end of summer party

September 2016 newsletter


End of summer event:

As has become custom, this summer once again we celebrated the end of summer vacation with a community event. We welcomed with open arms new families and enjoyed getting together with all the regulars. Lots of bubbles were made (and popped), refreshing popsicles were had, and one special ceremony of blessing the children as they start another year of learning and studying was conducted.

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Coming up:

Meeting with the Melton program participants:

Thurs. Sept. 15th, we will be meeting with the participats of the Melton program who will be visiting in the region all week. A special ceremony of prepping Challahs is planned, and these will be part of the baked goods distributed as a part of our Sweet Shabbat.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday, Sept. 16th, 2016 we will have a Kabbalat Shabbat at 18:30. As customary, on Thursday, Sept. 15th, we will be collecting baked goods to distribute to needy families for A Sweet Shabbat.

 

High Holy Holidays:

A special tour in light of these special days is planned between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. This year we will be visiting Zippori, a city that sits atop a hill overlooking its surrounding, as a bird in a tree (word play in Hebrew). It was a city of Kohanim, the city of Rabbi Yehuda, the place of the Sanhedrin, the city where the Mishnah was sealed. We will learn about the history of the city, about its culture and consider the differences in mindsets between then and now. The tour will be Friday morning, Oct. 7th, 2016. More details forthcoming.   Save the date!

August 2016 Newsletter

This past month:

General assembly of the Masorti movement:

On July 17th dozens of community leaders from all over the country met at the new synagogue of the Torat Chaim Herzliyya community. Before turning to the business of the day, a fascinating lesson was given by Prof. Tama Alexander, Chairperson of the National Authority for Ladino Culture. The lesson concerned “Vows, women and betrayal”, based on a Ladino Midrash.

אסיפה כללית

Passing of the Mikveh Law:

From Yizhar Hess, CEO of the Masorti movement: “On July 25th the Knesset passed a law discriminating religious services. The law states that local religious councils are permitted to limit groups (i.e., mostly the Reform movement and the Masorti movement) from using Mikvehs. This law is not only not Jewish and undemocratic, not only a spit in the face to the many conservative Jews in Israel, but also a deliberate blindness to the deep and powerful processes taking place among Jews living outside of Israel. Rabbis and leaders from North America who have devoted their energy, time and funds to protecting and supporting the state of Israel, are looking at Israel astounded by the disrespect, the pretentiousness and sheer arrogance of the country they loved, and their heart breaks. Some are undergoing a true grieving process. The State of the Jews has decided to disconnect from its people. A stain such as this, even a Mikveh cannot purify.”

A sweet Shabbat:

This last sweet Shabbat a community member was particularly creative and donated a lovely decorated cake. It moves us all to see the volunteering spirit of community members and other city residents to bringing a smile and warmth to families in need.

עוגות יולי 2016

Upcoming:

Next Kabbalat Shabbat:

Fri., Sept. 16th, 2016, at 18:30

As usual, the afternoon before. Sept. 15th, we will be collecting baked goods for families in need, that will be distributed Friday morning.

 

End of summer party:

This year we will once again be celebrating the end of summer vacation and the beginning of the school year with a fun event for kids and parents alike. Save the date: Aug. 25th, in the afternoon. More details to come.