Wishing everyone a Hag Kasher v’sameach,

a very meaningful, kosher and happy Pesach!

Shabbas HaGadol in 15 secular communities

We held minyanim with special Baalei Tefilla conducting Shabbos HaGadol services and Rabbeim giving the Shabbos Hagadol Shiur. We warmly connected with members of these communities—a rehearsal for Pesach! During the Shabbos we also shared with them many explanations of the Haggadah.

Hagalat Keilim not just for Pesach and the Rest of the Year

Chametz utensils (as well as non-kosher utensils) can be immersed in boiling water (hagalat keilim) to purge them of any traces of chametz that may have accumulated during the year. Three days before Pesach, we held hagalat keilim—public koshering of utensils, pots, pans, silverware, etc. in 28 Moshavim and Kibbutzim throughout Israel. We did it for them, not only for Pesach but so they can have kosher keilim and G-d willing observe kashrut year-round. By koshering their keilim these families can invite and receive relatives who would otherwise not be able to join them for Pesach or the rest of the year! Hagalat Keilim is familiar to men who served in the Israeli Army because it is a major production on Israeli Army bases every year.

Yeshivat Bein Hasmanim in Modi’in

During the past ten years we have been working in Modi’in, we mekareved 150 young men through our Kollel/Beis Medrash program there. They now learn in yeshivas throughout Israel. Many come from secular homes, so during the period between Yeshiva sessions known as “Bein Hasmanim,” we provide them with a warm supportive learning atmosphere, where they continue their Torah Studies and Tefillos. Among their teachers were Rabbi Dovid Lau, Chief Ashkenzic Rabbi of Israel and Rabbi Yitzhock Ezrachi, Rosh Yeshiva of the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. These boys call the Beis Medrash where they learn their “bayit”—i.e., their home. They spend the entire day in our beish medrash! We are very proud to have this opportunity to support them with sleeping accommodations, shiurim and meals.

Mobil Schul in Kibbutz Eilon

Eilon is a secular kibbutz (originally affiliated with Hashomer Hatzair) in northern Israel. Located a mile south of Lebanese border and six miles east of the Mediterranean coast, the kibbutz sits on a ridge between two streams, Nahal Betzet and Nahal Kziv. We have had a program in the Kibbutz for the past five years. This week the members voted as to whether or not they wanted a Schul, 2/3 were against and 1/3 for it (approximately 80 people). We met with the one-third who were interested. A SCHUL WAS SO IMPORTANT TO THEM, they decided to have mobile Schul in backyard of one of the members’ homes! Now we are looking to buy a complete Schul on wheels! May G-d grant us success in this endeavor.
 
 
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Newsflash

  • Sde Nechemia Synagogue

    Over five years ago, Ayelet Hashachar (“AH”) began working in Kibbutz Sde Nechemia, among various of the Kibbutzim in Emek HaHula.  It all started with a phone call from a resident looking for a place to daven.  “I’m davening under a street lamp by myself,” he explained. Two weeks he called back: “I put a sign on the lamppost “mechakim l’tisha,” “waiting for nine”!  Erev Pesach, he asked “what will I do on Pesach”?  Rav Raanan brought his entire family and everything they needed to make Pesach to the Kibbutz.  Rav Raanan and his family hosted more than 20 meals during the week and to each one they invited different members of the Kibbutz, sharing Pesach stories and sparking friendships. 

     

    Two months later sparks ignited: ten members of the Kibbutz agreed to daven together every l’eyel Shabbos.  Seeing the commitment of its residents, the Kibbutz agreed to provide them with a place daven. AH provided furniture and a Sefer Torah.  Slowly, the davening “circle” widened and the Kibbutz understood that it was time to build a schul in the center of the Kibbutz.  The Kibbutz was expanding and accepting new members from all over, including traditional Jews who needed a schlul. 

     

    AH thought it fitting dedicate the schul in memory of Tamar Ariel, A”H, the first religious female navigator in the Israeli Air Force, since the Chief of the Air Force Base where she had been stationed came from that Kibbutz, and the Kibbutz wanted to memorialize her.  The architectural plans for the schul beautiful.  AH together with the Israeli Government has raised 80% of the costs to break ground (close to 1,000,000 NIS).  But, AH can’t break ground until it raises the remaining 300,000 NIS.  If you would like to be part of this project or hear more about it, please contact Rav Shlomo Raanan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and referencing “Sde Nechemia.”

     

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  • We’re steaming ahead with our activities of building Schuls, dedicating Sifrei Torah, etc. at Kibbutz Yifat in Emek Yisrael, Moshav Ein Yahav in the Aravah, and Kibbutz Yot Zeta near Eilat.