Synagogues & Religious Services in Israel
The office of the Chief Rabbinate is located in Jerusalem and it is the supreme rabbinic and spiritual authority for Judaism in Israel. There are two Chief Rabbis - one is Ashkenazi and the other is Sephardi. The Chief Rabbinate Council assists the two chief Rabbis who alternate in its presidency.
The Rabbinate has jurisdiction over many aspects of Jewish life in Israel; Jewish marriage and divorce, burials, Jewish conversion, kosher laws and kosher certification (kashrut), Jewish immigrants (olim) Jewish holy sites, Mikvaot (ritual baths) yeshivas and the Rabbinical Courts.
The Rabbincal Courts are part of Israel judicial system and are managed by the Ministry of Religious Services - HaMisrad LeSherutei Daat
There are Orthodox, Ashkenazi and Sephardi synagogues all over Israel. Reform (Progressive Judaism) and Conservative congregations in the main centers, have a growing English speaking membership. The LGBT community also offers religious activities for its members.
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Synagogues in Ashkelon
Kehilat Netzach Yisrael
Kehilat Netzach Yisrael is the only non-orthodox synagogue in Ashkelon and offers an egalitarian, pluralistic and family-orientated approach to Judaism and caters to a range of languages, including Hebrew, English, Spanish and Russian. Members come from many different backgrounds: Sephardim and Ashkenazim daven there.
Central Afridar Synagogue
The Central Afridar Synagogue is on Zonabend Street, close to the Ganei Shimshon Hotel is also popular with the English speaking immigrant community. It was established by the South African community of Ashkelon in the 1950's.
Central Barnea Synagogue
The Central Barnea Synagogue is on Yiftach Hagiladi Street and Kehilat Migdat on Tzahal Street are part of Chabad
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