Eight years ago Rav Ra’anan placed Rabbi Yehuda Golombeck and his family on the completely secular Moshav, Ben Ami near Naharya. Since then, Rabbi Golombeck has been teaching and educating the Moshavniks in the ways of Torah. One of Rabbi Golombeck’s students is Gil Tal who never learned in a yeshiva at any level. Even though he works 11 hours six days a week, he finished the entire Talmud in 5 years! Read more here
CLOSING A SEVENTY-TWO YEAR CIRCLE AT SDOT YAM
A cardboard sign (outside the Kibbutz Dining room seeking donations to build a Synagogue) "grew" into a Schul, a Sefer Torah and regular Torah learning. A Sefer Torah that survived the Holocaust was donated to the Kibbutz in honor of a Hungarian survivor.
Separate meetings with several hundred teenagers and college students were great successes. This was the first time either of these groups had ever met with, let along had a serious dialogue with Chareidim.
YOM IYUN—ENERGIZING OUR WOMEN VOLUNTEERS
Our volunteers flocked to the daylong seminar at the Hospital Maaynei Yehoshua in Bnei Brak. Speakers addressed "Hitmodedoot", "Coping". The message: each one of us has to strengthen herself before she can provide strength to someone else. Volunteers emerged re-energized!
PLANTING EARLY IN SHMITTA YEAR-MIRACULOUS RESULTS!
One of the farmers in Ayelet HaShachar’s Schmitta program decided to plant early, since he could not plant during Schmitta. He planted before Rosh Hashanah. Planting early is very risky because plants can sprout, but then dry out because of lack of rain. Uncharacteristically, this year rain was plentiful early in the season in the south where the farmer lives. He had fantastic crop!
THE 15TH BIRTHDAY OF OUR KOLLEL IN MODIIN
Both Chief Rabbis were invited, hundreds of people attended, the love and outpouring of emotion was overwhelming. The existing building was too small, so the women went to another building to watch it on a live feed. We are in the middle of expanding the building and G-d willing next year we hope to host 500 people at the 16th birthday!
THANKS TO G-D (!) WE SIGNED A CONTRACT TO BUILD A SYNAGOGUE IN KIBBUTZ SDE BOKER
Remember we told you about the gathering in memory of Ben Gurion’s yartzheit at Sde Boker attended by the major Israeli government officials and that we hoped this coming year they could meet together in a Schul? With G-d’s help we hope that the Synagogue will be built in 6 months!
AYELET HASHACHAR’S REACHING OUT TO FRENCH OHLIM
For the past several years we have been engaging new French immigrants help them to integrate, educational decisions, and work decisions; giving each family a mentor. We work with them before, during and after Aliyah.
A PIDYON HA BEN IN TIVON—REALLY?
At a recent bris in Tivon, Chaim Brandis, the head of our program there, suggested that the couple consider performing a Pidyon Ha Ben in 3 weeks time. They were very skeptical but agreed to think about it. Thirty days after the baby’s birth there was a Pidyon Ha Ben. Those in attendance had never heard about this Mitzvah before! “Pidyon Ha Ben,” the “redemption of the firstborn son," is a ceremony where the father of a firstborn male redeems his son by giving a Kohen (a priestly descendent of Aaron) five silver coins, thirty days after the baby's birth. Read more about it here:
HUNDREDS ATTEND INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SARIT HADAD’S CONCERT FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS IN BE’ER SHEVA
We sponsored a concert for our mentors and their mentees (protégés!) with Sarit Hadad. It was attended by hundreds of ladies and girls. Everyone had a grand time including singing along with Sarit; and gained tremendous strength and sense of togetherness. [Sarit Hadad is an internationally acclaimed Israeli singer. In October 2009, the Israeli Music TV Channel crowned Hadad "best female singer of the 2000s.”]
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