Or Ha Lev Jewish Renewal Congregation

Or Ha Lev (Light of the Heart) was established in 2011 as the only Jewish Renewal-affiliated congregation in Northern New Jersey. Currently located in Succasunna, NJ, our twin missions are —

  • engagement with Judaism and Jewish spirituality, and
  • the practice of “Deep Ecumenism” (meaningful interfaith relationships).

At Or Ha Lev, we welcome all who wish to worship, to participate in social action activities, and/or to attend lifelong learning classes.

We welcome everyone: those who may be affiliated with other congregations, the unaffiliated, those seeking a spiritual path;  individuals, couples, families with children. We welcome interfaith families and are a LGBTQ-welcoming community. Our facilities are HP-accessible.

Creative worship services are enhanced by a musical ensemble, meditation and lively Torah discussions – often followed by a festive oneg or a potluck lunch. We celebrate Jewish holidays together and gather for regular monthly Sunday morning study sessions and book group meetings. Or Ha Lev also has occasional Havdalah services to mark the end of Shabbat, followed by educational programs. We often collaborate with area churches and mosques on social action and study projects.

Membership also provides an opportunity to be involved in an active community that encourages participation and invites you to step into community leadership roles.

To introduce yourself or for more information, please contact Rabbi Debra Smith.

Members of Or Ha Lev