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!


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!


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!


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.

Newsletter March 2015

A Sweet Shabbat: As has become a custom, on the Thursday before our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat community all city residents are invited to bring baked goods to Shlomit, our coordinator. With the assistance of municipal community services, these are then distributed to families in need. Once again, many baked goods were brought. Thanks to all for the donations, and for making another family’s Shabbat so much sweeter!


Bar Mitzvah: This past month the Ohel Menashe community celebrated its first Bar Mitzvah ceremony with Ori Markovitch’s Aliya to the Torah. It was a moving ceremony for all, and for many guests an unusual one, as it was egalitarian and everyone sat together as families. Ori read beautifully, and wrote an interesting Dvar Torah for a challenging Torah portion.
We are thankful for the opportunity for having been a part of this family’s special occasion, and having said She’hechiaynu at the first Bar Mitzvah, we look forward to conducting many more services such as this.

A Day of Good Deeds: In recent years, March 24th has been deemed as a day of good deeds in Israel, and many people and organizations plan and carry out special projects then. With the donations given at our recent Purim party, we purchased gifts for children at an after-school daycare center. The children enjoy arts and crafts, and at their request, we were pleased to provide them with materials for these artsy projects.


Community survey: In January we conducted an online needs survey in the city. Currently we are processing the information gathered and will soon publicize the findings. As promised, we raffled off three book store gift certificates among participants that shared their personal info. The winners are: Osnat Fleischer, Roni Gati and Ruth Ofer, who were all surprised and pleased to receive their gifts. Thank you to all that participated and assisted with the distribution.

Bat Mitzvah program: The sixth meeting of the Bat Mitzvah program took place just as Passover vacation began. The girls met with elder women at the Center for Elders in Yokneam, heard fascinating stories from them about what it was like to be 12 and growing up in the past. Then the girls and the women worked together and created an original piece of art to portray the story. It was an interesting and colorful meeting.

Cultural event at municipal library: Just before Passover, Dr. Moti Arad, from the Schehcter Institute, gave a lecture regarding an alternative view of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Based on passages from the Mishnah and the Torah an underlying layer of neighborly relations between the Israelites and the Egyptians. We discovered that the interpretation of the texts in a certain manner served certain purposes, and that there are always various possibilities of viewing historical events. It was fascinating and eye-opening.