Newsletter – January 2016

 

Bat mitzvah program: This year’s program continues, and this month mothers and daughters got together at the conservative synagogue in Ramat Yishay. They learned about the history of the Jewish coming of age ceremony and about the main symbols used, and discussed aspects of secular coming of age. The meeting in a conservative synagogue was for some a first experience in an egalitarian synagogue. It was exciting and emotional.

 

Volunteer appreciation event: On the first eve of Hanukkah, as part of the municipality’s volunteer appreciation event, the Ohel Menashe Conservative community received a certificate of commendation for all the volunteering we do. Dr. Dana Peer, chairperson of the community, accepted the certificate in the name of all our volunteers. We are committed to continue are activities, striving to bring pluralistic Jewish voices to the dialogue in the city.

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Hanukkah party: Continuing our annual tradition, after Shabbat, on the 7th night of Hanukkah we gathered for Karaoke. After Havdallah, and lighting the Menorah, a game of Pictionary (phrases associated with fire, light, etc.) was enjoyed by all. Following that, we put our voices to the test, and enjoyed singing. Although no new superstars were discovered, a good time was had by all!

Bar mitzvah program: We will be starting a program for Bar Mitzvah boys and their fathers on Jan. 5th. The program brings together the dads and the boys for a series of meetings that will strengthen the bond between them, and be an opportunity to discover and relate to various aspects of being Jewish and of age.

General assembly: As required our annual assembly will take place on the Jan. 6th at 8:30 pm.

 

Challah baking: Fri. morning, Jan. 8th, we will have a special session of baking challah and a discussion – “Food in Judaism: from biblical times to modern times”. Men and women are invited, RSVP.

 

Kabbalat Shabbat: Our next one will be held Jan. 15th, at 5:30 pm. On the night before, Jan. 14th, we will be collecting baked goods to be distributed to needy families in the city, making their Shabbat a sweeter one.

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