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Newsletter #51 – July 2018

This past month:

Beit midrash:

This month we concluded our yearlong study of Kabbalah and mysticism in Judaism. Rabbi Dubi Hayun from the Moriah community in Haifa brought us an intellectual and critical perspective, and we were all enriched.


Sweet Shabbat:

As per every month, this month lone elders in the city enjoyed baked goods donated by community members and their Shabbat was so much sweeter (pun intended!).


English enrichment center:

Community volunteers continue their activity in assisting children of all ages from the city in practicing English in fun and entertaining ways, and in an informal atmosphere. The center will be open in July every Sunday from 16:30-18:00, please join us!


Bypal app:

The community has joined the Movement’s project to promote a sharing economy thru an app that allows for community members to offer or request what they need, in an easy and convenient way. All are invited to download and see how to use in this link: http://youtu.be/pa1v-iIDkdQ.

Later this month personal invites to join will be sent.


End of summer event:

Save the date for our annual end of summer vacation event: Weds., Aug. 22nd, in the afternoon.

Details forthcoming, including popsicles, of course!



June 2018 – Newsletter #50

This past month:

Making room – Small Passover:

The Small Passover appears in the Torah on the 14th of the month of Eyar, and was given as a second chance for all those who were unable to partake in the original Passover, for example people who were impure or ill. They came to Moses and Aaron, and said – why should be lesser than others? Thus, the Small (and second) Passover was determined. About a decade ago, the LGBTQ community adopted the 14th of Eyar as the Day of Religious Tolerance, and events take place addressing acceptance of marginalized people into society. Past yearly issues have addressed single parenthood, Agunot, etc.

This year the community for the first time participated in this project and hosted an event. We watched a relevant short movie and discussed the place of LGBTQs in the community and in Jewish tradition. It was a moving and interesting evening, of open and frank discussions, benefiting all.



One the eve of the Shavuot holiday we gathered for a study – Tikun for Shavuot. The Tikun was led by Dr. Asaf Navaro, an expert in Judaism from the Carmiel conservative community. The discussion about Judaism and environment: Noah’s ark as a tale for living thru an environmental crisis”. An enlightening and interesting was had by all.

General assembly:

we had the annual general assembly this month to confirm the 2017 financial report and plan the upcoming Jewish year.

Beis midrash:

12 of 14 lessons with Rabbi Dubi Hayyun have been completed, and we are almost at the end of studying Jewish mysticism through the ages. Anyone who wishes to join for the last 2 lessons about Modern Jewish Literature and Jewish Mysticism is welcome – upcoming on June 12 and 19 at 20:00.

Sweet Shabbat:

As usual this month before Kabbalat Shabbat baked goods were given to elders in the city, sweetening their Shabbat just a bit more. Kudos to all our volunteers!


Coming up: 

Center for English practice:

Community English speaking volunteers continue to assist Yoqneam children with practicing their speaking skills and assist in homework. Every Sunday afternoon from 4pm-5:30pm all children (and adults) are welcome to drop by the community center and partake. We are delighted that we have some consistent participants and are delighted by newcomers as well.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday evening, June 22nd, at 18:30, followed by communal potluck dinner. Please join us!

As customary, the Thursday before, June 21st, we will be collecting baked goods to be distributed to elders in the city.

Women study day:

The 19th National Women’s Study Day by the Masorti Movement will take place on Friday June 29th at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. Please sign up soon!

Newsletter #49 – May 2108

This past month:

Zikaron Basalon (Memories in the Den):

Eliyahu Yakir, a Holocaust survivor, told his story as a young boy during the Holocaust. It was a moving story, and we were touched by his message to us and our children: to love one another, to respect one another, to accept each other, we are human beings.


10 days of Gratitude:

This was the 2nd year that the Ohel Menashe community partook in this national project, in cooperation with the Scouts youth movement and the Big shopping center. We were pleased to offer visitors to the Big a chance to stop, reflect and express gratitude for something positive in their lives. We hope that such reflection and gratefulness will continue long after.

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Memorial day for fallen soldiers:

This Memorial Day eve we hosted a group of women from the Melton program in Atlanta.  It was an opportunity to discuss and share our thoughts on remembrance, solidarity and Judaism. It was a touching and moving event for all.

Bar mitzvah ceremony:

Congratulations to Ari Gould, who was the first boy to make an Aliyah to the Torah in the community. It was a lovely, egalitarian and exciting ceremony, attended by many guests from Israel and the USA.

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Sweet Shabbat:

Once again our monthly project brought lovely baked goods to elderly people in the city, making their Shabbat that much sweeter. Thank to all the volunteers, new and old!



English learning center:

English speaking volunteers continued to be available every Sun. afternoon for tutoring, playing games and just chatting. Children and adults welcome.



Small Passover:

For the first time the community will host an event for the Religious Tolerance Week, highlighting LBGHTQ in Judaism. We will have a film, followed by a discussion regarding the place of tolerance in the community and in Judaism. Sun. May 13th, at 20:30. All are welcome.


Limmud about Environment and Judaism led by Dr. Asaf Nevaro, an expert on Jewish thought and studying Environmental Studies at TAU.

“Noah’s Ark as a Metaphor for Life in an Unstable Environment”, Sat., May 19th, at 21:30. All are welcome, and please consider bringing refreshment for Shavuot.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Fri., May 25th, at 18:30, followed by a potluck dinner. Each family is invited to bring a salad, vegetarian dish and drinks.

The Thurs. before we will gather baked goods for Sweet Shabbat.

General assembly:

Weds., May 16th at 20:00, to confirm 2017 fiscal report.

Newsletter #45 – January 2018

This past month:

Bat Mitzvah program:

We are up to half the program and it seems that the girls and their mothers are greatly enjoying their quality time together, being creative, studying and discussing significant issues they don’t get to in the day to day.

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Beit midrash:

We have had six meetings of our dive into aspects of mysticism in Judaism. All are invited to join.


Hanukkah party:

At our new community center we had the annual Hanukkah party, starting with Havdallah, and followed by a magic show, and ending with delicious sufganiyot for all.

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Certificate of recognition for the Sweet Shabbat project:

The city municipality had a celebratory event to appreciate all the volunteers in the city. The community was honored to be appreciated and receive a certificate for its continuing Sweet Shabbat project.

This month the Shomer Tzair youth movement groups of 7th and 8th grade joined us in preparing baked goods to be distributed to families in need. The youngsters came to the community center and we all baked lots of cookies.

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Coming up:

Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday evening, Jan. 19th, 2018 at 5:15 pm, and this time a special event – the Bat Mitzvah program participants will be joining us.  After the service we will have a potluck dinner.

Sweet Shabbat:

Thursday, Jan. 18th, we will be gathering baked good to distribute to people in need in the city.

Community Honoree:

Zachi Aizik has been chosen as the Community Honoree. As a part of the celebrations for 40 years of the Masorti Movement, he will be bestowed with this honor on Jan. 31st, 2018. Zachi, born 1974, has lived in Yokneam since 2001, and married to Dassi, father to Shira and Daniel. He owns a company for advanced electric solutions, as well as being a student for an MA in Management of Nature and the Environment. Over the years Zachi has become an important member of the community, contributing much to the renovations of the community center this past summer. Being a part of the community has inspired Zachi to become active in other projects of Jewish pluralism in the region. We are pleased and honored Zachi is a part of our growing community.


Newsletter no. 39, June 2017

Bat Mitzvah program:

In the final meeting of the mother- daughter Bat Mitzvah program the focus was how to continue the open and frank communication that had developed throughout the program. The program ended with a hike in the area, followed by a lovely hamper picnic and a memorable ceremony. The mothers and daughters summarized the program as the most significant thing they had done this scholastic year, touching upon the connection they had made, learning to see facets of each other they had not known before. The significant quality time they had, facilitated a renewed introduction to Judaism, as they had never experienced it before.


A Sweet Shabbat:

Much strength to all our bakers, who donated cakes and cookies this month for families in need in the city!



Kabbalat Shabbat:

Friday evening June 16th, at 18:30 we will have the monthly service. All are welcome!

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

Newsletter #33, December 2016

Last month: Sweet Shabbat:

Families in need in Yokneam had a sweeter Shabbat due to the diligent baking of community volunteers. Kudos and many thanks to all the regular and new bakers!


Participating in city council meeting:

Many community members attended the municipality’s monthly council meeting, leaving kids and home in the midst of usual hectic evening preparations. All this for the worthy cause of being involved in what happens in our city, and also to closely follow development regarding the promised building for the community. We appreciate the welcome by the mayor and the council members. We are here to further an egalitarian and open Judaism for the city we love.


Recent  fires in Haifa:

Sadly, the beautiful Masorti synagogue of the Moriah community in Haifa was damaged in the fires that recently ravaged the city. The top floor, which housed the kindergarten and the local Noam branch was completely burned. The storage room, containing over 4,000 prayer and study books also burned. Much equipment was damaged; computers, air conditioners,  the sound system, the kitchen, and over 400 chairs. The water used  to put out the fire damaged the entrance, the garden and the services’ hall as well. The Masorti Movement is doing the utmost to assist in speedy restoration of the community, but it needs assistance. For donations and assistance to the community please press attached link:



Upcoming events:

Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, Dec. 16th, 2016 at 5:15 pm.

As customary, on Dec 15th, in the afternoon hours we will be collecting baked goods to pass on to needy families in the city.

Foe your convenience,  a list of planned Kabbalat Shabbat:

16.12 20.1 24.2 24.3 28.4 19.5 16.6 21.7 18.8 8.9


Hanukkah party:

Save the date- Dec 29th, 2016, a FIERY party indeed!

Newsletter no. 32, November 2016

This month:

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.