"Why is this community different from all other communities?" (Adapted from the Four Questions of Passover)
Frequently asked questions
What is OHEL?
OHEL is a new kind of Jewish community. We are passionate, progressive, and pluralistic strive every day to live up to these values. People, just like you, come into THE TENT everyday to learn, pray, sing, dance, celebrate, drink coffee, schmooze, hang out, and take a deep breath.
Why are we called "OHEL" (THE TENT)?
OHEL is the Hebrew word for "tent." In the Ethics of our Fathers (1:5) Yose ben Yochanan says, "May your home be open wide." According to Rabbeinu Yonah, our homes should be modeled after Abraham and Sarah's tent, which was open on all four sides. We strive to embody this ideal by ensuring that everyone is welcome, no one is judged and there are no barriers to participation.
Where does OHEL meet?
Each week we celebrate Shabbat at the Parkland Recreational and Enrichment Center in Parkland, Florida. During the week much of our learning happens at Rabbi David's home. Very often we pray, learn and celebrate in our friends' homes, on the sports fields, in coffee shops, and on the beach.
Is there a rabbi at OHEL?
I am a member of a synagogue, can I come into THE TENT?
I am a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Is there a place for me in THE TENT?
We are an interfaith family. Is there a place for us in THE TENT?
I am not religious but I am spiritual. Is there a place for me in THE TENT?
Are young children welcome in THE TENT?
Can I have my child's bar/bat mitzvah celebration in THE TENT?
Do you celebrate other lifecycle events in THE TENT?
How can I participate in THE TENT from home or work?
Do you use musical instruments during services and celebrations?
What is appropriate dress for services and celebrations?
Do you serve kosher food?
How much does it cost to come into THE TENT?
How can I help sustain THE TENT?
For a gift of only $18/week ($936 for the year) you can become a Sustaining Partner of OHEL. More than a financial donation, becoming a sustaining partner means that you want to be a key player in guiding our direction and growth. Your contribution will allow us to grow and thrive as we open our tent to even more new friends.