January 2016 Newsletter


Bat Mitzvah program: This month we had the 5th meeting of the Bat Mitzvah program, which centered on body image. We delved into the connection between the way the mother’s view and regard their bodies and the way their daughter’s do. The meeting ended with text from the Song of Songs touching on beauty.

Bar Mitzvah program: The new program for Bar Mitzvah boys and their fathers started this month, focusing on issues of growing up and Jewish tradition. This week the participants addressed various criteria that define maturation, among them ideas from the Rambam and the MIshnah. A significant dialogue took place between the boys and their fathers, and each side saw the other in a new and refreshing light.


Sweet Shabbat: every month w are touched to see people from the city and from the community donating baked goods to sweeten the Shabbat for families in need.

שבת מתוקה ינואר 2016

Lay leaders’ workshop: On a lovely Friday morning this month we conducted a workshop for community lay leaders and activists. Facilitated by Emily Levi Shohat, we discussed issues of our connection to the community, intent on developing the community further. All the participants concurred that we had begun an important process, and look forward to continuing the discussion we started. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome to contact us, and we will be glad to have you with us.


Tu B’shvat baking workshop: We celebrated Tu B’shvat with a baking class using local fruits. While waiting for the dough to rise, we studied Jewish texts about the relations between man and nature. Under the talented direction of Revital Uziel we prepared fruit bread, date rolls, apple streusel pie and phyllo dough filled with dried fruit and goat cheese. It was fun, enriching and delicious!


General assembly: The steering committee and chairperson were re-elected. The past year’s activities were discussed, as were plans for the upcoming year.


Kabbalat Shabbat: Feb. 19th, at 5:30 pm. As usual, on the eve before (Feb. 18th) we will be collecting baked goods to deliver to families in need.

Family day: Saturday night, Feb. 13, we will have a lecture: Intergenerational Relationships between Adult Children and their Parents. The lecture will be given by Dr. Dana Peer, a Social Gerontologist and Geriatric Occupational Therapist.

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