The following words from Isaiah are written above the entrance to the synagogue in Delft:
“For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples”
כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית-תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל-הָעַמִּים
The Open Jewish Congregation Klal Israël in Delft was founded at the end of 2005, to establish a warm and accepting home for all Jewish souls. The first service was held on the evening of Friday evening January 6, 2005 in the synagogue in the Koornmarkt. The Open Jewish Congregation Klal Israël has been affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation since November 2009.
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Participation in our activities is open to anyone who feels Jewish, is Jewish or wants to be Jewish: we do not ask any interested participant about his or her actual Jewish status. However, we do ask participants to respect our house rules.
Klal Israël is a progressive egalitarian community, where women and men enjoy equal rights. There is no physical separation between the sexes and our style of services is respectful, free and spontaneous.
Our siddurim – prayer books – contain Hebrew text as well as a phonetic transcription and a translation in Dutch. See menu on the left, under ‘Tefilla’.
The Friday evening service (Kabbalat Shabbat) lasts 55 minutes, and the Saturday morning service lasts (Shacharit) 80 minutes. At the end of the Friday night service there is an informal get together to foster a greater community spirit. The Saturday morning service is followed by a Torah study session for members only.