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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.


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!



English learning center:

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



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.


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 #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.