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Newsletter #44 – December 2017

This past month:

Bat Mitzvah program:

This month there were two meetings of the Bat Mitzvah program; the first dealt with body image and the effect of the media on us as women regarding this issue, especially during puberty. This issue touched all the participants, and a fascinating discussion developed. The second meeting centered on the Torah; opening the ark, some of the participants saw a Torah scroll up close for the first time. Questions about the ceremony of Bat Mitzvah and the lace of women in Judaism were addressed. Participants that wished to were invited to partake in reading from the Torah.

Beit midrash:

This month we had three meetings of the study group interested in learning the secrets of Jewish mysticism. Rabbi Dubi Hayyun lead the discussion from an intellectual and critical standpoint. It continues to be enlightening for all. Please join us for future meetings, every other Tues. at 8:30pm. Contact us for specific dates.

Sweet Shabbat:

This month we had our monthly baking drive and were once again a part of making Shabbat for city residents in need. A shout out to all our volunteers – you make a difference, Thanks!

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Upcoming:

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday eve Dec. 22, at 5:15 pm we will have our next Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by a potluck dinner, please bring a dairy/veggie dish and a salad. The Sweet Shabbat baked goods drive will take place on Thurs. before.

Hanukkah Party:

This year on Dec. 16 at 6:00pm and we have a MAGICIAN and a thrilling magic show for all ages! 20 NIS per person, 50 NIS per family, free for community members. Please RSVP, space is limited.

Bar Mitzvah program:

We are delighted to open a new Bar mitzvah program, and similar to the Bat Mitzvah program, this is for fathers and sons – a chance to spend some unique time together as a part of this special year. Contact for details.

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Newsletter no. 42 October 2017

This past month:

Housewarming and Torah scroll welcoming ceremony:

At long last we held the housewarming celebration for the new community place. Guests from the USA, from the Masorti movement, neighboring Masorti communities and, of course, the community members all partook in the joyous celebration. We were honored to be joined by city council members as well, headed by Lea Fadida, second to the mayor and Knesset Member Yael Cohen Farran. The Torah scroll was donated by the Shalva Masorti community in Safed, and was brought to its place regally with singing and dancing. After blessings and songs of praise and gratitude, all enjoyed a lovely buffet. We hope the community’s home will be place of peace, fraternity, liberalism and egalitarianism.

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Kabbalat Shabbat:

Our first Kabbalat Shababt at the new community home was followed by a potluck dinner, and was a moving experience for all (and delicious!).

 

Sukkah decorating workshop

A Workshop led by Ada Yalin from neighboring Ramat Yishay Masorti community was held for parents and children. It was creative, colorful and enjoyable. Best said by one participant (age 8): “I thought we would make regular decorations, but it was a nice surprise that we made very special ones”!

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Tashlich ceremony:

Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we met at the Hashofet stream, where we ceremoniously discarded our sins in the form of bread crumbs, with a prayer, and also wrote on rocks things we want to be rid of this year, and of course these were also thrown into the water.

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Yom Kippur:

As per custom, the egalitarian services for Yom Kippur were held at the community center in Yoqneam. The Neillah service ended with Havdalah and the children’s procession of bringing in the light.  A spiritual and meaningful service was had by all.

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Upcoming:

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Oct. 13th, 2017 at 18:30 at the community home.

A Sweet Shabbat:

We will be collecting baked goods to give to the needy on Thurs., Oct. 19th.

 

For your convenience these are the dates planned for Kabbalat Shabbat

(may be subject to change, please follow FB page)

Kabbalat Shabbat
13.10.17
17.11.17
22.12.17
19.1.18
16.2.18
16.3.18
27.4.18
18.5.18
15.6.18
13.7.18
17.8.18

 

Newsletter #41, September 2017

This past month:

End of summer celebration:

The annual community end of summer and vacation (yay!) kicked off the activity at the new community building. Lots of excitement among about 100 kids and parents at an entertaining balloon show. After which, the parents blessed the children with the traditional blessing. To round it out, everyone enjoyed popsicles.

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General assembly:

This meeting included affirmation of the CPA’s 2016 fiscal report, electing new board members and deciding on members’ fees for the upcoming year.

Upcoming:

Bat mitzvah program:

A meeting to learn about this year’s program will be held Sept. 3rd.

Housewarming and bringing of Torah:

At long last we are delighted to be moving into a special space just for the community on Thurs., Sept. 7th.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

On Sept. 22nd with a potluck communal dinner.

Sukkah decorations workshop:

Sept. 24th at 6pm there will be a workshop for children and parents. RSVP

Beit Midrash (study group):

Starting Oct. we will have a yearlong course about “Secrets of Jewish Mysticism”, led by Rabbi Dubi Hayyun from the Masorti community in Haifa. First meeting (free) on Sept. 26th.

Tashlich ceremony:

On Sept. 27th at 6pm we will meet by the Hashofet stream for a Tashlich ceremony. Please consider bringing breadcrumbs.

Yom Kippur:

Services will be held as customary at the hall of the Alonim community center. Kol Nidre from 6:30 pm.

Ohel Menashe’s Bat Mitzvah program of 2017

The 2017 Bat Mitzvah program for mothers and daughters, led by Tamar Gur, began with six pairs of mothers and daughters who chose to make their Bat Mitzvah year more meaningful. In their first meeting, they discussed the process of growing up and maturing, and why the age 12 was chosen as a developmental signpost. The second meeting was all about the significant relationship between mother and daughter.

The lovely group of mothers and daughters came together and continued with great enthusiasm. The group became more cohesive and warm, while undergoing significant personal processes. Further meetings dealt with body image and the way it is created for us, as women and girls, the “right” way to look and behave. The group examined the way they construct their body image, how to learn to love one’s self and one’s body. A very special meeting was at a synagogue, focusing on ceremonies and rituals. They learned how the Bat Mitzvah ceremony evolved and how to empower women’s place in Judaism. The participants learned about each one’s Torah portion, and became familiar with the Torah itself. It was a moving and significant experience of discovery and a first for the mothers and daughters to find out that they too have a place in the synagogue, and can partake in the rituals.

In the final meetings of the mother- daughter Bat Mitzvah program the focus was on how to continue the open and frank communication that had developed throughout the program. The program ended with a hike in the area, followed by a lovely hamper picnic and a memorable ceremony.

The mothers and daughters summarized the program as the most significant thing they had done this scholastic year, touching upon the connection they had made, learning to see facets of each other they had not known before. The significant quality time they had, facilitated a renewed introduction to Judaism, as they had never experienced it before.

 

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Newsletter no. 39, June 2017

Bat Mitzvah program:

In the final meeting of the mother- daughter Bat Mitzvah program the focus was how to continue the open and frank communication that had developed throughout the program. The program ended with a hike in the area, followed by a lovely hamper picnic and a memorable ceremony. The mothers and daughters summarized the program as the most significant thing they had done this scholastic year, touching upon the connection they had made, learning to see facets of each other they had not known before. The significant quality time they had, facilitated a renewed introduction to Judaism, as they had never experienced it before.

 

A Sweet Shabbat:

Much strength to all our bakers, who donated cakes and cookies this month for families in need in the city!

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Upcoming:

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday evening June 16th, at 18:30 we will have the monthly service. All are welcome!

As usual, we will be gathering baked goods to sweeten the Shabbat for needy families.

Newsletter #36, March 2017

This past month:

Bat Mitzvah program:

The program for mothers and daughters led by Tamar Gur, continues with great enthusiasm. The group is becoming more cohesive and warm, while undergoing significant personal processes. This month the first meeting dealt with body image and the way it is created for us, as women and girls, the “right” way to look and behave. This issue is an important one for girls during puberty. The group examined the way they construct their body image, how to learn to love one’s self and one’s body. The second meeting was at a synagogue and focused on ceremonies and rituals. They learned how the Bat Mitzvah ceremony evolved, how to retrieve women’s place in Judaism. The participants learned about each one’s Torah portion, and became familiar with the Torah itself. It was a moving and significant experience of discovery and a first for the mothers and daughters to find out that they too have a place in the synagogue, and can partake in the rituals.

General assembly:

At the beginning if the month the annual assembly meeting was held, and our leadership team will continue for another year.

 

Baking workshop for Tu B’shvat:

In the spirit of the holiday, we conducted a baking workshop with Oranit, a professional baker, preparing a fruit smoothie, fruit bread and foccacia, biscotti and several desserts. We all had a good and delicious time.

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A Sweet Shabbat:

This month as usual baked goods were brought by community members for families in need in the city. Thank you to all those continuing and all the new joiners.

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Coming up:

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday, March 24th, 2017, at 17:15 we will be having a Kabbalat Shabbat with our Bat Mitzvah program members, followed by a communal dinner.

As usual, we will be gathering baked goods to sweeten the Shabbat for needy families.

Purim:

The annual reading of the Megillah of Esther will take place Sat., March 11th, 2017 at 18:30. Please join us with costumes!

Newsletter #35 – Feb. 2017

Bat Mitzvah program:

This year’s Bat Mitzvah program began with six pairs of mothers and daughters who chose to make their Bat Mitzvah year more meaningful. In their first meeting, they discussed the process of growing up and maturing and why the age 12 was chosen as a developmental signpost. The second meeting was all about the significant relationship between mother and daughter. A lovely group of mothers and daughters has come together, with open and frank discussions and unique quality time set aside from hectic daily life.

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A Sweet Shabbat:

Much strength to all our bakers, who donated cakes and cookies this month for families in need in the city!

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Coming up:

Tu B’shvat Baking workshop:

A workshop of baking with our country’s great agriculture produce, led by Oranit Raviv-Kodanchik. Participation is subsidized by the community. Number of participants is limited. Please register with Shlomit.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

On Friday, Feb, 24th, at 17:15. As custom, we will be accepting baked goods on the afternoon of the Feb. 23rd, to be distributed to families in need in the city.