yom kippur

Newsletter no. 42 October 2017

This past month:

Housewarming and Torah scroll welcoming ceremony:

At long last we held the housewarming celebration for the new community place. Guests from the USA, from the Masorti movement, neighboring Masorti communities and, of course, the community members all partook in the joyous celebration. We were honored to be joined by city council members as well, headed by Lea Fadida, second to the mayor and Knesset Member Yael Cohen Farran. The Torah scroll was donated by the Shalva Masorti community in Safed, and was brought to its place regally with singing and dancing. After blessings and songs of praise and gratitude, all enjoyed a lovely buffet. We hope the community’s home will be place of peace, fraternity, liberalism and egalitarianism.

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Kabbalat Shabbat:

Our first Kabbalat Shababt at the new community home was followed by a potluck dinner, and was a moving experience for all (and delicious!).


Sukkah decorating workshop

A Workshop led by Ada Yalin from neighboring Ramat Yishay Masorti community was held for parents and children. It was creative, colorful and enjoyable. Best said by one participant (age 8): “I thought we would make regular decorations, but it was a nice surprise that we made very special ones”!

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Tashlich ceremony:

Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we met at the Hashofet stream, where we ceremoniously discarded our sins in the form of bread crumbs, with a prayer, and also wrote on rocks things we want to be rid of this year, and of course these were also thrown into the water.


Yom Kippur:

As per custom, the egalitarian services for Yom Kippur were held at the community center in Yoqneam. The Neillah service ended with Havdalah and the children’s procession of bringing in the light.  A spiritual and meaningful service was had by all.

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Kabbalat Shabbat:

Oct. 13th, 2017 at 18:30 at the community home.

A Sweet Shabbat:

We will be collecting baked goods to give to the needy on Thurs., Oct. 19th.


For your convenience these are the dates planned for Kabbalat Shabbat

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Kabbalat Shabbat



Newsletter #41, September 2017

This past month:

End of summer celebration:

The annual community end of summer and vacation (yay!) kicked off the activity at the new community building. Lots of excitement among about 100 kids and parents at an entertaining balloon show. After which, the parents blessed the children with the traditional blessing. To round it out, everyone enjoyed popsicles.

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General assembly:

This meeting included affirmation of the CPA’s 2016 fiscal report, electing new board members and deciding on members’ fees for the upcoming year.


Bat mitzvah program:

A meeting to learn about this year’s program will be held Sept. 3rd.

Housewarming and bringing of Torah:

At long last we are delighted to be moving into a special space just for the community on Thurs., Sept. 7th.

Kabbalat Shabbat:

On Sept. 22nd with a potluck communal dinner.

Sukkah decorations workshop:

Sept. 24th at 6pm there will be a workshop for children and parents. RSVP

Beit Midrash (study group):

Starting Oct. we will have a yearlong course about “Secrets of Jewish Mysticism”, led by Rabbi Dubi Hayyun from the Masorti community in Haifa. First meeting (free) on Sept. 26th.

Tashlich ceremony:

On Sept. 27th at 6pm we will meet by the Hashofet stream for a Tashlich ceremony. Please consider bringing breadcrumbs.

Yom Kippur:

Services will be held as customary at the hall of the Alonim community center. Kol Nidre from 6:30 pm.

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.

Newsletter #20- October 2015

What have we been doing?

Days of Repentance Tour : This year we went on a night tour through the alleys and byways of the old city of Zefat. The tour centered on the theme of the dynamics and relations between Kabbalah and Halacha. We followed in the steps of great rabbis and other key figures, all of whom have struggled with these dynamics. Late into the night, our tour ended and we got just in time to catch some shuteye before beginning to prepare for Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur Services: As has become tradition, services for Yom Kippur took place in the large hall at the community center. On the eve of Yom Kippur we started with the Kol Nidre prayer and service. After the service, a discussion was led by Dassi Postan, and in which a large group of people participated. This year the theme was: Acceptance of Others. The study was dedicated to the memory of Shira Banki, who was murdered this past July while attending the gay pride parade in Jerusalem. The discussion was very interesting and ran later than usual.

On the day of Yom Kippur, we gathered in the afternoon for services beginning with Mincha, Neilah, Havdallah and the children’s parade, followed by the blowing of the Shofar. We were pleased to greet families that attended for the first time, and of course many members of the community. The services were familial, egalitarian and inspiring – all that we had hoped for.


Screening of the movie “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”: Scheduled for Oct.1, at 7:30 p.m. we will be screening this movie about the process of getting a divorce through the rabbinical court in Israel. (English subtitles will be provided). Followed by a discussion with Rivka Luvitch, an experienced rabbinical pleader. All are invited!

Kaballat Shabbat: Friday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., Torah portion: Noah.

A sweet Shabbat: continuing the tradition of making another family’s Shabbat so much better, everyone is invited to bring baked goods on Thursday, Oct.15 to the usual gathering point, and they will be distributed Friday morning to families in need in Yoqneam.

Bat Mitzvah program: Continuing signing up for our Bar and Bat Mitzvah programs for this year, which will be commencing after the Tishrei holidays. The number of participants is limited per group. Please contact us soon regarding participation.