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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 #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!

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Upcoming:

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.

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.