The Rebekahs, also known as the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies (IARA), is a service-oriented organization and branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Rebekahs aim to live peaceably, do good, and follow the Golden Rule.
The Rebekah Lodges were founded in 1851. Originally the Rebekahs were designed as a female auxiliary to the Odd Fellows order for wives and sisters of Odd Fellows. It initially operated informally, but later established their own lodges, and is now a formal, and active, branch of the Odd Fellows order.
In modern times, women can join the Rebekahs without being related to an Odd Fellow, and the Rebekahs accept both female and male members, as long as they meet the moral, ethical, and age requirements.
The name "Rebekah" is taken from a biblical character. Rebekah was a woman of early Hebrew history whose kindness and hospitality to a humble and unknown stranger was thought to best portray the nobility and character of women. There are also other notable women from history whose characters and virtues form the basis for the Rebekah Degree and lessons of life to be followed by the Rebekahs. They were famous for their loyalty, patriotism, for civic and national services, for humanitarianism, and for devotion to their faith and the cause of righteousness among mankind.
Meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7PM
Meets on 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7PM