At New Light Community, our vision is to create a vibrant and nurturing community of Jewish and Gentile disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. We seek to hasten the final redemption (2 Pet. 3:12) by facilitating the process towards fullness for the Gentiles (Rom. 11:25) and reconciliation between Yeshua and His Jewish people (Rom. 11:11, 15, 26). Through regular studies, worship services, and community outreach, we aim to equip believers with the tools necessary for developing and enhancing their collective spiritual identity, as well as their unique individual callings within the Household of Israel.
At New Light Community, our values include:
Genuine relationships over empty religion
Unity within diversity
Holding ourselves to high personal standards without condemning others
Integrity and accountability
Prioritizing the weightier matters of Torah without neglecting the rest (Matt. 23:23)
Avoiding harmful and unproductive speech
The TAG principle (Ezra 7:10; Matt. 28:19-20; Pirkei Avot 1:2):
TORAH – Discipleship, Intellectual Honesty, and Devoted Scholarship
AVODAH – Community Immersion, Intentional Prayer, and Selfless Service
G’MILUT CHASADIM – Teaching, Acts of Kindness, and Daily Charity
The name New Light Community, or "Kehilat Ohr Chadash" in Hebrew, is derived from an ancient Jewish prayer: "May You shine a new light on Zion and may all of us speedily merit its radiance."
Since the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) is called "light" (Prov. 6:23), this prayer is a sincere request that God uncover for us new and profound revelations from the ancient light of the Torah (Ps. 119:18), particularly as revealed through the teachings of our Rabbi and Messiah Yeshua - the Light of the World (Jn. 8:12).
Our name reflects our desire to be enlightened by the Holy Spirit through the study of the Torah, experiencing the revealed light of the Messiah, and becoming transformed into a new light ourselves (Matt. 5:16), thereby hastening the final day of redemption when the true essence of this renewed light will shine fully upon Zion and, therefore, all Israel will perceive it's radiance - may it be speedily and in our days.