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Newsletter #51 – July 2018

This past month:

Beit midrash:

This month we concluded our yearlong study of Kabbalah and mysticism in Judaism. Rabbi Dubi Hayun from the Moriah community in Haifa brought us an intellectual and critical perspective, and we were all enriched.

 

Sweet Shabbat:

As per every month, this month lone elders in the city enjoyed baked goods donated by community members and their Shabbat was so much sweeter (pun intended!).

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English enrichment center:

Community volunteers continue their activity in assisting children of all ages from the city in practicing English in fun and entertaining ways, and in an informal atmosphere. The center will be open in July every Sunday from 16:30-18:00, please join us!

 

Bypal app:

The community has joined the Movement’s project to promote a sharing economy thru an app that allows for community members to offer or request what they need, in an easy and convenient way. All are invited to download and see how to use in this link: http://youtu.be/pa1v-iIDkdQ.

Later this month personal invites to join will be sent.

 

End of summer event:

Save the date for our annual end of summer vacation event: Weds., Aug. 22nd, in the afternoon.

Details forthcoming, including popsicles, of course!

 

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June 2018 – Newsletter #50

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.

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Shavuot:

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.

General assembly:

we had the annual general assembly this month to confirm the 2017 financial report and plan the upcoming Jewish year.

Beis midrash:

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.

Sweet Shabbat:

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!

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Coming up: 

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.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

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!

Newsletter #49 – May 2108

This past month:

Zikaron Basalon (Memories in the Den):

Eliyahu Yakir, a Holocaust survivor, told his story as a young boy during the Holocaust. It was a moving story, and we were touched by his message to us and our children: to love one another, to respect one another, to accept each other, we are human beings.

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10 days of Gratitude:

This was the 2nd year that the Ohel Menashe community partook in this national project, in cooperation with the Scouts youth movement and the Big shopping center. We were pleased to offer visitors to the Big a chance to stop, reflect and express gratitude for something positive in their lives. We hope that such reflection and gratefulness will continue long after.

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Memorial day for fallen soldiers:

This Memorial Day eve we hosted a group of women from the Melton program in Atlanta.  It was an opportunity to discuss and share our thoughts on remembrance, solidarity and Judaism. It was a touching and moving event for all.

Bar mitzvah ceremony:

Congratulations to Ari Gould, who was the first boy to make an Aliyah to the Torah in the community. It was a lovely, egalitarian and exciting ceremony, attended by many guests from Israel and the USA.

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Sweet Shabbat:

Once again our monthly project brought lovely baked goods to elderly people in the city, making their Shabbat that much sweeter. Thank to all the volunteers, new and old!

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English learning center:

English speaking volunteers continued to be available every Sun. afternoon for tutoring, playing games and just chatting. Children and adults welcome.

 

Upcoming:

Small Passover:

For the first time the community will host an event for the Religious Tolerance Week, highlighting LBGHTQ in Judaism. We will have a film, followed by a discussion regarding the place of tolerance in the community and in Judaism. Sun. May 13th, at 20:30. All are welcome.

Shavuot:

Limmud about Environment and Judaism led by Dr. Asaf Nevaro, an expert on Jewish thought and studying Environmental Studies at TAU.

“Noah’s Ark as a Metaphor for Life in an Unstable Environment”, Sat., May 19th, at 21:30. All are welcome, and please consider bringing refreshment for Shavuot.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Fri., May 25th, at 18:30, followed by a potluck dinner. Each family is invited to bring a salad, vegetarian dish and drinks.

The Thurs. before we will gather baked goods for Sweet Shabbat.

General assembly:

Weds., May 16th at 20:00, to confirm 2017 fiscal report.

Newsletter #46 – February 2018

This past month:

Bat mitzvah program:

This was a busy month for the program. We had a meeting about heroes, discussing who were our women heroes? What do they teach us about ourselves? What is a hero to us? We prepared small gifts for each other and there was much excitement and a joyous atmosphere.

The next meeting was with the dads, who are also an important part of the girls’ lives, and we discussed their unique place and relationship. Each father and daughter had some personal time figuring out a riddle, and family time with baking bread. One of the girls summarized the significance of the meeting by saying that she had not had her parents to herself since she was two years old.

The next meeting was also family oriented, with the families joining the Kabbalat Shabbat and a potluck dinner of the community.

Finally, we ended the month back in our usual intimate format of mothers and daughters, focusing on the experience of becoming women and menstruation. Many questions were raised and answered, discussing issues such as embarrassment, and suggesting perhaps celebrating the female health each cycle symbolizes. Each girl received a small kit for herself as a part of this moving meeting.

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Beit midrash:

We have thus far had 7 meetings of our course in kabbalah, this month discussing the traditions that originated in Safed. Please join us for upcoming lessons. Contact Shlomit for details.

Sweet Shabbat:

We continue the tradition of a sweet Shabbat and now donate the baked goods to elders without families. Thanks to all our volunteers that prepared baked goods that were handed out to elders over 90, for whom the Shabbat was so much sweeter!

Homework workshop:

This month we were pleased to start a new project of volunteers assisting children with their English schoolwork. Every Sunday afternoon, everyone is invited to come and bring their English schoolwork and get whatever assistance they need, free of charge. Please come and enjoy this new project!

40 years for the Masorti movement in Israel:

On Tu B’shvat the Masorti movement celebrated this momentous occasion with a fascinating day of study, followed by a Gala dinner (650 people!), in which community honorees were bestowed with a lovely plaque. We were delighted to celebrate with Tzachi Aizik, our honoree, and a significant and special day was had by all. See you at 45!

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Coming up:

Kabbalat Shabbat on Feb. 16th, 2018 at 17:15, followed by a community dinner. Please join us!

Sweet Shabbat: the evening before the Kabbalat Shabbat, we will be accepting baked goods that will be distributed to elders without families.

Purim: communal reading of Megillat Esther on Feb. 28th, 2018 at 18:30. Lots of fun for the whole family!

Newsletter #45 – January 2018

This past month:

Bat Mitzvah program:

We are up to half the program and it seems that the girls and their mothers are greatly enjoying their quality time together, being creative, studying and discussing significant issues they don’t get to in the day to day.

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Beit midrash:

We have had six meetings of our dive into aspects of mysticism in Judaism. All are invited to join.

 

Hanukkah party:

At our new community center we had the annual Hanukkah party, starting with Havdallah, and followed by a magic show, and ending with delicious sufganiyot for all.

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Certificate of recognition for the Sweet Shabbat project:

The city municipality had a celebratory event to appreciate all the volunteers in the city. The community was honored to be appreciated and receive a certificate for its continuing Sweet Shabbat project.

This month the Shomer Tzair youth movement groups of 7th and 8th grade joined us in preparing baked goods to be distributed to families in need. The youngsters came to the community center and we all baked lots of cookies.

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Coming up:

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday evening, Jan. 19th, 2018 at 5:15 pm, and this time a special event – the Bat Mitzvah program participants will be joining us.  After the service we will have a potluck dinner.

Sweet Shabbat:

Thursday, Jan. 18th, we will be gathering baked good to distribute to people in need in the city.

Community Honoree:

Zachi Aizik has been chosen as the Community Honoree. As a part of the celebrations for 40 years of the Masorti Movement, he will be bestowed with this honor on Jan. 31st, 2018. Zachi, born 1974, has lived in Yokneam since 2001, and married to Dassi, father to Shira and Daniel. He owns a company for advanced electric solutions, as well as being a student for an MA in Management of Nature and the Environment. Over the years Zachi has become an important member of the community, contributing much to the renovations of the community center this past summer. Being a part of the community has inspired Zachi to become active in other projects of Jewish pluralism in the region. We are pleased and honored Zachi is a part of our growing community.

 

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.

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