Newsletter #20- October 2015

What have we been doing?

Days of Repentance Tour : This year we went on a night tour through the alleys and byways of the old city of Zefat. The tour centered on the theme of the dynamics and relations between Kabbalah and Halacha. We followed in the steps of great rabbis and other key figures, all of whom have struggled with these dynamics. Late into the night, our tour ended and we got just in time to catch some shuteye before beginning to prepare for Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur Services: As has become tradition, services for Yom Kippur took place in the large hall at the community center. On the eve of Yom Kippur we started with the Kol Nidre prayer and service. After the service, a discussion was led by Dassi Postan, and in which a large group of people participated. This year the theme was: Acceptance of Others. The study was dedicated to the memory of Shira Banki, who was murdered this past July while attending the gay pride parade in Jerusalem. The discussion was very interesting and ran later than usual.

On the day of Yom Kippur, we gathered in the afternoon for services beginning with Mincha, Neilah, Havdallah and the children’s parade, followed by the blowing of the Shofar. We were pleased to greet families that attended for the first time, and of course many members of the community. The services were familial, egalitarian and inspiring – all that we had hoped for.

Upcoming:

Screening of the movie “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”: Scheduled for Oct.1, at 7:30 p.m. we will be screening this movie about the process of getting a divorce through the rabbinical court in Israel. (English subtitles will be provided). Followed by a discussion with Rivka Luvitch, an experienced rabbinical pleader. All are invited!

Kaballat Shabbat: Friday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., Torah portion: Noah.

A sweet Shabbat: continuing the tradition of making another family’s Shabbat so much better, everyone is invited to bring baked goods on Thursday, Oct.15 to the usual gathering point, and they will be distributed Friday morning to families in need in Yoqneam.

Bat Mitzvah program: Continuing signing up for our Bar and Bat Mitzvah programs for this year, which will be commencing after the Tishrei holidays. The number of participants is limited per group. Please contact us soon regarding participation.

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