- Congregation Bet Haverim is wonderfully different. CBH is different because we were founded by gays and lesbians and now enthusiastically embrace all Jews, especially those who don't quite fit the mold and have grown tired of feeling different. This distinction is at the very heart of why we were founded and became affiliated with the Reconstructionist movement. CBH is a thriving community where different has evolved into a celebration of diversity with uplifting, new traditions built upon solid Jewish traditions and values. The daily spirit of Congregation Bet Haverim is casual, warm and sensitive; a refreshing atmosphere of accessibility, inclusiveness, and of expressive love for Judaism. Bet Haverim means "House of Friends". Driven by the pleasure of community, we are a congregation that fully understands the needs of families and individuals whose history, outlook or situation means they have not felt comfortable enough in typical Jewish community environments to relax and be themselves. Alternative families, single parents, interfaith families, gays and lesbians, Jews of color, families with adopted children of color, and Jews with a progressive mindset all experience the safe haven of true acceptance at Bet Haverim.