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.
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.
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!
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!
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!