We are in “Preparation” Mode—It’s Elul!!!!

As usual, Ayelet HaShachar is preparing people in communities all over Israel for the coming Holidays, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succoth, Hoshana Rabba, Shemini Atzeret, and Simcha Torah. Not only will we have Minyanim/davening on secular Kibbutzim all over Israel.  In addition, we are in the midst of an amazing new project that will bring Shofarot to more than 150 communities (from Kibbutz Degania in the Galiel near Tiberius, to Kibbutz Beit Hashita situated between Afula and Beit Shan in Emek Israel, to Kibbutz Givat Haim located near Hadera, to Kibbutz Be’eri located in the north-western Negev desert near the border with the Gaza Strip) that have not had the opportunity to hear Shofar blown!   We have provided these communities not only with the Shofarot, but are teaching people in these communities how to blow the Shofar, (the laws of using and blowing the Shofar).  This year Ayelet HaShachar is making sure no one in these communities misses hearing the shofar blown.  But there’s more, “the icing on the cake”: each person who is learning to blow the Shofar will receive a special “Certificate of Appreciation” from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, signed by Rav David Baruch Lau (Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel). 

Yeshiva Learning Bein Hasmanim (between the “sessions”) in Modiin!

We provided Yeshiva/Torah learning to over 40 yeshiva boys. They spent their “summer vacation” absorbed in learning Torah. The famous composer/singer, Mona Rosenblum made a “tish” (meaning “table”) with all the boys who participated in the learning program. A “tish” is a joyous public celebration or gathering or meal by Hasidim, usually at the table of their Rebbe.

We are almost finished building the Schul in Sde Boker!

On Ben Gurion’s former Kibbutz, our Schul will be finished in time for Rosh Hashanah. With G-d’s help we hope to dedicate it just before Rosh Hashanah.

Yartzheit of Daniel Tragerman

A few hours before the war ended last summer, Daniel Tragerman was killed by shrapnel from a mortar shell fired from Gaza at his home at Kibbutz Nahal Oz on August 22, 2014 and was buried on August 24, 2014. Ayelet HaShachar had a Parachot (curtain or screen that covers the Aron Kodesh where the Torah is placed) made in his memory. On August 11, 2015/26 Av 5775 (his Yartzheit) the Parochet was hung on the Aron housing the Sefer Torah at Kibbutz Sde Avraham where his grandparents live. Sewn onto the Parochet is a Maagen David made from pieces of metal intercepted by the Iron Dome during that war.
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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.

  • Talmidei Chachamim (Torah Scholars) who are also Baalei Tokea (highly skilled shofar blowers) teach the art of blowing Shofar to Secular Kibbutzniks and Moshavniks

  • A riveting play directed, produced and acted by Haredi and Secular women