This past month:
Making room – Small Passover:
The Small Passover appears in the Torah on the 14th of the month of Eyar, and was given as a second chance for all those who were unable to partake in the original Passover, for example people who were impure or ill. They came to Moses and Aaron, and said – why should be lesser than others? Thus, the Small (and second) Passover was determined. About a decade ago, the LGBTQ community adopted the 14th of Eyar as the Day of Religious Tolerance, and events take place addressing acceptance of marginalized people into society. Past yearly issues have addressed single parenthood, Agunot, etc.
This year the community for the first time participated in this project and hosted an event. We watched a relevant short movie and discussed the place of LGBTQs in the community and in Jewish tradition. It was a moving and interesting evening, of open and frank discussions, benefiting all.
One the eve of the Shavuot holiday we gathered for a study – Tikun for Shavuot. The Tikun was led by Dr. Asaf Navaro, an expert in Judaism from the Carmiel conservative community. The discussion about Judaism and environment: Noah’s ark as a tale for living thru an environmental crisis”. An enlightening and interesting was had by all.
we had the annual general assembly this month to confirm the 2017 financial report and plan the upcoming Jewish year.
12 of 14 lessons with Rabbi Dubi Hayyun have been completed, and we are almost at the end of studying Jewish mysticism through the ages. Anyone who wishes to join for the last 2 lessons about Modern Jewish Literature and Jewish Mysticism is welcome – upcoming on June 12 and 19 at 20:00.
As usual this month before Kabbalat Shabbat baked goods were given to elders in the city, sweetening their Shabbat just a bit more. Kudos to all our volunteers!
Center for English practice:
Community English speaking volunteers continue to assist Yoqneam children with practicing their speaking skills and assist in homework. Every Sunday afternoon from 4pm-5:30pm all children (and adults) are welcome to drop by the community center and partake. We are delighted that we have some consistent participants and are delighted by newcomers as well.
Friday evening, June 22nd, at 18:30, followed by communal potluck dinner. Please join us!
As customary, the Thursday before, June 21st, we will be collecting baked goods to be distributed to elders in the city.
Women study day:
The 19th National Women’s Study Day by the Masorti Movement will take place on Friday June 29th at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. Please sign up soon!