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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!

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Upcoming:

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!

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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.

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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:

https://www.masorti.org.il/mifalim/donation

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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.

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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.

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Upcoming:

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.

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.

 

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.

Newsletter – January 2016

 

Bat mitzvah program: This year’s program continues, and this month mothers and daughters got together at the conservative synagogue in Ramat Yishay. They learned about the history of the Jewish coming of age ceremony and about the main symbols used, and discussed aspects of secular coming of age. The meeting in a conservative synagogue was for some a first experience in an egalitarian synagogue. It was exciting and emotional.

 

Volunteer appreciation event: On the first eve of Hanukkah, as part of the municipality’s volunteer appreciation event, the Ohel Menashe Conservative community received a certificate of commendation for all the volunteering we do. Dr. Dana Peer, chairperson of the community, accepted the certificate in the name of all our volunteers. We are committed to continue are activities, striving to bring pluralistic Jewish voices to the dialogue in the city.

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Hanukkah party: Continuing our annual tradition, after Shabbat, on the 7th night of Hanukkah we gathered for Karaoke. After Havdallah, and lighting the Menorah, a game of Pictionary (phrases associated with fire, light, etc.) was enjoyed by all. Following that, we put our voices to the test, and enjoyed singing. Although no new superstars were discovered, a good time was had by all!

Bar mitzvah program: We will be starting a program for Bar Mitzvah boys and their fathers on Jan. 5th. The program brings together the dads and the boys for a series of meetings that will strengthen the bond between them, and be an opportunity to discover and relate to various aspects of being Jewish and of age.

General assembly: As required our annual assembly will take place on the Jan. 6th at 8:30 pm.

 

Challah baking: Fri. morning, Jan. 8th, we will have a special session of baking challah and a discussion – “Food in Judaism: from biblical times to modern times”. Men and women are invited, RSVP.

 

Kabbalat Shabbat: Our next one will be held Jan. 15th, at 5:30 pm. On the night before, Jan. 14th, we will be collecting baked goods to be distributed to needy families in the city, making their Shabbat a sweeter one.

November 2015, Newsletter #21

Recently:

Movie night: During Sukkot the community hosted a screening of the movie “Gett: the Story of Vivian Amsalem”. The movie portrays the complex and difficult state of women who are at the mercy of the rabbinical court, when they wish to divorce their husbands. If that is not enough, oftentimes, the court itself is compromised and cannot oblige a husband to grant his wife a divorce. We watched the movie, and then had a fascinating discussion, facilitated by Rivka Lubitz, an experienced Rabbinical pleader. We realized that in order to bring about change, we must continue to discuss and address such Halachic distortions, and press for the acceptance of the few orthodox rabbis who dare express different views. Change in this status quo will have to be of a bluegrass nature, creating alternatives, formulating reciprocal marital agreements regarding potential future separation, such as pre-nuptial agreements. Most of all, we need to continue to expand the pluralism and equality in our daily lives.

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Upcoming:

A Sweet Shababt: after the holidays and getting back to routine, we are resuming our tradition of bringing baked goods to families in the city, which will make their Shabbat so much sweeter. Once amonth, Thursday before Kabbalt Shabbat, we will collecting baked goods to be delivered Friday morning. Our next event will be Nov. 19th.

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Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 20/11/15, at 17:30 we will be having a Kabbalat Shabbat the buliding across from the tennis courts, HaAlonim 64a.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah: Bat Mitzvah program for moms and Daughters is starting November.

Hanukkah party: Save the Date!! This year, as every year, on Shabbat of Hanukkah we will have our annual party: Dec. 12th, 2015.

Hafrashat Hallah: Nov. 13th we will be having a special Friday morning brunch with Hafrashat Hallah and Pilpulim! Come and enjoy both!