Kehillat Beit Ha'Chidush



Uilenburg synagogue (1766), Amsterdam


Welcome to the Jewish Community Beit Ha'Chidush

Beit Ha'Chidush (House of Renewal) is an independent Jewish congregation, founded by unaffiliated secular and progressive-religious Jews.

We seek to celebrate, revive and modernize our Jewish civilization by conducting participatory and egalitarian services, by educating ourselves in both traditional and critical Jewish insights, by developing meaningful rituals and ceremonies, and by including thinkers, artists and musicians in this process of renewing our heritage.

We are inspired by the European Hashkala (Jewish Enlightenment) and by the contemporary Reconstructionist, Renewal and Cultural Jewish movements. Our goal is to build a (transnational) community that synthesizes contemporary religious life with the full spectrum of Jewish culture. Our rabbi is Hannah Nathans.

BHC = equality

Beit Ha'Chidush is a modern Jewish community for everyone with a Jewish family background. We are a community based on equality: BHC is welcoming people with one or two Jewish (grand)parents; men and women; straight or gay; parents and children; youths and older people. If your partner is not Jewish you're both welcome. If you have children, they can join our Jewish Sunday classes Ledor Wador ('from generation to generation').

BHC = modernity

Twice a month and with festivals, BHC members gather in the attractive Uilenburger synagogue in the former Jewish area of Amsterdam. We celebrate Shabbat and major festivals based on traditional sources. However, we constantly try to find ways to connect to modern life, e.g. from Jewish Renewal and other modern Jewish movements. For services we use our own Sidur Ha'Chidush (prayer book and order of the service).

BHC = informal

Just come to visit us and experience BHC's informal, warm and enjoyable atmosphere. We have a Kabbalat Shabbat celebration each first Friday of the month at 8 PM, and once a month a Shacharit (Saturday morning) service at 10.30 AM. Please refer to the calendar for the precise dates and place. You can contact us by e-mail or telephone to let us know that you wish to come to the service. If you wish, we can also provide you with some more information.

BHC = democratic

Beit Ha'Chidush is an association with a chosen Board and General Meetings in which all major resolutions are presented to the members.

BHC-services are held in the Uilenburg Synagogue. This building was established in 1766 in the heart of Amsterdam's Jewish quarter. It's located downtown Amsterdam, close to the Jewish Historical Museum, and the Portugese Synagogue at the Waterlooplein.

Uilenburg synagogue, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91, Amsterdam




Let's celebrate Shabbat together!


shabbat, foto met 2 brandende kaarsen




Kabbalat Shabbat-service

Monthly, every first Friday evening we celebrate Kabbalat at the Uilenburg synagogue
Start: 8.00 p.m. - Oneg ca. 9.30 p.m.

For more information see also the calendar on the Dutch page.


Monthly, two weekends after our Kabbalat Shabbat-service, we celebrate Shacharit on Saturday morning at the Uilenburg synagogue.

Start: 09:30 a.m.

However in 2014 there are two exceptions: In august the Shacharit will be on the 23rd and in october the Shacharit will be on the 25th.

And furthermore we celebrate all Jewish holidays!

For more information see also the calendar on the Dutch page.






(from generation to generation)


Ledor Wador juni 2013

Our wonderful teachers Marcella Levie (right) and Yael Peles (in black-rosa) with the Ledor Wador-kids


Ledor Wador is BHC's playfull learning program for kids from 6 to 13
(including Bar/Bat Mitsvah training).

New classes start in September 2014!

Please contact for more information: Marcella Levie



Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson singing Ledor Wador


Our new Sidur

The second edition of the BHC Sidur is available now.
This corrected edition has a sturdier, but still flexible cover. Two prayers have been added: one for Israel and one for democracy.
These prayers also are printed on a separate page, which can be easily enclosed at the inside of the back cover in the first edition with a the provided sticking strip.

To order the sidur

email to:
Please note your complete name and address in the mail. Costs: members and friends: € 32,50; others

€ 42,50. Mailing costs: within the Netherlands: €5,00/ abroad: €11,00
Pay before sending at NL82INGB0005713784 Beit Ha'Chidush - please note Sidur.

Through the same e-mailaddress and procedure obtainable: the page with the two added prayers.
Costs: €2,50, mailing included.
Both items also available previous to our services at the Uilenburgersynagoge; cash or filled out bank form only.



General information or information about membership, becoming a friend or benefactor please contact:




ING Bank accountnr.: NL64 INGB 0007 3611 68 

Service schedule
directions to locations, Ledor Wador


Board and Commitees


Rabbi Hannah Nathans



Marcella Levie

+31 (0)20-6241523



see page organisatie



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Beit Ha'Chidush
Postbus 10759
1001 ET Amsterdam
KvK 41217431




Kabbalat Shabbat
Elke eerste vrijdag van de maand
20.00 uur
Uilenburger Synagoge
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91


Shabbat ochtend




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