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...to be a Congregation guided by Torah teachings, Spirituality and ideals of Community, welcoming all Jews as equals and all people as Children of G-d.

Congregation House of Jacob-Mikveh Israel is a modern Orthodox synagogue. Its mood is that of historic Judaism as applied to contemporary society.

Congregation House of Jacob-Mikveh Israel believes:

  • Our Torah is the word of G-d.
  • The Torah and Jewish law, having patterned the life of our people for almost 3500 years, are applicable to all social situations, in all ages. It continues today as a major, vital, progressive force in Jewish existence.

Many of our present members have faced the problem of correlating the level of their personal observance with the standard of observance set by traditional Judaism. Specifically, they were troubled with the seeming inconsistency of someone who is not a fully observant Jew belonging to an Orthodox synagogue.

The synagogue serves as a spiritual center that points out the goal which we strive to attain for ourselves and our children. Each of us has room to grow in our personal commitment to Jewish living. The important thing is the recognition of the goal towards which we are striving.

When a family joins House of Jacob-Mikveh Israel, they are expressing a desire for true religious identification. Time, study, prayer, and association with like-minded individuals will bring them to that level of observance they desire in their hearts.

No it is not inconsistent to join a traditional synagogue if one is not a strictly observant Jew. It is an expression of a desire to improve one's religious life and the lives of one's children. Nothing could be more commendable, or more promising.

Congregation House of Jacob-Mikveh Israel is a member synagogue of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
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