Aims of the Order
The Hebrew Order of David, despite its name and despite certain of its traditions, is neither a secret society nor a Masonic organization. The purpose of the Order is to provide an opportunity for Jews of all persuasions to be in an atmosphere of friendship, care and concern for their fellow members, known as brethren, and the wider community in general; its members are its greatest asset.
Brethren are encouraged to practice the ideals of the order, which are Achdut (Unity), Achvah (Fraternity), Ahavah (Love) and Shalom (Peace), both amongst its members throughout the world and for the benefit of the less fortunate in the general community.
Unity provides both an interest in, and a concern for, the fellow brethren. Integration of members is a key objective, done through monthly meetings where new brethren will get to know other members better, form common interests and feel comfortable in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The prerequisites to joining the Order are to be a male and Jewish and either married within, or committed to marrying within the Jewish Faith. This creates a comfortable atmosphere offering Fraternity from a wide range of backgrounds of fellow brethren.
The principle of Love is developed, through the brotherly feeling the HOD nurtures between brethren. An open mind and a desire to belong to the Order are all that is required – a genuine concern for fellow members arises through available support for members who experience financial strain through job loss or other reasons.
Though brotherhood is the primary objective of the Order, the major emphasis is on charity work for the benefit of the Jewish, as well as, the wider community. This provides members with inner contentment and Peace for the good it engenders. It is encouraged at all times.