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.
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.
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.
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!