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Ohel Jacob Synagogue

The Ohel Jacob Synagogue (“Tent of Jacob”) was founded in 1934 by a small Jewish group of Ashkenazic origin from Central Europe. This group of Jews, mostly Poles, would play a remarkable role in the dynamization of this religious space, a singular synagogue, characterized by its openness to the outside, tolerance and understanding for Jews of all origins, especially the integration of the descendants of Marranos – or b’nei Anusim –, these sons of the “forced” .
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Hehaver Community

After the Law of Separation of State and Church and the new Constitution (1911), it is finally allowed to approve the Statutes of the first Jewish congregation in Lisbon, which is unfolded in innumerable private initiatives, and it is in this context that the Association of Israelite Youth Hehaber is founded, in 1925. An institution that began by encompassing “social and recreational activities, etc., which brought together both young Sephardic Jews and the Ashkenazi who came later.”
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Progressive Judaism

The Religion of Israel is a standard and for the Jew it means to take a positive attitude toward life and the world, because he understands it as a purpose. The Jew trusts in God and accepts His work. However, the Jew does not close his eyes to evil, nor to the suffering in the world including the suffering he has himself experienced, in turn, in his own body. Despite this, the Jew persists in his trust in the Lord – this is the Jewish godliness, its happiness, its strength and its spiritual treasure.

.מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל

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Weekly Portion פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ

Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (Proverbs 24:14). The Torah generally refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These books make up the history of the Jewish people. These ancient stories deal with science, history, philosophy, ritual, and ethics. They include stories of individuals, families, wars, slavery and more. Virtually no subject was taboo for the Torah. Going through these stories is the only lens through which the Jewish people saw their world and their God. The adaptation of these stories to current reality surpasses the world view and acts as a manual of ethical and personal survival in this intensely controversial panorama through which we feel so often disoriented. (Adapted
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Shabbat is the most important ritual observance in Judaism. It is the only ritual observance instituted in the Ten Commandments. It is also the most important special day.
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The Ohel Jacob Library is divided into two distinct collections, one historical and one modern, containing over 600 titles with part available for consultation in an integrated system.

Ohel Jacob at EUPJ

The World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), established in London in 1926, is the international governing body for Judaism reform, liberation, progression and reconstruction movements, serving 1,200 congregations in more than 50 countries, making it the largest Jewish affiliate movement in the world with 1.8 million members. The European Union for Progressive Judaism (EUPJ) is one of seven regions of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, a one-way organization based in Jerusalem that connects and supports more than 170 liberal, progressive and reform communities in 17 European countries. The Israeli Youth Association Hehaver – Ohel Jacob Synagogue won the position of affiliated member WUPJ / EUPJ on April 2016, and for the first time took part of the Biennial Conference in May 2018.
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