bat mitzvah in yoqneam

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!

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Newsletter #41, September 2017

This past month:

End of summer celebration:

The annual community end of summer and vacation (yay!) kicked off the activity at the new community building. Lots of excitement among about 100 kids and parents at an entertaining balloon show. After which, the parents blessed the children with the traditional blessing. To round it out, everyone enjoyed popsicles.

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General assembly:

This meeting included affirmation of the CPA’s 2016 fiscal report, electing new board members and deciding on members’ fees for the upcoming year.

Upcoming:

Bat mitzvah program:

A meeting to learn about this year’s program will be held Sept. 3rd.

Housewarming and bringing of Torah:

At long last we are delighted to be moving into a special space just for the community on Thurs., Sept. 7th.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

On Sept. 22nd with a potluck communal dinner.

Sukkah decorations workshop:

Sept. 24th at 6pm there will be a workshop for children and parents. RSVP

Beit Midrash (study group):

Starting Oct. we will have a yearlong course about “Secrets of Jewish Mysticism”, led by Rabbi Dubi Hayyun from the Masorti community in Haifa. First meeting (free) on Sept. 26th.

Tashlich ceremony:

On Sept. 27th at 6pm we will meet by the Hashofet stream for a Tashlich ceremony. Please consider bringing breadcrumbs.

Yom Kippur:

Services will be held as customary at the hall of the Alonim community center. Kol Nidre from 6:30 pm.

Ohel Menashe’s Bat Mitzvah program of 2017

The 2017 Bat Mitzvah program for mothers and daughters, led by Tamar Gur, 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.

The lovely group of mothers and daughters came together and continued with great enthusiasm. The group became more cohesive and warm, while undergoing significant personal processes. Further meetings dealt with body image and the way it is created for us, as women and girls, the “right” way to look and behave. The group examined the way they construct their body image, how to learn to love one’s self and one’s body. A very special meeting was at a synagogue, focusing on ceremonies and rituals. They learned how the Bat Mitzvah ceremony evolved and how to empower 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.

In the final meetings of the mother- daughter Bat Mitzvah program the focus was on how to continue the open and frank communication that had developed throughout the program. The program ended with a hike in the area, followed by a lovely hamper picnic and a memorable ceremony.

The mothers and daughters summarized the program as the most significant thing they had done this scholastic year, touching upon the connection they had made, learning to see facets of each other they had not known before. The significant quality time they had, facilitated a renewed introduction to Judaism, as they had never experienced it before.

 

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Newsletter no. 39, June 2017

Bat Mitzvah program:

In the final meeting of the mother- daughter Bat Mitzvah program the focus was how to continue the open and frank communication that had developed throughout the program. The program ended with a hike in the area, followed by a lovely hamper picnic and a memorable ceremony. The mothers and daughters summarized the program as the most significant thing they had done this scholastic year, touching upon the connection they had made, learning to see facets of each other they had not known before. The significant quality time they had, facilitated a renewed introduction to Judaism, as they had never experienced it before.

 

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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Upcoming:

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday evening June 16th, at 18:30 we will have the monthly service. All are welcome!

As usual, we will be gathering baked goods to sweeten the Shabbat for needy families.

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!

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.