The Congregation is established as a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community, among Klal Yisrael, the Jewish people, following in the Israelite minhag or tradition.
The Congregation, as a kehillah kedoshah, is committed to the observance of mitzvot and halakha (as determined by the Rabbi) and the principals of Torah, and to the study, understanding and teaching of the Torah and to the rest of the Tanach, the Talmud, Pirkei Avot and the other books and principles of the Hebraic way of life and learning. Through its observance, study and teaching, the Congregation seeks to enhance the lives of its Members and its local community, to refine the moral and ethical behavior of its Members, to instill in its Members and children a love of Kahal Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael, and to raise its children into contributing Israelite /Jewish citizens of their neighborhood, Brooklyn, New York City, the United States and the world.
The Congregation shall rebuild and maintain its Synagogue building as its spiritual home, encompassing a synagogue’s multiple roles, as a
- beit tefillah – a house of prayer to worship The Most High and to transform the lives of our Members and others through the observance of mitzvot, a
- beit midrash - a place to study, and to teach the laws of Torah and the Tanach, the Hebrew language, the history and importance of the land of Israel, the culture, morals and ideals of the Jewish people, and the minhag of the Congregation to the Members of the Congregation, their children, and to others, and a
- beit knesset - a place for the Members of the Congregation, the greater Israelite community and others to assemble for religious, educational, life-cycle, cultural, social, recreational and community outreach experiences.
The Congregation is committed to its Israelite minhag. Its minhag reflects that the congregation was founded as (and remains) a Jewish congregation of individuals primarily of African-American and African descent whose religion and ethnicity are unified within their Israelite identity, congregation, community and heritage for themselves, their children and their descendants. The Members identify as part of the Israelite tradition; and wish and intend to instill within their children a pride in their African-American and African cultures and ancestors, and perpetuate their unique Israelite community and minhag among Kahal Yisrael, just as Jews who participate in Ashkenazi, Lubavitch, Satmar, Sephardi, Mizrahi, Romanoite and other Jewish communities perpetuate their own minhagim and communities within Kahal Yisrael.
The Congregation is committed to being a welcoming community and so welcomes to its services and activities those who are respectful of its identity and wish to observe and participate in its services, activities and minhagim.
Section 2. Affiliations.
- Israelite Board. The Congregation is, and shall be, affiliated with The International Israelite Board of Rabbis (the “Israelite Board”).
- Community Mission and Affiliations. The Congregation seeks to partner with other not-for-profit and religious organizations for the betterment and improvement of the Members of the Congregation and its neighbors. The Congregation extends its Mission by helping people in need within the Congregation and its local Brooklyn community through Synagogue based community outreach programs that (depending upon the Congregation’s resources) may include, food pantries, soup kitchens, counseling and other community-based services.