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!

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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.

Newsletter no. 34 – Jan. 2017

Last month:

As usual, this month families in need in the city enjoyed a Sweet Shabbat with baked goods from community members. Your spirit of giving moves us time and again!

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Hanukkah party:

The 6th candle of Hanukkah was celebrated this year with our annual community Hanukkah party. We were happy to host the scientific magic show of Dr. Molecule, all about light and fire magic. After the show the kids delighted in preparing a special driedel and balancing it on various parts of their body/ of course, there were delicious sufganiyot for all. This year 60 children and adults participated and had a FIERY time!

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New leader ship of the Masorti Movement:

On Jan. 2nd a new group of lay-leaders was appointed to the Masorti Movement at the annual general assembly. Over a 100 movement members gathered to represent various communities and vote for the nominees. This is quite amazing, seeing as all the positions are strictly on a volunteer basis. The new Chairperson nominate is Sophie Fellmen-Refalowitz, who was one of the initiators of the Yoqneam community. Our very own chairperson, Dana Pe’er, was nominated to chair the national committee of community development.

We are proud to be part of a movement that is so significant to so many people across the country. Good luck to the new leadership!

 

Coming up:

Kabbalat Shabbat:

On Friday, Jan. 20th, 2017 at 17:15 we will be conducting our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by a potluck dinner. Of course, on Jan. 19th all are invited to contribute baked goods for our Sweet Shabbat project.

Bat Mitzvah program:

We are delighted that on Jan. 8th we will be starting a new program for mothers and daughters in the Bat Mitzvah year. A lovely group of ladies will be participating in a series of meetings that will bring them closer together and to their Jewish heritage.

Newsletter #33, December 2016

Last month: Sweet Shabbat:

Families in need in Yokneam had a sweeter Shabbat due to the diligent baking of community volunteers. Kudos and many thanks to all the regular and new bakers!

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Participating in city council meeting:

Many community members attended the municipality’s monthly council meeting, leaving kids and home in the midst of usual hectic evening preparations. All this for the worthy cause of being involved in what happens in our city, and also to closely follow development regarding the promised building for the community. We appreciate the welcome by the mayor and the council members. We are here to further an egalitarian and open Judaism for the city we love.

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Recent  fires in Haifa:

Sadly, the beautiful Masorti synagogue of the Moriah community in Haifa was damaged in the fires that recently ravaged the city. The top floor, which housed the kindergarten and the local Noam branch was completely burned. The storage room, containing over 4,000 prayer and study books also burned. Much equipment was damaged; computers, air conditioners,  the sound system, the kitchen, and over 400 chairs. The water used  to put out the fire damaged the entrance, the garden and the services’ hall as well. The Masorti Movement is doing the utmost to assist in speedy restoration of the community, but it needs assistance. For donations and assistance to the community please press attached link:

https://www.masorti.org.il/mifalim/donation

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Upcoming events:

Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, Dec. 16th, 2016 at 5:15 pm.

As customary, on Dec 15th, in the afternoon hours we will be collecting baked goods to pass on to needy families in the city.

Foe your convenience,  a list of planned Kabbalat Shabbat:

16.12 20.1 24.2 24.3 28.4 19.5 16.6 21.7 18.8 8.9

 

Hanukkah party:

Save the date- Dec 29th, 2016, a FIERY party indeed!

Newsletter no. 32, November 2016

This month:

Yom Kippur:  This year as custom we gathered at the community center for services of Kol Nidre, after which we continued with a study of the concept of holiness. The next day we continued with the afternoon service; reading the Torah, Neilah prayers and blowing of the shofar. These were  followed by the children’s procession of bringing in the candles and Havdallah. The services were attended by new and familiar faces. As always, everything was egalitarian, familial and special.

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Sweet Shabbat: Families in need in Yoqneam once again enjoyed the baked goods gathered through the Sweet Shabbat program thanks to the wonderful cakes and cookies prepared by community members. Well done to the veteran and new volunteers.

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Upcoming:

Kabablat Shabbat: Friday, Nov. 11th, 2016 at 17:15 will be our next service. On the preceding Thursday we will be gathering baked goods for donation to families in need in the city to sweeten their Shabbat.

Bar and bat Mitzvah programs: this year we will once again have a program for parents and children in their Bar/Bat Mitzvah year. For details please contact our coordinator, Shlomit: 054-406240.

September 2016 newsletter


End of summer event:

As has become custom, this summer once again we celebrated the end of summer vacation with a community event. We welcomed with open arms new families and enjoyed getting together with all the regulars. Lots of bubbles were made (and popped), refreshing popsicles were had, and one special ceremony of blessing the children as they start another year of learning and studying was conducted.

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Coming up:

Meeting with the Melton program participants:

Thurs. Sept. 15th, we will be meeting with the participats of the Melton program who will be visiting in the region all week. A special ceremony of prepping Challahs is planned, and these will be part of the baked goods distributed as a part of our Sweet Shabbat.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday, Sept. 16th, 2016 we will have a Kabbalat Shabbat at 18:30. As customary, on Thursday, Sept. 15th, we will be collecting baked goods to distribute to needy families for A Sweet Shabbat.

 

High Holy Holidays:

A special tour in light of these special days is planned between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. This year we will be visiting Zippori, a city that sits atop a hill overlooking its surrounding, as a bird in a tree (word play in Hebrew). It was a city of Kohanim, the city of Rabbi Yehuda, the place of the Sanhedrin, the city where the Mishnah was sealed. We will learn about the history of the city, about its culture and consider the differences in mindsets between then and now. The tour will be Friday morning, Oct. 7th, 2016. More details forthcoming.   Save the date!

August 2016 Newsletter

This past month:

General assembly of the Masorti movement:

On July 17th dozens of community leaders from all over the country met at the new synagogue of the Torat Chaim Herzliyya community. Before turning to the business of the day, a fascinating lesson was given by Prof. Tama Alexander, Chairperson of the National Authority for Ladino Culture. The lesson concerned “Vows, women and betrayal”, based on a Ladino Midrash.

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Passing of the Mikveh Law:

From Yizhar Hess, CEO of the Masorti movement: “On July 25th the Knesset passed a law discriminating religious services. The law states that local religious councils are permitted to limit groups (i.e., mostly the Reform movement and the Masorti movement) from using Mikvehs. This law is not only not Jewish and undemocratic, not only a spit in the face to the many conservative Jews in Israel, but also a deliberate blindness to the deep and powerful processes taking place among Jews living outside of Israel. Rabbis and leaders from North America who have devoted their energy, time and funds to protecting and supporting the state of Israel, are looking at Israel astounded by the disrespect, the pretentiousness and sheer arrogance of the country they loved, and their heart breaks. Some are undergoing a true grieving process. The State of the Jews has decided to disconnect from its people. A stain such as this, even a Mikveh cannot purify.”

A sweet Shabbat:

This last sweet Shabbat a community member was particularly creative and donated a lovely decorated cake. It moves us all to see the volunteering spirit of community members and other city residents to bringing a smile and warmth to families in need.

עוגות יולי 2016

Upcoming:

Next Kabbalat Shabbat:

Fri., Sept. 16th, 2016, at 18:30

As usual, the afternoon before. Sept. 15th, we will be collecting baked goods for families in need, that will be distributed Friday morning.

 

End of summer party:

This year we will once again be celebrating the end of summer vacation and the beginning of the school year with a fun event for kids and parents alike. Save the date: Aug. 25th, in the afternoon. More details to come.