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Newletter – June 2015

Donation to tennis center:

Recently, the community was pleased to be a part of a donation to the local Tennis Center by Richard Kahan, an attorney from New Jersey and a member of the board of the Conservative Movement, who is also known as the “Santa Claus” of tennis balls. Every time he visits Israel, several times a year, he hauls with him a large bag of tennis balls. Richard has been playing tennis for as long as he can remember, and has never understood the habit of some players of discarding tennis balls after having used them for a single match. As one concerned with the environment, he started gathering the discarded balls, which began piling up quickly. Now every time a bag is filled Richard knows it is time to visit Israel again, and pass them onto a tennis center somewhere in the country.

As a part of the outreach of the Masorti community in Yokneam, the tennis balls were donated to the tennis center there, for the second time.

Tennis ball donation

Tennis ball donation for summer activities in Yokneam tennis center

Sweet Shabbat:

once again this month community members baked and donated cakes and cookies for needy families in the city. This monthly volunteerism is heartwarming!

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cakes and cookies donation

Kabbalat Shabbat:

We had the monthly Kabbalat Shabbat, with Rachel Gould leading the service, and Mimi Semuha giving a Dvar Torah. Mimi spoke about why Korach was given such a punishment, and enlightened us about the different kinds of disputes. It was Mimi’s first time in giving a Dvar Torah – and as it went very well, we look forward to many more!

Newsletter – May 2015

Sweet Shabbat project:

As has become our custom, this month home baked goods were donated by residents and community members. The goods were distributed among needy families in the city, and made their Shabbat so much sweeter…

שבת מתוקה מאי 2015

Farewell to Ben Chaidell:

Our rabbinical intern, Ben, is finishing his year in Israel. We were very pleased to have Ben accompany the community throughout the past year. It was a reciprocal process: Ben enriched our practices and, for him- we were an up close experience of Masorti living in Israel. Just before parting ways, we went on a special Shabbat morning hike to showcase the nature right beyond the last street of Yoqneam. And a commemorative mug ensures he will think of us often! We wish Ben success and good fortune in all his endeavors.

פרידה מבן חיידל

Bar Mitzvah:

Just before Shavuot, the holiday of receiving the Torah, we conducted another Bar Mitzvah. Edan Peer, the son of Dana Peer, our community chairperson, read from the Torah. The ceremony, conducted by the lovely Tamar Gur Krause was a wonderful and significant experience for the family and the community. Looking forward to the next Bar Mitzvah!

בר מצווה עידן פאר

Tikun after Shavuot:

This year for Shavuot we joined with the Megiddo Regional Council and the Reform Movement for a special event of study in the Shavuot tradition. The event took place at the Ramot Menashe kibbutz several days after the holiday, a chance for all those who had missed a Tikun to participate in one! The event included study groups, lectures and a musical performance. We were pleased to host one of the study groups (pictured), led by Dassi Postan Aizik, on the subject of “Justice, Justice, You Shall Seek”.

סדנא צדק צדק תרדוף

Bat Mitzvah program:

A festive ceremony and party celebrated the end of our first program for 16 Bat Mitzvah young ladies. The participants put on a show for their families, which summarized the process they had undergone throughout the year. All the families then sat in groups and exchanged personal letters each had written the other. Commencement speeches by Ayelet Melamed Yaish, who conducted the program, parents’ representative and Dana Peer, the community chairperson, all wished the girls many blessings for the future. The evening ended with a gift for each girl from the community; a grail for Kiddush, and the traditional parents’ blessing for the children.

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

First Bar Mitzva in the community

On March 19th 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 to have 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.