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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 #36, March 2017

This past month:

Bat Mitzvah program:

The program for mothers and daughters led by Tamar Gur, continues with great enthusiasm. The group is becoming more cohesive and warm, while undergoing significant personal processes. This month the first meeting dealt with body image and the way it is created for us, as women and girls, the “right” way to look and behave. This issue is an important one for girls during puberty. The group examined the way they construct their body image, how to learn to love one’s self and one’s body. The second meeting was at a synagogue and focused on ceremonies and rituals. They learned how the Bat Mitzvah ceremony evolved, how to retrieve 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.

General assembly:

At the beginning if the month the annual assembly meeting was held, and our leadership team will continue for another year.

 

Baking workshop for Tu B’shvat:

In the spirit of the holiday, we conducted a baking workshop with Oranit, a professional baker, preparing a fruit smoothie, fruit bread and foccacia, biscotti and several desserts. We all had a good and delicious time.

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A Sweet Shabbat:

This month as usual baked goods were brought by community members for families in need in the city. Thank you to all those continuing and all the new joiners.

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Coming up:

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday, March 24th, 2017, at 17:15 we will be having a Kabbalat Shabbat with our Bat Mitzvah program members, followed by a communal dinner.

As usual, we will be gathering baked goods to sweeten the Shabbat for needy families.

Purim:

The annual reading of the Megillah of Esther will take place Sat., March 11th, 2017 at 18:30. Please join us with costumes!

Newsletter 26 – April 2016

Bat Mitzvah program: This month our Bat Mitzvah program ended. In the last meeting, mothers and daughters toured Binyamina in the footsteps of the wonderful musical artist Ehud Manor, followed by a lovely picnic and commencement ceremony. The community gave the girls prayer books to accompany them through life.

 

Bar Mitzvah program: The last meetings of the Bar Mitzvah program dealt with things connected to our past and tradition, including becoming familiar with Tefilin, and learning about how the Bar Mitzvah ceremony came about.

 

Purim: As has become a tradition, we held a community egalitarian reading of the Megillah of Esther. This year various community members were cast as characters in the story and played out their parts. Also, Michal and Dana specially prepared and read a portion with the Torah tropes. Lots of noise and festivities, and much laughter all around!

 

Upcoming events:

Kabbalat Shabbat: April 15th, at 18:30 with a potluck dinner afterwards. As usual, the day before, we will be collecting baked goods to give to families in need and make their Shabbat sweeter!

Burning of Chametz: Friday morning, 9:00 a.m., we will gather as usual for burning the Chametz just before Passover begins. Please bring something to burn, and something to nosh!

Holocaust Memorial Day: this year we will be joining the initiative of Remembering in the Living Room, and will be hosting a special session on the eve of this important day. Anyone who wishes to connect meaningfully to this Memorial Day is welcome.

Newsletter 25 – March 2016

Bat Mitzvah program: This month the girls and their mothers had a family meeting and included the fathers, making time for both parents with their daughter. The meeting centered on making challahs and discussing family and parenting issues from both the perspective of the girls and their parents, followed by a late dinner with the freshly baked challahs.

Bar mitzvah program: This month the boys and their fathers continued their meetings. The group has really come together with lots of positive energy, thus creating an atmosphere of sincerity and meaningful growth. The meetings centered on the meaning of a Mitzvah, maturation ceremonies and relations between fathers and their sons.

A sweet Shabbat: This month 18 local families had their Shabbat sweetened by a record high of baked goods brought by community members. We constantly are touched and moved by this sharing.

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Upcoming: Save the date for the annual community egalitarian reading of the Megillah of Esther. And this year – a few surprises await! Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016. More info to follow.