remez-
Great Synagogue, April 13, 10:00-19:00
Ein HaYam
Yeshiva HaHaim Ledavid, HaHege July 10th April 18:00 11:00 p.m. on April 13, 17:00-24:00
Synagogue Elyiahu HaBavi, April 13, 9:00-16:00
Kiryat Shmuel-
Great Synagogue, April 11, 7:00-14, 00, April 13, 8:00-17:00
Tunisian synagogue, Frumer Street, April 11, 7:00-14, 00, April 13, 7:00-19:00

Sale of chametz,
from April 2 to 13, 10:00-12:00, Rabanut Herzl 60, or with the Rabbi  of your neighbourhood