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Thoughtful Jewish Living

When we say “thoughtful,” we mean thinking and caring. We aim for both.

At a time when in many Orthodox circles people seem to be discouraged from doing so, we assert that an observant Jew is meant to think.  Think about why we do what we do. Think about the real challenges of living in modernity while committed to Torah, written and oral.  Think about the impact of ideas, norms, and Jewish principles on who we are—and how who we – might impact on those as well.  Think and rethink the what, how and why of our lives.  Our rabbi invests much of his teaching and speaking to encouraging this, and we oblige him. This approach has drawn many people to our congregation.

And we are a caring community. We look after one another, young and old. We care and support Jews beyond our borders too. There’s a heimish feel to the congregation, and we like it that way.

Whatever your stage of life, whatever rung you hold on the ladder of Jewish observance, there is a place waiting for you at Hebrew Institute of White Plains. We are—by intent—a diverse community. Young and old, men and women, those with extensive Jewish backgrounds and those with less. Such diversity broadens our perspective, and helps to ensure we’re meeting the needs—and supporting the spiritual growth—of all members. That includes helping both men and women to find personal fulfillment in the ritual, spiritual, social, and intellectual paths within Judaism.

We believe a Modern Orthodox community should be warm, supportive, refreshingly open, people-loving, G-d serving, and menschlech—and should help its members to embody these attributes, as well.

The Hebrew Institute is no newcomer to this philosophy. We have been serving the White Plains Jewish community as an open, welcoming Modern Orthodox synagogue since our founding in 1915. From the very first gathering at the back of Isaac Leven’s furniture store, the Hebrew Institute has been more than an institution—it’s been a community, with shared purpose. Today, under the guiding hand of our rabbi, Chaim Marder, that’s truer than ever. More and more, the individuals and families who join us do so because they want to be part of a shul that stands for a fresh, inclusive view of community, of Modern Orthodoxy, of people—of life.