Where are you based?
Our community is based in Switzerland.
Can I join your community?
Yes, you can. Please have a look at the "Contact and Membership" section for a detailed overview of the options we offer.
Do you have a synagogue I can visit?
We have a prayer room in Eglisau, Switzerland.
Where can I get further information online?
Do you have a reading list with books you recommend?
TaNaKh - Koren Jerusalem Bible
I would like to convert to Karaite Judaism. Is this possible?
Yes it is. You will need to first attend a one and half year online course in Karaite Jewish Studies at the Karaite Jewish University.
I am already Jewish. Do I still need to convert?
Conversion is here the wrong word, affiliation is more to the point. You will also need to take part in the Karaite Jewish studies course provided by the Karaite Jewish University. After successful completion, you will need to attend a service at one of our synagogues, in Israel, Europe or the US.
What are the main differences between Karaite and Rabbinate Judaism?
The main differences would be in regards to some holidays and on how to celebrate them, calendar, status of woman, acceptance of patrilineal line, role of authority (in the Rabbinate world Rabbi) and most importantly, the rejection of the man made oral law.
Do you celebrate Chanukka? Purim?
Purim yes, eventhough it is not mentioned in the Torah, it is mentioned in the Tanackh.
Does a Karaite wedding differ to a Rabbinate one?
The main difference is the Kettuba: Woman can also be witnesses and there is a tradition of 10 witnesses signing it.
Can I get married the whole year around? Or are there dates one shouldn't get married?
Yes, but there are obvious restrictions: Shabbat, holidays and the from the mid of the 4th month - Tammuz till the mid of the fifth month - Av
Are woman allowed to lead services?
Absolutely, yes they are. In Karaite Judaism woman and men are equal in every aspect.
Why don't Karaites wear a Kippah the whole time like the orthodoxe?
There is no law in the Torah that one should cover ones head. In fact, one should wear Tzitziot.
Do Karaites follow a religious authorities?
As of today, no.
Purity laws for entering a prayer room
Major and Minor impurities: one is not allowed to enter a prayer room / synagogue.