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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!



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. 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.


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.



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.

Newsletter 26 – April 2016

Bat Mitzvah program: This month our Bat Mitzvah program ended. In the last meeting, mothers and daughters toured Binyamina in the footsteps of the wonderful musical artist Ehud Manor, followed by a lovely picnic and commencement ceremony. The community gave the girls prayer books to accompany them through life.


Bar Mitzvah program: The last meetings of the Bar Mitzvah program dealt with things connected to our past and tradition, including becoming familiar with Tefilin, and learning about how the Bar Mitzvah ceremony came about.


Purim: As has become a tradition, we held a community egalitarian reading of the Megillah of Esther. This year various community members were cast as characters in the story and played out their parts. Also, Michal and Dana specially prepared and read a portion with the Torah tropes. Lots of noise and festivities, and much laughter all around!


Upcoming events:

Kabbalat Shabbat: April 15th, at 18:30 with a potluck dinner afterwards. As usual, the day before, we will be collecting baked goods to give to families in need and make their Shabbat sweeter!

Burning of Chametz: Friday morning, 9:00 a.m., we will gather as usual for burning the Chametz just before Passover begins. Please bring something to burn, and something to nosh!

Holocaust Memorial Day: this year we will be joining the initiative of Remembering in the Living Room, and will be hosting a special session on the eve of this important day. Anyone who wishes to connect meaningfully to this Memorial Day is welcome.

Newsletter 25 – March 2016

Bat Mitzvah program: This month the girls and their mothers had a family meeting and included the fathers, making time for both parents with their daughter. The meeting centered on making challahs and discussing family and parenting issues from both the perspective of the girls and their parents, followed by a late dinner with the freshly baked challahs.

Bar mitzvah program: This month the boys and their fathers continued their meetings. The group has really come together with lots of positive energy, thus creating an atmosphere of sincerity and meaningful growth. The meetings centered on the meaning of a Mitzvah, maturation ceremonies and relations between fathers and their sons.

A sweet Shabbat: This month 18 local families had their Shabbat sweetened by a record high of baked goods brought by community members. We constantly are touched and moved by this sharing.


Upcoming: Save the date for the annual community egalitarian reading of the Megillah of Esther. And this year – a few surprises await! Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016. More info to follow.

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.

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.

Newsletter – May 2015

Sweet Shabbat project:

As has become our custom, this month home baked goods were donated by residents and community members. The goods were distributed among needy families in the city, and made their Shabbat so much sweeter…

שבת מתוקה מאי 2015

Farewell to Ben Chaidell:

Our rabbinical intern, Ben, is finishing his year in Israel. We were very pleased to have Ben accompany the community throughout the past year. It was a reciprocal process: Ben enriched our practices and, for him- we were an up close experience of Masorti living in Israel. Just before parting ways, we went on a special Shabbat morning hike to showcase the nature right beyond the last street of Yoqneam. And a commemorative mug ensures he will think of us often! We wish Ben success and good fortune in all his endeavors.

פרידה מבן חיידל

Bar Mitzvah:

Just before Shavuot, the holiday of receiving the Torah, we conducted another Bar Mitzvah. Edan Peer, the son of Dana Peer, our community chairperson, read from the Torah. The ceremony, conducted by the lovely Tamar Gur Krause was a wonderful and significant experience for the family and the community. Looking forward to the next Bar Mitzvah!

בר מצווה עידן פאר

Tikun after Shavuot:

This year for Shavuot we joined with the Megiddo Regional Council and the Reform Movement for a special event of study in the Shavuot tradition. The event took place at the Ramot Menashe kibbutz several days after the holiday, a chance for all those who had missed a Tikun to participate in one! The event included study groups, lectures and a musical performance. We were pleased to host one of the study groups (pictured), led by Dassi Postan Aizik, on the subject of “Justice, Justice, You Shall Seek”.

סדנא צדק צדק תרדוף

Bat Mitzvah program:

A festive ceremony and party celebrated the end of our first program for 16 Bat Mitzvah young ladies. The participants put on a show for their families, which summarized the process they had undergone throughout the year. All the families then sat in groups and exchanged personal letters each had written the other. Commencement speeches by Ayelet Melamed Yaish, who conducted the program, parents’ representative and Dana Peer, the community chairperson, all wished the girls many blessings for the future. The evening ended with a gift for each girl from the community; a grail for Kiddush, and the traditional parents’ blessing for the children.

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