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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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November 2015, Newsletter #21

Recently:

Movie night: During Sukkot the community hosted a screening of the movie “Gett: the Story of Vivian Amsalem”. The movie portrays the complex and difficult state of women who are at the mercy of the rabbinical court, when they wish to divorce their husbands. If that is not enough, oftentimes, the court itself is compromised and cannot oblige a husband to grant his wife a divorce. We watched the movie, and then had a fascinating discussion, facilitated by Rivka Lubitz, an experienced Rabbinical pleader. We realized that in order to bring about change, we must continue to discuss and address such Halachic distortions, and press for the acceptance of the few orthodox rabbis who dare express different views. Change in this status quo will have to be of a bluegrass nature, creating alternatives, formulating reciprocal marital agreements regarding potential future separation, such as pre-nuptial agreements. Most of all, we need to continue to expand the pluralism and equality in our daily lives.

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Upcoming:

A Sweet Shababt: after the holidays and getting back to routine, we are resuming our tradition of bringing baked goods to families in the city, which will make their Shabbat so much sweeter. Once amonth, Thursday before Kabbalt Shabbat, we will collecting baked goods to be delivered Friday morning. Our next event will be Nov. 19th.

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Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 20/11/15, at 17:30 we will be having a Kabbalat Shabbat the buliding across from the tennis courts, HaAlonim 64a.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah: Bat Mitzvah program for moms and Daughters is starting November.

Hanukkah party: Save the Date!! This year, as every year, on Shabbat of Hanukkah we will have our annual party: Dec. 12th, 2015.

Hafrashat Hallah: Nov. 13th we will be having a special Friday morning brunch with Hafrashat Hallah and Pilpulim! Come and enjoy both!